Keith Barnes profiles the Peters Township hockey team.
(Photo: Peters Township's Zach Gielarowski is tied for the team lead with nine goals this season. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"When Peters Township knocked off Upper St. Clair last week, the Indians became the first team in Class AAA to clinch a Penguins Cup postseason berth.
Making the playoffs, though, has never been the ultimate goal for a team that is only two years removed from winning the state championship. That's why the overall plan has not changed for Peters Township (9-1-4) with six games remaining in the regular season.
"It's the same thing we do regardless of clinching or not," Peters Township coach Rick Tingle said. "From the Christmas break on, is really for us the second part of the season because we use the first half of the season to evaluate ourselves and the second half trying to fix and improve ourselves."
Peters Township was the last undefeated to fall when it lost to last place Pine-Richland, 2-1, in its final game before the break. That loss was something of a shock, but only reiterated to the Indians what they had to improve as they head down the stretch."