Keith Barnes profiles the Sewickley Academy hockey team.
"Before the season started, Sewickley Academy coach Tyler Henk took a long look at his team and his program and came to a conclusion.
"When I first talked to the team, I pretty much made it clear to them that we're not going to come in and run the house," Henk said. "There's a lot of teams that have played a long time in the PIHL, have a lot more experienced players, and all we have to do is compete, and that's what we've done."
It has been a difficult path for the Panthers this season as they rejoined the PIHL after a five-year hiatus of playing in the ISHL, a private school league that includes The Kiski School and Shady Side Academy. Sewickley Academy (1-12-0) has also discovered there will be huge potholes along the way when entering into an established league and being thrown into a conference against championship-caliber programs with elite talent such as West Allegheny and Montour.
"Since day one, all of the players have been about the SA hockey team," Henk said. "Each player has understood their role, they've each gotten 10 times better, and we as a coaching staff see the progression. We may not be winning games, but in our minds, we're winning because we're making ourselves better each game and that's all that you can ask of a young team.""