Expectations high for streaking Icecats

Emily Moore, Sports Editor

The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team has been on a winning streak.

On Jan. 11, the Icecats beat the St. Vincent College Polar Bearcats with a score of 6-5.

Jan. 17, the Icecats defeated the Penn State-Behrend Lions 18-1.

Six players scored goals in those two games.

On Jan. 18, the Icecats defeated Robert Morris University 6-2.

In that game, goals were made by senior forward Troy Schall, senior forward Bryan Albright, and Mark Swankler.

With the winning streak arising in the Icecats season, Albright said that everyone is playing well, and they are coming together as a team and it is a good time in the season to start playing well.

Schall said that the team is staying positive and providing positive reinforcement, whether they are winning the game or losing the game.

With more of the season left for the Icecats have teams they need to get by.

“Our biggest competitor is everyone ranked higher than us,” said Albright.

“We will need to get through them to make it to nationals.”

As of now, the Icecats are ranked fourth in a Super Region, and fifth in the Atlantic Region.

Schall said that Richard Stockton will be the Icecats’ biggest competitor this year.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Ospreys are ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region, right below Pitt-Johnstown.

Last season, the Icecats won the conference championship, made it to nationals, and made Pitt-Johnstown history by winning 30 games in one season.

This season, Schall said that the team can see themselves batting at regionals and being able to make it to nationals for the second year in a row.

There are only a few games left in this season for the team, and Albright said  if the Icecats play like he knows they can play, they would definitely be able to make it to nationals again this year.

On Jan. 31, the Icecats are to wrap up their season with a senior night game at the Cambria County War Memorial in downtown Johnstown against West Virginia University.