Home Hockey jerseys Alumni hockey games at Allen Park Cabrini end with final buzzer – The News Herald

Alumni hockey games at Allen Park Cabrini end with final buzzer – The News Herald


Proving they still have what it takes to dazzle their fans, two Cabrini alumni hockey games that took place Jan. 22 at the Allen Park Civic Arena went to the wire.

More than four decades of hockey experience were on display, with players demonstrating both high levels of stickhandling and passing accuracy.

The tradition of the Cabrini High School alumni hockey game began in the early 1980s and last year expanded to two games, divided by graduating years.

Organized by the Cabrini Alumni Association, the traditional annual hockey game has been changed to two games due to high interest and to allow as many players as possible to participate, while still providing ample playing time.

The first game featured players ranging from the Cabrini High School class of 2001 to 1969.

Pat Tardiff, Cabrini Alumni Committee member and event coordinator, summarized the action.

After much back and forth and quick action, Grant Nickels ’97 got the blue team on the board first, assisted by Steve Johnson, also from the class of ’97.

This awoke Team White, who responded with two goals, the first unassisted by Deandre Cooper ’94, then the second by Steve Kish ’96, assisted by Deandre and Bill O’Neil ’69, for a 2 lead. -1.

But the Blues team fought back to level the game 2-2 in the third period thanks to a goal from Steve Gilbert ’85, assisted by Devin Newell ’87. Tardiff said it looked like the game would end in a tie but the white team launched a furious assault on the net in the dying seconds which resulted in the game-winning goal by Rich Ortiz ’86, assisted by Cory O’Neil ’09, for a final score of 3-2.

Other participants in Game 1 were: Jim Krizan ’01, Nick Stefani ’98, Mike O’Connell ’94, Sean Newell ’88, John Brithinee and Greg Mousigian ’86, Kevin Kolb ’84, Rob Alessandro ’82, Jim Asam and Pat Tardiff ’82, Pat Kilar and Pat Nagle ’80.

The Cabrini High School Alumni Hockey Game began in the early 1980s and last year expanded to two games, divided by graduating years. Pictured are members of the ‘junior varsity’ team, players who graduated between 2002 and 2021. (Photo courtesy of the Cabrini Advancement Office)

Game 2 (class of 2002-2021) was also filled with excitement, but didn’t start that way – at least if you were on the white team. That’s because the blue team scored five straight goals to take a 5-0 lead.

Participants in the early onslaught were Austin Kieltyka ’20, Ryan Wilk ’11, Connor Earles ’20, Miguel Flores ’18 and a former Tardiff simply calls “a nameless player” (he changed his jersey), with assists from Paul Ranspach. ’18 and Kieltyka.

“Then the white team woke up and came back strong, scoring four goals to bring them back to one, 5-4,” Tardiff said.

The scorers for the white team were Justin Metropoulos ’15, Aaron Taylor ’17, Austin Molina ’19 and Dominic Arevalo ’10. Aaron was assisted by Sheldon Varhol ’14.

The blue team temporarily snuffed out the firestorm with a second goal from Flores to take a 6-4 lead.

But the white team barely missed a beat, scoring five more to take a 9-6 lead.

The scorers were Molina (2nd) assisted by Rudy Rodriguez ’10, two by Luke Brithinee ’12 assisted by Varhol and Rodriguez, Niko Brithinee ’19 assisted by Taylor and Varhol assisted by Arevalo and Kyle Astalos ’10.

“But the blue team didn’t finish, responding with three consecutive unassisted goals to level the score 9-9 which triggered extra time,” Tardiff said.

The decisive goals were scored by Kieltyka (2nd), Earles (2nd) and Andrew Ryles ’16.

Extra time ended quickly when Metropoulos scored the winner (2nd), assisted by Niko Brithinee, for the Whites team 10-9.

The other participants in Game 2 were Nick Brown ’20, Brian Greifenberg ’18 and Albert Quattrin ’03. The guards for both games were Ryan Adams ’11, Andrew Kmita ’06 and former teacher Matt Valerius.

“Overall there were 45 players who created a lot of goals, a lot of sweat, but above all a lot of good times with their classmates and Cabrini family alumni,” Tardiff said.