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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Monday, March 12th

There was no surprises and very little suspense on the opening night of the 2012 PIHL Penguin Cup high school hockey playoffs. All five higher seeds won at home with only one game going down to the wire. Here are the recaps from the games that dropped the puck on the chase for Penguins Cup gold.

A special thanks go out to Mark Schaas, Don Rebel, Greg Kuntz, Steve Nagler and Matt Vandriak for their help on these recaps.


PIHL High School Hockey Notebook

Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. This week, we have a special edition on tap as we preview all opening round matchups in the 2012 Penguins Cup Playoffs. Plus, see what Quaker Valley head coach Kevin Quinn had to say about Class A’s number one seed on last week’s show in “They Said It.”



1. Penn-Trafford (19-2-1)
2. Canon-McMillan (19-3-0)
3. North Allegheny (16-5-1)
4. Mount Lebanon (15-6-1)


This Week on the MSA Sports Network

We say so long to the high school wrestling postseason and hello to the Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Second Round and Quarterfinals action in the PIAA boys and girls state basketball playoffs along with the drop of the puck on the PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs with First Round and Quarterfinals play, plus its the season ending edition of Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, along with the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show ALL here at

Monday, March 12th:

TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on

PIHL High School Hockey Playoffs: Penguins Cup Class AAA First Round - Shaler vs Peters Township at 7:30pm on

Derry's Gulibon Joins Elite Group, Wins Fourth State Wrestling Title

In his usual dominating fashion, Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon joined a very elite club by becoming the tenth wrestler in PIAA history to win four individual state titles at the 75th annual PIAA Wrestling Championships on Saturday afternoon at the GIANT Center in Hershey. On the strength of four takedowns, the Trojans’ senior cruised to a 9-3 decision over Keystone Oaks’ Nick Zanetta in the Class AA 126-pound final.

Gulibon also defeated Zanetta, a junior, at the WPIAL Class AA Championships two weeks ago, 11-4, and at the PIAA Southwest Regional tournament last Saturday, 11-3. The Penn State recruit, named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, finishes his high school career with a 136-4 record. Gulibon won Class AAA titles as a freshman and sophomore and AA championships the past two seasons.

Four WPIAL & One City League Class AAA Wrestlers Win State Championships

Led by Cody Wiercioch, Canon-McMillan won its second straight PIAA Class AAA Wrestling Championship Saturday evening at the GIANT Center in Hershey. The Big Macs, with 102 team points, easily outdistanced second place Central Dauphin (67 points). Chambersburg finished in third place with 52 points.

Weircioch won his second state title with a 7-4 decision in the 170-pound final over Norristown’s Shane Springer. The Big Macs’ junior completed a perfect 46-0 season by scoring three takedowns on his way to the gold medal. Wiercioch, who won his first state title at the Class AA level two years ago as a freshman at Charleroi, advanced to the finals with an 11-4 semifinal victory Saturday morning over Solanco’s Connor Moran.

FINAL 2011-2012 PIHL High School Hockey Standings

Here are the FINAL 2011-2012 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, including the FINAL Penguins Cup playoff clinchings, Plus the FINAL Open Class regular season standings. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey season with broadcasts, the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm right here on the MSA Sports Network.

# - Clinched Section Championship
* - Clinched PIHL Playoff Spot
% - Ineligible for PIHL Playoffs
x - Eliminated From Postseason Chase


(ALL 12 Teams Have Clinched Penguins Cup Playoff Spots) {22}

PIHL Class AAA Section One:
#-Canon-McMillan Big Macs : (19-3-0)  (38)
*-Peters Township Indians : (14-5-3)  (31)
*-Bethel Park Black Hawks : (14-7-1)  (29)
*-Upper St. Clair Panthers : (11-9-2)  (24)

PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships - Day Two

Derry’s Jimmy Gulibon is on the brink of becoming only the tenth athlete in 75 years of Pennsylvania wrestling history to win four individual state titles. The Trojans’ senior advanced to Saturday afternoon’s 126-pound final with quarterfinal and semifinal victories over Hanover’s Ian Brown, 8-1, and Ridgway’s Corey Bush, 14-4, on Friday at the GIANT Center in Hershey.

It has been sixteen years since another WPIAL wrestler, McGuffey’s Jeremy Hunter, last won his fourth state crown in 1996. The eight other wrestlers to accomplish this feat are Jim Conklin, Waynesburg (1943); Jerry Maurey, Clearfield (1950); Mike Johnson, Lock Haven (1961); Matt Gerhard, Catasauqua (1984); Ty Moore, North Allegheny (1990); John Hughes, Benton (1991); Cary Kolat, Jefferson Morgan (1992); and Bob Crawford, Milton (1993). The PIAA individual wrestling championships were first contested in 1938.

Scholastic Notebook

Derry Area wrestler Jimmy Gulibon is in Hershey this weekend, trying to make history. The Derry senior is trying to become only the 10th wrestler in Pennsylvania to win four state titles.

If Gulibon wins, this one would probably mean the most, simply because of what he overcame this season.

Flash back to late December, when Gulibon was wrestling in the finals of the Powerade Tournament. He won, but sustained a left knee injury. Gulibon, and some others, thought the injury might be serious. They thought it might be an ACL tear.

“He was very scared because he never even really had an injury before,” said Derry coach Mike Weinell. “We didn’t know at the time how serious it was. Jimmy just knew he couldn’t do what he does. He couldn’t push off his foot or his leg.”

Quigley Edges Indiana in Double OT Thriller to Win PIHL Open Cup

The Open Cup classification saved their best for last. Nick Santiago scored 34 seconds into the second overtime, propelling Quigley to a 5-4 win over Indiana in the Open Cup Championship at Island Sports Center on Thursday night. 

The Spartans, who were the #1 seeded team in the Nailers Cup, overcame a two-goal deficit behind 4 goals by Troy Emig, winning their second Open Cup title in four years in a game that was delayed over 30 minutes because an official had transportation issues and could not make it to the arena.

A busy first period for the two-man officiating crew saw five goals and six penalties. After Indiana's PJ Kuta scored less than two minutes into the game,

PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships - Day One

A remarkable forty of the WPIAL’s forty-two Class AAA wrestlers survived the first day of wrestling and will again be in action Friday afternoon at the 2012 PIAA Wrestling Championships at the GIANT Center in Hershey. With three WPIAL wrestlers entered in each of the fourteen weight classes in the Class AAA brackets, twenty-seven won first round bouts Thursday afternoon to advance to the quarterfinals. Thirteen of the fifteen wrestlers losing in the first round turned around and won their first round consolation matches to remain alive in the tournament.

The WPIAL was perfect in five weight classes, advancing all three of its AAA wrestlers at 106, 126, 160, 182 and 285 pounds. Only the 220-pound bracket saw all three wrestlers drop their first round match. But Pine-Richland’s Ben Balish, Canon-McMillan’s Alex Campbell, and Greensburg Salem’s Tanner Hahn all bounced back to win their first round consolation bouts.

Quigley Wins PIHL Open Class Championship

High school hockey fans discovered Thursday night what happens when two PIHL champions collide. 45 minutes of regulation and ten more minutes of an overtime could not decide a winner. Finally in the second OT, Nailers Cup champion Quigley scored to claim the 2012 Open Cup Title with a thrilling victory over Chiefs Cup champion Indiana. Here are ALL of the final results from the PIHL Open Class Playoffs.


Quigley Spartans 5 - Indiana Little Indians 4 in Double Overtime  (MSA)



Indiana Little Indians 4 - Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions 2  (MSA)


MSA Sports Top Seven - PIHL High School Hockey Playoff Rankings

Each Wednesday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top seven teams in all four classifications/divisions in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. With the regular season winding down and the PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs starting next week, in our final rankings of the season, we rank all 12 AAA, and all 10 AA and A playoff teams as the chase for the cup is set to begin on MSA Sports. Don't miss “The PIHL Power Play Show” every Wednesday at 8:00pm and the "PIHL High School Hockey Notebook" every Monday during the season only here on the MSA Sports Network.


PIHL Chiefs Cup and Nailers Cup Hockey Championship Recaps

Tuesday night, the PIHL held the Championship Game in both the Nailers Cup and Chiefs Cup playoffs. Quigley and Indiana skated away with the titles and will now face each other on Thursday for the Open Class Championships.

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The first full week of March concludes one winter scholastic sport with the state championships while another winter high school sports tips off its state playoff this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have end to end action of both the Class AAA and Class AA PIAA Individual Wrestling Championships from the GIANT Center in Hershey along with the start of the PIAA Boys and Girls state basketball playoffs, the PIHL Chiefs Cup, Nailers Cup and Open Cup Championships and the start of spring sports with college baseball, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, and the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show here at

Monday, March 5th:

TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on


While there were no down to the wire thrillers in the WPIAL Boys Basketball Finals at the A.J. Palumbo Center, there was also no question about the validity of the four champions crowned. Gateway became only the second school in Quad-A history to win back-to-back championships. New Castle was perfect in winning the school's 8th WPIAL boys basketball crown and first since 1999. Beaver Falls totally shut down last years AA champion Monessen en route to the schools 8th title and first crown in seven years while the third time was a charm for Lincoln Park as they captured the schools first ever WPIAL gold basketball. Here are ALL of the final results from the 2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs.

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