Welcome to Hockey’s Headwaters, your place to keep track of Pittsburgh born and trained hockey players skating out of town. Here is Hockey’s Headwaters for the weeks ending Dec. 25.
HEADWATERS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Burgettstown native Colin DeAugustine stopped 78 of 83 shots for Mercyhurst this past weekend, going 1-0-1 in a home-and-home with Robert Morris.
DeAugustine started his freshman season planted firmly behind junior Brandon Wildung in the net for the Lakers, but once DeAugustine was given a chance to show his stuff, he hasn’t looked back.
The former Penguins Elite netminder started the last five games of the first half and has played in nine games in total, going 4-3-1 with a .921 save percentage. He was selected as the Atlantic Hockey Conference Goaltender of the Week for the final weekend of the first half.
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Pine-Richland alum Brandon Saad had a week to remember, scoring five goals including two game-winners en route to helping Columbus reach the top of the Metropolitan Division. … Dallas’ Stephen Johns and Florida’s Vincent Trocheck each registered a goal.
Former Robert Morris forward Zac Lynch was recalled to the American Hockey League by the Springfield Thunderbirds, the franchise that he debuted professionally with last season. In 11 games with ECHL Manchester, he recorded 10 points, leading to his call up. He has played in one AHL so far this season.
The South Carolina Stingrays have been a popular team for players from the greater Pittsburgh area to continue their professional careers. This week Patrick Gaul (two goals and two assists), Dylan Margonari (two goals), and goaltender Patrick Milner (2-1) continued that tradition.
The Florida Everblades are the only team to rival the Stingrays in that regard, with Adam Brace (two goals) and a win by Matt Skoff adding to the team’s long list of accomplishments. … Elsewhere, Cody Wydo continued his recent production, adding two goals and two assists for Wheeling.
The Southern Professional Hockey League currently houses four Robert Morris graduates. Forward Jeff Jones scored a goal and an assist for the Peoria Rivermen. Pensacola forward Aaron Clarke had a goal and an assist, while Evan Moore registered his first professional point. Joe Harcharik tallied a goal for Fayetteville.
Recently signed forward Matt Cope has three goals and an assist for HK Nitra (Extraliga). … Jesse Root added seven assists for HC Bolzano (EBEL). … Cody Cartier scored a goal and registerd three assists for Manchester Storm (EIHL). … Greg Gibson, recently signed by the Bietingheim/Blissingen Steelers of the DEL2, scored two goals and an assist.
Dustin Rinaldo (Brockville Braves, CCHL) had a goal and an assist. … Connor Quinn (Trenton Golden Hawks, OJHL) also had a goal and an assist.
The Amarillo Bulls have been one of the junior teams of choice for talent coming from western Pennsylvania. Eric Cooley and Luke Edgerton each scored a goal and added two assists, an Brendan Walkom scored a goal.