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Mastowski Backstops Neshannock to Back to Back Division-2 Titles

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CRANBERRY TWP., PA — Senior Riley Mastowski stopped 34 shots as Gio Vaentines third period goal was the difference for Neshannock as the PIHL Division-2 Championship stays with the Lancers after a 2-1 victory over Bishop Canevin on Tuesday night at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Neshannock’s victory is the second in a row for the squad that emerged from Kennedy Catholic a fewseasons ago.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys.” Mastowski said after the game. “We battled every inch of the way, its a phenomenal feeling, I think it feels better than the first one.”

The Lancers, who started the season 2-4-0-2, had a rough road to get to the postseason, never said never to get to where they were – and that includes finishing the season on a 13 game win streak.

“We never quit.” Head Coach Mark Multari said. “We were down early in the year, just couldn’t find the rhythm. We had a sit-down, we had a heart-to-heart with everybody and we just found the way to dig back in. Told them to take their time, don’t worry about standings, when it all counts we will be in the playoffs and we will take care of business.”

It was a goaltending duel in the finals  as Mastowski faced off with Adam Serakowski, who was a dynamo in the regular season for the Crusaders and the game was no different. Serakowski, who finished with 13 saves, kept Bishop Canevin in the contest throughout.

Neshannock opened up the scoring on Micha DeJulia’s second period tally at 3:57 and continued to give the Crusaders fits, with multiple penalties and increased hitting through the stanza before Ian Lecker tied the contest at 14:02.

Valentine’s floating shot that beat Serakowski high at 7:37 of a very clean third period was the difference in a contest that was anything but high scoring.


Bishop Canevin Crusaders play in the USA Hockey Nationals beginning Thursday in Dallas, TX.



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