2016-17: Week One Results

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The Franklin Hockey League will continue to accept money for their Toy Drive via GoFund Me- Link Here

2016 FHL Toy Drive

The Franklin Hockey League has always taken pride in its philanthropy and generosity, and this year we hope that history continues. In the past, we've made donations to Toys for Tots, Hockey Fights Cancer, the Mario Lemieux Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Project. This year, we are hoping to raise money and donate again to the Toys for Tots program. If you'd like to donate a new or gently used toy directly, please feel free to stop by the dek hockey rink located behind Steel Valley on East Miller Ave. We will be there this Saturday, December 10, from 10:30-1:30. If you'd like to make a financial donation, you can do so through this GoFundMe page. We'd like to have all the financial donations in by December 12, which will ensure we have time to purchase all the toys needed. 100% of the money raised will go directly to purchasing toys for children in need this Christmas.

2016-17 FHL Rosters

 (C) Sean Lyons
(F) Eric Fetsko
Brian Grise
Jesse Lyons
Jeff Gardner
Bob Pellegrino
Anthony Corsi
Craig Hixon
Chris Metzinger
TT Simpson
Jackson Majernik
Mike Terrick
Brian Phillip
Kenny Sikora
Max Vehec
Joe Lybryer
Cullen McKinney
Jimmy Phillip
Nick Ivaska
Chris Ivaska

(C) Andrew McDonald
(F) Nick Siniawski
Roy McDonald
Buddy Doyle
Matt Ujevich
Joe Rogers
Joey Faiello
Zak Campbell
Ryan Fish
Mark Zelena
Dan Rojtas
Jeff Ries
Matt Toth
Donnie Novak
Tyler Axelson
Angelo Sarraino
Rick Fish
Mark Olsavicky
Mike Brown
Kevin Toomey

(C) Jim Besterci
(F) Ryan Mains
Shane Lucas
Joe Neutrelle
Grant Wolfe
Mike Cullen
Ryan Sabo
Pat Farrel
Ryan Cleary
Tom Edleman
Jacob Pons
Steve Jackson
Dan Drane
Tyler Buckley
Brandon Welsh
Ryan Brenna
Alec Toomey
Sean McKinney
Tyler Novak
Anthony Hurley

(C) Zack Siniawski
(F) Tony Bonacorso
Dick Pilato
Steve Berron
Jamie Zelena
Tom Simpson
Adam Cristallini
Cam Tichon
Jeff Rogers
TJ Hall
Geno Pilato
John George
Anthony Scheible
Alec Italiano
Gabe Phillips
Brandon Paluzzi
Junior Scheible
Bert Miller
Mike Sniegocki
Andrew Davis

2016 FHL Draft Results

FHL Draft Results: 

1 Mustangs   Brian Grise
2 Pirates Roy McDonald
3 Huskies Shane Lucas
4 Moose Dick Pilato
5 Mustangs (from Moose) Jesse Lyons
6 Moose (from Huskies) Steve Barron
7 Pirates Buddy Doyle
8 Moose (from Huskies) Jamie Zelena
9 Moose (from Huskies) Tom Simpson
10 Huskies (from Pirates) Joe Neutrelle
11 Pirates (from Huskies) Matt Ujevich
12 Mustangs (from Moose) Jeff Gardner
13 Pirates (from Huskies) Joe Rogers
14 Huskies Grant Wolfe
15 Pirates Joey Faiello
16 Mustangs Bob Pellegrino
17 Mustangs  Anthony Corsi
18 Huskies (from Pirates) Mike Cullen
19 Huskies Ryan Sabo
20 Moose Adam Cristallini

21 Moose Cam Tichon
22 Huskies Pat Farell
23 Pirates Zak Campbell
24 Mustangs Craig Hixon
25 Moose (from Huskies) Jeff Rogers
26 Pirates Ryan Fish
27 Huskies Ryan Cleary
28 Mustangs (from Moose) Chris Metzinger
29 Moose TJ Hall
30 Huskies Tom Edleman
31 Pirates Mark Zelena
32 Mustangs TT Simpson
33 Mustangs Jackson Majernik
34 Pirates Dan Rojtas
35 Huskies Jacob Pons
36 Moose Geno Pilato
37 Pirates (fromMoose) Jeff Ries
38 Moose (from Pirates) John George
39 Moose (from Pirates) Anthony Scheible
40 Mustangs Mike Terrick

41 Mustangs Brian Phillip
42 Pirates Matt Toth
43 Huskies Steve Jackson
44 Moose Alec Italiano
45 Moose Tyler Axelson
46 Huskies Dan Drane
47 Pirates Donnie Novak
48 Mustangs Kenny Sikora
49 Mustangs Max Vehec
50 Pirates Gabe Phillips
51 Huskies Tyler Buckley
52 Moose Brandon Paluzzi
53 Moose Junior Scheible
54 Huskies Brandon Welsh
55 Pirates Angelo Sarraino
56 Mustangs Joe Lybryer
57 Mustangs Cullen McKinney
58 Pirates Rick Fish
59 Huskies Ryan Brennan
60 Moose Bert Miller

61 Moose Mike Sniegocki
62 Huskies Alec Toomey
63 Pirates Mark Olsavicky
64 Mustangs Jimmy Phillip
65 Mustangs Nick Ivaska
66 Pirates Mike Brown
67 Huskies Sean McKinney
68 Moose Andrew Davis
69 Pirates (fromMoose) Kevin Toomey
70 Huskies (from Pirates) Tyler Novak
71 Huskies Anthony Hurley
72 Mustangs Chris Ivaska

FHL Playoffs - Huskies win FHL Championship

Congrats to Jimmy Besterci and the Huskies! 

2016 and 10th FHL Champions. A 2-0 series win. 
Ryan Mains with the MVP. 

FHL Playoffs Preview- Week 1

by Jim Besterci

The Regular season has come and gone on this the 10th anniversary of the FHL, it’s now win or go home playoff hockey and for 2 teams this Saturday will be the end of their almost 5 month long journey to bring home the fabled FHL cup.

(3) Crosby's vs. (6) Tigers

The first match of the day starting at 10:00 will feature the (3) seeded Crosby’s rich in tradition sporting an 8-7 record vs the expansion (6) seeded Tigers under veteran FHL captain Joe Rogers who finished the season 5-10. The teams faced off against each other three times this season with the last place Tigers winning all 3 including a week fifteen five game hard fought series. Yes, you read that correct the Tigers have been a thorn in the side of the Crosby’s all season but don’t tell that to Crosby’s captain John George who said “credit Joe and those guys, they’ve played some of their best hockey this season against us, but you throw all the records out this time of year. We don’t give a damn what happened last week, in January, or whenever! We’ll be ready come Saturday at 10:00.” Tigers also well aware of how they fared vs the Crosby’s this season echoed George’s feelings leaving the regular season in the past and focusing on the task at hand “we’re just confident in the way we are playing recently” newcomer Adam Cristallini stated in an interview with TSN. Cristallini went on to tell reporters “Joe (Rogers) is going to put us in the best situation to succeed on Saturday”. Joe of course was the man responsible for bringing in Cristallini as well as veteran defensemen BJ Yott, Dan Drane, young up and comer Corey Joyce, and FHL veteran and cup winner Brian (BG) Grise prior to this year’s trade deadline to help boost his team’s confidence and get ready for the playoffs the. Tigers finished the season with 3 wins over the last 5 games.

The Crosby’s will lean heavily on their core offensive players such as the face of the franchise Tony Bonacorso, strong 2 way center ice man Derek Morrison who had a career high 10 goals this season, Jeff Gardner who was brought over earlier in the season, and Nick Siniawski who had an explosive offensive season and finished second in the league in goals (15) and third in points (26). Crosby’s have confidence all the confidence in the world in one of the best in the league goaltender Joey Neutrelle who is no stranger in making a deep playoff run but will be facing off against another FHL great Craig Hixon who is hungry to repeat his glory years when he won the cup and was named finals MVP and leave last year’s playoff mess in the past.

EXPERTS PICK: Split decision 3 votes Tigers, 3 votes Crosby’s

(4) Bulls vs. (5) Moose 
At high noon the 4th seed Bulls prepare for a very difficult opening series against the 5th place and defending champion Moose. The FHL is a buzz about this Moose team that seems to be gearing up for what they hope is another deep cup run. As typical for the Moose they started out slow and look to finish strong, appeared to be a cake walk early in the season starting off the first seven weeks with a FHL worst 1-6 record, but finally getting healthy for the stretch run by getting their star goalie Rick Severa who finished tied for the lead league in GAA (0.64) and sure 1st ballot FHL hall of famer Jason Kortz back just in time to help turn their season around. When asked what the return of Kortz meant to an already dangerous offensive team with veterans such as Drew Hruska and Tom Hanna Bulls captain Shane Lucas said “Kortz changes the dynamic in which they play and that’s a challenge, but a welcomed one. He’s a great competitor and a fun guy to play against because of his compete level, I’m looking forward to it.” We can’t talk about a Moose team without mentioning the defensive pair of Zack Siniawski and RJ Pilato who is evolving as a leader on and off the surface and in many eyes a strong candidate for defensive player of the season. Captain Siniawski knows this Bulls team well and knows what his team has to do to be successful “Bulls are a good team we are excited for the challenge they present, we have to get to our game early and prevent them from dictating play.”

The Bulls as always will rely on Roy McDonald who again led his team in every offensive category this season as well as new comers to the league Tom Edelman and rookie of the year candidate Grant Wolfe who brought a welcomed surge of offense to the team finishing just behind Roy in goals, assists, and points. The Bulls hope that the speed of players like Ruffing and Buettner will cause the Moose defense difficulty over the course of the series. Watch for Buddy Doyle to be an “X factor” of the series, the former Jukes captain has struggled to find the back of the net this year but can help shut down the opponents best offensive players and is one of the best on the breakout from his own end. Speaking of his own end with the departure of Mark Olsavicky mid-way through the season the bulls were left with a whole in the between the pipes only to acquire Jamie Zelena from the Tigers. Zelena hasn’t put up the best numbers as of yet, still looking for his first victory this season as a starter but Lucas is still very confident in his net minder adding “since we acquired Jamie at the deadline each week he has been getting better and playing to the level we know he can. I have tremendous confidence in him that’s why we went and traded for him. He’s going to be great on Saturday.” The Bulls won the regular season series vs. the Moose 2-1, each team swept the other once and the Bulls won in 5 all the way back on week 2. The teams haven’t met since week 10.

EXPERTS PICK: Moose 5 votes, Bulls 2 votes

Week 15 Results - Playoff Schedule

Moose forfeit to Mustangs (3-0)

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Final Standings:

1) Huskies 11-4
2) Mustangs 9-6
3) Crosby's 8-7
4) Bulls 7-8
5) Moose 5-10
6) Tigers 5-10

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April 30th

10:00 AM: Tigers (6) vs. Crosby's (3)

12:00 PM: Moose (5) vs. Bulls (4)

Week 13, Week 14 Results

Week 13

Bulls def. Crosby's 3-0 via forfeit

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Week 14

Commissioner's Corner - Craig Hixon

Corner: Thanks for stopping by Craig.
Craig: Hey man glad to be here and thanks for having me.

Corner:  What’s life been like on the Tigers this year?  The record isn’t great—but you have a pretty loose team and definitely some upside.
Craig: It has been a season of ups and downs so far. The weeks that we have a full squad I feel like we are the best team in the league. The weeks when we field 4 which seems like every week, is fun for me cause I face a lot of shots but its not fun loosing. I feel as if our record doesn't reflect how good of a team we actually are. I'm going to like going into playoffs as the bottom team. The pressure of victory will be on our opponents and that's a great place to be in. The bye weeks are overrated anyhow. 

Corner:  Despite the record, you’ve played pretty well this year.  Do you feel like you are in your prime? (Or close to it)
Craig; I have to give a lot of credit to our defense. Especially Joe. The man is there week in and week out and wears shots for me and I can't thank him enough. However I feel I'm starting the decline of my prime. My peak was that 2013 season where I was undefeated the entire season including playoffs. My gear on the other hand is on its last leg. If anyone wants to invest in some new gear for a kid I'd appreciate it. 

Corner:  Oh I’m sure Joe and Andy would love to buy you a set.  When you first started playing, we only had 2 goalies for all 6 teams.  Take us back to those days.

Craig: The good ol' days of Franklin hockey. I wish I could go back Ron I tell ya. The days where hitting was encouraged rather than a penalty. The days when my dad would drop me off at 11 and pick me up at 4 cause I was too young to even drive. The days where we would shatter a window and have to delay until the cops came and then they would stick around and watch for awhile. Those were the good days. Being around long enough to see the beginning of the league and how it has evolved, it has come a long way and I am proud to say I was apart of it. 

Corner:  Well said Craig. Those were fast times for sure.  You’ve faced plenty of talented players in your career.  Who is the most difficult to stop?
Craig: There are a few that come to mind. Kanz back in the old days was deadly. Barca, Bono, Kortz all of those top level guys sure had my number back at Franklin. However in the more recent days, Mains has really flexed his pound or two of muscle and has had my number over the last two or so years. 

Corner:  Do you have a favorite season? Team?

Craig: By far my favorite season was the year I won the cup and Finals MVP with that blue team the league use to have. Going into 4 OT's and Campbell burring that breakaway, I believe it was the best final the league has ever had and I'm glad I was able to be a part of it. As favorite teams go I don't have one but I do have a least favorite. That would be the Jets. Forfeiting a playoff game not only made the team dead to the league. They're dead to me. My Jets jersey was burned shortly after getting that text saying we forfeit. 

Corner: LOL.  This will be the 10th FHL cup.  What would winning this one mean?

Craig: There is no better feeling in all of Munhall than to lift that FHL Cup. I have been there before and I would sure love to be back. I feel like this is the year a wildcard teams lifts that cup and the Tigers come out on top. It may also be a Peyton Manning type of year and a good way to go out on top. 

Corner: Thanks for your time Craig.  Good luck the rest of the way.
Craig: Appreciate you having me. All the best to you and the rest of the league. God bless America and God bless the FHL. 

Week 11 / Week 12 Results

Trade Deadline Recap!

There were two trades before last week's trade deadline. 

Huskies receive: Bob Pellagrino
Mustangs receive: Ryan Marino and Dan Naughton

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Mustangs receive: Jesse Lyons and Tyler Smith
Tigers receive: Brian Grise

Week 9 / Week 10 Results + Trade

Week 9

Moose vs. Huskies

Crosby's vs. Mustangs

Tigers forfeit to Bulls 3-0

Week 10

Tigers Acquire: Dan Drane, Adam Cristallini, Corey Joyce
Bulls Acquire: Jamie Zelena

Note: Trade Deadline is this Friday, 3/25 @ 11:59 PM 

Commissioner's Corner: Buddy Doyle

The Commissioners Corner is an interview segment that provides fans and league members a chance to get to know some of today’s FHL superstars.  After a couple seasons in the dark, the Corner is back as we prepare for the playoffs. 

We’re here with veteran defenseman Buddy Doyle, currently of the Bulls (Hruska Plumbing). Buddy is an FHL lifer with 10 seasons and 1 championship under his belt. He was kind enough to sit down with us this week.
Corner: Hi Bud thanks for the time.  Hope you’re fully recovered from that dogging Monday night out at Murrysville.

Buddy: Well, he has definitely not recovered from that cheap shot you gave him. God only gives us a pair, you know?

Corner: Fair enough. Lets jump right into it… Your Bulls team has been pretty successful so far this season.  And as of Tuesday night you have filled a hole at goaltender via trade with the Tigers for Jamie Zelena.  You must feel pretty confident as we get closer to the spring season?

Buddy: Without a doubt. This is one of the most competitive teams I've ever been a part of and I feel like we are now set perfectly for a strong championship run. Regarding our new goalie... I've always felt that, along with the all-time greats such as Dancin' Rick, Craaaiiig, Kwolek (aka Patrick Reed) and Scooter Meade, Chink belongs in the discussion of elite goaltenders. We are happy to have him.

Corner: Despite filling a need with that trade, do you worry a big deal like that can have an adverse effect on team chemistry?  All three players, specifically Dan Drane, were a big part of that team.

Buddy: You're right - all three of those guys were a big part of the team. Drane really stepped up for us in net this year and helped the team when we needed it most. We are grateful for their contributions and we wish them well. That being said, we all know that we are in the business of winning championships and that we must move forward. I have no worries.

Corner: You’ve been in the league for 10 years now.  That’s a lot of miles.  How are you feeling as an individual player?  You’ve been held without a point all season. (sorry)

Buddy: You know, John, this is my first season in the FHL where my occupation is not full-time student. Life has caught up to me a bit and has really hurt my attendance (and therefore my offensive production). I feel good about my game, though. I'm not as fast or as tough as I used to be, but I believe that I provide leadership on the ice and a reasonable voice to management off of the ice. I think that I've found ways to contribute to the Bulls other than with goals and assists. That being said, last year was my most offensively productive season since we moved to the new rink… so I'm not far removed from that form.  

Corner: I guess time will tell Bud.  Speaking of 10 years, this May will bring the 10th FHL Championship. Talk about the significance of this Cup to you and the longevity of the league in general.

Buddy: It's amazing. Some of the FHL's current players were 6 or 7 years old when this league got started! We are now older than Kanz was when this all began. Are those crazy thoughts?? I sure think so.
This is a significant year. I think most players, especially the older guys, are a bit more hungry for this year's cup. I know that I am. I'd like to say that I won the first and the tenth cups.

Corner: Do you have a most memorable game or series?
Buddy:  Of course, of course. You already know the answer. Championship series during Year 1. Dog days of summer (we would never again have a playoff game during this time of the year). I'm on the ground, almost dead from heat exhaustion (I didn't really have any regard for pace, back in those days). Big Billy Seaman picks me up off the ground and says "Lets Go!" We won it.                                  
Corner: What a time to be alive that was.  Who was your favorite defenseman to play with in your career?  Least favorite?

Buddy: With all due respect to Seaman, I've really enjoyed playing with guys who are position-ally predictable. Guys like Zig, Pander, Package and Mike Cullen have always been fun for me to play with. I know where they'll be and I have free reign to do what I need. On the other hand, guys who play a bit more like me (guys like yourself, John, or guys such as Jeff Rogers) are tougher to play with. It's all about complementing each defenseman's style of play.

Corner:  Yeah I don’t like playing with you either.  In that same area who has been the most difficult player to defend?  There have been some remarkable talents in the league over the years.

Buddy: There have been some incredibly talented people, but I've always found that the toughest guys to play against are the guys who mixed talent and strength. The Siniawskis are talented and strong. People don't think about him this way, but Barca was exceptionally strong. Fish is a strong kid (when he's not sleeping or drinking). But the most difficult player to play against is Kortz. He's incredibly strong on the puck and very talented. It's hard to keep him from circling to the middle of the ice. 

I have to mention Mark Fetzsko, too -- he played like a bat out of hell and was a nightmare to play against. He taught me how to play the game. Hopefully we all learn something from these great players.

Corner:  Well said.  What do you value most about your 10 years as a league member?

Buddy: I value the friendships. I have a very large group of extended friends, thanks in large part to this league. I get to see people (weekly!) that I might not ordinarily get to see. It's been a great source of pride, a great source of fun, and a great source of comradeship. I hope that each player in the FHL feels the same way and continues to feel that way.

Corner: Thanks for the time Buddy. Good luck the rest of the season.

Buddy: Thanks, John -- good luck to you, too. God bless the FHL.

Week 6 Results + Cancellation

Week 6 Results

Moose vs. Bulls

Huskies vs. Crosby's

Mustangs vs. Tigers

FHL has been cancelled for 2/13 due to weather.
Schedule will be updated with new dates. 

Week 5: Results

Huskies/Moose: Box Score

Mustangs/Crosby's: Box Score

Tigers/Bulls: Box Score

Week 4: Results




Week 3 Results + Trade Announced

Moose 0, Mustangs 3: Box Score
Tigers 3, Crosby's 0: Box Score
Bulls 1, Huskies 3: Box Score

The Crosby's and Huskies have agreed to a trade:

Crosby's Get: Neil Murray and Adam Pander
Huskies Get: Jeff Pingor

2015-16: Week 1 and Week 2 - RESULTS


Tigers/Bulls: Box Score
Moose/Huskies: Box Score
Crosby's/Mustangs: Box Score

Crosby's/Huskies: Box Score
Tigers/Mustangs: Box Score
Bulls/Moose: Box Score

* Please check back for updated standings, statistics, and Week 3 box scores. *