Saturday, January 22, 2022 | 11:01 AM
Ice hockey at Shady Facet Academy is far totally different than what most scholastic sports activities followers are accustomed to.
The varsity performs within the Worldwide Prep League, versus the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League most Western Pennsylvania faculties play in.
It’s a singular association, however one which fits Shady Facet simply superb.
Jonathan Johnson, additionally the college’s assistant athletic director, coaches the boys prep group, a bunch of anyplace from 20 to twenty-eight athletes that performs a prep college schedule.
“We’ll be in Chicago subsequent weekend taking part in 4 different prep faculties,” Johnson mentioned. “In addition to Chicago, we’ll play groups from Cleveland and Vermont.”
The Bulldogs have gamers from not solely the Pittsburgh area, however athletes from Texas, Florida and even 4 Canadians.
“We even have a Chinese language participant,” Johnson mentioned. “We entice prime student-athletes. What attracts them is the robust teachers right here at Shady Facet Academy and we are able to board the scholars on campus. There are female and male dorms. Improvement is a key right here. We’re at it six days per week.”
A varsity group is one which performs just a little extra of a neighborhood schedule. There’s additionally a center college group and a ladies prep group. One benefit Shady Facet additionally has is an on-campus enviornment — the McKnight Middle.
Mentioned Johnson: “Generally, a PIHL sport might be performed at 9 p.m. on a weeknight. That’s laborious for us to have, so we went with this mannequin, and that’s not to remove something that the PIHL does.”
The Bulldogs are 16-13 after 29 video games of the almost 40-game schedule.
One of many prep group’s key gamers and captains this season is defenseman Cole Douglas, who hails from Gibsonia.
“Cole’s been right here at Shady Facet beginning with the center college group,” Johnson mentioned. “He’s undoubtedly a frontrunner of our group.”
One other key participant is ahead Mathew McEnroe from Moon Township.
One participant from Canada who has a well-known title to sports activities followers within the Pittsburgh area is Jack Lambert. Johnson mentioned when Lambert first arrived on campus, he had no concept who the corridor of fame soccer participant of the identical title was.
Johnson additionally provides credit score for this system’s success to assistant coach Stu Smith, who has been with the group for about 10 years.
Johnson himself was an extremely proficient participant in his day. Johnson scored 122 objectives for the Ford Metropolis Excessive Faculty hockey group within the 1989-90 season, a state file that also stands. He was featured that yr in Sports activities Illustrated journal’s “Faces within the Crowd” part.
Johnson went on to play junior hockey a number of years after graduating from Ford Metropolis.
On the weekend of Jan. 28-29, Shady Facet will host Wyoming Seminary from the Wilkes-Barre space. The Friday sport begins on the McKnight Middle begins at 7 .m. and the Saturday sport at 11 a.m.
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