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Franklin Regional Little Panthers Inline completes a perfect season

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Franklin Regional Little Panthers are a co-op Inline Program of players from the Eastern Suburbs who competed in the BladeRunners Harmarville U-14 and U-11 Inline League Spring Season. The FRLP Little Panthers competed against school programs from Shaler (2), Seneca Valley (2), Pine Richland and Norwin. 

FRLP completed a perfect regular season as the Regular Season Champions of the U-14 Division of the Spring 2011 Season with a 10-0-0 Record scoring 94 goals for while yielding only giving up 11 goals during the regular season. An outstanding accomplishment for a group of players that until this spring never played with a roller puck and had to rely on experience developed at the Tournament Street Hockey and Ice Hockey through various FRLP Programs and PAHL Ice Hockey.   
In the Semi-Finals, Franklin Regional took on the # 4 seed Shaler Blue Titans. The Titans presented a strong physical opponent rallying from a 3-0 deficit to close the gap to 3-2 before the Panthers scored three unanswered goals to coast to a 6-2 victory. Jamie Mauro lead the offensive effort for FRLP with a hat trick, while Michael Rihn added a pair of goals and Nolan Puhala closed out the scoring. Nathan Puhala was solid between the pipes to pick up the victory on goal
The Championship was a matchup of # 2 Seed Shaler Red (10-1-0) and the undefeated # 1 Seed FRLP team (11-0). Franklin scored three goals in the opening period to race to a 3-0 lead and then held a 5-1 lead after two periods. After Shaler scored to make it 5-2, FRLP pulled away with two goals to breeze to a 7-2 Championship triumph. Jamie Mauro scored another hat trick and added a pair of assists, while Matthew Rihn, Evan Yurko, Kyle Novak and Ryan Watson added goals for FRLP. Tyler Watson, Ryan Watson and Josh Hyland had multiple assists for the Little Panthers.
The FRLP U-11 Team fell a little short in their quest for Gold to Shaler Blue 4-3 in the Semi-Finals.
Players on the FRLP U-11 Inline Team included Sean Boylan Goaltender (Shaler), Josh Hyland (Franklin Regional) Ethan Yohe (Franklin Regional) Justin Carter (Franklin Regional) Jeremy D’Antonio (Plum) Cole Norris (Franklin Regional) Joey McGinn (Franklin Regional) Adam Renda (Franklin Regional) Michael Rihn (Plum) Ryan Collette (Greensburg Salem)
The FRLP Inline Program is sponsored by the Pa Hockey Foundation, which sponsors Developmental Ice Hockey (Over 30 Grade School and Middle School Programs across Western Pennsylvania) , Street Hockey (FR Street Tournament Program and East Suburban YMCA Street Hockey) and Inline (PRIHL and Harmarville In-House Programs).
Please plan to join us for the 4th Annual Founders Cup Street Hockey Tournament at the Dek Star Facility in Pittsburgh on September 3,4, & 5, 2011. Teams from Penn Hills, Team Pittsburgh, Kennedy Twp, Dek Star, Loyalhanna, Latrobe and FR Street are committed to participate in this event. Information about future FRLP Inline and FR Street Hockey Programs are available on the Pa Ball Hockey Site at or by e-mailing  

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