Stanley Cups, Canada Cups, World Championships, Olympic gold medals – the Lemieux family has won them all.
|Mikael Lemieux had a goal and two assists. |
Well, they can add another title to their illustrious collection – a Penguins Cup championship.
Mikael Lemieux, son of former Penguin Alain Lemieux and nephew of Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, had a goal and two assists to help guide Quaker Valley to a 6-0 win over Serra Catholic in the PIHL 84 Lumber Penguins Cup Class A title game Saturday at Mellon Arena.
“It’s a great feeling. Just to be on the same as ice my uncle and get a chance to score a goal and get some more points is a great feeling,” Lemieux said. “I have been so excited for this since our last game. I was just so pumped and excited to play out here.”
It was the Quakers’ first Penguins Cup championship game appearance.
“Personally, it’s been a long journey with this group. We started the program nine years ago with kids who were just learning to play hockey,” Quaker Valley coach Kevin Quinn said. “This is a fulfilling day for me and for a lot of the parents who helped formed the organization. We’re extremely proud of these kids and for all the people who helped lay the groundwork.”
Quaker Valley (24-1-0) advances to the state title game against Flyers Cup champ Penncrest on April 8 at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island.
Tim Hall got the Quakers on the scoreboard first with 7:24 to play in the opening period. He slammed a rebound off the end boards into the net for a 1-0 lead. Furman South and Noah Zamagias had assists.
Quaker Valley’s Breton McNamara made it a 2-0 game with 2:27 on the clock with a goal off a Lemieux assist.
The two hooked up again 1:32 later when McNamara one-timed a Lemieux shot past Jeff Smaracheck for a 3-0 lead. George Jackson added an assist on the play.
“The fast start was key,” Quinn said. “The second and third goals by Breton McNamara were
|Zachary Zinger |
huge because once it got to 3-0, they started taking more chances and had a few undisciplined penalties and it worked perfectly in our favor.”
Furman South gave the Quakers a 4-0 edge with a power-play goal 1:12 into the second period. He one-timed a pass from his brother, Colin, into the net. Aaron Kostial added an assist.
Colin South made it 5-0 with 5:42 left in the second when he broke through the defense and slipped the puck past Smaracheck. Furman South and Shawn Ritchey had assists.
Lemieux tallied his goal with 5:20 to play. Skating into the Serra zone on the near side, he deked one defender and wristed a puck past Nick Koroly, who had replaced Smaracheck in goal, into the top right corner of the net.
“Between the second and third, I told him that a lot of Lemieux goals have been scored at this rink and now it’s his turn,” Quinn said. “Sure enough, he goes out and does it. I am real proud of him.”
Lemieux was thrilled to score a goal on Mellon Arena ice.
“I just really wanted to put one in the net here,” he said. “It’s what I have been looking forward to all year. I was just so happy to get one.”
And he did it with his uncle in the stands, too.
“I asked him to come and I was glad he showed up,” he said. “I felt pretty good being able to score a goal in front of him.”
Zachary Zinger stopped all 16 shots he faced to earn the win in goal for the Quakers.
“How our defense played today was their best game of the year,” Quinn said. “That was real important and I was really proud of them.”
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Eric Boguniecki dropped the ceremonial first puck in the contest.