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PIHL Outdoor Charity Series Resumes Friday with Doubleheader at North Park Ice Rink

by Jason Seidling / Pittsburgh Penguins
Snowflakes are falling, the temperature is in single digits and the surface at North Park Ice Rink looks as beautiful as ever, which can only mean one thing – more outdoor hockey.

The Third Annual PIHL Outdoor Charity Series will resume on Friday night with a doubleheader at North Park. The series is sponsored by the Centers for Rehab Services Physical Therapy, a partner of UMPC. Admission to all four remaining games is $5, with all proceeds going to charity.

At 6:30 p.m. the Mars Planets and Quaker Valley Quakers will drop the puck to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Following that contest the Shaler Area Titans and Central Catholic Vikings will square off at 8:30 p.m. in support of the PIHL Paul Sciullo Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Playing for the Paul Sciullo Scholarship, which was founded in memory of the City of Pittsburgh police officer who was killed in the line of duty last April, will be special for the Vikings because Sciullo is a Central Catholic alum who captained the Vikings during his playing days.

“I think it might give them a little more incentive,” Bob Kennedy, the Central Catholic head coach, said. “I think the kids get to play for a purpose. We get a chance to remember Paul more as a person and make sure he is not forgotten. It’s a great experience for the kids.”

This will be the first time Central Catholic has had the chance to play outdoors, and Kennedy said they are excited for the opportunity.

“We are very excited,” he said. “We had so much fun when we went out there to practice. The ice was so nice outside. We should have a nice crowd so it’s going to be a very fun experience.”

The Outdoor Charity Series concludes next Friday, Feb. 5, at the South Park Ice Rink. That night the Montour Spartans and Thomas Jefferson Jaguars will do battle at 6:30 p.m. followed by a contest between the Bethel Park Black Hawks and Canon McMillan Big Macs at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from both matchups will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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