Ten Pittsburgh-area players were on the United States team that won the World Junior (under-20) Street Hockey Championships in Aosta, Italy on June 22-25.
Ryan Jones of Penn Hills and John Kalichuk of Plum each scored in the gold-medal game, a 3-2 win over Slovakia July 25. Joe Hadley of Plum was named to the all-tournament team on defense. Bobby Housser and Bobby Vorse, both of Leominster, MA, were named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Goaltender, respectively.
Other Pittsburgh-area players on the team were: Pete Cosentino, Bethel Park; Jim Daugherty, Murrysville; Brandon Gazzo, New Kensington; Don Leishman, Avonworth; Nick Maraldo, Plum; Billy Sullivan, Turtle Creek; and Rick Zimmick, Morningside. The head coach was Mark Madden of Pittsburgh. He was assisted by Brian Errigo of Murrysville and Bob Vorse of Leominster, MA.
The U.S. went 2-0-3 in an incredibly evenly-matched tournament. The top four finishers all went 0-0-3 in medal-round play. The U.S. and Slovakia got to the final on the goals-for tiebreaker.
The win was the first medal ever for the US in international street hockey competition.
The U.S. game scores were: U.S. 6, Italy 2; U.S. 6, Slovakia 6; U.S. 5, Czech Republic 5; U.S. 1, Canada 1; U.S. 3, Slovakia 2.
All of the local gold medalists will play in the Penguins Power Play Street Hockey Tournament July 29-30 at Greater Pittsburgh Dekhockey Center, Penn Hills, and at Murrysville Dekhockey, Route 22. For more information on registering, call 412-231-6759 or e-mail email@example.com.