Tigers’ Power shines in PIHL all-star game

PITTSBURGH – Macky Power made the most of his second appearance in a PIHL all-star game.

Power, a senior at Hollidaysburg, scored two goals to help lift the Northeast Conference to a 4-2 win over the Southwest Conference in the Open Class PIHL All-Star Game on Sunday at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex on Neville Island. Power earned the First Star of the game award.

“I played in one when I was a sophomore, and I was a little nervous,” Power said. “This one was a lot more fun. I spent a lot more time on the ice. It was a blast.”

With the Northeast holding a 2-1 advantage in the second period, Power scored his first goal on an assist from Ford City’s Jesse Valasek. After the Southwest cut the lead to 3-2 in the third period, Power sealed the win with his second goal on an assist from Hollidaysburg teammate Brandon Ritchey.

“The first goal was a quick one-timer off a pass from behind the net, and I went top right,” Power said. “The second one came on a deep pass, and I beat the defender on a breakaway.”

Power, who leads the PIHL Open Class with 50 goals and 84 points, and Ritchey were joined by Hollidaysburg’s Brent Heaton and Altoona’s Adam Badorrek on the Northeast roster. Hollidaysburg coach Brad Blair was an assistant coach.

“It was great with the four kids from the area playing,” Blair said. “It was a great game. It was a close game, and there was some hitting and some penalties.”

The Northeast had gained a 2-0 lead on goals by Indiana’s Austin Jasper and Baldwin’s Anthony Alaimo. Wheeling Park’s Porter Knollinger and Nicco Catalano scored goals for the Southwest. Baldwin goalie Ryan Beerman stopped all 10 shots he faced in the second period for the Northeast.