Power’s ice hockey team takes 2nd

CORAOPOLIS – Macky Power added to his impressive high school hockey resume Sunday.

The Hollidaysburg standout was selected to skate for Team Pittsburgh at the USA Hockey America’s Showcase at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center in suburban Pittsburgh.

Team Pittsburgh finished pool play 3-0 at the prestigious event, which features 20 boys and six girls teams comprised of high school juniors and seniors from around the country, draws attention from a large number of college and junior hockey scouts. The squad beat Team Indiana, 5-0, in the semifinals as Power scored a goal. However, Illinois beat Pittsburgh, 3-2, for the national championship Sunday.

“I’ve played against most of these guys before, but never really played with them. It felt good to get on the ice with them,” he said. “I wanted to make the best of it. I had a blast. I’ve had the most fun this year, by far.”

Power scored in two of Pittsburgh’s three games during pool play. His breakaway goal in the team’s first game instantly impressed Team Pittsburgh coach Lou Biancaniello, who coaches Washington & Jefferson College’s squad.

“He is a strong. We were trying to make cross passes through the defensemen and he was able to get behind and pick one up,” he said. “He is one of those guys where, if you get a hand on him, it doesn’t matter. He’s strong and he’s fast and it’s hard to catch him. He’s able to finish, too. Once I saw him get a half step on the defense, I thought it was going to be a goal. That’s what we brought him here to do. He delivered for us.”

Power wrapped up a very successful career at Hollidaysburg. As a sophomore, he finished second in PIHL Open Class scoring with 71 points (46 goals, 29 assists) in 18 games. He transferred to Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa., last year. He returned to Hollidaysburg this fall and captured the PIHL Open Class scoring championship with 61 goals and 44 assists in 20 games played in the Open Class. He was the only PIHL player to top 100 points on the season. However, the Golden Tigers fell short of an Open Cup championship with a 3-0 first-round playoff loss to Baldwin.

“It was a blast. Since it was my senior year and I took my junior year off from the PIHL, it was definitely a fun experience coming back,” he said. “It was awesome being back. It felt good because I was back playing in front of my home crowd, too. We had some nice student sections. It was nice playing with my linemate Brandon Ritchey.”

Brandon Ritchey finished second to Power in PIHL Open Class scoring with 96 points (41 goals, 55 assists). Ford City’s Jesse Valasek finished third in scoring with 71 points (39, 22). Power and Valasek played for the Mid-State Mustangs amateur team. That squad competed at the USA Hockey Tier II Under-18 AAA championships in Hartford last weekend. The team lost in the semifinals. Two years ago, the Mustangs claimed an Under-16 national title.

“That team, we’ve all been playing together since we were 9 or 10. It was a pretty great experience,” Power said. “It was bad losing to the same team twice. We lost to them in the first round and then in the semis.”

Power hopes to continue his hockey career. However, it will probably be away from this area as his family is moving to Boise, Idaho, this summer.

“I am going to a couple of junior tryouts in May,” he said. “There is a team in the WSHL that’s looking at me out in Idaho. I just want to keep going. A scholarship is what I am trying for.”