by Jonalyn Telesz
The Lawrence County Lightning mites hockey team from Hess Ice Rink in New Castle traveled to Indiana, Pa. to compete in the 20th Annual Charlie Hogan Hockey Tournament on Feb. 7 and 8.
The Charlie Hogan Tournament is a memorial for the late Charlie Hogan of the 1991-94 mite and squirt level PAHL Championship teams with the Indiana Youth Hockey Association.
Charlie lost his life when he was only 10 years old. The tournament helps bring together young hockey players from all over the state to celebrate their love for this great sport and remember the life of the young boy who shared the same love for the sport of hockey as they do.
The Lawrence County Lightning mites ended the first day of the tournament in third place after playing 10 games. They played five games on the second day of the tournament and managed to clinch a spot in the championship game. The boys were ecstatic.
In the championship game they faced a team that was undefeated for the entire tournament, the Armstrong Arrows. The Lawrence County Lightning played their hardest and were able to match the Arrows and tie the game 3-3 by the end of regulation. A shootout determined the winner, and the Lawrence County Lighting mites out-shot the Arrows winning the Charlie Hogan Mite Crosby Division Championship.
The Lawrence County Lightning mite team players include: Sean Carmichael, Connor Daniels, Angelo Fromm, Noah Hacker, Brayden Liguore, Gavin Loomis, Charlie Miller, Brody Moore, Jack Ogoreuc, Nate Pitzer, Lincoln Saracco and Zander Telesz. The coaches include: Scott Daniels, Bob Fromm, Toby Liguore and Shane Merryman.