Rams Rebuilding For Strong Showing in PIHL Open Division
By Paul Chasko
The 2010/2011 hockey season for the Ringgold Rams was a bit of a letdown ending with a regular season record of 6-13-1. This coming off a huge 2009/2010 season logging a 17-0-2 regular season record and a Nailers Division Championship. The move to a tougher Chiefs Division this year and the loss of a few key players put the Rams in what might be looked at as a rebuilding year.
Despite not having the win/loss record they were hoping for, they did have the Open Class leader in goals and overall points in Kevin Claybaugh who scored 46 goals and 28 assists, giving him 74 points in 19 games in the regular season. Billy Sutyak finished in the top 25 of all players in the Open Class as a defenseman with 9 goals and 31 assists for a total of 40 points in the regular season.
The Action Starts Here - Rams Face-Off
with Ligonier Valley
The Ringgold Rams were the #7 seed going into the post-season tournament and went to Altoona to play the #2 seed, Hollidaysburg team. The team put in what was, undoubtedly, their best performance of the season and upset the 14-6 Hollidaysburg team, by a score of 3- 2 but then lost to a strong Ford City Team 8-3 in the semifinals.
Three players from the Ringgold Rams made the PIHL 2010-11 Open Class Northeast Conference All-star team this year - they are: Kevin Claybaugh, Senior Forward from Belle Vernon; Nicholas Scabilloni, Senior Forward from Ringgold; and Billy Sutyak, Junior Defenseman from Ringgold. The Northeast team won the all-star game by a big margin.
As a team in the PIHL Open Class, the Rams draw players from Ringgold, Charleroi, Belle Vernon, and other surrounding school districts. If you know someone in a neighboring school district who is interested in playing high school ice hockey, please feel free to contact Tracy Goldbach at 724.941.3833, or email
. Thanks to Coach Mike Duda for some background, photos and scoring stats.
Rams All-Star Players (L to R) Kevin
Claybaugh, Senior Forward from Belle
Vernon; Nicholas Scabilloni, Senior
Forward from Ringgold; and Billy
Sutyak, Junior Defenseman from
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Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 22:23