Welcome to the
Pittsburgh Puffins site!
The Pittsburgh Puffins are a recreational women's ice hockey
team made up of women ages 20 to 64 with various ability levels.
We play to learn and have fun! The Puffins began in 1998 and
are a founding member of the Pennsylvania-Ohio Women's Hockey
Association (POWHA). We compete in its lower division as well
as play games against area teams and travel to tournaments
around the US and Canada.
For more information about the Puffins, please check out our
About Us section.
Puffin merchandise can be purchased at the
Team Store or
our special 10th anniversary store.
2012-2013 Pittsburgh Puffins
Looking forward to 2013-2014 season.
The Puffins will be moving to the Airport Ice Arena this year
for our practices. We will hold practices every other week
from September to March from 8:00-9:20 PM. The practice schedule
along with game schedule (work in progress) is available at:
The Puffins are currently organizing for the 2013-2014 season.
If you are interested in joining the Puffins - please email
Marcia Metz: firstname.lastname@example.org - practices will start in
Setember or October and the season runs until April 2014.
If you have a team that is interested in playing the Puffins,
or know of a tournament that the Puffins may be a good fit
for (we are a D-level USA hockey team) - email Amanda Wareham:
Puffins POWHA struggles continue.
The Puffins in February have faced three POWHA opponents
and lost all three games. The first was a local game vs. the
Steel City Sirens. The Sirens had more seasoned players and
dominated the Puffins, though the Puffins were able to put
up 2 goals against and make it a close 4-2 game. The Puffins
then travelled to Columbus to play the Columbus Bandits and
the Indy Speed. The Puffins struggled again and lost to the
two POWHA foes 10-1 and 8-0 respectfully. That being said,
the Puffins players never gave up and gained some valuable
experience. The Puffins will not have any additional games
Puffins goes 1-2 in Cincy festival weekend.
The Puffins travelled to Cincinnati, Ohio for their second
festival weekend in a row. The first game on Saturday was
against the Indy Speed. The Speed turned out to be too fast
and young for the Puffins to keep up with and registered an
astronomical 65 shots on net. The Puffins lost the game 9-2,
both Puffins goals from Amanda Thornton. The second game on
Saturday was more evenly matched vs. the Cincinnati Rising
Stars. The score was tied 2-2 with teams exchanging goals
in the first 11 minutes, but then the Puffins tacked on two
more goals in the first to go ahead 4-2. The Puffins got another
goal in the third period, which the Stars answered with their
own, but they couldn't overcome the earlier defecit and the
Puffins won the game 5-3. Amanda Thornton scored 4 of the
goals and winger Kelley Vitale scored her first goal of the
season. Sunday morning the Puffins faced the Dayton Fangs
for the second week in a row. Just like the previous Sunday,
the game was a tight game, coming down to the last minute.
The Puffins were not able to pull out the "W", however
and lost 3-2 to the fangs. Goals were scored by Roselle Tena
and Amanda Thornton.
Puffins lose 3 in POWHA festival weekend but gain experience
The Puffins started off their POWHA season this past weekend
by losing 3 games, but improving every game. The first game
was Saturday morning versus the Steel City Sirens. The Puffins
lost 6-1, with the lone goal being scored by Amanda Thornton.
Even though the Puffins started off strong tying first period
1-1, the 7 week game layoff for the Puffins was evident and
the younger and more experienced Sirens were able to get a
decisive win. The Puffins faced the Columbus Bandits in their
second game of the day on Saturday at 9:40 PM. The game was
a much more closely matched game with the Puffins really getting
more into the groove of the season. The Bandits were a much
fresher team however, not playing any earlier games, and were
able to stifle the Puffins offense to only 11 shots. The Puffins
lost that matchup 3-0. The Puffins then had a short night,
having gotten off of the ice at 11 PM on Saturday, then turning
around and facing the Dayton Fangs at 8 AM the next morning.
This was to be the Puffins best game yet, with the game being
Dayton ahead 1-0 until the final minute when Dayton scored
an empty-net goal to end the game at 2-0. Dayton had won big
against the Sirens the night before, so it is a testament
to the fact that you can never know who is going to be able
to beat whom in any given POWHA game.
Puffins to play in first POWHA games this season
It has been a long wait for the Puffins to start their POWHA
(Pennsylvania Ohio Womens Hockey Association) season. Most
of the other POWHA teams got their start in early December,
but the Puffins had to wait until the second "festival
weekend" of the year to get their first game in. This
has been long time coming since the Puffins started practice
in September of 2012. Fortunetly, the games are local to Pittsburgh
with the Steel City Sirens hosting this second POWHA "Festival
Weekend" The Puffins start out against the Steel City
Sirens Saturday at 11:45 AM at the Shadyside Academy Rink
(423 Fox Chapel Rd, Fox Chapel, PA 15238). Then later that
night they travel to the Mt. Lebanon Municipal Ice Rink (900
Cedar Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15228) to play against the
Columbus Bandits at 9:40PM. The next morning is an early morning
again at Shadyside Academy, but this time vs. the Dayton Fangs.
Good luck Puffins!!
FINAL 2012 SEASON RECORD
2011-2012 POWHA League Record 6-3-2
Overall Record 9-9-3
Puffins finish up season in POWHA tourney a little short.
The Puffins entered the year end POHWA tournament in 1st
seed, but two tough losses to the Columbus Bandits left the
Puffins a little short of winning the POWHA championship in
2011-2012. The Puffins did do a great job hosting the POWHA
banquet however. We look forward to more POWHA play in the
Puffins take on the IUP/Ice Minks U19 team in fun day of
Saturday, March 24th, the Puffins met for the first time
with the a team made up of U19'ers from the IUP club team
members and Indiana Ice Minks. The Crimson Hawks made the
trip out to Mt. Lebanon to play the Puffins two times on Saturday,
and while they were both wins for the Puffins, they were certainly
two very different games.
The first game at 11:00 AM was a tight defensive battle with
33 combined shots on net for both teams. That game resulted
with the Puffins holding on for a 2-1 win. Goals were scored
by Aimee Zosky, who was in perfect posistion to catch a rebounded
puck and get it in the net, and by practice Puffin Erica Bankowski
who had a nice wrist shot to the upper part of the far corner
of the net.
The second game at 4:00 PM was more wide open with the Crimson
Hawks scoring first, then eventually going ahead to a 5-2
lead in the second period. However, the Puffins pulled themselves
out of the hole and rallied the rest of the second period
to take a 6-5 lead by the end of the 2nd, and putting one
more in the net in the 3rd for a 7-5 victory. Center Amanda
Thornton led the Puffins with 4 goals, and the other 3 goals
were scored by three seperate Puffins, Erica Bankowski, Maria
Totin and Janine Maxeiner. Goaltender Charlene Bidula evened
came away with the 2 wins for the day with solid performances
in both games. Overall, it was a great, fun day of hockey
with very little penalties, and great play by both teams.
Puffins battles the Bandits in exciting home weekend of
Puffins take first place in POHWA regular season!
The Puffins had 17 of the 18 POWHA rostered skaters suited
up for a two game battle vs. the Columbus Bandits the weekend
of March 10th and 11th. Saturday night saw the first matchup
at 8:10 PM at Mt. Lebanon Municipal. It was a defensive battle
from the start with no goals being scored in the first period.
The second period saw a series of penalties resulting in a
4 on 4 matchup for an extended period of time. The Bandits
were able to draw first blood on the 4 on 4. However, the
Puffins bounced right back and got the goal back within a
minute from a bouncing shot from the point from Defenseman
Melanie West, who scored her first POWHA goal. The Puffins
built on their momentum and scored again from Center Amanda
Thornton within 30 seconds from West's goal to take a 2-1
lead. The game continued without any goals into the third
period, when the Bandits lead scorer was able to find an open
lane to breakaway and score to tie the game up 2-2. The two
teams continued with their tight defense and the game ended
in the 2-2 tie.
The following morning saw the Puffins and Columbus face each
other again at 10:10 AM, both determined to break the two
game tie streak that had occurred in the last two meetings.
The Puffins again had a large bench of 17 skaters, and the
travelling Bandits had a much smaller bench of 9 skaters.
The game started out to look like it might be a shootout,
as the Bandits leading scorer scored a goal in the first 11
seconds of the game, but then the Puffins own leading scorer,
Amanda Thornton, answered immediately with a goal 9 second
later making the game a 1-1 tie just 20 seconds into the game.
After the initial flutter of goals, however, both teams settled
in. The Puffins were able to put another goal up on the board
from Thornton before the end of the first period making the
game a 2-1 Puffins lead going into the second period. In the
second period, the Puffins large roster seemed to start wearing
the Bandits down, as the Puffins were able to put up another
goal from Thornton - making it a hat trick day for Amanda,
and the Bandits came away from the period with no goals and
committing two penalties. In the third, the Puffins were relentless
with pressure and the Bandits were getting worn out, committing
5 penalties before the buzzer. Captain Marcia Metz put the
cherry on top of the steller game by the Puffins with a powerplay
goal with 3:39 left in regulation. The Puffins came away with
their first victory over the Columbus squad since 2009 with
the 4-1 win.
The win put Columbus and Pittsburgh tied for the first place
in the POWHA with both teams having 5-1-2 POWHA records, however
the tiebreaker for the league is goals against. The Puffins
only had 16 goals against in POWHA games vs. the Bandits 17
against, making the Puffins in first place for POWHA lower
division regular season!
Puffins travel to Columbus for 3-3 tie.
The Pittsburgh Puffins travelled out to Columbus, OH for
a away rematch vs. the Columbus Bandits in the second of four
POWHA league matchups for these two teams. The game was hard
fought, with the Puffins putting up the first goal with center
Amanda Thornton's goal in the first period. The Bandits would
come out on fire in the second period, scoring two goals within
the first two minutes of the second period to take a 2-1 lead.
The Puffins immediately answered, however and tied the game
up just one minute after the Bandits second goal. Winger Kelley
Vitale netted her first POWHA goal of the season. In the third
period, the Puffins took a 3-2 lead with a goal from a goal
from Captain Marcia Metz with a sweet snipe from the point.
A late penalty led to a powerplay with less than 2 minutes
remaining and the Bandits tied it back up with 49 seconds
remaining. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.
Puffins win big in Cincinnati with roadtrip 2 game sweep.
The Pittsburgh Puffins travelled 5 hours out to Cincinnati,
Ohio to face the Cincinnati Rising Stars II in a pair of POWHA
matchups on February 4th and 5th. The first game, on Saturday
evening, stated out close with the Rising Stars making the
first goal against the Puffins. The Puffins responded with
a goal from Amanda Thornton to bring the game to a 1-1 tie
at the end of the first period. However, in the second period,
the Puffins managed to put the puck in the net 3 times with
goals from Thornton, Mikki Danielson, and Roselle Trello -
who was playing in her first ever Puffins POHWA game. The
Rising Stars got additional goals in the second and third,
and Thornton scored again for the Puffins to cap off a hat
trick for her in the 3rd. Overall, the game was a well played
game with all Puffins players contributing and the Puffins
came away with a 5-3 victory.
On Sunday morning, the Puffins again faced the Rising Stars
II and again dominated the game from start to finish. The
Puffins saw goals from Amanda Thornton and long-time Puffin
center, Gretchen Maxeiner. Goaltender Tracy Burgoon also logged
her second shutout of the POHWA season with the 2-0 win over
Puffins suffer 2 tough losses in roadtrip to Columbus.
The Pittsburgh Puffins suffered 2 tough losses January 14th
and 15th in Columbus, OH. The first game was on Saturday vs.
POWHA foe, the Columbus Bandits. The teams were faced with
extremely substandard ice conditions at the rink, as the facility
was having issues with their chillers, causing the surface
to remain wet almost the entire game and causing for slow
and unpredictable game. The Puffins had a tough first period
of that game and fought valiently in the 2nd and 3rd periods,
but could not muster a rally enough to overcome a 6-3 loss.
The next morning, the Puffins travelled to a different rink
to face POWHA upper level team, the Columbus Capitals. The
Puffins played well against the Capitals and managed more
shots on goal vs. that team than the night before, however,the
Puffins were outgunned and lost the game 9-3.
Puffins sweep Cincinnati in 2 weekend POWHA matchups.
The Pittsburgh Puffins started out the POWHA league season
the weekend of December 3rd and 4th with two games versus
the travelling Cincinnati Rising Stars II.
The first game was Saturday night at 8:10 PM at Mt. Lebanon
municipal. A well fought game, with the Rising Stars taking
a bold stand with only 8 skaters vs. the full 18 Puffin skaters.
The game was scoreless after the end of 2 periods, with an
earlier Puffin goal from Kelley Vitale waived off because
the goalie had knocked the goal off of its mooring a split
second before the goal was scored. In the 3rd period, the
Rising Stars came out with 11:52 remaining to strike first
blood, but the Puffins qucikly responded 23 seconds later
when left wing Janine Maxeiner was in perfect position to
bury a rebound from the point shot of defenseman Ginger Morris.
Maxeiners goal tied the game at 1-1 and momentum quickly turned
in the Puffins favor. The two teams continued to battle, but
it was Puffins Captain, Marcia Metz that put the game winner
in with 5:18 remaining to give the Puffins their first Powha
win this season with the 2-1 victory.
The next game was bright and early at 9:15 AM at Rostraver
Ice Garden. Even though it was early (and very cold), the
Puffins were ready to go and scored two goals in the first
period with goals from Gretchen Maxeiner and Maria Totin.
Both first period goals were achieved by the ladies positioning
themselves to be in the right spot for rebounds and making
the most of opportunities. In the second period, Gretchen
Maxeiner again scored through tenacious play close to the
net. Puffins veteran, Jean Deep scored the fourth goal from
the off-side post when center Amanda Thornton drew the defense
into her setting up a perfect pass to Deep for her first ever
Powha league goal. The Puffins continued playing strong in
the third period when they put in their fifth and final goal
of the game that came from a flying backhanded centering pass
across the front of the net to right winger, Kaysie Strang
who positioned herself on the far post, handled and buried
the puck. The Puffins defense, again shined with only 11 shots
being allowed on net, and goalie Tracy Burgoon had her first
shutout of the season, finishing out the weekend with a 95.2%
save percentage. After this 5-0 win, the Puffins have a long
hiatus with the next games to be January 21-22nd in Columbus,
Puffins return to Cleveland and split games
The Pittsburgh Puffins traveled to Cleveland Heights, OH
in early December to play two non-Powha scrimmage games. Once
again, the team the Puffins were facing were made up of a
mix of Cleveland Falcons and Cleveland Ice Hawks players.
Saturday nights game was a very close game with the Puffins
winding up on the losing end of a 2-1 battle. Defenseman Deb
Bayha scored the Puffins lone goal in the game and Puffins
goaltender, Tracy Burgoon stopped 23 of the 25 shots against
her. Sunday morning proved to be a much brighter outcome for
the Puffins, with a surge of 2nd period scoring helping to
solidify and extend a lead that would culminate in a 6-2 win
for the Puffins, their first for the season. Highlights from
the game were center Amanda Thorntons hat-trick, Captain and
defenseman Marcia Metz's two goals and new full-time Puffin
Linda Nicoloff's first ever Puffin goal! Tracy once again
had a steller game in net stopping 27 of 29 shots and finishing
with an impressive 92.6% save percentage for the weekend!
The Puffins are on an upswing and are looking forward to the
upcoming Powha matchup versus Cincinatti this coming weekend
Puffins go 0-2-1 in Strongsville
The Pittsburgh Puffins traveled to Strongsville, OH November
11-12th to play in the annual "Fall Classic" womens
hockey tournament. The Puffins struggled early with a loss
to Niagara on Friday night, came back strong Saturday afternoon
and narrowly missed a win versus Strongsville with a 3-3 tie,
and dropped a tight game vs. the Steel City Sirens on Saturday
night. The Puffins took not only some of the core "Powha
game" Puffins, but also had many "practice Puffins"
getting their shot at participating in these fun games. Overall,
even though the win-loss record wasn't a success, the team
got some valuable experience and team building throughout
Puffins drop 2 close games in Cleveland
The Pittsburgh Puffins traveled to Cleveland Heights, OH
in early October to play two non-Powha scrimmage games. The
team the Puffins were facing were made up of a mix of Cleveland
Falcons and Cleveland Ice Hawks players. Even though the rosters
for the opposing team was different from Saturday nights game
to Sunday mornings game, the result was the same score a 4-5
loss for the Puffins. Each game was well fought and came down
to the final seconds.
Puffins looking forward to 2011-2012 season
After a long summer off, the Pittsburgh Puffins are looking
forward to getting back to the ice as a team. The Puffins
enjoyed a fun summer, and even played in a "Pink the
Rink" tournament in May in Wooster, OH and took first
place! The Puffins welcome several new members up to the "full
time" roster and have added a few new faces to the "practice"
roster. The first Puffins Practice is September 9th and the
Puffins first scrimmage is Saturday October 1st in Cleveland
This year Puffin practices will be held on
Friday nights at 10:40 pm at the Mt. Lebanon Ice Rink starting
on September 9th.
Look for our full practice and game schedule available for
viewing from the menu on the left side of this page.
As always, go Puffins!