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Peters Township native signs AHL contract

Add Rob Madore to the list of Washington County natives taking a big step toward playing in the NHL.

The Peters Township native signed a contract Monday with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate. Madore led PT to two PIHL Penguins Cup victories in 2004 and 2005.

Madore won the ECHL Playoff MVP last season as the goalie for the Cincinnati Cyclones, which lost the Kelly Cup championship series in six games to the Alaska Aces. He had a 17-12 record during the 
2013-14 regular season with a 0.908 save percentage.

The former Indians net minder led the University of Vermont to the 2009 Frozen Four as a freshman and has spent time between the AHL and ECHL since 2011.

The 26-year-old was invited to the Penguins Development Camp in the fall of 2009 before spending three more seasons at Vermont. Madore is also ranked second all-time at UVM in saves.

Madore spent time with two ECHL teams in 2012 and appeared in nine games with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), collecting a 5-3-0 mark with a 1.83 goals against average.

He signed with the Cyclones, the ECHL affiliate of the Predators and Florida Panthers, last August.


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Peters Township grad excels in NYCBL

Zach Verner
Peters Township graduate Zach Verner, who is currently a sophomore at John Carroll University, is playing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League this summer.

Verner has made 16 appearances for the Niagra Power. He has tossed 17.2 innings for the Power with a stellar 1.01 ERA, nine saves and a 21-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander recently played for the Western Team in the NYCBL All-Star game where he earned the save.

Verner, who is a relief pitcher for John Carroll's baseball team, is not the first PT grad to play in the league. Mike Bittel pitched in the league last year and like Verner, was selected the all-star game.

As a sophomore this spring, he only appeared in three games while recording a 0-1 record in six innings pitched, but he was the Blue Streak’s closer in 2013.

As a freshman, Verner appeared in 15 games and led the team with three saves, posted the second-lowest ERA on the team at 2.14 and did not allow an earned run in 12 of 15 appearances.

At Peters Township, he was a three-year letter winner and captain of the 2012 Indians. Verner was a junior on Joe Maize's team that was a WPIAL runner up in 2011.
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