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TIGERS DEFEAT FRANKLIN REGIONAL, 6-2
The Tigers traveled to Franklin Regional on Saturday night and came home with a 6-2 victory. The win was the sixth straight without a loss for NA.
With the win, the Tigers continued their unbeaten streak in the early season. NA will travel to Bethel Park on Wednesday night for an 8:00 pm contest.
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MILLS' GOAL BEATS SEWICKLEY ACADEMY IN SECOND OVERTIME, 8-7
by Ron Zrebiec
Senior attack Adam Mills put back a rebound of his own shot in the second overtime period to give the Tigers an 8-7 victory over Sewickley Academy at Newman Stadium on Wednesday night. Senior Brian Faber and freshman Michael Eck both scored twice for the winning Tigers.
The Tigers came out hot in the first period as junior Grady Wirth opened the scoring followed 90 seconds later with a tally by Faber on a feed from Ryan Worsena. With a 2-0 score after one, the Tigers looked like they were in command of the game.
The Panthers thought differently as they pumped in two even strength and two man up goals to take a 4-2 lead with a little over two minutes left in the second. Eck closed the gap a few seconds later on a nifty feed from Ben Sorek to allow the Tigers to go into the locker room trailing by one at the half.
Sewickley came out hot in the third and added two to stretch the lead to 3 goals before Eck added another to narrow the gap as the third closed out. Sewickley added one early in the fourth to re-establish the three goal spread, and their tough defense hunkered down as they slowed the pace to protect their lead as the clock ticked. The Tigers were not satisfied with the pace of the game and added three goals in a three minute period to even the score at 7-7 with five minutes remaining. Tallies were added by Sorek (Wirth assisting), Kenny Hughes, and Faber in that flurry. The last five minutes in regulation were tense as the teams battled back and forth with no one able to find the twine.
The first overtime period saw a pair of shots from each team but none rang the bell. The second overtime saw Mills take a shot on net with the Sewickley netminder making the save but kicking it back to Mills who fired it past the pressured goalie for the game winner.
Junior goalie Chris Rullan played well in net registering four saves in addition to some fine stick work to reverse the flow of the ball throughout the contest.
With the win, the Tigers improved their section record to 1-0, the overall mark to 5-0 on the season. The Tigers will travel to Franklin Regional on Saturday for a rare contest featuring the varsity and both JV teams. The starting time for the varsity game is set for 8:00 pm.
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TIGERS WIN TWO IN MICHIGAN
The Tigers concluded a successful trip to Michigan over the weekend. In a game on Saturday night, NA downed Troy Athens, 7-4. Junior attack Grady Wirth scored four goals to pace NA with junior Zach Uhler, freshman Michael Eck, and senior Adam Mills also scoring for the winning Tigers. Junior goalie Chris Rullan recorded five saves.
In a Sunday afternoon game, the Tigers defeated Andover, 15-8. Wirth and Mills each tallied five goals, with Ryan Worsena adding a pair, while Vince Stypula, Ben Sorek, and Eck scored single goals for NA. Rullan made 16 saves to preserve the win.
With the two victories, the Tigers improved their overall record to 4-0 on the season.
NORTH ALLEGHENY - 15 ANDOVER - 8
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TIGERS DROP HUDSON, 9-5, FOR SECOND WIN
The Tigers defeated the Hudson (OH) Explorers, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Newman Stadium. Junior attack Zack Uhler led the way with three goals followed by freshman attack Michael Eck who tallied twice for the winning Tigers. Also scoring for NA were senior Adam Mills, junior Brian Faber, senior Ben Sorek, and junior Grady Wirth. Wirth also recorded a pair of assists with Sorek also earning an assist.
Hudson jumped off to a 3-1 lead after one quarter, but the Tigers rallied to take a 5-4 lead at halftime. NA increased the margin to 7-5 after three quarters and added two more goals in the final period to take the 9-5 victory.
The win was the second in as many days for the Tigers as they upped their non-division record to 2-0. NA will travel to Michigan next weekend for a pair of games against two top teams from the state. The trip will begin with a scrimmage against Brother Rice on Saturday morning. On Saturday night, NA will take on Troy Athens in an 8:00 pm contest. On Sunday, the Tigers will meet Bloomfield Hills in a 1:00 pm contest.
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TIGERS TAKE CARE OF WARWICK, 10-7,
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Led by three goals from senior attack Adam Mills and two more by both senior midfield Brian Faber and junior attack Grady Wirth, the Tigers downed Warwick, 10-7, at Newman Stadium on Friday night. NA broke open a one-goal game with five tallies in the third quarter on their way to the victory.
The Tigers started quickly but were unable to score early in the game. Junior Zach Uhler had a chance but shot over the goal just one minute into the contest. A minute and a half later Mills hit the post with a strong shot. It was Warwick, however, that got on the board first. Tyler Harris took a pass from Ian Lewis and converted from the left side with 5:49 remaining in the quarter. Kyle Sprouler made it 2-0 with another shot from right in front of the NA goal. The Tigers answered when the defense forced one of what would be many Warrior turnovers. After taking the ball, senior Mike Ranallo found Wirth open in front of the Warwick net and the NA junior scored the first Tiger goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1 with 2:48 remaining. The Warriors got a break a minute later when a bouncing ball found its way through the NA defense to a wide open Lewis who converted to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead with 1:38 left. Playing a man up, the Tigers drew within one when freshman Michael Eck set up Mills for his first of the game with just 34 seconds left in the quarter. Warwick took a 3-2 lead into the second stanza.
Eck was able to get the equalizer when he bounced a shot off Warrior goalie Dakota Maurer to tie the game at 3-3 3:01 into the second quarter. The Tigers took the lead for good when they scored a man down goal 1:40 later. Wirth sent a long pass to Faber who drilled it into the net to make it a 4-3 game with 7:18 left in the half. Mills second goal on a pass from freshman Ryan Worsena increased the lead to 5-3 with 2:29 remaining. Warwick crept back to within one when Chris Manley batted in a rebound from in front of the NA net with just 13 seconds remaining. The teams went to the intermission with NA holding a 5-4 lead.
Faber was able to take the second half faceoff and race all the way to the Warwick goal and score just six seconds into the half to push the NA lead to 6-4. The Tigers increased the margin to 7-4 when Faber set up Mills for his third of the game just four seconds after a Warwick penalty expired. NA scored their third consecutive goal of the quarter when Wirth converted a man up situation on a pass from Eck with 8:09 still left as the Tigers took an 8-4 lead. Junior goalie Christopher Rullen made a sparkling save robbing Chris Manley from right in front of the NA goal at the 6:41 mark. Warwick was able to get back into the game on a pair on NA penalties. Lewis picked up his second goal with the Warriors a man up and 5:58 left in the quarter. After another NA penalty, Sprouler drilled home his second of the game just eleven seconds later as Warwick cut the lead to 8-6. The Tigers answered, however, when Eck found Worsena open in front of the net as the lead went to 9-6 with 4:46 on the third quarter clock. A minute and a half later, Uhler drove a hard shot from fifteen yards out that beat Maurer to restore the four-goal lead. The Tigers took a 10-6 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Early in the quarter, Harris scored an apparent goal but it was waived off as Warwick was called for off side. The Tiger defense stepped up for most of the quarter as they held off a determined effort by the Warriors. Near the end of the quarter, however, penalties allowed Warwick to pick up a man up goal by Harris with 1:11 remaining. There was no further scoring as the Tigers came away with the 10-7 victory.
It was a good overall effort by the Tigers in the first game of the season. Freshman Michael Eck had a goal and three assists in his first game in black and gold. The North Allegheny Sports Network named Brian Faber as the Player of the Game. Faber scored a pair of goals and added an assist along with making several outstanding defensive plays.
With the win, the Tigers take a 1-0 record into their second game of the season when they meet Hudson (OH) this afternoon at Newman Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 pm.
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