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2020-2021 Game Summaries

Tigers Top Tornado, 6-1

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In their first road game of the season, the North Allegheny Tigers stormed past the Butler Golden Tornado, 6-1, on Monday night at the Frozen Pond Arena.

Butler’s Kyle Grasha scored the first goal of the night at the 4:48 mark of the opening period for a quick 1-0 lead. The Golden Tornado goal was just a mirage, however, as the Tigers exploded for six unanswered goals to run away with the win.

At the 12:13 mark of the first period, sophomore Trey Gallo tallied an unassisted goal to even the score at 1-1. Just 13 seconds later, the Tigers struck again on a goal by junior Luke Washabaugh for a 2-1 advantage. With 1:16 remaining in the stanza, junior Kyle Holmes scored and North Allegheny held a 3-1 lead heading into the second period. Junior Connor Chi assisted on both the Washabaugh and Holmes goals.

In the second, the Tigers wasted little time in adding on to the lead with a goal by Will Mensch, assisted by Gallo, at the 1:47 mark for a 4-1 advantage.

Gallo tacked on his second goal of the night just over a minute into the third period and Nolan Collinear’s power play goal finished the scoring with 1:06 remaining in the game to close out a 6-1 win for North Allegheny. Gallo led all point scorers with four points, two goals and two assists, on the evening.

Senior netminder Josh Bailey got the start and made 18 saves to earn the victory. Butler goalie Lauren LeGrand was peppered with 34 shots and made 28 saves.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 3-1 on the season and sits in first place in the Class AAA standings. Butler dips to 0-4 and remains in last place. The Tigers visit Bethel Park on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 9:00 p.m.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Butler, 11-23-20

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Tigers Claw Past Panthers, 2-1

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Playing with a shorthanded lineup for the second straight game, the North Allegheny ice hockey team grinded out a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Upper St. Clair Panthers on Monday night.

The Tigers were without six players and faced a similarly hindered USC team, that had only been on the ice together three times all season, including one game and two practices. Despite those challenges, both teams played in a thrilling and free-flowing game with plenty of excitement.

In the first period, North Allegheny opened the scoring when junior Connor Chi sent a pass ahead to sophomore Austin Peterson for a 2-on-1 rush. With Chi to his right, Peterson beat USC goalie Jake Fisher with a low wrist shot from the left wing circle for a 1-0 lead at the 6:42 mark of the first period. The goal for Peterson was his team-leading fourth of the season.

Boasting Class AAA’s leading scorer from a season ago, Mitch Geinzer, Upper St. Clair responded thanks to fine pass from the senior captain. At the 10:09 mark of the first period, Geinzer threaded pass from the right wing to the top of the crease where senior Aaron Stawiarski deflected the puck into the net to even the score at 1-1.

It appeared NA might grab the lead back with 4:30 to play in the period when Will Mensch broke loose for a breakaway but Fisher denied the Tigers and the game remained tied, 1-1.

In the second period, it was North Allegheny goalie Josh Bailey who turned away the Panthers from a potential go ahead marker. With just under eight minutes to play in the stanza, Geinzer was stopped on a sprawling save by Bailey. With 7:29 to go in the period, Bailey robbed Alex Contis on a rebound opportunity with a spectacular save and the game remained deadlocked at 1-1.

Nearing the end of the second period, it was apparent that the Tigers were wearing down against the Panthers speedy forwards. Coming out of intermission, North Allegheny was energized with a goal by Nolan Colinear just 59 seconds into the third period for a 2-1 lead. The goal by Colinear was assisted by junior Cole Jackman.

In the remaining minutes of the third period, the Tigers killed two USC power plays and frustrated the Panthers with feisty defense in the neutral zone to hold on for a 2-1 triumph. Spearheading NA’s stellar effort was Chi, who was selected as the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for his invigorating play from start to finish.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-1 on the season, while Upper St. Clair falls to 0-2. The Tigers will visit Butler on Nov. 23 at 9:10 p.m.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 11-16-20

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NA Falls To Peters Township

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The North Allegheny ice hockey team dropped a 7-3 decision to the Peters Township Indians on Thursday night at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale.

In a fast-paced first period, the Indians opened the scoring on a goal by senior Gavin Dabkowski at the 7:23 mark for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers evened the score at 1-1 when sophomore Trey Gallo sent a headman pass to senior Aaron Mark for a breakaway goal, his second of the season, at the 9:34 mark of the period.

The deadlock didn’t last long, however, as Bray Sehnert gave Peters Township the lead back less than a minute later with his second goal of the season. The Indians increased their advantage to 3-1 on a marker by Dylan McElhinney with 2:50 remaining in the opening stanza.

Making his first varsity start, North Allegheny sophomore goalie Rylan Murphy settled into the game and made seven of his 22 saves in a scoreless second period.

With Murphy keeping the Tigers within striking distance, North Allegheny stormed out of the gates in third period. Gallo put an immediate shot on net that was initially saved by goalie Aaron Symons. However, the rebound floated in front of the crease and was batted out of the air and into the PT net by sophomore Austin Peterson just 26 seconds into the period, trimming the score to 3-2, Peters Township. With two assists on the evening, Gallo was a sparkplug for the Tigers on offense and defense, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

At the 4:47 mark of the third period, a Peters Township penalty gave North Allegheny a power play and seemingly continued the Tigers momentum. Instead, a turnover in the offensive zone led to a shorthanded goal by John Camp on a breakaway and a 4-2 Indians lead 5:54 of the third. From that point, the pendulum had swung toward Peters Township as the visitors scored three more times to pull away for a 7-3 win. Austin Malley, Sehnert and Christian Biscardo all scored goals for the Indians down the stretch. North Allegheny’s final goal was scored by Evan Kaminski, assisted by Hunter Corna and Luke Collinear.

Symons made 26 saves on 29 shots to earn the victory for Peters Township.

Following Thursday’s outcome, North Allegheny falls to 1-1 overall, while Peters Township improves to 2-0 on the young season. The Tigers look to bounce back on Monday night with a home date with the Upper St. Clair Panthers. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 11-12-20

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Tigers Vanquish Vikings In Season-Opening Win, 5-1

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The North Allegheny ice hockey team opened the 2020-2021 season on Monday night with a 5-1 victory over the Central Catholic Vikings at the Baierl Ice Complex.

After COVID cut short NA’s playoff run a season ago, the Tigers hit the ice with eager anticipation and stormed out of the gates with a strong first period. Sophomore forward Austin Peterson started the scoring with a power play goal 1:05 into the game and netted another goal just over a minute later to give the Tigers an immediate 2-0 lead. Junior Luke Washabaugh added a goal with 16 seconds remaining in the opening stanza for a 3-0 advantage.

The lone goal of the second period belonged to Central Catholic as Loch Davis tallied a power play goal at the 4:56 mark, trimming the NA lead to 3-1.

The Tigers put the game away in the third period on goals from junior Shane O’Neill and senior Aaron Mark, capping off a 5-1 victory.

In net, senior goalie Josh Bailey stopped 33 of 34 shots to earn the victory. Central Catholic goalie Jake Dold made 27 saves in a losing effort.

Following the season-opening win, North Allegheny will visit Upper St. Clair on Monday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 p.m.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Central Catholic, 11-2-20

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