2017-2018 Game Summaries
The Peters Township Indians continued their bid for back-to-back championships with a 2-1 win over the North Allegheny Tigers in the PIHL Class AAA semifinals on Thursday night at the RMU Island Sports Center.
The Indians struck for two quick goals in the first period to build a 2-0 lead. Connor Gielarowski scored at the 7:23 mark of the opening period and Mark Lehman tallied an unassisted marker just 69 seconds later to give Peters Township a two-goal advantage.
Thanks to North Allegheny goalie Richard Karapandi, the two first period goals would be the last time the Indians were heard from again. The junior netminder made 26 saves, some of which of the spectacular variety, to keep the Tigers within striking distance over the final two periods. For his efforts, Karapandi was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
With Karapandi holding the Indians at bay, the Tigers finally caught a break when Indians forward Eric Wilbert committed a cross-checking penalty in the open ice at the 13:25 mark of the second period. North Allegheny capitalized on the opportunity and netted a power play goal to cut the score to 2-1, Indians. Sophomore Tyler Lamark scored on the man advantage, assisted by Aaron Miller and Bernardo Vieira to bring the Tigers to within in one with just 2:52 remaining in the second period.
While Karapandi was dazzling in net, Peters Township sophomore goalie Alex Wilbert was equally as good and kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game to preserve a 2-1 win for the top-seeded Indians. Wilbert made 31 saves to earn the victory in net.
Peters Township advances to the Class AAA Penguins cup finals to face the Seneca Valley Raiders on Tuesday night. North Allegheny’s season comes to a close with a fourth straight appearance in the PIHL semifinals. Congratulations to the Tigers and head coach Mike Bagnato for an outstanding 2017-2018 season.
(Photos courtesy of Brian Mitchell and Pittsburgh Hockey Digest).
Ice Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 3-15-18
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The North Allegheny ice hockey team punched its ticket to the PIHL Class AAA semifinals for the fourth straight season with an 8-3 triumph over Butler at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale on Tuesday night. The Tigers pounced on the Golden Tornado with a five-goal first period and received a hat trick and an assist from junior Aaron Miller in the win. For his efforts, Miller was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
In the regular season, North Allegheny and Butler split the season series with each team earning a narrow one-goal victory at home. In the rubber match with a berth in the PIHL semifinals at stake, the Tigers made sure this playoff contest did not have nearly as much drama as their previous two meetings.
The Tigers stormed out of the gates against the Golden Tornado with an impressive first period. Sophomore Will Parreaguire opened the scoring with a marker at the 3:23 mark of the opening stanza, assisted by Justin Symons and Vincenzo Mazur. Butler had back-to-back power plays in the first period to try and even the score but instead the Golden Tornado fell further behind. Miller netted his first goal of the night with a breakaway goal against Butler keeper Connor Strobel for a 2-0 lead. The Miller goal was a shorthanded tally and was just the beginning of things to come.
At the 11:33 mark of the first period, Christopher Hanlon posted his first goal of the season to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Just 22 seconds later, sophomore Collin O’Neil netted his first goal of the year as well to bring the score to 4-0, North Allegheny. The Tigers ended the period with a highlight reel 2-on-1 goal by junior Haden Shimko, assisted by Tyler Lamark, for a 5-0 advantage with 37 seconds remaining in the period. The fifth NA goal forced the exit of Strobel, an all-star goalkeeper for the Golden Tornado this season.
Despite the change in-between the pipes for Butler, senior Nicholas Farmerie couldn’t prevent North Allegheny from expanding the lead to 6-0 courtesy of a power play goal by Hanlon 2:12 into the second period.
Refusing to go away quietly, Butler scored three of the next four goals to trim the NA lead to 7-3 by the end of the second period. The Golden Tornado rallied on goals by Ronan Miller, Bekk McClaine and Connor Bachman. The Tigers only goal in that span belonged to Aaron Miller, his second of the game.
In the third period, Miller notched the hat trick with a power play goal with 8:12 remaining in the game. The goal was the final of the night for either side, capping an 8-3 victory for North Allegheny. The third period was a penalty-filled session with three Butler players receiving 10-minute game misconduct penalties. The Butler penalties did not put a damper on what proved to be a thrilling victory for the black and gold. NA goalie Richard Karapandi earned the win in net with 33 saves.
The Tigers advance to the PIHL Class AAA semifinals where they’ll play Peters Township in a rematch of last year’s semifinal loss to the Indians. The game will be held at the RMU Island Sports Center on Thursday, March 15 at 7:15 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
(Photo courtesy of Brian Mitchell and Pittsburgh Hockey Digest)
Ice Hockey Summary vs. Butler, 3-6-18
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If you are named Tyler and wearing a North Allegheny jersey, Thursday night was your night at the ice rink. Sophomores Tyler Lamark and Tyler Putnam and junior Tyler Duderstadt accounted for all of the Tigers goals in their 4-1 win against Seneca Valley at the Baierl Ice Complex.
The win gave NA a season split with the Raiders, who entered the final regular season game in first place. The Tigers won their final two regular season games, scoring four goals in both contests.
Seneca Valley recorded the first tally of the game on a power play goal by Marshall Maier. Maier’s goal happened eight minutes and 52 seconds into the first period and was the only goal of the period.
NA came out strong in the second period, scoring three goals. Putnam tied the game up just 1:53 into the period on an unassisted goal. It was his sixth of the season. Nearly three minutes later, Lamark gave the Tigers the lead with his first goal of the game, assisted by junior Dylan Watkins. Duderstadt finished the scoring in the second period at 12:33, assisted by Vincenzo Mazur. It was Duderstadt’s fourth goal of the season.
For good measure, Lamark put things out of reach in the third period with his second goal of the game and fifth of the season at 5:05. It was assisted by Duderstadt and sophomore Will Parreaguirre.
Junior Richard Karapandi got the win for the Tigers, saving 22 shots. It was his team-leading seventh win of the season.
The win gives the Tigers an 11-5-2 record and 24 points to end the regular season. Seneca Valley finished the regular season at 12-4-2 and 26 points. North Allegheny will be off until the Class AAA PIHL playoffs begin, which will be the week of March 5. They will host a first-round game against an opponent, date and time to be determined.
The North Allegheny ice hockey team clinched a home game for the first round of the PIHL playoffs courtesy of a 4-3 road win against Canon-McMillan at the IceoPlex in Southpointe. While the Tigers entered the night hoping to lock up a home game for the playoffs, the Big Macs were simply playing for their playoff lives on Tuesday night.
Involved in a three-way tie with Central Catholic and Plum for the final playoff spot in Class AAA, the Big Macs played with high intensity in the opening minutes of the game. However, an errant pass near the blue line led to a steal and breakaway goal for North Allegheny’s Dylan Watkins and a 1-0 Tigers lead just 3:05 into the game.
The Tigers added on early in the second period when Aaron Miller scored on a 2-on-1 rush for a 2-0 advantage at the 1:37 mark. Canon-McMillan, who was stymied by NA goalie Richard Karpandi in the first period, finally beat the Tigers keeper on a Frank Rotello marker with 10 minutes to play in the second period.
The CM momentum was short-lived as the Tigers scored just 15 seconds later on Miller’s second goal of the night, and team-leading 17th of the season, for a 3-1 lead. For his efforts, Miller was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
The Tigers tacked on one more goal before the end of the period thanks to a Vincenzo Mazur goal at the 12:45 mark, assisted by Watkins and Luke Turkovich, giving NA a 4-1 lead heading to the third period.
Canon-McMillan sparked a third-period rally on goals by Nicholas Karabetsos and Christian Stewart to come within a goal of the Tigers at 4-3. Stewart’s marker came with 6:30 remaining in the game. The Big Macs had plenty of time left in the game but couldn’t find the equalizer as Karapandi and the North Allegheny defense staved off CM’s comeback bid. Karapandi made 37 saves to earn the victory in net.
The win was the sixth in a row for North Allegheny in the head-to-head series with Canon-McMIllan. The Tigers improve to 10-5 on the season, while Canon-McMillan slides to 5-12 for the year. North Allegheny will wrap up regular season play on Thursday, February 22 against Seneca Valley in Warrendale.
Ice Hockey Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 2-13-18
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James Sturm scored two goals to help visiting Cathedral Prep defeat North Allegheny at the Baierl Ice Complex, 3-1, on Monday night. The win keeps Prep in third place in the PIHL Class AAA standings and North Allegheny in fourth with two games remaining in the season.
After a scoreless first period, Sturm scored his first goal of the night on a power play at the 5:24 mark of the second period.
The Ramblers added to their lead early in the third period on a marker by Donovan Cullen to bring the score to 2-0. North Allegheny got back into the game on a goal by Tyler Putnam, assisted by Dylan Watkins, with 2:52 remaining in the contest.
The Tigers pulled goalie Richard Karapandi for an extra attacker in the final minute in an attempt to find the equalizer, but Sturm scored his second goal of the night on an empty net with 55 seconds left to play.
Karapandi stopped 22 shots for the Tigers. Cathedral Prep goalie Nick Dinner made 19 saves to earn the win.
Following the loss, North Allegheny falls to 9-5-2 on the season. Cathedral Prep improves to 11-4-1 on the year. The Tigers will visit the Canon-McMillan Big Macs on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Ice Hockey Summary vs. Cathedral Prep, 2-5-18
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