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2018-2019 Game Summaries

Bethel Park Upends NA, 3-1

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By Jonathan Spina

North Allegheny allowed two goals in a 59 second span in the second period, ultimately falling to Bethel Park 3-1 in PIHL action at the Spencer Family YMCA in Bethel Park.

The first period started slow with a lot of dump and chase from both teams as they were feeling each other out. The first goal of the game came with 9:54 left in the first period. The Tigers had an odd man which was finished by Joseph Wandrisco. Both teams had power play chances in the first period but couldn’t convert.

The second period started slow as well with five icings in the first three minutes. Play picked up after that with both teams getting very physical. Aaron Miller and Tyler Duderstadt each had scoring chances but couldn’t finish. Each team once again had a power play chance but wasn’t able to finish and after two periods of play Bethel Park led 1-0.

The third period started very strong for the Tigers. They dominated from the start and drew a penalty 40 seconds in. It looked like North Allegheny would finally break through on the power play when Haden Shimko had a clean shot from 15 feet out but hit the post. Bethel Park was then able to get two shorthanded in 59 seconds, both by JC Bele and just like that Bethel Park turned it into a 3-0 game. North Allegheny picked up a goal with 6:54 left in the game with Will Parreaguirre scored off a great feed from Tyler Lamark on the power play making the game 3-1. The Tigers had plenty of scoring chances late after pulling goaltender Richard Karapandi but wasn’t able to score again ultimately losing 3-1.

Karapandi made 23 saves on 26 shots and Parreaguirre was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game with the lone goal.

The Tigers fall to 10-4-0 and will be back in action on Monday at home against Canon McMillan at 9 p.m. at the Baierl Ice Complex.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Bethel Park, 1-18-19

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NA Edged By Peters Township, 3-1

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In a battle between the top two teams in Class AAA, the North Allegheny Tigers fell to the Peters Township Indians on Monday night, 3-1, at the Baierl Ice Complex. The win thrusts the Indians into a first-place tie with the Tigers with each team owning 20 points in the Class AAA standings.

North Allegheny dominated the action in the first period and outshot Peters Township, 14-4, but the game remained scoreless because of the strong play of Indians goalie Alex Wilbert.

A North Allegheny penalty with three seconds to go in the first period led to a power play goal by Torrey Schwartz that gave the Indians a 1-0 lead just seven seconds into the second period.

The Tigers netted the equalizer in the third period on a power play of their own as senior Aaron Miller scored with 13:52 to play. The Miller goal, his ninth of the season, was assisted by Tyler Putnam and Tyler Lamark. Providing a spark on offense to go along with his assist, Putnam was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

The contest was tied 1-1 late in the third period before Schwartz scored his second goal of the game, and 11th of the season, with just 2:28 remaining to give the Indians a 2-1 lead. Ryan Luppe added an empty net goal to bring the score to a 3-1 final.

North Allegheny slips to 10-3 with the loss, while Peters Township improves to 10-2 with its eighth consecutive win. The Tigers will visit Bethel Park on Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 1-7-19

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Tigers Surge Past Blue Devils Behind Big 3rd Period

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A five-goal outburst in the third period propelled the North Allegheny Tigers to a road win over the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils on Monday night, 6-3. The first-place Tigers fell behind, 3-0, in the second period before scoring six unanswered goals to prevail.

After netting a hat trick against Seneca Valley last week, senior Aaron Miller provided an encore with two goals against Mt. Lebanon to give him seven on the season.

The Blue Devils owned the early momentum and scored the first three goals of the game to take a 3-0 lead by the 2:35 mark of the second period. Wyatt George, the leading scorer in Class AAA, tallied two of Mt. Lebanon’s goals to give him 12 on the year.

After George’s second goal of the night, the Tigers controlled the action through the remainder of the second period and finally got on the board with a goal by Aaron Mark with 3:50 left in the period. The Mark goal cut the score to 3-1, Blue Devils.

Following intermission, North Allegheny unleashed an avalanche of goals that swayed the complexion of the contest. Miller cut the Mt. Lebanon lead to 3-2 with 11:21 left in regulation and Matt Gentile scored less than 30 seconds later to knot the score at 3-3.

Miller’s second goal of the evening was a power play tally with 6:08 remaining that gave NA a 4-3 advantage. The Tigers put the game away with markers by Tyler Putnam and Justin Symons in the waning minutes to close out a 6-3 victory.

Winners in six of their last seven games, the Tigers improve to 10-2 on the season and sit in first place in Class AAA with 20 points. Third-place Mt. Lebanon slides to 6-4 on the season with 12 points in the standings.

North Allegheny will get a few weeks of rest over the Holiday Break before returning to action against Peters Township on January 7. The contest will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 12-17-18

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Aaron Miller’s Natural Hat Trick Sparks 5-0 Win Over Raiders

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A natural hat trick by Aaron Miller in the second period propelled the North Allegheny Tigers to a 5-0 victory over the Seneca Valley Raiders on Thursday night at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale. Miller’s hat trick came via an even strength goal, a power play goal and a short-handed goal. For his sterling performance, Miller was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

On a four-point night for the senior forward, Miller and Tyler Lamark assisted on the game’s first goal courtesy of Will Parreaguirre at the 9:55 mark of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Playing in just his second game after his return from a meniscus injury, the goal was Parreaguirre’s first of the season.

The Tigers broke the game wide open in the second period thanks to Miller’s hat trick and put the finishing touches on the night with a power play marker by freshman Kevin Hart with just 36 seconds remaining in the game to cap a 5-0 win.

It’s the second time in a matter of weeks that the Tigers have posted a 5-0 win over the reigning PIHL Class AAA champions. In this shutout, it was sophomore goalie Josh Bailey who blanked the Raiders with 26 saves on the night.

North Allegheny improves to 9-2 on the season and returns to sole possession of first place in the Class AAA standings. Seneca Valley slides to 5-5 on the year. The Tigers will face Mt. Lebanon on the road on Monday night. 

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 12-13-18

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Cathedral Prep Nips North Allegheny, 4-3

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In their third meeting of the season, the third time was the charm for Cathedral Prep as the Ramblers upset the first-place North Allegheny Tigers, 4-3, on Monday night at the Baierl Ice Complex. Alexei Kowallis provided the game-winning goal for Cathedral Prep with 2:06 remaining in the game. North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam netted two goals to give him four on the season.

After a scoreless first period, North Allegheny and Cathedral Prep traded goals most of the contest. The Ramblers tallied the first goal of the evening with a marker by Jonathan Zambroski at the 2:53 mark of the second period for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers evened the score at 1-1 at the 9:51 mark thanks to Putnam’s first goal of the night, assisted by Christopher Hanlon and Karl Fuchs. Less than a minute later, Jordan Adams put the Ramblers back on top for a 2-1 advantage. The lead was short-lived as NA’s Will Parreaguirre scored just 46 seconds later to knot things up at 2-2. Tyler Lamark and Nathaniel Heil assisted on the Parreaguirre marker.

In the third period, the seesaw trend continued when James Sturm scored two minutes into the stanza for a 3-2 Prep lead. Again, the Tigers answered back on Putnam’s second goal of the evening, assisted by Vincenzo Mazur and Dylan Watkins, to tie the game at 3-3 at the 13:14 mark. However, Kowallis delivered the game-winning goal just 1:40 later to propel the visiting Ramblers to a 4-3 victory.

Despite the loss, North Allegheny remains in first place in Class AAA with an 8-2 record. Cathedral Prep improves to 2-8 on the year. The Tigers will try to bounce back on Thursday night with a meeting against Seneca Valley at 9:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

(Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Hockey Digest, burghhockey.com.)

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Cathedral Prep, 12-10-18

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