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Tigers Vanquish Black Hawks In PIHL Quarterfinals, 4-3

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Top-seeded North Allegheny advanced the PIHL Class AAA semifinals for the sixth consecutive season with a 4-3 win in the quarterfinal round over eighth-seeded Bethel Park at the Baierl Ice Complex. The game was a rematch of last year’s semifinal classic that saw the Tigers prevail on a goal by Will Parreaguirre in double overtime. On Tuesday night, overtime was not necessary as NA was powered by the offensive tandem of Connor Chi and Tyler Putnam.

The first period was scoreless as Bethel Park’s defensive-minded play and goalie Zachary Ott held North Allegheny at bay. However, the Tigers wasted little time in the second period as Chi scored just seven seconds into the stanza for a 1-0 lead. At the 9:19 mark of the period, Chi won a draw in the Bethel Park zone and Putnam snuck a shot past Ott for a 2-0 North Allegheny lead.

While it appeared NA might pull away, a too many men on the ice penalty slowed the momentum at the 11:02 mark of the second period. Bethel Park didn’t score on the man advantage but did cash in with just 44 seconds to play in the period on a Luke McLinden marker, trimming the NA advantage to 2-1.

With a Bethel Park power play to open the third period, North Allegheny goalie Tyler Boyles denied a flurry of shots from the Black Hawks to keep the Tigers’ one-goal lead intact. After thwarting the BP power play to start the period, the duo of Chi and Putnam struck again for the Tigers. Chi tallied a goal at the 3:44 mark of the third and Putnam scored on a power play at the 7:20 mark for a 4-1 North Allegheny lead.

A power play goal by Bethel Park’s leading scorer, Joey Wandrisco, trimmed the deficit to 4-2 with 5:09 remaining in the game. The Black Hawks tallied one last goal from Ryan McLinden as time expired to bring the final score to 4-3, North Allegheny.

Boyles earned the win in net for the Tigers with 28 saves. Ott played admirably but took the loss, making 18 saves on the night.

Finishing with two goals, one assist and several timely defensive plays, Chi was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Also contributing offensively was Tyler Lamark with two assists, while Parreaguirre and Hayden Watson each chipped in with an assist. Putnam had a four-point night with two assists to go along with his two goals.

With the win, North Allegheny advances to the PIHL Class AAA semifinals to face the Pine-Richland Rams. The game will be held on Thursday, March 12 at the RMU Island Sports Center. As always, you can listen to all the action right here on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

(Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Hockey Digest.)

Ice Hockey Summary vs Bethel Park, 3-3-20

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Tigers Edged By Rams, 2-1

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Connor Salbury’s goal with 10:01 remaining in the third period lifted Pine-Richland Richland to a 2-1 win over North Allegheny on Monday night. Despite the loss in the regular season finale, the Tigers will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class AAA Penguins Cup playoffs, which will begin next week.

In the first period, Richard Wild gave Pine-Richland a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 10:12 mark of the period.

The Tigers evened the score at 1-1 on a Will Parreaguirre goal at the 3:27 mark of the second period. Connor Chi and Karl Fuchs assisted on the Parreaguirre tally.

Salsbury’s goal in the third period proved to be the game winner to propel the Rams to a 2-1 victory.

NA goalie Tyler Boyles played well in net with 31 saves. Pine-Richland’s Daniel Stauffer earned the win by stopping 24 of 25 shots.

Concluding the regular season, North Allegheny sits atop Class AAA with 31 points and a 15-4-1 record. Pine-Richland is 11-6-2 and has one more game remaining in the season. Meanwhile, the Tigers will await the postseason for an opportunity to repeat as Penguins Cup champions.

Ice Hockey Summary vs Pine-Richland, 2-24-20

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Tigers blast Big Macs, 7-3

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by Jonathan Spina

On December 17, Canon McMillan caught North Allegheny on one of their worst nights and defeated the Tigers, 6-2. The narrative was very different Monday night when North Allegheny scored early and often to take down the Big Macs, 7-3. Tyler Lamark had a four-point night with two goals and two assists, and the NA power play went 3-for-5.

NA’s first goal came 2:40 into the game when Connor Chi got behind the defense and beat Big Mac goaltender, Mario Eafrati. The Tigers then picked up a goal five minutes later and had a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

The second period was much more even with Canon McMillan scoring 37 seconds into the period on a Logan Ford snipe, cutting the lead to 2-1. Things stayed stagnant until three minutes remaining in the period when Tyler Lamark got a great feed from Chi and made the score 3-1, Tigers. A minute later, Tyler Sippel picked up a power play goal to really separate the Tigers from the Big Macs, leading 4-1 heading into the third.

There was nothing but scoring in the third period, North Allegheny picked up goals from Luke Washbaugh, Will Parreaguirre and Lamark to finish off the night, winning 7-3. For his efforts, Lamark was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. Chi added a goal and two assists and Parreaguirre picked up a goal and an assist. Tyler Boyles got the win making 21 saves on 24 shots.

North Allegheny improves to 15-3-1 overall with 31 points. With the win, the Tigers clinched the top seed in the Class AAA PIHL Playoffs. There’s one more regular season game for the Tigers as they take on Pine-Richland next Monday at the Baierl Ice Center once again.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Canon McMillan, 2-17-20

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Third-Period Avalanche Helps NA Bury Bethel Park, 6-1

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North Allegheny turned a close game into a rout as the Tigers earned a 6-1 victory over the Bethel Park Black Hawks on Monday night at the Baierl Ice Complex. The Tigers led 1-0 after two periods and buried the Black Hawks with an avalanche of goals in the third.

After a scoreless first period, North Allegheny tallied the first marker with a Will Parreaguirre goal at the 11:26 mark of the second period.

While the first two periods were tightly contested, the third period was owned by the Tigers. Tyler Lamark opened the floodgates just 58 seconds into the period and the rout was on. Tyler Sippel followed with a pair of goals and Lamark added another for a 5-0 lead with 9:52 remaining in the third.

Bethel Park broke the shutout with a goal by Aiden Gorman with 6:32 to play but the goal was too little, too late. NA’s Tyler Putnam closed out the scoring two minutes later to bring the score to its eventual final, 6-1, Tigers.

In net, Tyler Boyles picked up the victory with 26 saves on 27 shots. Logan Dalhstrom took the loss for Bethel Park with 26 saves.

With the win, North Allegheny remains in first place with a 14-3-1 record and 29 points in the standings. Bethel Park slides to 7-9-1 overall and sits in eighth place in Class AAA.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Bethel Park, 2-10-20

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NA Edged By Cathedral Prep, 5-4

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Cathedral Prep scored twice late in the third period to sneak past North Allegheny on Thursday night, 5-4, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

The Tigers trailed 3-0 in the second period and rallied to take a 4-3 midway through the third. At the 9:44 mark of the second, Kevin Hart scored NA’s first of the night to trim the deficit to 3-1. Vince Abel added another goal for the Tigers at the 13:58 mark of the second, cutting the CP lead to 3-2.

Following intermission, North Allegheny continued its comeback bid with back-to-back goals from Tyler Sippel and Tyler Lamark to grab a 4-3 lead. The Lamark goal came at the 10:14 mark of the third period.

The North Allegheny lead was short-lived, however, as Prep’s Ryan McKinsey and Jonathan Zambroski both scored late to give the Ramblers a 5-4 victory. Zambroski’s game-winner came with 4:15 remaining.

The Tigers heavily outshot the Ramblers, 33-21, and had numerous scoring chances. Unfortunately, NA couldn’t cash in and went 0 for 7 on the power play.

Despite the loss, North Allegheny remains in first place in the Class AAA standings with a 13-3-1 record. Cathedral Prep improves to 9-6-1 and is tied for fifth place with Seneca Valley. The Tigers will look to bounce back with a home game on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.

(Photo courtesy of Brian Mitchell and Pittsburgh Hockey Digest.)

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Cathedral Prep, 1-30-20

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