NA Wins Shootout With Upper St. Clair, 9-6

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In a topsy-turvy game from the Baierl Ice Complex on Thursday night, the North Allegheny ice hockey team outlasted Upper St. Clair for a 9-6 victory. The Tigers broke a 6-6 tie in the third period with three unanswered goals to win their third in a row. Junior Erik Chidester scored two of the final three goals in a seven-point performance. Chidester totaled two goals and five assists for the black and gold.

North Allegheny built leads of 4-1 and 6-2 on the strength of a four-goal night from senior Joseph Zappia. Zappia’s third goal of the evening put the Tigers ahead 5-2 at the 7:50 mark of the second period. Robert Randig added a goal with 3:47 remaining in the period to push the NA lead to 6-2.

Rather than go away quietly, Upper St. Clair made plenty of noise and scored the next four goals to tie the game at 6-6 with 11:44 remaining in the third period. Zappia netted the go-ahead goal with 7:50 to play to put the Tigers in front to stay. Chidester tallied the final two markers of the night to close out the victory.

North Allegheny vaults to 7-4-1 overall and climbs into a third-place tie with Central Catholic in the Class AAA standings. Upper St. Clair slips to 3-8-2 overall. The Tigers visit Butler on Monday night with an 8:30 faceoff.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 1-7-16

GAME SUMMARY    
SCORE BY HALVES123FINAL
Upper St. Clair1326
North Allegheny4239

Ice Hockey Individual Scoring vs. Upper St. Clair

INDIVIDUAL STATS   
FIRST PERIOD
North AlleghenyCameron Sunseri (Nathan Taylor)1:12
North AlleghenyJoseph Zappia (Erik Chidester)7:57
North AlleghenyJohn Parks (Chidester, Justin Kidd)13:59
Upper St. ClairPatrick Woomer (Adam Seeton)14:11
North AlleghenyZappia (Chidester, Tyler Duderstadt) - SH15:41
SECOND PERIOD
Upper St. ClairJacob Bacik - PP3:49
North Allegheny Zappia (Chidester, Parks)7:50
North AlleghenyRobert Randig (Matthew Heil)13:23
Upper St. ClairZachary Lazur (Jake Reinheimer)14:05
Upper St. ClairElliot Stevenson 15:13
THIRD PERIOD
Upper St. ClairMatthew Finn (Reinheimer)1:32
Upper St. ClairWoomer (Jordan Rongaus) - PP5:16
North AlleghenyChidester (Kidd)11:25
North AlleghenyChidester (Parks)13:15