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TIGERS REBOUND FOR WIN
by Inline Hockey Contributor
North Allegheny’s Varsity 1 inline team went back on the road Sunday and picked up an 8-4 win over the Greensburg Salem Golden Lions. The Tigers got the only goal of a tight checking first period when senior forward Corey Lamagna blasted one from the top of the left circle after a great pass by junior defenseman Anthony Guntrum.
After Greensburg Salem tied it early in the second period the Tigers took control. First, junior forward Zack Morton converted a perfect pass from junior forward David Lamagna then Morton returned the favor, setting up David Lamagna who buried the puck to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead. The lead grew as Corey Lamagna dug the puck out of the corner and slid a backhand pass to sophomore forward Troy Martin who snuck it by the Golden Lion goaltender. Corey Lamagna closed out the period with a power play goal set up with a point to point pass from senior defenseman Eric Barger. The Golden Lion goaltender never saw the puck due to the strong net front presence established by junior defenseman Joe Kirk.
Greensburg Salem scored early in the third but the Tigers responded with two more as Corey Lamagna scored unassisted, again from the left circle and Martin redirected a perfect back door pass from Corey Lamagna. Morton finished of the scoring with an unassisted goal of his own. It was by far the best overall game to date for the Tigers as they played a fast, physical and disciplined game getting balanced scoring with Corey Lamagna notching a hat trick, Martin and Morton scoring two each and David Lamagna adding another. The defense and goaltending again was solid with Barger, Guntrum and Kirk limiting the scoring chances enabling sophomore goaltender Tyler Kuhn to earn his fourth win of the season. The Tigers return home to face rival North Hills at RMU on Saturday night at 9:30pm.
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TIGERS DROP GAME TO BALDWIN
by Inline Hockey Contributor
North Allegheny’s Varsity 1 inline team returned home for a game against the Baldwin Highlanders Sunday morning, but fell to Baldwin 7-4.
The Tigers got on the board midway through the first period when senior forward Corey Lamagna sent a perfect long pass to sophomore forward Troy Martin who beat the Baldwin goaltender on the breakaway to make it 1-0, Tigers. After Baldwin scored twice early in the second, Corey Lamagna’s slap shot tied things up for the Tigers at 2-2. It was shortly afterward that the Tigers began to self destruct, taking six second period penalties, including two game misconducts. The Tigers were shorthanded by two men twice and Baldwin cashed in. The Highlanders scored on four of the six penalties to take a commanding 6-2 lead into the third. The Tigers did rally on two goals by junior forward Zack Morton but Baldwin added a late insurance goal to hold of the Tigers 7-4.
North Allegheny’s season record now stands at 3 - 2. The Tigers will look to rebound on the road against a tough Greensburg Salem team on Sunday, November 14th.
TIGERS WIN AGAIN
by Inline Hockey Contributor
North Allegheny’s Varsity 1 inline team continued their season on the road with a 4-1 win over the Seneca Valley Raiders Sunday night. The Tigers were dominant for most of the contest playing sound defense and continuing to improve their puck possession game.
NA got on the board first when senior defenseman Eric Barger carried the puck from the right point down low and sent a perfect backhand pass to junior forward David Lamagna who buried a one timer past the Seneca Valley goalie. Later in the first period junior forward Zack Morton beat two defenseman before being stopped by the Raider goalie, however junior forward Joe Kirk, who predicted earlier he would score, lifted a rebound shot up high to give NA a 2-0 lead after one period.
The Tigers added to their lead in the second period with a power play goal. Junior defenseman Peter Kovacevic slid a pass to Morton who blasted a slap shot through a screen. The Raiders attempted a rally with an early third period goal but the Tiger defense remained solid with junior defenseman Anthony Guntrum blocking several shots and sophomore goalie Tyler Kuhn making several key stops. The Tigers then put the game away when sophomore forward Troy Martin saucered a pass to senior forward Corey Lamagna who went from skate to stick with the puck and then bar down with his shot to seal the victory. It was the Tigers 3rd win in four games and second consecutive road win. The Tigers are return home to RMU Island Sports Center for a game against Baldwin. Game time is Sunday at 9:45am.
TIGERS SPLIT ON THE ROAD
North Allegheny’s Varsity 1 inline team went on the road this past weekend for a pair of games against ranked opponents Hempfield and Penn Trafford.
After top ranked Hempfield Spartans handed NA their first loss, the Tigers then took on the Penn Trafford Warriors. The Tigers opened the scoring when sophomore forward Troy Martin redirected a perfect shot pass by junior defenseman Joe Kirk. The Warriors then scored the games next two goals, taking a 2-1 lead into the third period. The Tigers were able to keep the Warriors off the board with great penalty killing by junior defensemen Peter Kovacevic and Anthony Guntrum, junior forward David Lamagna and sophomore goaltender Tyler Kuhn. Kuhn made several stops on point blank shots keeping the Tigers within a goal. Then with a little over five minutes left in the game senior forward Corey Lamagna blasted a slapshot by a stunned Warrior goalie to tie the game at 2-2. After a frantic finish with crossbars hit by both teams in the final minute the teams headed to overtime. During the three on three overtime senior defenseman Eric Barger sent a perfect stretch pass to junior forward Zack Morton who slid a centering pass to Martin who deked the Warrior goaltender before going upstairs with a backhander for the overtime winner.
The Tigers are 2-1 on the season and travel to Bladerunners in Harmarville on Sunday for a game against rival Seneca Valley. Game time is 6pm.
TIGERS WIN OPENER
North Allegheny’s Varsity 1 inline team opened the season with an 8–3 victory over Pine Richland, Saturday night at RMU.
The Rams opened up the scoring, but senior defenseman Eric Barger would tie things up on the Powerplay. Thanks to the strong play in net by sophomore Tyler Kuhn, the Tigers would then take control. Late in the first period, junior forward Zach Morton would set up sophomore forward Troy Martin for a one–timer that squeaked by the Pine Richland goaltender.
Midway through the second period, Martin would add his second goal on a two–on–one shot that rang off the post and found its way in. The Rams refused to go away, scoring a goal to cut the lead to one. Then, junior forward David Lamagna would set up Barger for his second goal of the game.
Heading into the third period, the Tigers were up 4–2. They added icing to the cake when senior forward Corey Lamagna would slide one over to Martin for a redirect. Then, Morton took the puck wide, came in front, and jammed one in on the far side. With the score 6–2, it seemed as though the Tigers were surely going to win. However, the Rams refused to give up, scoring their third goal of the game. Then, off the center face–off, Martin took the puck wide, came in on goal, and lifted a backhander up under the crossbar. That was Martin’s fourth goal of the game. Then, the Tigers added one more as Martin would set up Barger for his third, and the Tigers’ eighth, goal.
It was a great effort by the defense as well with juniors Joey Kirk, Peter Kovacevic, Donny Osterle and Barger providing excellent puck management and strong defensive zone play to help Kuhn earn his first Varsity win.
The Tigers go on the road for their next two games at Hempfield and Penn Trafford.
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