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2020-2021 Game Summaries

Big Macs Slip By Tigers In Overtime, 3-2

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For the second time this season, first-place Canon-McMillan escaped North Allegheny with an overtime victory. On Thursday night, the Big Macs edged the Tigers, 3-2, courtesy of an overtime goal by Nick Price 34 seconds into the extra session. It was the fourth overtime game for the Tigers this season, going 2-2 in such contests.

Canon-McMillan grabbed a 2-0 lead by the 6:40 mark of the second period on goals from Hudson Howard in the first period and Price in the second. North Allegheny clawed its way back into the contest when Connor Chi flipped a shot past CM goalie Mario Eafrati and cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 11:45 mark of the second period. The Chi goal, his 13th of the season, was assisted by Cole Jackman and Nathan Spak.

At the 6:15 mark of the third period, Chi returned the favor and set up Spak for a goal that knotted the score at 2-2. With two points and several bone-rattling checks, Chi was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

While it appeared, North Allegheny had seized momentum, Canon-McMillan struck quickly in overtime on Price’s second goal of the night and 10th of the season, to lift the Big Macs to the 3-2 victory.

Eafrati made 21 saves to earn the victory. Senior goalie Josh Bailey stopped 23 pucks in a valiant effort in net for the Tigers.

Following the overtime loss, North Allegheny did pick up a point in the standings and sits at 10-3-2 and in a tie for third place in the Class AAA standings. Canon-McMillan remains in first place with a 13-1-1 record. The Tigers will begin a stretch of five straight road games to end the regular season with a visit to Bethel Park on Thursday, March 11.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 3-4-21

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NA Clips Cathedral Prep, 3-2

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The North Allegheny ice hockey traveled to Erie on Tuesday night and came away with a 3-2 triumph over the Cathedral Prep Ramblers.

The contest began as a defensive struggle with neither team cracking the scoreboard in the first two periods. In the third period, the flood gates opened in a sudden scoring frenzy.

Only 41 seconds into the third, CP’s Matt Loza broke the ice to give the Ramblers a 1-0 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as North Allegheny tied the score just 45 seconds later on a marker by Nolan Colinear, assisted by Cole Jackman.

Another quick burst of scoring came on back-to-back goals by Connor Chi and Trey Gallo midway through the third. At the 6:14 mark of the period, Chi scored on a beautiful breakaway goal to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Then at the 7:56 mark of the third, Chi fed a pass to Gallo for another NA goal and the Tigers held a 3-1 advantage. Loza scored his second goal of the game with 6:26 remaining in the game to trim the score to 3-2, North Allegheny. Despite the Loza goal, Cathedral Prep couldn’t find the equalizer in the remaining minutes and the Tigers held on for the one-goal victory.

In net, sophomore Rylan Murphy earned the victory for NA with 20 saves. CP goalie Cole Wisniewski stopped 17 of 20 shots in a losing effort.

North Allegheny jumps to 10-3-1 on the season, while Cathedral Prep falls to 5-11-0. The fourth-place Tigers will take on first-place Canon-McMillan on Thursday night at 9:10 p.m. The game will be video streamed live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Cathedral Prep, 3-2-21

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Tigers Stave Off Raiders For 4-3 Win

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The North Allegheny ice hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a 4-3 victory over the Seneca Valley Raiders at the Baierl Ice Complex.

With the help of a strong forecheck, the Tigers struck for three goals in a one-sided first period. Junior Connor Chi opened the scoring just 1:27 into the game for a 1-0 lead. Following a roughing penalty on Seneca Valley’s Shane Kozlina late in the period, NA senior Luke Washabaugh, who assisted on the Chi goal, cashed in for a power play goal and a 2-0 lead at the 13:31 mark. Matt Irvin and Austin Peterson assisted on the Washabaugh marker.

Then with 28 seconds to go in the first period, Chi scored again for a 3-0 advantage. Chi’s second goal was set up beautifully with spectacular passing from Trey Gallo and Kevin Hart.

The Tigers outshot the Raiders, 20-3, through the midway point in the second period and tacked on another goal when Nathan Spak scored for a 4-0 lead. Chi assisted on the Spak goal, finishing with three points. For his efforts, Chi was tabbed the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

While it appeared North Allegheny was firmly in control, Seneca Valley used two late goals in the final minute of the second period to swing the pendulum. Noah Nicklas scored the first Raiders goal with 37 seconds left in the period and Ryan Russell scored just 27 seconds later to trim the NA lead to 4-2.

Following intermission, Seneca Valley cut the score to 4-3, North Allegheny, when Russell netted his second goal of the night at the 6:35 mark of the third period. The Raiders continued to threaten the Tigers lead down to the final minute, but senior goalie Josh Bailey made his 21st save of the night as time expired to secure a 4-3 victory.

With the win, North Allegheny leaps back into second place in the Class AAA standings with a record of 9-3-1. Seneca Valley remains in fifth place with a mark of 8-3-0. The Tigers will return to the ice on Tuesday, March 2 against Cathedral Prep at 5:40 p.m.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 2-23-21

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NA Upended By Bethel Park

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by Jared Barton

The North Allegheny ice hockey fell to the Bethel Park Black Hawks on Monday night, 4-1, at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale.

Both teams took the ice to a slow start in the first period as the Tigers and Black Hawks used the opening frame as a feeling-out process to measure up their opponent.

There was no scoring until early in the second period, as Bethel Park senior forward Jake Cook was held on a breakaway to the NA net, and was awarded the penalty shot by referee Austin March. Cook sped into the attacking zone on the free chance and planted the first goal of the game into the NA net. Six minutes later, senior forward Tommy Eiter gave the Hawks a two-goal advantage by gathering a loose rebound to the right of Bailey and roofing the shot.

North Allegheny struggled to get pucks to the net through the first two periods, but did find life late in the middle frame.  NA senior defenseman Karl Fuchs scored the lone Tiger goal with a minute left in the period on a wrist shot from the point through traffic to find twine behind Bethel Park goalie Zack Ott. Junior Kevin Hart and senior Matt Gentile were credited with the assists on the play.

Late in the second period, Bethel’s Jake Lang was called for a tripping penalty, giving North Allegheny some power play time to start the third period.  Sophomore Trey Gallo and junior Connor Chi led the offensive charge, placing Ott under siege for a majority of the frame. Strong efforts from sophomores Nate Spak and A.J. Peterson were also notable in the final minutes.

Bethel Park’s Tommy Eiter scored his second of the game with about three minutes remaining, ultimately putting the game out of reach.  The Tigers were given a late power-play chance, but gave up a short-handed empty net goal to Jake Cook in the process.

Fuchs earned Wright Automotive Player of the Game Honors for his lone goal and strong blue line play.

The Tigers fall to 8-3-1 on the season, and are back in action tomorrow night from the Baierl Ice Complex against Seneca Valley at 8:30 p.m. You can watch the game live on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Bethel Park, 2-22-21

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NA Upended by Peters Township, 2-1

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Playing in their second road game in three days, the North Allegheny Tigers suffered a second consecutive narrow defeat with a 2-1 loss at Peters Township on Thursday night.

The first period was a defensive stalemate with only six shots on net between the two teams combined. Peters Township broke the ice in the second period, netting the game’s first goal on a marker by Maxwell Kness for a 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0, Indians, until the Tigers cracked the scoreboard in the early stages of the third period. At the 5:19 mark of the third, Luke Washabaugh scored his seventh goal of the season to knot the score at 1-1. Connor Chi assisted on the Washabaugh marker.

Unfortunately for North Allegheny, the deadlock didn’t last long as just over a minute later Dylan McElhinney scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, lifting Peters Township to a 2-1 win. The Indians defense clamped down on the Tigers in the third period, allowing only four shots on net.

Peters Township goalie Aaron Symons picked up the victory with 12 saves. North Allegheny’s Josh Bailey made 21 saves to keep the Tigers in the contest.

North Allegheny dips to 8-2-1 on the season and falls to third place in the Class AAA standings. Peters Township improves to 7-1-0 and sits in a tie for fourth place with Seneca Valley.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Peters Township, 2-11-21

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