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Tigers Batter Rams, 5-0, To Remain Unbeaten

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The North Allegheny ice hockey team punished Pine-Richland on Thursday night, 5-0, to remain unbeaten on the season.

The Tigers set the tone in the first period by outshooting the Rams, 14-1, in the opening stanza. NA’s relentless pressure resulted in the game’s first goal when senior Cole Jackman scored at the 4:08 mark for a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Pine-Richland settled into the game and outshot NA, 9-2. The Rams advantage in shots was fruitless, however, as the Tigers’ Matt Irvin scored the only marker of the period to increase the lead to 2-0.

The third period was controlled by North Allegheny with a trio of goals courtesy of Trey Gallo, Kyle Holmes and Patrick Buttignol. The final goal by Buttignol was a power play marker with just 59 seconds remaining.

Sophomore goalie Andrew Long earned his first career varsity shutout by stopping 20 pucks. Pine-Richland’s Daniel Mooney made 22 saves in a losing effort.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 4-0-0 on the season, while Pine-Richland falls to 2-2-0. The Tigers will host Cathedral Prep on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 9:10 p.m.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Pine-Richland, 10-21-21

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NA Remains Unbeaten With 8-4 Win Over Canon-McMillan

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by Bob Orkwis

The Tigers came into the contest with a (2-0) record playing host to a Big Macs squad that was (0-3) and had scored just three goals on the season. So, it was surprising that Canon-McMillan controlled play during the first period and led 4-2, before the Tigers scored six unanswered goals to roll to an 8-4 win at the Baierl Ice Complex.

Canon-McMillan’s Anthony Petrillo got the scoring started by beating Rylan Murphy with a wrist shot at 5:13. But Connor Chi answered for North Allegheny steering a nice feed from Luke Washabaugh behind James Morgan on the backhand to tie the game at 1-1. But Zak Wilcox got behind the Tigers defense to score on a breakaway and the Big Macs regained the lead. The Tigers again had the response, when Nolan Colinaer took a pass from Matt Irvin behind the net to score his 3rd goal of the season to knot the score at 2-2. But Canon-McMillan’s senior captain Nick Price scored twice within ten seconds late in the first period to build their lead to 4-2.

North Allegheny went to work on the power play early in the second period and scored an early marker to turn the game around. It was Colinear’s second of the game off another Irvin assist at 3:27 that made the score 4-3. Irvin then found the net with his third of the year to tie the game. The junior forward took a pass from Owen Logan and came down the left wing on a two-on-one break. Irvin showed great patience moving from left to right and sliding home a backhander to even the score at 4-4. The eventual game winning goal came of the stick of Evan Kaminski shortly after that goal. Kaminski was able to gather a Trey Gallo rebound at the side of the net and put the puck past Morgan to give the Tigers their first lead of the game at 5-4. All told, North Allegheny scored those three goals in a span of 2:49 in the second period.

The final goal of that frame was vintage Connor Chi. Chi threw a check to cause a turnover in the left corner. The senior then dangled and danced his was around the boards before finding room again on the left wing and firing home a backhander to put NA up 6-4.

More from the Chi repertoire on the power play just 1:11 into the third period, as he snapped a wrist shot through traffic from the center point for his 4th goal of the season and a hat trick that put the Tigers up by three goals. Irvin finished out the scoring by tapping a Kaminski feed into an empty net for his second of the game and 4th of the season at 14:25.

North Allegheny finished the night 2-for-3 with the man advantage and killed off the only short-handed situation that they faced. Murphy, the junior goalie, made 21 saves to pick up his second straight win.

Matt Irvin’s 2 goal, 3 assist night was good enough to earn the Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

The Tigers are back in action with a road game at Baierl on Thursday night against Pine-Richland, before returning to action on the North Allegheny Sports Network on October 28th when they play host to Cathedral prep.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 10-18-21

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Strong Second Period Propels NA To Win At Bethel Park

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A three-goal outburst in the second period helped propel North Allegheny to a 5-2 victory at Bethel Park on Thursday night.

Sophomore forward Evan Kaminski scored the first goal of the night just 2:29 into the game for an immediate 1-0 lead. However, Bethel Park’s Colin Nebel evened the score at 1-1 at the 9:48 mark of the first period.

That set the stage for NA’s big second period, which saw Matt Irvin, Kyle Holmes and Connor Chi score three straight goals for a 4-1 lead. Irvin’s goal came on the power play and was the first of two on the night for the junior forward.

In the third period, Aidan Gorman trimmed the NA lead to 4-2 at the 2:28 mark of the third before Irvin put the game on ice with his second of the night at the 8:26 mark to close out a 5-2 victory.

In net, Rylan Murphy earned the win by stopping 20 of 22 shots. Bethel Park’s Dominic Zevola was peppered with 41 shots, stopping 36 pucks in a losing effort.

North Allegheny improves to 2-0 on the season, while Bethel Park dips to 0-3. The Tigers will host Canon-McMillan on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Bethel Park, 10-14-21

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Tigers Take Penguins Cup Final Rematch to Open Season, 3-2

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North Allegheny and Mt. Lebanon met in the 2020-2021 Penguins Cup Final with the Tigers winning 4-1. There was no revenge for Mt. Lebanon on Thursday night as North Allegheny was able to upend the Blue Devils once again, winning 3-2 at the Baierl Ice Complex.

North Allegheny came out physical to start the season and immediately got on the board five minutes in when Matt Irvin found Nolan Colinear and the Tigers immediately jumped out to a 1-0 lead. The remainder of the period was back and forth but no one was able to score and North Allegheny led 1-0 after a period of play.

The second stanza was all North Allegheny for the first sixteen minutes with the Tigers out shooting Mt. Lebanon 13-5 in the period but in the final minute, on a delayed penalty, the Blue Devils were able to even the score when Ryan Patrick found the back of the net and the score was 1-1 heading into the final frame.

Mt. Lebanon controlled play early in the third period but Connor Chi got North Allegheny into the zone, Will Mensch took a shot from the blue line. Luke Washabaugh got a piece of the puck on the way in and the Tigers took a 2-1 lead with eight minutes remaining. 39 seconds later, Colinear scored again, with assists from Shane O’Neil and Trey Gallo to make the game 3-1. For his efforts, Colinear was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. The Blue Devils made it interesting scoring with a little over a minute remaining in the game, but the Tigers hung on for a 3-2 opening night victory.

Andrew Long got the win in his varsity debut stopping 21 of 23 shots. Austin Martin made 29 saves in the loss.

North Allegheny starts the season 1-0-0. Mt. Lebanon falls to 1-1-0. The Tigers are back in action next Thursday when they head to Bethel Park to take on the Black Hawks at 9 p.m.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Mt. Lebanon, 10-7-21

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