Tigers Bash Big Macs, 7-1, on Senior Night
by Bob Orkwis
North Allegheny took time to honor it’s senior prior to the start of the start of the game against Canon-McMillan in Warrendale, then the Tigers honored their quest by jumping into a third-place tie after beating the Big Macs 7-1.
Bot teams traded chances in the games first ninety seconds with Canon-McMillan getting the better opportunities, but it was the Tigers who struck first and then often in the opening period.
A returning Marc Joyson took a pass in the high slot from senior Ryan Jackman and wristed home his 10th goal of the season at 2:21 to put North Allegheny on the board.
Then the line of Jake Fritz, Ravi Desai and Gianni Lochiatto went to work, scoring three straight goals.
Fritz netted his second of the year of assists from Desai and Brock Murphy at 7:15. Seventeen seconds later, Lochiatto and Fritz teamed up to find Desai in the slot and the sophomore found the net for his fourth goal of the year and a 3-0 lead.
Lochiatto and Desai then assisted on Fritz’ second tally of the game at 10:29. Before the period ended, Jackman scored his eighth goal of the year, tipping in a great shot pass from Noah Logan 90 seconds later to put the Tigers up 5-0. Senior Evan Kerber also assisted on the goal.
Canon-McMillan’s Rocco Musto got the only goal of the second period late, making the score 5-1, Tigers, through two.
Jackman scored his second goal of the game and ninth of the season on a beautiful shorthanded breakaway at 4:43 of the third period to make the score 6-1.
Then the freshman Fritz would score the most memorable goal of his initial season with 23 seconds left in the game.
Fritz started the play in tight with a good chance, and Anthony Scally kept the puck alive. Fritz found the loose puck in the crease and pushed it across the goal line for his third goal of the night to make the final score 7-1.
Senior Andrew Long earned his eighth victory of the season in goal for North Allegheny. The Tigers (11-4-0-2) now have 24 points on the year and are tied with Peters Township in 3A for third place. Both teams have three games remaining and trail Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley in the standings. The Tigers and the Raiders meet for the second time this season next Monday at the Baierl Ice Complex in a home game for Seneca Valley.
The Wright Automotive Player of the Game went to freshman Jake Fritz on senior night. Fritz added an assist to go with his first varsity hat trick in the Tigers win.
In addition to Jackman, Kerber and Long, North Allegheny also feted seniors Aidan Anthony, Logan Cerqua, Evan Perrotte, Alex Dorsch and Oliver Williams.
Ice Hockey Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 2-12-24
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