Tigers Drop Overtime Heartbreaker In PIHRL Semifinals, 4-3

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North Allegheny’s best-of-three semifinal series with Canon-McMillan not only went to the decisive third game but also overtime in the final game before a victor could be determined. In the end, a power-play goal by Gavin Rindt at the 3:38 mark of overtime lifted Canon-McMillan to a 4-3 win over North Allegheny in the PIRHL semifinals on Sunday.

Like most of the series, game three was another back-and-forth affair following a scoreless first period. Fresh off his five-goal performance in game two on Saturday, junior Tyler Putnam scored North Allegheny’s first two goals of the day to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead by the early stages of the third period.

CM’s Tommy Becker tied the game at 2-2 with a short-handed goal at 6:54 mark of the third. The game remained deadlocked until the Tigers’ Nicholas Sobien scored for a 3-2 advantage at the 13:38 mark. While it appeared North Allegheny was headed to the championship series, Canon-McMillan’s Thomas Zukowski netted the game-tying goal in the waning seconds to force overtime. From there, Rindt tallied the game-winner in the extra session to propel Canon-McMillan into the PIRHL finals.

The loss does not spoil a terrific season for the North Allegheny inline hockey team. Congratulations to the Tigers for a memorable season.  

NA Inline Summary vs. Canon-McMillan, 3-3-19

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