Tigers Edge Raiders, 2-1

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In another strong defensive showing for North Allegheny, the Tigers earned a 2-1 victory over the Seneca Valley Raiders on Monday night at the Baierl Ice Complex. After back-to-back shutouts, the Tigers yielded only one second period goal to the Raiders, the first permitted by NA in seven consecutive periods.

With goals at a premium, senior forward Connor Chi netted the first goal of the game at the 15:57 mark of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Chi’s goal was assisted by Matt Irvin and Owen Logan.

The Raiders tied the game with their only goal of the night when Tobias McKee scored at the 8:22 mark of the second period. The deadlock didn’t last long as junior forward Nate Spak tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal at the 13:48 mark of the second period. Spak’s goal was assisted by Irvin and Chi.

Junior goalie Rylan Murphy made sure the one-goal lead stood by denying all 10 shots he faced in the third period and stopped 27 pucks on the night. Seneca Valley’s Jonathan Nichols made 24 saves in a losing effort.

With the win, the first-place Tigers improve to 16-2-1 on the season with 33 points and will host Central Catholic on Thursday in their regular season finale. The Raiders slip to 11-7-2 overall and sit in fourth place with 24 points.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Seneca Valley, 2-21-22

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