Vince Abel’s Game-Winner Lifts NA To 5-4 Win

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North Allegheny scored two goals late in the third period to pull out a 5-4 win over Upper St. Clair at the Ice Castle in the South Hills on Monday night. Tyler Putnam scored two goals and Vince Abel netted the game-winner with 3:46 remaining to propel the Tigers to victory. With the win, the Tigers remain in first place in the Class AAA standings with a 7-0-1 record.

It was Putnam who struck first with a goal at the 8:43 mark of the first period to give NA a 1-0 lead. Upper St. Clair evened the score at 1-1 less than two minutes later on a marker by Chase Wucher.

NA and USC continued to trade goals in the second period as Luke Washabaugh put the Tigers back in front, 2-1, at the 4:32 mark. Once again, Upper St. Clair tied the score with a goal by Jacob Ball at the 6:05 mark of the second. On the strength of a power play, North Allegheny regained the lead just 48 seconds later when Trey Gallo scored to put the Tigers ahead, 3-2.

After intermission, Upper St. Clair came out strong and tallied two straight goals, including a power play goal by Mitchell Geinzer at the 8:56 mark, to give the Panthers the lead, 4-3. That set the stage for NA’s late game heroics as Putnam netted his second of the night at the 9:33 mark of the third, tying the contest at 4-4. Abel finished off the NA rally with the go-ahead goal with 3:46 to play and the Tigers prevailed, 5-4.

Helping NA’s efforts on offense were Tyler Lamark and Connor Chi with three and two assists, respectively.

Josh Bailey was the winning goalie for North Allegheny with 16 saves. USC’s Kyle Rohrich made 25 saves in the loss.

The first-place Tigers will skate against Peters Township on Thursday night at home at 9:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Ice Hockey Summary vs. Upper St. Clair, 11-18-19

Upper St. Clair1124
North Allegheny1225