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PAHL Playoffs - Day One

Written by David Nicoletti

The PAHL kicked off this morning at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for day one of the playoffs. Eight games would take place on the schedule for the first day. Four games would feature U12 games, while the other four would feature U14 games.

Our first game on the schedule would be a 7 am U12 match-up, as the Erie Lions would take on the North Pittsburgh Wildcats.

The first period would see Erie get the opening two goals over North Pittsburgh. Kaminske and Maciulewcz would get the goals for the Lions.

North Pittsburgh would get on the board during the second set of twelve to make it a 2-1 game after two. The goal would be scored by Bernardo on the power-play.

North Pittsburgh would keep up that strong play in the final frame, as they would come back to defeat the Erie Lions at a final score of 3-2. Muczinski and Bernardo would get the goals for the Wildcats. Final shots on goal would be 17-14 for the Erie Lions.

Up next would be another U12 match-up set for 8:30 am, as we would see the Johnstown Warriors taking on the Arctic Foxes.

A scoreless scoresheet would be the outcome after the first set of twelve. The same would be for the second set of twelve. However we would see a goalie change for the Arctic Foxes during that second period, as Carlson would come in to replace the starting Ziolkowski.

The third period would see both the Foxes and Warriors get on the board. Captain Sikorski would score for Arctic, while Farabaugh would score for Johnstown. Overtime would be needed as we were tied at one after three twelve minute periods.

Lots of good chances would be made by both sides, but a double overtime period would be needed, as we were still tied at one. From there, Arctic would go on to score the game winning goal. defeating the Warriors at a final score of 2-1. Stefanik would be the goal scorer for the Foxes.

Coming up we would have our first U14 match-up on the day, as we would see the Johnstown Warriors once again, taking on the North Pittsburgh Wildcats for a 10 am start time.

The Wildcats would take full control of the first twelve minutes, as they would make it an early 3-0 game. Craig and Petrush (2) would get the goals for North Pittsburgh, one of them would come on the power-play, which would be scored during the final second of the period.

The second set of twelve would see six penalties being drawn, four by the Wildcats, and two by the Warriors. All of those penalties would be killed, however North Pittsburgh would score short-handed late in the period to make it a 4-0 game. Petrush would score to complete his hat-trick.

Johnstown would try to get the gears turning in the final frame of the game. Cutting the lead in half 4-2 on North Pittsburgh. Wirick and Blough would get the goals for the Warriors. However it wouldn’t be enough for Johnstown, as the North Pittsburgh Wildcats would take as the score would remain the same. Final shots on goal would be 15-8 for Johnstown.

Up next we have another U14 game for you, as we would see the South Hills Panthers taking on the Lawrence County Lightning for an 11:30 am puck drop.

Straight off the bat we would see some physical hockey, with lots of big hits and checks being made from here to there. Lawrence County would then seek themselves into some penalty trouble early, and South Hills would take advantage. It would be a 1-0 game for the Panthers after the first twelve minutes of play.

South Hills’ Majerkin would extend the Panthers lead to 2-0 after two periods. As we would head into the final twelve with the shots 19-11 for South Hills.

Lawrence County would get on the board in the third, as Bucci would cut the lead down to 2-1. But South Hills’ Majerkin would score to make it a 3-1 game. Ending the game as the Panthers would take the game over the Lightning. Final shots on goals were 25-16 for South Hills.

We officially made it halfway through day one, and after two U12 games, followed by two U14 games, we would be going back to a U12 match-up for game number five on the day. For this game, we would see the Allegheny Badgers taking on the North Pittsburgh Wildcats for a 1 pm start time.

Northern Pittsburgh would get off to a quick start to start the period, scoring on the power-play to make it an early 1-0 lead. Amdon would get the goal for the Wildcats. Allegheny however would respond with a goal of their own to end the first period tied at one goal a piece. Faulk would be the goal scorer for the Badgers.

The second period would see a back-and-forth set of twelve. Allegheny and North Pittsburgh would take turns putting one up on the board. The score would be 3-3 as we headed into the final period. Evanichko and Fink would get the goals for the Badgers. Van Horn would score both of the goals for the Wildcats.

The third period would see a tough battle to the finish for both sides. Allegheny would get two more goals on the scoresheet to make it a 5-3 game. Broker and Fink would get the goals for the Badgers. North Pittsburgh would attempt a late period comeback, as Bernardo would score short-handed to cut Allegheny’s lead to one goal. But the Badgers would eventually get the power-play goal seconds later off of the stick of Thompson, now making it a 6-4 game.

Broker would score the empty-net goal, followed by a McMahen goal to put the cherry on top. Allegeny would walk away with a 8-4 win over North Pittsburgh. Sending the Badgers to the championship game tomorrow afternoon. Final shots on goal would by 27-11 for the Badgers.

We would be heading into the last U12 match-up on the day coming up. For this contest, we would prepare to see the Crawford Flames take on the Arctic Foxes for a 2:30 pm game.

The first twelve would be a back-and-forth battle, but the Crawford Flames would have the advantage, leading it 2-1 after one. Wang (short-handed) and Koerner would get the goals for Crawford. Stefanik would get the lone goal for the Foxes.

Stefanik would score the game tying goal early in the second, eventually completing his hat-trick midway through, and ultimately scoring his fourth of the game for Arctic. This would make it a 4-2 game for the Foxes. Crawford’s Cook would then make it a 4-3 game minutes later. Arctic would eventually add one more late to make it a 5-3 game after two periods.

Crawford would then start to get the momentum going, as they would go on and tie the game up at 5-5 late in the third period. Koerner and Cook would get the goals for the Flames. We would be heading to overtime, as the game would remain the same after 36 minutes of play.

One OT period wouldn’t be enough, so double OT would be needed. But double OT wouldn’t be enough, so we would see some shootout action coming up. After five rounds of the shootout, Wang and Engels would come up big for the Flames, and they would take home the 6-5 win. Sending them to the championship game tomorrow.

That would conclude our U12 action for the day. For game seven at 4 pm, we would see the Crawford Flames take on the North Pittsburgh Wildcats for the first of two final U14 matches.

North Pittsburgh would get the ball rolling first early in the contest, as Petrush would continue his dominance and make it a 1-0 Wildcats game. From there, Crawford would score three unanswered goals to make it 3-1. Arpin, Friters, and Randolph would record the goals. The Wildcats would add two more to tie it late in the first. It would be tied up at three after twelve minutes. Myers and Craig would get the goals for North Pittsburgh.

Costa would add another goal for the Flames nearing the end of the second period to make it a 4-3 Crawford game, as we were heading into the final frame of the game.

Looking like Crawford would take control and sail right to the championship, North Pittsburgh’s Tunder would score the game tying goal late in the third period to tie the game up at four. We would be heading to an overtime period, as 36 minutes wouldn’t be enough for this game.

Single OT wouldn’t be enough, neither would double OT, so we would be heading to a shootout.

Friters for Crawford and Myers for North Pittsburgh would score, but we would need sudden death to figure this one out. Costa (Flames) and Craig (Wildcats) would score in the eighth. Five rounds later in round 13, North Pittsburgh would take it. Defeating the Flames 5-4 and sending North Pittsburgh to the championship.

Finally to wrap up this day one of PAHL Playoff action, we would have a U14 match-up between the Westmoreland Eagles, and the South Hills Panthers, scheduled for 5:30 pm.

An empty score-sheet would be the scene for both teams after twelve minutes of play. The second period would show the same result. But it would be South Hills who would finally put the first goal up on the board early in the third period. They would respond with another one

minutes later.

Westmoreland would finally respond nearing the closing marks of the third period, cutting the Panther’s lead in half 2-1. However it wouldn’t be enough for the Eagles. The score would remain and the game would come to a close. The South Hills Panthers would walk away with the victory, sailing to the championship game tomorrow afternoon. Final shots on goal would be 27-18 for Westmoreland.

That concludes day one of this action packed day full of PAHL games. We’ll be back here tomorrow for the final day of the playoffs. As both the U12 and U14 championship games will take place at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA. So stay tuned everyone!

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