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PAHL Playoffs Day Two - Championship Sunday

Written by: David Nicoletti

It’s championship Sunday down at 1ST SUMMIT ARENA for day two of the PAHL Playoffs. Today’s two games on the schedule would feature the 12U and 14U finals. It would be a great day for hockey, as winners were to be crowned, and championships to be awarded.

Up first we would see our 12U championship game take place, as we would see the Crawford Flames take on the Allegheny Badgers for a 10 a.m. contest.

The first period would be full of excitement, as Crawford would start the game off by scoring two unanswered goals, Wilkinson and Benninger would record those goals. Allegheny’s Bryant would then get the Badgers on the board minutes later to cut the lead in half. Wang would then later score to put the Flames back up by two. But it wouldn’t stop the Badgers from tying the game up 3-3 after the first period of play. Goals would be scored by Thompson and Broker.

Allegheny would then go on to add two more goals in the second frame, one coming on the power-play, making it a 5-3 game for the Badgers after two periods. Goals would come from Evanichko and Broker.

The Flames would then come back to tie it up at 5-5 nearing the end of the third period. Goals would come from Koerner and Engels. But the Badgers would not be stopped, as McMahen would go on to score the game-winning goals with 46 remaining in the game. Allegheny would go on to win the 12U championship over the Crawford Flames at a final score of 6-5. The final shots on goal would be 32-14 for the Badgers. A great game from both sides.

Finally, to wrap up these PAHL Playoffs, we would see our 14U championship game take place. For this 12 contest, we would see the North Pittsburgh Wildcats take on the South Hills Panthers.

We would see an empty frame from both sides for the first games set of twelve. We would then see some action from one side during the second period, as South Hills would score two unanswered goals to go up 2-0 on the Wildcats. Majerkin would record both goals for the Panthers.

North Pittsburgh would add one late in the third off the stick of Myers to cut the lead 2-1. However it wouldn’t be enough, as Brain would score the empty-net goal to put South Hills up 3-1. The horn would sound and the South Hills Panthers would win the 14U championship over North Pittsburgh. Final shots on goal would be 17-16 for the North Pittsburgh Wildcats.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is a wrap on this year's PAHL Playoffs. Congratulations to both the Allegheny Badgers for winning the 12U championship, as well as the South Hills Panthers for winning the 14U championship. A well deserved championship winning year for both teams.

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