Hockey

Pine-Richland sixth grader Carson Verszyla scored a highlight reel goal that was featured on SportsCenter.
Pine-Richland teen Carson Verszyla goes viral with highlight-reel hockey goal
June 7, 2021
Carson Verszyla got an early birthday present Monday morning when he saw himself on “SportsCenter.”

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Baldwin’s Trevor Belak (right) celebrates his second goal during the Class AA state championsip game against Haverford on April 24.
Seniors took Baldwin hockey program to remarkable heights
May 23, 2021
The seven seniors on the Baldwin hockey team have a combined 87 years of experience on the ice.

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Los Angeles Kings right winger John Zeiler warms up before facing the Colorado Avalanche in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.
Thomas Jefferson hockey bids farewell to coach Bill Crousey, welcomes former NHL player
May 16, 2021
Bill Crousey’s legacy as Thomas Jefferson’s hockey coach is firmly cemented.

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Four Penn-Trafford students were part of winning hockey teams at a recent national championship in Denver. Pictured, from left, are Ayla Moffa, eighth grade; Robyn Caswell, a senior; Kylie McKenzie, eighth grade; and Marissa Caswell, ninth grade.
Norwin, Penn-Trafford girls medal at national hockey tournament
May 14, 2021
Girls from Norwin and Penn-Trafford were part of the Pittsburgh amateur hockey teams that won medals in the recent USA Tier-II Hockey National Championships in Denver.

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Baldwin goaltender Eddie Nowicki skates with the Pennsylvania Cup after defeating Haverford, 3-1, in the Class AA state championsip game Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Defense, goaltending key Baldwin’s run to state hockey championship
May 2, 2021
Baldwin’s varsity hockey team recently wrapped up an amazing two-year run with an appearance in the state championship game at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

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North Allegheny’s Luke Washabaugh watches as Malvern Prep players celebrate their third goal during the Class AAA state championship game on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
North Allegheny hockey falls in state championship game
April 24, 2021
North Allegheny’s hunt for a third Class AAA state ice hockey championship came up short as Malvern Prep earned its third title and first since 2004 with a 4-2 victory over the Tigers.

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Baldwin’s Trevor Belak (right) celebrates his first goal with Nelson Buys and Logan Picchi during the Class AA state championship game against Haverford on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Baldwin beats Haverford, wins Class AA state championship
It was only fitting the two Class AA hockey heavyweights clashed in the state championship game Saturday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

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Franklin Regional celebrates Matty Knizner’s goal against Montour during the Penguins Cup AA semifinal on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Alpha Ice Complex.
What to watch for in high school sports for April 20, 2021: 2 more title games on ice
April 19, 2021
Franklin Regional enters the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA championship game Tuesday with a six-game winning streak and having hoisted gold twice in the last four years.

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Franklin Regional junior hockey player Zach Abdallah
Hockey player/golfer Abdallah is Franklin Regional’s version of Happy Gilmore
Zach Abdallah is a hockey player who plays golf. Or is it the other way around?

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North Allegheny’s Connor Chi (43) celebrates his game-winning goal to beat Peters Township in the Penguins Cup AAA semifinal on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.
Trib HSSN What to Watch for: Monday, April 19, 2021
April 18, 2021
The last time the PIHL crowned a Penguins Cup Class AAA champion, North Allegheny skated away with its first title in six years in 2019.

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South Fayette hockey team takes pride in progress made
The South Fayette hockey team finished at .500 for the season with a record of 8-8-2 and missed the PIHL Class AA playoff by only four points.

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Ringgold’s Ethan Saylor scores the game-winning goal in overtime in the PIHL Class B semifinals Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the RMU Island Sports Complex.
Ringgold nets OT winner, moves on to PIHL Class B final showdown with Neshannock
April 15, 2021
It was an overtime thriller as Ringgold defeated Bishop Canevin, 4-3, at RMU Island Sports Center on Thursday, to advance to the PIHL Varsity B Playoff Championship.

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Freeport’s Keith Smilowitz prepares to take a shot during a PIHL Class A quarterfinal matchup with McDowell on April 5, 2021 at Frozen Pond Arena.
What to watch for in high school sports for April 14, 2021: PIHL semifinalists hit the ice
April 13, 2021
The PIHL Penguins Cup semifinals continue Wednesday with the final four Class A teams hitting the ice at the RMU Island Sports Complex on Neville Island.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Brady Conrardy checks Pine-Richland’s Samuel Stagier during the Penguins Cup AAA semifinal on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.
North Allegheny, Mt. Lebanon move on to Penguins Cup finals in Class AAA
Connor Chi’s second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime gave No. 4 North Allegheny a 4-3 win over Peters Township in the first of two PIHL Class AAA semifinal matchups at the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island on Monday night.

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Former Michigan assistant Kris Mayotte is the new head hockey coach at Colorado College.
Former Central Catholic goalie Kris Mayotte named hockey coach at Colorado College
April 12, 2021
While the NCAA men’s hockey season concluded Saturday night at PPG Paints Arena with Massachusetts defeating St. Cloud State, some schools started preparations for the 2021-22 season.

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North Allegheny’s Trey Gallo works against Peters Township’s Cooper Slavin in November. The teams meet again this week in the Penguins Cup semifinals.
TribLive High School Sports Network broadcasts: Week of April 12, 2021
April 11, 2021
We drop the puck on our postseason hockey coverage with four days of final four games this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ben Chen celebrates his goal next to Latrobe goalie Logan Byrd during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Penn-Trafford notebook: Warriors fall to Baldwin in PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
Penn-Trafford saw its hockey season end last week with a quarterfinal-round loss in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Latrobe’s Josh Coffee checks Penn-Trafford’s Josh Goldberg into the boards during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Final regular season PIHL standings through April 4, 2021
April 4, 2021
Here are the final PIHL high school hockey standings through the end of the regular season.

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Hampton defenseman Owen Cirlingione finished the 2020-21 season with five goals and six assists.
Hampton hockey rolls with punches
April 3, 2021
The youthful Hampton hockey team endured a lot of growing pains this season.

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Pine-Richland’s Alex Erlain and Dominic Desjardins helped the Rams finish third in the Class AAA standings.
Pine-Richland hockey team solidly in Class AAA mix
A glance at the PIHL Class AAA standings shows the field is wide open with the top five teams separated by four points.

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