Hockey

Pine-Richland’s Ryan Peacock takes a shot against Central Catholic during PIHL first round playoff action on Monday, March 7, 2022 at the Baierl Ice Center.
What to watch for in high school sports for March 14, 2022: PIHL semifinals begin
March 13, 2022
A busy week of high school hockey semifinals action begins Monday.

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Pine-Richland’s Carson Kalpakis (right) and Jack Breisinger (left) celebrate with Alex Erlain after Erlain’s first goal against Central Catholic during PIHL first-round playoff action March 7 at Baierl Ice Center.
Captain checks all the boxes for Pine-Richland hockey team
Tales of hockey players and their superstitions have been told since skates first hit ice, but Pine-Richland captain Alex Erlain wants nothing to do with them.

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Hampton’s Adam Dembowski (7) checks Franklin Regional’s Chase Williams (62) on Oct. 1, 2019 at Center Ice Arena.
Win total shows growth of Hampton hockey
March 12, 2022
The PIHL season can be a long five-month grind.

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Norwin’s Logan Fear plays against Greensburg Salem on Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
High school roundup for March 10, 2022: Norwin moves into Penguins Cup semifinals
March 10, 2022
Jake Meier, Ty Shigo and Logan Fear scored second-period goals to lead Norwin to a 3-2 victory over Westmont Hilltop in the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup playoffs Thursday night.

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Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsule: Westmont Hilltop vs. Norwin, Thursday, March 10, 2022
March 9, 2022
Class A

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Thomas Jefferson’s Nick Stock leaps into the glass to celebrate his winning goal in overtime against Hempfield in the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup playoffs Monday, March 7, 2022.
Top-seeded Thomas Jefferson fights off Hempfield upset bid in Penguins Cup playoffs
March 7, 2022
Six minutes into its postseason opener Monday night, Thomas Jefferson faced the challenge of an early three-goal deficit.

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Franklin Regional’s Luke Beatty fires a shot past West Allegheny’s Tyler Kiss on Dec. 1, 2020 at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
Westmoreland Senior Spotlight: Luke Beatty, Franklin Regional
After losing in a playoff game, especially the championship game, most teams take time to reflect and decompress before starting to think about the future.

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What to watch for in H.S. sports for March 7, 2022: PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs commence
March 6, 2022
The puck drops on the 2022 PIHL postseason this week with six quarterfinals games Monday, seven more Tuesday and the final three Thursday.

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Penn-Trafford’s Damian Dynys celebrates with goalie Jackson Kerrigan after defeating Latrobe, 5-3, on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Kirk Nevin Arena.
Final 2021-22 PIHL regular-season standings through March 6, 2022
Here are the final PIHL high school hockey standings through the end of the regular season.

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoff preview: North Hills vs. Fox Chapel, Monday, March 7, 2022
Class A

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PIHL Penguins Cup playoff preview: Hempfield vs. Thomas Jefferson, Monday, March 7, 2022
Class 2A

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Fox Chapel’s Danny Downey celebrates his goal against Kiski Area on Nov. 11, 2021, in Harmar.
PIHL playoffs set to begin Monday
March 2, 2022
North Allegheny (Class 3A), Thomas Jefferson (2A), Fox Chapel (A) and Bishop Canevin (Division 2) are the top seeds for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Penguin Cup playoffs, set to begin Monday at various league-used rinks.

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Hempfield’s Zack Francisco makes a save against Greater Latrobe on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena
Late-season victories keep Hempfield hockey in playoff hunt
March 1, 2022
In the fall, hockey players at Hempfield and Latrobe high schools can be found playing on the same club teams.

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Latrobe’s Fletcher Harvey celebrates his goal with JD Robinson during their game against Penn-Trafford.
Defensively sound Latrobe battling for postseason berth
February 28, 2022
Consider Josh Werner’s plight. Latrobe’s hockey coach drives 40-plus miles each way to pilot the Wildcats’ home games at Greensburg’s Nevin Arena.

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Penn-Trafford’s Aiden Alberts celebrates his empty net goal to seal the victory over Latrobe on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Kirk Nevin Arena.
2021-22 PIHL standings, playoff clinchings through Feb. 27, 2022
February 27, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Feb. 27.

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North Allegheny goalie Rylan Murphy owns a 1.42 goals against average this season.
North Allegheny relies on balance in quest for 3rd straight Penguins Cup championship
As the hockey schedule reached late February, North Allegheny’s Connor Chi pushed his season-long scoring streak to 19 games. The senior recorded at least one goal or assist in every contest, cementing his spot as an elite scorer.

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Sophomore forward Gavin Green leads the Gateway JV hockey team with 12 goals over 16 games.
Young Gateway lineup ‘trending in right direction’
The Gateway junior varsity hockey team finished its regular season Feb. 14 with a tough 3-2 loss to Mt. Lebanon.

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North Catholic’s Tay Melis (center) celebrates his game-tying goal in the final seconds of regulation with Evan Robbins (right) and Mario Smith during their game against Norwin on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.
PIHL standings, Penguins Cup playoff clinchings through Feb. 20, 2022
February 20, 2022
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Feb. 20.

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Mason Miller, right, is Shaler’s leading scorer.
Shaler hockey team overcomes slow start to get back in playoff race
Shaler’s push for the hockey playoffs was one that seemed distant at the start of the year.

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Development of young Chartiers Valley players provides optimism for future
February 19, 2022
What a difference a goal or two would have made for the Chartiers Valley hockey team.

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