Hockey

WPIAL Alum Q&A – Danny Kucerovy
March 27, 2017
While the PIHL has produced numerous incredibly successful players over the past few decades, some of the most talented players do not participate in high-school hockey, instead electing to play on travel teams. That appeared to be the path that Daniel Kucerovy was going to take, until his junior year, when he was convinced by his friends and teammates to join the Bethel Park varsity team. Kucerovy made a big impact with the Black Hawks, and now he's playing for Bentley University. Kucerovy is this week's feature for the WPIAL Alum Q&A.

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Peters Township Claims 5th PA Cup State 3-A Title
March 25, 2017
The front of the net is space reserved only for the courageous as goaltenders and their defensemen are not a very welcoming group when they have to share that space around the goal crease. But if you want to score goals in tight playoff hockey games, then you have to have the courage and willingness to venture into that area, and maybe, just maybe you can slam home a rebound for the decisive State Championship winning goal.

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Downingtown East Defeats Plum for 2-A PA Cup
If the 2017 Class-AA Pennsylvania Cup had theme songs, the title track for the Plum Mustangs would have been "It's Been A While" by Staind.  After winning their first Penguins Cup and since 1989, Plum was looking to make it two for two in state title games as well.  But for Downingtown-East, as Foreigner sang "It Feels Like The First Time", as the Cougars claimed their first Pennsylvania Cup in program history in their third state championship appearance, beating Plum 3-1 at the RMU Island Sports Complex on Neville Island.

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Bayard Rustin Beats Franklin Regional in OT for PA Cup 1-A Title
Sophomore forward Matt Owens, who had a hat trick in the Golden Knights 6-0 PA Cup win over Franklin Regional last year, was the hero again for Bayard Rustin as he beat Danny Soltesz on a breakaway 3:07 into overtime to give Bayard Rustin its 4th consecutive PA Cup hockey championship.

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2017 PIHL PENGUINS CUP PLAYOFFS Results
March 23, 2017
In a postseason of tight and extremely competitive hockey, two of the four PIHL championship games were decided by 6-1 scores and another was a 5-2 final. However there were dramatics as the D-II title was decided in a 2-1 overtime thriller. In the end, Franklin Regional repeated in Class 1-A, while Peters Township in 3-A, Plum in 2-A and Meadville in D-II also claimed PIHL high school hockey gold. Here are ALL the results from the 2017 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs. Results with (MSA) after are game you can hear archived here on MSA Sports while games with (MSA Video) after the score are contests you can watch archived here on The Network. 2017 PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 3-A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

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Peters Township Upsets Top-Seed PCC for 3-A Pens Cup
March 22, 2017
The 6th-seeded Peters Township Indians finished their Cinderella run through the 3-A Penguins Cup Championships by beating top-seeded Pittsburgh Central Catholic, 5-2, at the UMPC Lemieux Sports Complex on Wednesday night.  The underdog run by the Indians including them beating #3 Canon McMiillan in the opening round (2-1), #2 North Allegheny in the semi-final round (7-0) and the Vikings in the championship game.

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Meadville Wins D-II Title With OT Thriller Over Carrick
Meadville had been tormenting goalies all season long, as the Bulldogs averaged more than 10 goals per game in the regular season and the playoffs. It finally seemed that a goaltender had their number on Wednesday, though, as Carrick’s Nathan Norkevicus made save after save, many in spectacular fashion. In overtime, though, Meadville captain Jeff Millin capitalized on a turnover and roofed a shot past Norkevicus to give Meadville the 2-1 win, as the Bulldogs claimed their first Division 2 Championship at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.

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Plum Pounds Latrobe For First Pens Cup in 28 Years
March 21, 2017
In two previous meetings against Latrobe during the regular season in PIHL Class AA, Plum lead early, blew a lead, rallied and won, and in the second game trailed early, rallied, trailed again and rallied to win again. This time, in the PIHL Class 2-A Penguins Cup Finals on Tuesday night at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex in Wexford, Plum didn't leave anything to chance. The Mustangs, the highest scoring team in Class AA with 117 regular season goals, struck early and left little doubt in claiming the AA title with a 6-1 win over the Wildcats, a team that got hot at the tail end of the regular season and surged to its fifth Penguins Cup final since 2008.

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Franklin Regional Repeats as PIHL Pens Cup 1-A Champs
For nearly the first 14 minutes of the PIHL Class A title game between Franklin Regional and Indiana, it seemed as if the goaltenders on each respective side would be perfect, seemingly feeding off the raucous atmosphere inside the UPMC Sports Lemieux Sports Complex. However, that changed 13:50 into the first period, when Oldrich Virag netted his first of two goals as the Panthers beat the Little Indians 6-1 for their second straight PIHL Penguins Cup Class 1-A championship. The Virag opening tally came off a feed from Justin Gismondi and Nick Carretta, all three of which had multiple point games.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 03/19/2017
March 19, 2017
The high school basketball and high school hockey seasons come to a golden end this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our winter sports postseason coverage concludes with the PIAA state basketball Semifinals and Championship Games as well as PIHL Penguins Cup Championships and the Pennsylvania Cup state hockey title games with all seven hockey Finals on video stream as well,  plus we have final editions of the season of The WPIAL Roundball Report and The PIHL Power Play Show ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, March 20th: TALK SHOW - Carlow Sports Talk at 8:30pm on MSAsports.net

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Wednesday, March 15th
March 15, 2017
Michael Jackson would have loved these 2017 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs because they have been littered with postseason Thrillers. On the final night of Semifinals week in these high school hockey playoffs, one game continued the theme while the other was a rare laugher. Top-seed Pittsburgh Central Catholic had to be in comeback mode to advance to the finals in double overtime while Peters Township made it look easy in cruising the the title game. Here are recaps from both PIHL Class 3-A Semifinals from Wednesday night. A special thanks to Steve Nagler and Sean Saputo for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 3-A Semifinals:

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, March 14th
March 14, 2017
Not one, but two high school hockey championship games were determined on Tuesday with both the Class 2-A and Division II Final Four taking place. While there were warning about the weather for today that never materialized, it was Plum and Latrobe in 2-A and Meadville and Carrick in D-II that unleashed a fury that propels them all to the PIHL Finals at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex next week. Here are recaps from all four Semifinals hockey games. A special thanks to Rob Longo, Lou Rood, Sean Meyers and Matt Vandriak for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 2-A Semifinals:

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Monday, March 13th
The competitive nature of these 2017 PIHL high school hockey playoffs continued into Round Three on Monday as both Penguins Cup Class 1-A Semifinals games went down to the wire at the RMU Sports Complex on Neville Island. Defending champion needed a frantic comeback late in the third period to return to the title game while Indiana needed overtime to clinch their second title game trip in the last three years. Here are the recaps from both Class 1-A Semifinals that you can hear or watch archived here on MSA Sports. A special thanks to Kyle Dawson and Kevin Zielmanski for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 1-A Semifinals:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 03/13/2017
March 13, 2017
The high school hockey playoffs move into the Final Four round while the state basketball postseason hits the Second Round and the Quarterfinals all this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our winter sports postseason coverage continues with PIAA basketball Second Round and Quarterfinals boys and girls basketball games and PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs Semifinals action,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show and final edition this season of Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, March 13th: TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Thursday, March 9th
March 10, 2017
The biggest postseason night of the 2017 PIHL Playoffs took place Thursday with eleven Quarterfinals contests including all four 3-A games, three games in 2-A and 1-A and one final Quarterfinals game in Division II. The tight competitive hockey that has been the theme of this postseason continued with five visiting teams picking up wins and advancing to the Final Four. Here are recaps from those games that set the state for the Semifinals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A special thanks to Matt Vandriak, Sean Meyers, Ed Troup, Sean Saputo, Kevin Zielmanski, Don Rebel, Josh Rowntree, Mike Azadian, Randy Gore and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 3-A Quarterfinals:

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Wednesday, March 8th
March 9, 2017
The excitement of a competitive First Round of the PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs has already carried over into Round Two. There were two Second Round high school hockey playoff games on Wednesday and both ended with identical 5-4 scores with one decided in the closing minutes and the other ending in a third overtime. Here are summaries from both Quarterfinals games. A special thanks to Sean Meyers and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps.  PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 2-A Quarterfinals:

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, March 7th
March 8, 2017
The First Round of the PIHL Class 1-A Penguins Cup Playoffs came to a memorable finish on Tuesday with a upset and a historic comeback. The four opening round contests closed the door on the opening round and set the stage for the high school hockey Quarterfinals on Thursday. Plus a Division II Quarterfinals results has 3/4 of the Semifinals set for next weekend. Here are the recaps from the five PIHL postseason contests played on Tuesday. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Sean Saputo and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 1-A First Round:

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PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Recaps for Monday, March 6th
March 7, 2017
The curtain rose and the puck dropped on the 2017 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs on Monday night with six high school hockey postseason contests. A pair of 2-A First Round games set the stage for the Quarterfinals while two of six Round One games were played in Class 1-A and two of the four Division II Quarterfinals games are in the books. Here are summaries from the six opening nights playoff matchups. A special thanks to Rennie Detore, Steve Nagler, Kevin Zielmanski, Josh Rowntree, Bob Orkwis, Lou Rood and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 2-A First Round:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 03/06/2017
March 6, 2017
We move from the district championships to the start of the state playoffs in basketball and the state championships in wrestling as well as the drop of the puck on the high school hockey postseason all this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our postseason coverage continues with PIAA First Round boys and girls basketball games, the PIAA 3-A and 2-A Individual Wrestling championships and First Round and Quarterfinals action of the PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show and Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, March 6th:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/26/2017
February 26, 2017
A golden week marks the transition from the February Frenzy to the scholastic version of the Madness of March all this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our EXCLUSIVE postseason coverage concludes with Semifinals and Championship action in the WPIAL and District 6 boys and girls basketball playoffs along with the start of the PIHL high school hockey playoffs, the 2017 WPIAL Individual Wrestling Class 3-A Championships and the 2017 WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Championships,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report on the road at a special time, The PIHL Power Play Show and Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, February 27th:

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