Hockey

Pine-Richland’s Brandon Kushar uts a shot on Greater Latrobe goaltender Gage Handwork during the second period of their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
PIHL playoff capsule: Pine-Richland vs. Upper St. Clair
March 17, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA Championship

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his first goal against Connellsville during the second period of a Penguins Cup Division 2 semifinal Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Burrell ready for 3rd clash with pesky Ringgold, this time in finals
From the beginning of the season, the Burrell hockey team made no secret that its goal is to win the school’s first PIHL title. Standing in the way is one final hurdle.

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Pine-Richland stays atop Trib HSSN PIHL power rankings
Every Monday during the 2018-19 PIHL hockey season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases weekly Power Rankings.

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North Allegheny’s Tyler Putnam battles Bethel Park’s Jacob Lang for the puck during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Parreaguirre nets double-OT winner as North Allegheny edges Bethel Park in PIHL semifinals
March 15, 2019
When North Allegheny and Bethel Park meet in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs, at least over the last five meetings, the result has been a one-goal game.

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Upper St. Clair’s Quinn Giacobbe (right) celebrates next to Joseph Pulit after scoring the winning goal in overtime during their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal against Franklin Regional Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Giacobbe, Upper St. Clair outduel Franklin Regional in PIHL Class AA semifinals
March 13, 2019
Upper St. Clair’s Quinn Giacobbe and Franklin Regional’s Olda Virag put on a show within a show Wednesday night.

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Fast start, highlight-reel goal seal South Fayette’s PIHL Class A semifinal win
March 12, 2019
It wasn’t over before it started, but almost.

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Latrobe’s Alex Walker fires a shot between Hampton defenders during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup semifinals preview capsules
Class AA semifinals

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Ringgold’s Evan Eberlein celebrates with Noah Schroeder after scoring the first goal against Neshannock during their Penguins Cup Division 2 semifinal Monday, Mar. 11, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
Ringgold advances to PIHL Division II championship
Ringgold hockey is going to the ‘ship. The Rams are on the hunt for the program’s first PIHL Division II championship since 2010, punching their ticket to the final with a 5-0 shutout of Neshannock on Monday night at the RMU Island Sports Complex.

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Franklin Regional goaltender Daniel Soltesz makes a save on Hempfield’s Matthew Traczynski during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey relishing underdog role
March 11, 2019
After years of being one of the top-seeded teams in the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs, Franklin Regional is relishing its underdog role this postseason.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Franklin Regional
After back-to-back Class A Penguins Cup championships, Franklin Regional exited the postseason earlier than they hoped last season, bowing out in the quarterfinals to eventual Double-A champion Armstrong.

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his first goal of the game with teammates during a PIHL first round playoff against Trinity Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Burrell hockey eyes payback against Connellsville in PIHL Division II semifinals
March 10, 2019
A month ago, the Burrell hockey team skated into Connellsville looking to wrap up an undefeated regular season. Instead, the Bucs got a reminder of what could happen if they don’t play what coach Max Rickard calls “the Burrell way.”

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New Castle rink wins $100,000 ‘Renovate the Rink’ contest
Hess Ice Rink in New Castle won the inaugural “Renovate the Rink” contest and will receive $100,000 for improvements from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Pittsburgh Commercial Construction.

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Latrobe goaltender Gage Handowrk makes a save next to Hampton’s Matthew Commendatore during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Latrobe hockey looks for balance in semifinal matchup
Any victory in the Penguins Cup playoffs is a good one.

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The puck is seen during an NHL Stadium Series hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
PIHL roundup for March 5, 2019: Peters Township blanks Canon-McMillan
March 5, 2019
First period goals from Torrey Schwartz and Nico Watsula, as well as a 17-save performance by Alex Wilbert led Peters Township to a 3-0 victory over Canon-McMillan (6-13-1) in a PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup first round game Tuesday at Southpointe’s Printscape Arena.

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Pine Richland’s Daniel Stauffer makes a save on Hempfield Area’s Daniel Pronin Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Baierl Ice Complex.
PIHL roundup: Mt. Lebanon defeats Cathedral Prep in Penguins Cup playoffs
Luke Husak and Wyatt George each had two goals to lift No. 4 seed Mt. Lebanon to a 7-3 victory over Cathedral Prep in the first round of the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup playoffs Monday at Mt. Lebanon Ice Center.

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his second goal of the game during a PIHL first round playoff against Trinity Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Stewart’s 7 points lead Burrell to PIHL Division II 1st-round victory over Trinity
March 4, 2019
After Tyler Stewart skated around three Trinity players before depositing the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the game midway through the third period, Burrell hockey coach Max Rickard said he looked at one of his assistant coaches and just shook his head.

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Upper St. Clair hockey players celebrate after their PIHL Class AA first-round win over Baldwin on March 4, 2019, at Ice Castle.
Upper St. Clair tops Baldwin in PIHL Class AA 1st round game
After being swept in both regular-season matchups, No. 2 seed Upper St. Clair got some sweet postseason revenge by defeating Baldwin, 6-2, on Monday in a PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup first-round game at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon.

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Latrobe takes down Hampton in Penguins Cup playoffs
Latrobe opened the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs with an emotional victory Monday night, riding the energy of a large, vocal crowd and the offensive expertise of Alex Walker.

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Pine-Richland’s offense shines in PIHL quarterfinal win over Hempfield
Hempfield entered Monday night’s PIHL Penguins Cup Class 2A quarterfinal as the classification’s top scoring offense.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Mario Eafrati, Canon-McMillan
During the PIHL regular season, two goaltenders in Triple-A faced more than 500 shots.

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