Hockey

Pine-Richland’s Zach Howard celebrates with teammates after scoring against Central Catholic during their game Nov. 30, 2023, at Alpha Complex.
What to watch for in Western Pa. sports for March 11, 2024: PIHL semifinals commence
March 10, 2024
The PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs begin the week-long Final Four games at the RMU Island Sports Complex on Neville Island and on Trib HSSN.

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Meleek Thomas and his Lincoln Park teammates will play in the second round of the PIAA playoffs Tuesday night.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of March 11, 2024
The high school basketball state playoffs move into the second round and quarterfinals while the high school hockey postseason shifts to the final four this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Pine-Richland’s Logan Kozak celebrates after scoring against Central Catholic during their game on Nov. 30 at Alpha Complex.
Pine-Richland hockey finds recipe for success with power play, defense
There wasn’t much separation in PIHL Class 3A with four teams finishing within one point of each other, but Pine-Richland has a couple traits that helped them eke into the top seed in the Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Plum freshman Maksim Popienko fires a shot against Blackhawk in a game Nov. 6 at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Plum hockey hopes to build off turnaround season
March 9, 2024
It was quite a turnaround this season for the Plum hockey team.

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Franklin Regional’s Max Rutkowski gets ready to fire a shot during a PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup game March 4, 2024.
After struggling at end of regular season, Franklin Regional advances in Penguins Cup playoffs
It didn’t matter that the Latrobe hockey team had beaten Franklin Regional in both regular-season meetings this season.

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Peters Township’s Camden Martin
High school roundup for March 5, 2024: Defending champion Peters Township gets past Upper St. Clair in OT
March 5, 2024
Camden Martin’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner as two-time defending champion Peters Township defeated Upper St. Clair, 3-2, in the PIHL Class 3A Penguins Cup quarterfinals Tuesday night.

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Deer Lakes’ Giovanni Porco (left) celebrates his goal with Ryan Grunden during their PIHL Varsity D2 playoff game against Carrick on Tuesday at the Ice Castle.
Deer Lakes tops division champ Carrick in PIHL D2 playoffs, sets up meeting with Burrell
Something had to give as the Carrick and Deer Lakes hockey teams came into Tuesday’s PIHL Varsity D2 quarterfinal at Ice Castle in Castle Shannon riding multi-game win streaks.

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Peters Township’s Camden Martin and Upper St. Clair’s Aaron Staiarski pursue the puck during a PIHL Class 3A playoff game last season.
What to watch for in Western Pa. high school sports on March 5, 2024: Peters Township starts title defense
The short but sweet PIHL Penguins Cup quarterfinals hit the second and final day with four more high school hockey playoff games.

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Penn-Trafford junior Gavin Paterson snaps off a shot during a game against Norwin on Oct. 3, 2023.
High school roundup for March 4, 2024: Penn-Trafford knocks off defending champs in 2A hockey
Gavin Paterson scored the tie-breaking goal in the final minute of the second period and Tyler Funk made 31 saves as No. 8 Penn-Trafford knocked off defending champ South Fayette, the No. 1 seed, 4-3, in the PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup quarterfinals Monday night.

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Latrobe’s Colton Goodlin (6) keeps the puck away from Franklin Regional’s Shawn Sinclair (86) during a PIHL Class 2A Penguins Cup game Monday.
Shawn Sinclair’s 2nd goal lifts Franklin Regional past Latrobe
March 4, 2024
Franklin Regional dropped both regular-season hockey games to Latrobe this season, and things didn’t look good for the Panthers after the first period.

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Norwin’s Dom Costantino celebrates after scoring against Fox Chapel during their PIHL AA playoff game on Monday, Mar. 4, 2024, at Palmer Imaging Arena.
Norwin comes alive in 3rd period to beat Fox Chapel, reach PIHL 2A semifinals
The Norwin and Fox Chapel hockey teams have gotten to know each other pretty well over the past three years, both in the regular season and in the Penguin Cup playoffs.

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Latrobe senior Jacob Hannah
Westmoreland County Senior Spotlight: Latrobe’s Jacob Hannah
As most hockey fans are aware, Pittsburgh Penguins great Jaromir Jagr had his No. 68 jersey retired by the organization Feb. 18.

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Deer Lakes’ Zachary Nacey brings the puck up-ice against Burrell on Jan. 11 at Alpha Ice Complex.
A-K Valley Senior Spotlight: Deer Lakes’ Zachary Nacey
Last year, Deer Lakes’ hockey team made it all the way to the semifinals in the PIHL’s Division 2, but Ringgold, the eventual champion, got the best of it.

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Burrell’s Adam Scheftic talks with goalie Kooper Price during their game against Deer Lakes on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at Alpha Ice Complex.
What to watch for in Western Pa. sports for March 4, 2024: PIHL quarterfinals on tap
March 3, 2024
With temps climbing into the 70’s the next few days, it’s a perfect time to think…ice hockey and the quarterfinals of the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs.

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Blackhawk’s Bryce Leiper is mobbed by teammates after scoring with 19 seconds remaining during their game against Plum on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena. Blackhawk won, 2-1.
Final 2023-24 PIHL standings, with Penguins Cup playoff field set
Here are the final 2023-24 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League standings through the end of the regular season, along with all the PIHL playoff qualifiers.

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Central Catholic’s Nate Cox skates with the puck against Pine-Richland during their game on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at Alpha Complex.
This week on Trib HSSN for week of March 4, 2024
The February Frenzy shifts to the Madness of March as we put the Path to the Pete basketball postseason in the rear view mirror and prepare for the Penguins Cup hockey postseason to kick into full swing and the start of the Road to Hershey this weekend.

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Peters Township celebrates beating Upper St. Clair during the PIHL Penguins Cup Class 3A finals March 20, 2023 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
PIHL sets Penguins Cup playoff matchups
March 1, 2024
Peters Township, South Fayette and Ringgold will be out to defend their crowns as the PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs get into full swing Monday and Tuesday.

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Plum’s Maksim Popienkofires a shot against Blackhawk on Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
2023-24 PIHL standings, playoff qualifiers through Feb. 25, 2024
February 25, 2024
Here are the latest 2023-24 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League standings through Sunday, along with the latest PIHL playoff qualifiers.

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Bethel Park’s Ethan Cooley competes during the 2023-24 season.
Bethel Park hockey battling hard at end of regular season
February 24, 2024
The Bethel Park hockey team found itself in a battle for a PIHL Class 3A playoff spot coming down the stretch in the regular season.

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Deer Lakes’ Zachary Nacey celebrates after scoring against Burrell on Jan. 11, 2024, at Alpha Ice Complex.
Deer Lakes aims to contend in PIHL Division 2 playoffs
February 19, 2024
With a 12-1 win over Trinity on Feb. 8, Deer Lakes officially clinched a spot in the PIHL Division 2 playoffs.

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