Hockey

Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Thomas Jefferson
March 4, 2019
During the regular season, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars lost just three games — two of which came to South Fayette — by a combined five goals.

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Burrell defenseman Bryce Schuler skates with the puck during a game against Central Valley Monday, Nov.12, 2018, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Top-seeded Burrell hockey returns from layoff with eye on 1st PIHL title
March 3, 2019
When Burrell takes the ice Monday for its PIHL Division II first-round playoff game against Trinity it will be 27 days since the Bucs saw their bid for an undefeated season come to an end with a 6-2 loss to Connellsville in the regular-season finale.

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

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden battles Hempfield’s Jared Gerger for the puck during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsules for March 4, 2019
Monday’s games

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Monessen’s Dishon Howell drives to the basket between St. Joseph’s defenders during their WPIAL Class A quarterfinal Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at West Allegheny High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Monessen boys basketball turn focus to PIAA playoffs
March 2, 2019
Monessen did not make the PIAA Class A boys basketball playoffs last season and had a coaching change in the offseason when longtime coach Joe Salvino left to take the Belle Vernon job.

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Meadville tops Norwin in PIHL Peguins Cup 1st round
February 28, 2019
The Norwin hockey team had its season come to a close Thursday night after a 10-2 loss to Meadville in the first round of the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup playoffs at Meadville Area Recreaction Complex.

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Freeport goalie Sean Fennell makes a pad save during a game against Montour Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
A-K Valley PIHL playoff capsule: Game for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
February 27, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup playoff preview

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Westmoreland PIHL playoff capsule for Feb. 28, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup playoff preview

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Hempfield’s Matthew Traczynski shoots a pass while playing against Quaker Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 in the class 2A preliminary playoff round of the PIHL Penguins’ Cup playoffs at Alpha Ice Complex in Harmar. Hempfield defeated Quaker Valley 8-5 to move on to face Pine-Richland in the first round.
Strong 3rd period guides Hempfield past Quaker Valley in PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
February 26, 2019
Hempfield controlled zone time, puck possession and outshot Quaker Valley by 26 shots through the first two periods, but due to giving up some odd-man breaks, the Spartans found themselves with only a one-goal lead heading into the intermission.

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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.
Westmoreland area playoff hockey capsules for games of Feb. 26, 2019
February 25, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA play-in round

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Quaker Valley forward Joshua Bemis (19) moves up ice against Moon Oct. 1, 2018 at Baierl Ice Complex.
Quaker Valley plays waiting game for state playoffs
The WPIAL 4A girls basketball playoffs resume Monday, and a win by Elizabeth Forward against top-seeded North Catholic would put Quaker Valley in the PIAA playoffs under the WPIAL’s follow-the-leader format.

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Trib HSSN PIHL team of the week: Cathedral Prep
February 24, 2019
After an 0-7 start to the PIHL season, the Cathedral Prep Ramblers were being written off.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Player of the Week: Meadville’s Nick Frantz
“Normally, we would’ve sent him to the showers after the second period,” longtime Meadville hockey coach Jamie Plunkett said. “I think he was just trying his best to catch (Montour’s Ritchy) Froehlich, but, ultimately, he came up short in the points race, but he’s had a great year. Part of it was keeping continuity with the lineup. It was easier to keep him playing.”

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Greensburg Salem’s Cole McNair had 26 points during the regular season.
Westmoreland area hockey playoff capsules for games of Feb. 25,2019
Class A

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Latrobe players line up to listen to coaching instruction before their PIHL hockey game against Pine-Richland on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg.
Westmoreland County teams set to open PIHL Penguins Cup playoffs
Latrobe has waited almost a year to get back to the PIHL Penguins Cup Class 2A playoffs.

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

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden (67) scores the game-winning goal in overtime past Hempfield goaltender Joseph Behler and defenseman Caden Spehar during their game Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
PIHL standings through Feb. 23, 2019
February 23, 2019
Here are the final PIHL high school hockey standings through Feb. 23. Check out playoff coverage over the next four weeks, along with the weekly PIHL Power Play Show at 8 p.m. Wednesday at TribHSSN.TribLive.com.

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Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden (left) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Jacob Rettger during a game against Hempfield Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
Franklin Regional hockey hopes to challenge for Penguins Cup
The Franklin Regional hockey team’s first goal was to reach the postseason.

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North Hills’ Liam Oneill (86) competes against Fox Chapel on Feb. 19 at Alpha Ice Complex
North Hills hockey in position for postseason success
February 21, 2019
The PIHL regular season has come to a close for the North Hills hockey team, a group with a 13-5 record that has the No. 4 seed in the Class A North Division sewn up.

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Trib HSSN PIHL Team of the Week: Connellsville
February 17, 2019
Connellsville needed a response after last week’s loss to Carrick, having had a chance to clinch a home game in the Division 2 playoffs in that game.

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