Hockey

Aiden Dunlap (22) and Nicholas Bruno (56) lead Hempfield with six goals apiece.
Unbeaten Hempfield, rest of PIHL eager for return
December 25, 2020
Hempfield is one of three hockey teams without a loss in PIHL Class AA in a season heavily impacted by covid issues.

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South Park’s Justin Mettrick celebrates his goal with Nathan Pololak during their game against Blackhawk on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at Brady’s Run Ice Arena. South Park won, 7-4.
PIHL standings through Dec. 13, 2020
December 14, 2020
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday.

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Junior Greg Kraemer is Chartiers Valley’s leading scorer.
Chartiers Valley hockey comes charging out the gate
December 13, 2020
While the high school winter sports season was trying to get off the ground in December, high school hockey was into its second month of ice action.

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South Park’s Justin Mettrick scores past Blackhawk goalie Joshua Paulovich during their game on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at Brady’s Run Ice Arena. South Park won, 7-4.
High school roundup for Dec. 10, 2020: South Park hockey rallies past Blackhawk
December 10, 2020
Justin Mettrick had a goal and three assists as South Park defeated Blackhawk, 7-4, in PIHL Class A nonsection hockey Thursday night. South Park (3-1-0) rallied from an early 2-0 hole with six straight goals.

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Pine-Richland’s Alex Erlain works the puck past Canon-McMillan’s Adam Sciorilli next to goalie Mario Eafrati during their game on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at Southpointe.
High school roundup for Dec. 8, 2020: Pine-Richland hockey lights up scoreboard
December 8, 2020
Dominic Desjardins had a hat trick and Alex Erlain recorded two goals and three assists as Pine-Richland rolled Canon-McMillan, 8-2, in PIHL Class AAA hockey Tuesday night.

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Elizabeth Forward’s Tayte Donovan (14) collides with Burrell’s Jonas Sopko during their game on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
High school roundup for Dec. 7, 2020: Kiski Area blanks Blackhawk
December 7, 2020
Stephen Rayburg netted four goals and had two assists in leading Kiski Area to an 8-0 victory over Blackhawk in a PIHL Class A hockey game Monday night at Center Ice Arena.

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Penn-Trafford’s Nate Loughner celebrates a goal with Nico Martucci (93) and Ryan Crombie (18) during their game against Latrobe on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
PIHL standings through Dec. 6, 2020
December 6, 2020
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Dec. 6:

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Latrobe’s Derrick Halula (background) and Pine-Richland’s Dominic Desjardins combat each other for the puck during PIHL hockey on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg.
Pine-Richland hockey has unfinished business after shortened playoff run
December 5, 2020
If Pine-Richland could rewrite history, it would be competing for a three-peat this season for the Penguins Cup and state championship.

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North Allegheny’s Karl Fuchs battles Peters Twp.’s Austin Malley for possession of the puck during their game on Nov. 12, 2020, at Baierl Ice Arena.
North Allegheny looking to again contend for PIHL Penguins Cup title
The PIHL shut down its playoffs before reaching the finals last season, so North Allegheny coach Mike Bagnato told his players to consider themselves the reigning champions.

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Penn-Trafford’s Xavier Solomon celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Latrobe, 6-5, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at Center Ice Arena in Delmont
High school roundup for Dec. 1, 2020: Penn-Trafford hockey wins OT thriller
December 1, 2020
Xavier Solomon scored the game-winning goal to lead Penn-Trafford to a 6-5 overtime victory over Latrobe in a PIHL thriller Tuesday night.

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High school roundup for Nov. 30, 2020: Chartiers Valley hockey rallies past North Hills
November 30, 2020
Jackson Fodor, Greg Kraemer and Ryan Kantner scored in the final seven minutes of the game to lead Chartiers Valley to a 4-3 comeback win over North Hills in a PIHL Class A Southwest game Monday night.

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Peters Twp.’s Dylan McElhinny scores past North Allegheny goaltender Rylan Murphy during their game Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Warrendale.
PIHL standings through Nov. 29, 2020
November 29, 2020
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Nov. 29.

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Gateway hockey program focused on development
Gateway hockey coach Shawn Jesih sees a lot of potential in the freshmen and sophomores who make up the majority of the roster.

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Penn Trafford’s Michael Schmitt is tripped by Hampton’s Isaak Zech in the first period Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at Center Ice Arena in Delmont.
High school roundup for Nov. 24, 2020: Teammates net hat tricks for Penn-Trafford
November 24, 2020
Ryan Crombie and Nate Loughner each netted a hat trick as Penn-Trafford (3-1-0) picked up an 8-2 victory over Hampton (2-2-0) Tuesday night in a nonsection matchup of PIHL Class 2A teams at the top of the early season standings. Jack McKenzie added two goals for Penn-Trafford.

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Chartiers Valley players celebrates their first first-period goal against Norwin at Center Ice Arena in Delmont on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
High school roundup for Nov. 23, 2020: Chartiers Valley teammates have 5-point nights
November 23, 2020
Greg Kraemer and Drew Evans each had a five-point night, recording two goals and three assists apiece, to lead Chartiers Valley (3-0-1) to a 10-0 victory over Norwin (2-3-0) in a PIHL Class A nonsection game Monday night.

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North Hills’ Noah Benscoter celebrates his first period goal against Quaker Valley on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center. North Hills won, 11-3.
PIHL standings through Nov. 22, 2020
November 22, 2020
Here are the latest PIHL high school hockey standings through Sunday, Nov. 22.

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Latrobe goalie Logan Byrd makes a save during the second period against Montour on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center. Latrobe won 5-4 in a shootout.
PIHL juggling schedule amid covid restrictions
When the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League began its season earlier this month, league officials prepared themselves for several possible scenarios.

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Hampton’s Owen Cirlingione (17) looks to gain possession against Franklin Regional’s Trent Lunden last season.
Hampton hockey making dramatic improvements
November 17, 2020
The Hampton hockey team last season needed three months to reach two wins.

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North Hills’ Ryan Kosylo moves the puck, as Quaker Valley’s Coleman Carey loses his stick during the first period on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at RMU Island Sports Center. North Hills won, 11-3.
High school roundup for Nov. 16, 2020: North Allegheny edges Upper St. Clair
November 16, 2020
Nolan Colinear scored the go-ahead 59 seconds into the third period to give North Allegheny a 2-1 Class 3A win over Upper St. Clair (0-2) at Baierl Ice Complex on Monday night.

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Deer Lakes’ Colton Spence battles Shady Side Academy’s Joey Anania for possession during the WPIAL Class AA championship game on Nov. 5, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes ready to ‘take care of business’ in PIAA semifinal matchup
Two years ago, the Deer Lakes boys soccer team made an improbable run to the 2018 PIAA Class AA championship game, and the Lancers have been looking to get back ever since.

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