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2021 Pennsylvania state championship matchups

Baldwin forward Dylan Belak (30) controls the puck in the 2021 Class-2A Penguins Cup Final against Franklin Regional at the RMU Island Sports Center on Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021. -- JARED TODHUNTER

The Penguins Cup and Flyers Cup for Class-1A, Class-2A, and Class-3A have been awarded. Two teams apiece will battle for the state championship on Saturday, Apr. 24, 2021 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

In Class-1A, there will be a new state champion for the first time since 2013, after Bayard Rustin, who has won the state championship for the past six years, will not be playing in the game. Instead, West Chester East (2008, 2013), who was the last team to win the state championship before Bayard Rustin’s streak, looks to secure their third state championship. Indiana is seeking their first state championship.

In Class-2A, Baldwin (1975, 1988) is looking for their third state championship after securing their fourth Penguins Cup. Haverford seeks to spoil the Highlanders’ party by looking for their second state championship after winning the Class-1A championship in 1992.

North Allegheny is looking for their third state championship (2007, 2013) against Malvern Prep, who last won in 2004, their only state championship.

Class-1A

Indiana (18-0) vs. West Chester East (10-0), Saturday, Apr. 24, 2021, 11:30 a.m. UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

How they got here:

Indiana completed an undefeated 18-0 regular season en route to their first Penguins Cup. The Indians defeated Chartiers Valley 3-2 in the Class-1A Penguins Cup Finals Monday.

West Chester East finished a perfect 10-0 regular season and defeated West Chester Henderson 3-2 in the Flyers Cup Finals Tuesday.

Class-2A

Baldwin (17-1) vs. Haverford, Saturday, Apr. 24, 2021, 2 p.m. UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

How they got here:

Baldwin lost a single game during the regular season to Thomas Jefferson, but defeated the Jaguars in the semifinals. The Highlanders defeated the Franklin Regional Panthers on Tuesday, 2-0, to secure their fourth Penguins Cup.

Haverford upset No. 1 Downingtown West, 4-1 Tuesday to win the Class-2A Flyers Cup.

Class-3A

North Allegheny (13-5-2) vs. Malvern Prep, Saturday, Apr. 24, 2021, 4:30 p.m. UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex

How they got here:

North Allegheny defended their 2019 Class-3A Penguins Cup by ending the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils’ cinderella run, 4-1, Monday.

Malvern Prep defeated La Salle 4-3 in overtime Monday to win the Class-3A Flyers Cup.

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