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ACHA: Duquesne clinches playoff berth, Pitt trims magic number to 1

The Pitt Panthers swept their weekend against John Carroll and Mercyhurst and are one win away from a playoff berth -- ED MAJOR II

HARMAR Twp., Pa — The Pitt Panthers trimmed their magic number for a playoff berth to one over the weekend by defeating the John Carroll Blue Streaks 4-3 on Friday night and dominating the Mercyhurst Lakers on Saturday, 6-1. Meanwhile, the Duquesne Dukes clinched a conference playoff berth with their own win over John Carroll Saturday, defeating them 6-3, with all six goals coming in the third period. The Dukes completed their weekend with a non-conference matchup against the Delaware Blue Hens, falling 5-2.

Panthers outlast the Blue Streaks:
The Panthers got on the board just over the midway point of the first period Friday night against John Carroll on a goal by Alec Bosnic his second of the season. John Carroll defenseman Anthony Pontello tied the game 1:41 into the second period. The Panthers began taking momentum away after that goal, as Jacob Tepe scored two of his own at the 10:44 and 17:18 marks of the period to give his team the 3-1 lead.

In the third, it was the Blue Streaks’ turn to notch two goals, as defenseman Max Zweirlien and forward Chris Laliberte scored at 4:28 and 7:27 of the period, respectively. Midway through the period, Bernardo Vieira broke the tie for the Panthers with his second goal of the season and Pitt held on to earn the 4-3 victory.

MAJOR FOCUS: Pitt outduels John Carroll to sweep the season series (FULL GALLERY)

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Weekend scores from around the CHMA:


PITT 4, John Carroll 3
Delaware 8, ROBERT MORRIS 1
WEST VIRGINIA 4, Mercyhurst 0
Kent State 4, IUP 2

DUQUESNE 6, John Carroll 3
PITT 6, Mercyhurst 1
Slippery Rock 5, WEST VIRGINIA 3
Delaware 4, ROBERT MORRIS 3

Delaware 5, DUQUESNE 2


The top six teams qualify for the CHMA Tournament (March 1-3 @ Alpha Ice Complex). The top two seeds based on points will receive a first-round bye. No. 3 will play No. 6 and No. 4 will play No. 5. The playoff winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the 2019 ACHA National Tournament in Frisco, Texas at the end of March.

x- earned playoff berth
y- clinched first-round bye
z – clinched No. 1 seed (regular season champion)


IUP, Slippery Rock, and Duquesne all clinched playoff spots for the CHMA Tournament (to be held March 1-3 at Alpha Ice Complex) thanks to Pitt and Duquesne each beating John Carroll over the weekend. Slippery Rock clinched with their victory over West Virginia Saturday night.

The Pitt Panthers can clinch a playoff spot by defeating West Virginia in one of their two matchups in the home-and-home weekend series on February 8 – 9.

Friday, March 1
7:20 PM: No. 3 Duquesne vs. No. 6 John Carroll
9:20 PM: No. 4 Pitt vs. No. 5 Robert Morris

Saturday, March 2
7:20 PM: No. 2 Slippery Rock vs.. (HIGHEST REMAINING SEED)


  1. The West Virginia Mountaineers notched their first conference win Friday night, defeating Mercyhurst 4-0.
  2. IUP holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Slippery Rock and Duquesne, defeating each once so far this season.
  3. Slippery Rock holds the tiebreaker over Duquesne by having 8 non-shootout conference wins. The Dukes have only seven, thanks to their shootout victory over Robert Morris on November 16.
  4. John Carroll holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Mercyhurst and West Virginia with one win over each so far this season.
  5. Robert Morris needs two wins and a John Carroll loss to clinch a playoff berth.
Team W L OTL Points Games Played (Out of 14) Max Points Possible
x-Indiana (PA) 8 2 0 16 10 24
x-Slippery Rock 8 2 0 16 10 24
x-Duquesne 8 3 0 16 11 22
Pittsburgh 6 2 1 13 9 23
Robert Morris (PA) 3 4 3 9 10 17
John Carroll 3 7 0 6 10 14
Mercyhurst 3 8 0 6 11 12
West Virginia 1 4 4 6 9 16

Check out the ACHA schedule here for upcoming ACHA games.

*NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed West Virginia’s record as 1-5-3, giving them 5 points in conference play. Their loss to John Carroll was incorrectly recorded as a regulation loss instead of a shootout loss. It has been corrected and they currently have 6 points in conference play. We regret this error and apologize.

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