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ACHA: Pitt clinches playoff spot in Backyard Brawl

HARMAR Twp., Pa — The Pitt Panthers clinched a playoff berth Friday night with a 4-1 win over rival West Virginia in the latest edition of the Backyard Brawl at Alpha Ice Complex.

Alex Crilley scored the opening goal for the Panthers at the 18:09 mark of the first period. Wyatt Murphy scored on the other side of the first intermission to tie the game at 1-1 for the Mountaineers. It took until the midway point of the third period for the tie to be broken again. Jack Bertolami scored to give Pitt a 2-1 advantage. Milo Defay added an insurance goal with just over two minutes to go and Jacob Tepe put in the empty net goal to seal the 4-1 win and earn Pitt a playoff berth for the third season in a row.

The Panthers also defeated the Mountaineers by the same score on Saturday in Morgantown, sweeping the season series and making it four wins in a row over West Virginia.

MAJOR FOCUS: Pitt clinches playoff berth (FULL GALLERY)

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Weekend scores from around the CHMA:

CHMA

Thursday, February 7:
DUQUESNE 9, Mercyhurst 4

Friday, February 8:
Slippery Rock 5, TOLEDO 3
IUP 2, Robert Morris 1
WESTERN MICHIGAN 4, John Carroll 3
PITT 4, West Virginia 1

Saturday, February 9:
Pitt 4, WEST VIRGINIA 1
Slippery Rock 5, TOLEDO 4 (OT)
DREXEL 6, Mercyhurst 2
Duquesne 3, WILLIAM PATTERSON 2
WESTERN MICHIGAN 5, John Carroll 0

Sunday, February 10:
WEST CHESTER 8, Mercyhurst 1
DREXEL 4, Duquesne 1

CHMA STANDINGS

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

CLINCHED:
Pitt clinched a playoff spot with a victory over West Virginia on February 8.

CLINCHING SCENARIOS:
The IUP Hawks can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with wins over Slippery Rock on Thursday, February 14 and Duquesne on Saturday, February 16.

Robert Morris clinches a playoff spot with a win over West Virginia on Friday, February 15.

CURRENT MATCHUPS:
Friday, March 1
No. 3 Pitt vs. No. 6 John Carroll
No. 4 Slippery Rock vs. No. 5 Robert Morris

Saturday, March 2
No. 1 IUP vs. (LOWEST REMAINING SEED)
No. 2 Duquesne vs. (HIGHEST REMAINING SEED)

Sunday, March 3
CHMA Championship

NOTES:

  1. IUP holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Duquesne, defeating the Dukes 5-1 on October 12. The two teams will play again on February 16 at 9:30 PM.
  2. John Carroll holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over Mercyhurst and West Virginia with one win over each so far this season.
Team W L OTL Points Games Played (Out of 14) Max Points Possible
x-Indiana (PA) 9 2 0 18 11 24
x-Duquesne 9 3 0 18 12 22
x-Pittsburgh 8 2 1 17 11 23
x-Slippery Rock 8 2 0 16 10 24
Robert Morris (PA) 3 5 3 9 11 15
John Carroll 3 7 0 6 10 14
Mercyhurst 3 9 0 6 12 10
West Virginia 1 6 4 6 11 12

UPCOMING CHMA GAMES:
Thursday, February 14:
Slippery Rock @ IUP, 7:10 PM

Friday, February 15:
Duquesne @ John Carroll, 8:10 PM
West Virginia @ Robert Morris, 9:30 PM

Saturday, February 16:
West Virginia @ John Carroll, 6:00 PM
IUP @ Duquesne, 9:30 PM
Robert Morris @ Pitt, 9:20 PM

Check out the ACHA schedule here for upcoming ACHA games.

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