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PIHL Standings as of Mar. 30, 2021

With two days left in the season, the Class-3A and Class-1A fields are locked in, there is one spot up for grabs in Class-B, and Class-2A, well, get your popcorn ready!

Tiebreakers for all playoff races are as follows:

  1. Highest points percentage between teams involved in the tie (head-to-head)
  2. Regular season wins
  3. Least penalty minutes
  4. Coin flip

CLASS-3A

All playoff seedings have been decided in Class-3A.

Peters Township (15-4) took over the No. 1 seed after Canon-McMillan’s 4-3 loss to Seneca Valley Monday. Since the Indians’ game against Upper St. Clair was postponed, and looking like it won’t be rescheduled, Peters Township sits with 30 out of a possible 38 points (78.95%). Canon-McMillan (15-4-1) has earned 31 out of 40 possible points (77.5%).

Pine-Richland (14-6) will be the No. 3 seed.

North Allegheny (13-5-2) defeated Mt. Lebanon (9-9-2) in overtime Monday for the second time this season. As a result, the Tigers hold the slim points percentage lead over Seneca Valley (13-6-1) for the No. 4 seed. Seneca Valley will be the No. 5 seed.

Upper St. Clair (9-9-1) is tied in points percentage with Mt. Lebanon, thanks to the latter’s aforementioned overtime loss Monday, but holds the advantage in penalty minutes, thus taking the No. 6 seed. Mt. Lebanon will be the No. 7 seed.

Bethel Park (7-11-2) will be the No. 8 seed.

CURRENT PLAYOFF MATCHUPS:
No. 1 Peters Township vs. No. 8 Bethel Park
No. 4 North Allegheny vs. No. 5 Seneca Valley
No. 2 Canon-McMillan vs. No. 7 Mt. Lebanon
No. 3 Pine-Richland vs. No. 6 Upper St. Clair

CLASS-2A

Montour, Baldwin, Armstrong, and Hempfield have clinched the Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast divisions, respectively.

Baldwin (17-1) will be the No. 1 seed by virtue of the highest points percentage of the four division champions at 94.44 percent. Montour (10-4-2) will clinch the No. 2 seed with two wins or a win and an overtime loss. A regulation loss would give Hempfield (12-6) the No. 2 seed since the latter owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Montour by virtue of their 10-1 win on Feb. 22.

Armstrong (10-8) will be the No. 4 seed.

The next four seeds will be the best four non-division champions by points percentage. Thomas Jefferson (16-1-1) will be the No. 5 seed.

Franklin Regional (11-6-1) clinched a playoff spot with their win Monday over Mars. The Panthers can clinch the No. 6 seed with losses by Greater Latrobe (10-6-1) and West Allegheny (9-6-1).

Greater Latrobe would clinch a playoff spot with a win or losses by West Allegheny and Penn-Trafford.

West Allegheny would clinch a playoff spot with a win or a Penn-Trafford regulation loss.

Penn-Trafford (9-6-2) would clinch a playoff spot with a win and a West Allegheny loss.

A Greater Latrobe win and two West Allegheny wins would result in a three-way tie between Franklin Regional, Greater Latrobe, and West Allegheny, who all would sit at 11-6-1. Greater Latrobe would earn the No. 6 seed by virtue of wins over both West Allegheny and Franklin Regional. West Allegheny currently holds a 50-minute penalty minute advantage over Franklin Regional – 146 to 196 – and would earn the No. 7 seed. Franklin Regional would then be the No. 8 seed.

REMAINING GAMES:

Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021
Greater Latrobe @ Hampton, 7 p.m. Alpha Ice Complex
South Fayette @ West Allegheny, 7:30 p.m. RMU Island Sports Center
Moon @ Montour, 8:20 RMU Island Sports Center
Mars @ Shaler, 9 p.m. Alpha Ice Complex

Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021
Penn-Trafford @ Shaler, 8:30 p.m. Alpha Ice Complex
Moon @ West Allegheny, 9 p.m. RMU island Sports Center
South Fayette @ Montour, 9:30 p.m. RMU Island Sports Center

CURRENT PLAYOFF MATCHUPS:
No. 1 Baldwin vs. No. 8 West Allegheny
No. 4 Armstrong vs. No. 5 Thomas Jefferson
No. 2 Montour vs. No. 7 Greater Latrobe
No. 3 Hempfield vs. No. 6 Franklin Regional

CLASS-1A

Indiana has clinched the Southeast division and the No. 1 seed with the league’s only undefeated record this season at 18-0.

A coin flip will determine the Northeast division champion between Kiski and Freeport. Both clubs sit at 15-3 with 30 points over 18 games. Freeport’s accrued one minor penalty during their 3-0 win over Fox Chapel Monday, meaning both squads have 140 penalty minutes on the season. The winner of the coin flip will earn the No. 2 seed. the loser will earn the No. 5 seed as the best non-division champion by points percentage.

Chartiers Valley (13-4-1) has clinched the Southwest division and the No. 3 seed.

McDowell (6-11-1) has clinched the Northwest division and the No. 4 seed.

North Hills (12-5-1), Greensburg Salem (11-6-1), and North Catholic (11-7) are locked into the No. 6, No. 7, and No. 8 seeds, respectively.

REMAINING GAMES:

Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021
Sewickley Academy @ Wheeling Catholic, 8 p.m. Rostraver Ice Garden
McDowell @ Beaver, 8:30 p.m. Brady’s Run Ice Arena

CURRENT PLAYOFF MATCHUPS:
No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 North Catholic
No. 4 McDowell vs. No. 5 Freeport/Kiski
No. 2 Kiski/Freeport vs. No. 7 Greensburg Salem
No. 3 Chartiers Valley vs. No. 6 North Hills

CLASS-B

North

Neshannock (13-3-2) has clinched the No. 1 seed in the North division.

Wilmington (12-6) can clinch the No. 2 seed with a Bishop Canevin regulation loss.

Bishop Canevin (9-4-2) can clinch the No. 2 seed with a win or an overtime loss.

Avonworth (7-8-1) will be the No. 4 seed.

South

Ringgold (16-0-1) will be the No. 1 seed.

Carrick (15-2) will be the No. 2 seed.

Connellsville (9-5-3) will be the No. 3 seed.

Elizabeth Forward (8-10) clinches the a playoff spot with a Morgantown regulation loss. Morgantown (5-6) clinches a playoff spot with a win or an overtime loss.

REMAINING GAMES:

Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2021
Morgantown @ Bishop Canevin, 7:30 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Ice Center

CURRENT PLAYOFF MATCHUPS:
No. 1N Neshannock vs. No. 4S Morgantown
No. 1S Ringgold vs. No. 4N Avonworth
No. 2N Bishop Canevin vs. No. 3S Connellsville
No. 2S Carrick vs. No. 3N Wilmington

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