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Playoff Push: PIHL Week 19

-- JARED TODHUNTER

The penultimate week of the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League is upon us. Here are the standings, schedules and scenarios that are in play for the second-to-last week of the playoff-eligible teams this regular season.

All races are calculates to an out-right points win. Any ties for the final playoff position in each division are subject to a play-in game. Tiebreakers are: 1st: Head-to-head, 2nd: total wins, 3rd: least penalty minutes as per the PIHL rulebook. GR- Games Remaining, PR- Points available in remaining games, MP- Maximum points a team can gain.

CLASS-B

Standings

Clinching Scenarios

NORTH

Neshannock is the No. 1 seed in the North and hosts the No. 4 seed in the South in the first round.

Avonworth is the No. 2 seed in the North and hosts the No. 3 seed in the South in the first round.

Wilmington and Burrell clinched playoff berths.

SOUTH

Ringgold clinched a playoff berth and a first round home game. The Rams clinch the No. 1 seed in the South with a win OR a Carrick loss.

Carrick clinched a playoff berth and a first round home game.

Elizabeth Forward clinches a playoff berth with a win or a Bishop Canevin regulation loss.

Morgantown clinches a playoff berth with a loss by Bishop Canevin and a win over Connellsville.

Current Matchups

Morgantown @ Neshannock
Elizabeth Forward @ Avonworth
Burrell @ Ringgold
Wilmington @ Carrick

Schedule

Monday:
Wilmington @ Neshannock, 7:00 p.m. Hess Ice Rink
Bishop Canevin @ Ringgold, 7:15 p.m. Rostraver Ice Garden
Elizabeth Forward @ Connellsville, 7:30 p.m. Ice Mine
Central Valley @ Burrell, 9:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Ice Arena
Trinity @ Carrick, 9:00 p.m. Ice Castle Arena (Trackside)
Tuesday:
Avonworth @ McDowell, 8:30 p.m. Mercyhurst Ice Center
Thursday:
Morgantown @ Connellsville, 7:30 p.m. Ice Mine

Class-A

Standings

Clinching Scenarios

NORTHWEST

North Catholic clinched the Northwest division. The Trojans host South Park in the first round.

Blackhawk clinched the No 2 seed in the Northwest. The Cougars face Thomas Jefferson in the first round.

SOUTHWEST

Thomas Jefferson clinched the Southwest division. The Jaguars host Blackhawk in the first round.

South Park clinched the No. 2 seed in the Southwest. The Eagles face North Catholic in the first round.

NORTHEAST

Kiski clinches a playoff berth with 1) two wins OR 2) a win and an Indiana win over Fox Chapel. The Cavaliers clinch the No. 1 seed with any combination of three points and a Fox Chapel win over Indiana.

Indiana clinches a playoff berth with any win over Fox Chapel.

SOUTHEAST

Bishop McCort clinched a playoff berth. The Crushers clinch the No. 1 seed with a win over Norwin.

Norwin clinched a playoff berth.

 

Current Matchups

South Park @ North Catholic
Blackhawk @ Thomas Jefferson
Indiana @ Bishop McCort
Norwin @ Kiski

Schedule

Monday:
Westmont Hilltop @ Greensburg Salem, 7:15 p.m. Kirk Nevin Arena
South Park @ Chartiers Valley, 9:10 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Ice Center
Tuesday:
Norwin @ Bishop McCort, 6:00 p.m. 1st Summit Arena @ CCWM
Kiski @ Wheeling Catholic, 6:30 p.m. Wesbanco Arena
Indiana @ Fox Chapel, 7:00 p.m. Alpha Ice Complex (#BHL)
Thomas Jefferson @ Wheeling Park, 8:30 p.m. Wesbanco Arena
Freeport @ North Catholic, 9:10 p.m. UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
Thursday:
Sewickley Academy @ Blackhawk, 6:45 p.m. Brady’s Run Ice Arena
Kiski @ Freeport, 7:00 p.m. Belmont Complex
North Hills @ South Park, 9:00 p.m. Ice Castle Arena (Trackside Rink)

Class-2A

Standings

Clinching Scenarios

NORTHWEST

Quaker Valley can clinch a playoff berth with a Meadville loss.

Mars can clinch a qualifier game berth with a win and a Meadville regulation loss

SOUTHWEST

Baldwin clinched the No. 1 seed in the Southwest. The Fighting Highlanders host the No. 2 seed in the Northwest in the first round.

West Allegheny clinches a playoff berth with a win over Franklin Regional and any loss by Montour. The Indians finish their regular season on Monday.

Montour can clinch a qualifier game with a win over Baldwin and a West Allegheny loss to Franklin Regional in regulation. Montour ends their regular season at Penn-Trafford on Feb 24th.

NORTHEAST

Plum clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northeast. The Mustangs host the No. 2 seed in the Southeast in the first round of the postseason.

Armstrong clinched the No. 2 seed in the Northeast. The River Hawks face Greater Latrobe in the first round of the postseason.

SOUTHEAST

Greater Latrobe clinched the No. 1 seed in the Southeast. The Wildcats host Armstrong in the first round of the postseason.

Current Matchups

West Allegheny @ Quaker Valley
Meadville @ Baldwin
Hempfield @ Plum
Armstrong @ Greater Latrobe

Schedule

Monday:
Plum @ South Fayette, 7:10 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Ice Center
Franklin Regional @ West Allegheny, 7:15 RMU ISC (#BHL)
Moon @ Meadville, 7:35 p.m. Meadville Area Rec. Complex
Baldwin @ Montour, 9:15 p.m. RMU ISC (#BHL)
Tuesday:
Hempfield @ Penn-Trafford, 6:30 p.m. Center Ice Arena (East Rink)
Hampton @ Shaler, 9:00 p.m. Alpha Ice Complex (USA Rink) (#BHL)
Thursday:
Hampton @ Mars, 9:10 p.m. Baierl Ice Complex

Class-3A

Standings

Clinching Scenarios

TIEBREAKERS

North Allegheny clinched a home postseason game. The Tigers clinch the No. 1 overall seed with a win over Canon-McMillan (H2H over Upper St. Clair) or one Upper St. Clair regulation loss.

Upper St. Clair clinched a playoff berth.

The Panthers clinch the No. 2 seed with two wins.

The Panthers clinch a first-round home game with any win over Pine-Richland (H2H over Pine-Richland)

Peters Township clinched a playoff berth.

Canon-McMillan clinched a playoff berth.

Cathedral Prep clinched a playoff berth.

Seneca Valley clinched a playoff berth.

Pine-Richland clinched a playoff berth.

Bethel Park clinches a playoff berth with a win over Central Catholic and any Mt. Lebanon loss to Pine-Richland. The Black Hawks finish 8th at best with any loss or Pine-Richland win. (H2H belongs to Seneca Valley)

Current Matchups

Bethel Park @ North Allegheny
Pine-Richland @ Peters Township
Seneca Valley @ Upper St. Clair
Cathedral Prep @ Canon-McMillan

Schedule

Monday:
Butler @ Upper St. Clair, 7:00 p.m. Ice Castle Arena (Trackside)
Mt. Lebanon @ Pine-Richland, 7:00 p.m. Baierl Ice Complex (Galaxy Rink)
Canon-McMillan @ North Allegheny, 9:00 p.m. Baierl Ice Complex (Galaxy Rink)
Thursday:
Pine-Richland @ Upper St. Clair, 7:00 p.m. Ice Castle Arena (Trackside)
Central Catholic @ Bethel Park, 9:00 p.m. Spencer Family YMCA
Cathedral Prep @ Seneca Valley, 9:00 p.m. Baierl Ice Complex (World Rink)

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