Pittsburgh Hockey Digest


Preview: PIHL Triple-A semifinal


Season series tied 1-1, Mt. Lebanon won 3-2 in a shootout on Jan. 10 at Rostraver Ice Garden, Peters Township won 8-3 on Feb. 4 at Mt. Lebanon Ice

Peters Township: The Indians defeated Canon-McMillan 3-0 on Tuesday at Printscape Arena.

Why I like Peters Township: Experience. The Indians were able to adapt to the Big Mac’s forecheck with ease, and continued to adjust to the pressure late. Alex Wilbert has been clutch down the stretch for Peters Township.

Mt. Lebanon: The Blue Devils defeated Cathedral Prep 7-3 on Monday at Mt. Lebanon Ice.

Why I like Mt. Lebanon: Tough losses down the stretch for the Blue Devils made way for an offensive outburst against Cathedral Prep that propelled them to this matchup. I expect Mt. Lebanon to ride that momentum and be up to the task of shutting down one of the deeper squads in AAA.

Season series tied 1-1, North Allegheny won 2-1 on Oct. 22 at Baierl Ice Complex, Bethel Park won 3-1 on Jan. 17 at the Spencer Family YMCA.

North Allegheny: The Tigers defeated Seneca Valley 3-2 on Monday at Baierl Ice Complex.

Why I like North Allegheny: Aaron Miller and Tyler Lamark have been the catalyst for what has been a situational offense for the Tigers, who arguably have the best of the remaining net-minders in Richard Karapandi. They’re going to need both to continue to get past the red-hot Black Hawks.

Bethel Park: The Black Hawks defeated Central Catholic 6-3 on Monday at the Spencer Family Y.M.C.A.

Why I like Bethel Park: Jeffery Bele has been powering the offense for the Black Hawks all season, and walked away with a scoring title. Ryan McLinden and Vincent Vituccio are strong talents that should not be overlooked when talking about a rounded offensive attack.

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