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In The Rink: PIHL Week 5

Blackhawk and Fox Chapel players battle along the boards at Alpha Ice Complex on Tuesday. -- BRIAN MITCHELL

Here is our continuing coverage of Week 5 of the 2018-19 PIHL season, brought to you by Brian Mitchell, Ed Major II, Jared Todhunter, Matt Gajtka, and the rest of the Pittsburgh Hockey Digest Staff.

TUESDAY, OCT. 29

HARMAR TWP., Pa. — Brian Mitchell had a doubleheader at Alpha Ice Complex on Tuesday night.

FOX CHAPEL 7, BLACKHAWK 2

Michael Kilmer’s hat trick powered Fox Chapel to a 7-2 home victory over Blackhawk.

Kilmer scored an even-strength goal in the first and a short-handed goal and a power-pay goal in the second as the Foxes jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two periods. Mac Johnson and Colby Zemnkowski also scored for Fox Chapel in the first.

Thomas Ford made it a 5-2 game to start the third, by Johnson added his second of the game and Reed Troutman tacked another one late to make it a rout.

Fox Chapel put 43 shots on to the frame of Blackhawk goaltender Matthew Bibbee. Tyler Radigan turned away 28 of 30 for the Foxes.

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PINE-RICHLAND 5, SHALER 1

Jordan Rosenbaum and William Studt each scored a pair of goals as Pine-Richland jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Shaler, 5-1 to move into a tie for first place in the Class-AA North/West Conference.

Richard Wild opened the scoring for the Rams as 10:48 of the first period. In the second, Rosenbaum scored 1:46 into the period and Studt added on at the 6:06 mark to give Pine-Richland a 3-0 lead. Samuel Stayduhar got Shaler on the board late in the second, but Rosenbaum and Studt added on again in the final frame.

Daniel Stauffer stopped 14 of 15 for the Rams while Darren Rasimczyk stopped 45 of 50 shots for the Titans.

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CECIL TWP., Pa. — Matt Gajtka was on the call at Printscape Arena as Peters Township hosted Butler.

PETERS TWP. 5, BUTLER 2

The Golden Tornado jumped out a two-goal lead on tallies from Cody Leap and Ronan Miller, but the Indians rattled off five straight goals to secure a 5-2 victory.

Torrey Schwartz got Peters Twp. on the board with the first of his brace, a power play marker late in the second. In the third, it was all Indians, with Andrew Wilbert tying the game, Nico Watsula scoring the eventual game-winner on the power play and then Schwartz and Ryan Luppe adding on.

MONDAY, OCT. 29

SALEM TWP., Pa. — Jared Todhunter had a doubleheader at Center Ice Arena.

NORWIN 6, WESTMONT HILLTOP 4

Norwin jumped out to a two-goals and was able to hold off the hard-charging Hilltoppers for a 6-4 win.

Jacob Dally had a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the third period. Daniel Soltysiak made 28 saves for the victory.

GREENSBURG SALEM 7, KISKI AREA 3

Greensburg Salems cored three goals in the first eight minutes and never looked back, knocking off Kiski Area, 7-3.

Zackery Szolek had two goals and three assists for five points for the Golden Lions. Brendon Linderman had two goals, including the game-winner. Jonathan Ayres had a goal and an assist for the Cavaliers.

MT. LEBANON, Pa. — Ed Major II had a Division 2 and Class-AA double-header at Ice Castle Monday night.

BISHOP CANEVIN 1, CARRICK 5

The D2 showdown between Carrick and Bishop Canevin started off as a back-and-forth battle through the first period. Each side had several scoring chances but were unable to find the back of the net until Bishop broke the scoreless tie just over halfway into the first period. It looked as if the game would continue 1-0 for several minutes as the Cougars of Carrick were unable to find a rhythm and put passes together. After finally netting the equalizer at the end of the first, they promptly took the lead in the opening minutes of the second period. From there, it was all Carrick as the Cougars netted five straight goals to defeat the Crusaders 5-1.

PENN-TRAFFORD 4, UPPER ST CLAIR 5

The second game of the Ice Castle double-header started off much the same as the first. Some back and forth scoring led to a St. Clair 2-1 lead. Penn-Trafford continued hammering the net with shots, looking for the equalizer. Unfortunately for the Warriers, it was the Panthers that would score next. Upper St. Clair took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Penn-Trafford cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the third, but the Panthers extended their lead to 5-2 and held on to preserve the 5-4 victory.

ROSTRAVER TWP., Pa. — Brian Mitchell was there for a rivalry matchup at Rostraver Ice Garden between South Fayette and Thomas Jefferson.

SOUTH FAYETTE 2, THOMAS JEFFERSON 0

In a much anticipated rivalry, the South Fayette Lions traveled to Rostraver Ice Garden to take on the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars. They would return home after defeating their South Hills neighbor 2-0. Ian Kumar scored both goals for the Lions, both on power plays, while goaltender Bruce Hardman notched his third shutout in four games. He has only given up a single goal in the month of October.

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