Pittsburgh Hockey Digest


In the Rink: PIHL Week 9


HARMAR Twp., Pa. — Ed Major had doubleheader coverage at Alpha Ice  Complex for the second week in a row.


The Shaler Titans (1-8), looking to avenge their 6-2 loss last week to Plum and looking to end their six game losing streak, hosted the Penn-Trafford Warriors (4-4) on Tuesday. The teams looked evenly matched through the first period. Tyler Bosack gave the Warriors a one goal lead less than two minutes into the game before teammate Ryan Mickey added to the lead with just over 10 minutes to go. Shaler’s Dalton Frankert responded to cut the lead in half midway through the first and Spencer Platt tied the game 2-2 with under four minutes to play in the period. Less than a minute later, Ryan Esquino gave the Warriors a slim 3-2 lead into the first intermission.

In the second, Penn-Trafford took control of the game, both on the scoreboard and on the ice. Their physical play, however, seemed to go over the top less than a minute in, when Jack McKenzie broke his stick over the head of Shaler forward Dalton Frankert. Frankert left the game injured and did not return, while McKenzie left the game with a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Frankert was also given a minor penalty for high sticking. In the ensuing 4-on-4, Benjamin Leslie scored for PT, then added a short-handed goal for his second of the game. Mickey got his second of the game just over halfway through and Galvin Patrick closed out the 4-goal second period with his first goal. He netted two more in the third for the hat trick to give his team the 9-2 victory.


The West Allegheny Indians (7-1) soundly defeated the Fox Chapel Foxes (3-5) 16-0 on Tuesday night in the second game of a PIHL double-header at Alpha Ice Complex.

Two short-handed and one power play goal contributed to the complete effort. 10 different players scored for the Indians, including hat tricks by Nicholas Sweet and Kellen Almady. Maxwell Petrone and Tyler Howcroft each scored two goals. 14 of 19 skaters had points in the contest and Joshua Ferry saved all 19 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.

Fox Chapel goaltender Nash Wedner allowed five goals on 14 shots before being replaced at the start of the second period by Tyler Radigan. Radigan fared no better, allowing 11 goals on 36 shots for a 0.694 SV%.

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DELMONT, Pa. — Jared Todhunter had double-A coverage at Center Ice Arena.  


The Franklin Regional Panthers played host to the Mars Planets in a PIHL Varsity “AA” non-conference game. Both teams started the period off slow with only 5 total shots in the first 7 minutes. The Panthers were the first on the board (11:07) with their 3rd shot of the game as #71, Kevin Cakanac, netted his 6th goal of the season. Mars forward, #23, Mackenzie Riemer tied the game (14:58) after hitting the post, 1 minute and 40 seconds earlier, on an empty net after some miscommunication amongst the Panthers in the defensive zone.  In the second period both teams picked up the tempo and physical play early. While the Planets were on the powerplay, Panthers #26, Shane Prucnal, received the puck from teammate, #68, Oldrich Virag for the shorthanded goal and the lead (3:25). Mars would not go away easily as they tied the game at 2 off the stick of #72, William Foley (9:09) for his 2nd point in the contest. With 2:17 left in the 2nd, Franklin Regional had a great opportunity to take the lead with a 5 on 3 powerplay but failed to make the most of the advantage. Tempers started to rise between the two teams in the 3rd as they continued to battle back and forth. While there were no goals scored, the final period in regulation saw the most shots on goal for each team and a total of 6 penalties; including 3 roughing penalties and 1 unsportsmanlike conduct. While it would take extra time to decide this game, it did not come in overtime as both goalies came up big for their respected teams. Both teams struggled on the powerplay with Mars going 0 for 3 and Franklin Regional 0 for 5. As with the rest of the game the shootout would be a battle to get the puck behind goalies and in net. Panthers #68, Oldrich Virag, would find the back of the net in the 2nd round but was followed by a goal from Mars #32, Braden Hanna in the 3rd round. The rest of the shots saw outstanding goaltending until the Planets received the go-ahead goal from #84, Sean Newman in the 7th round. Franklin Regional’s goalie, #31, Danny Soltesz would end the night with a SV% .943 stopping 33 of 35 shots on goal and 5 for 7 in the shootout. Mars goalie, #37, Daniel Mitchell ended with a SV% .920 stopping 23 of 25 and 6 for 7 in the shootout.  Franklin Regional will stay at home next week as they host a struggling Shaler team at Center Ice. Mars will go back home to face Baldwin at the Baierl Ice Complex in Warrendale.

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 NEVILLE TWP., Pa. — Brian Mitchell headed back to the Island (where he pays rent to a Hanson brother) for a single-A matchup in the North.


The Spartans jumped all over the Lancers in the early part of the game and by the time the first period came to an end Montour held an 8-1 lead.

Preston Muha scored a natural hat-trick and added one more, while Richard Froehlich (2+3) , Joseph Bickel (2+1), and Dustin Geregach (2+2)  had multi-goal efforts in the win. 10 Spartans recorded multiple points.

John Lajzo netted his first varsity goal for Deer Lakes, and Shane Miller scored his eleventh of the season for the Lancers.


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