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Penguins Cup Playoffs Kick Off

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

The 84 Lumber PIHL Penguins Cup Championship Series got underway Monday night.



Class AAA

McDowell 4, Fox Chapel 2


Erie McDowell's Shane Reese scored a hat trick to power his team past Fox Chapel in the Penguins Cup playoffs. Sean Perhacs scored a goal and added two assist for a three-point night. Steve Martin and Jeff Clark chipped in with assists for the Trojans.

Rick Valeillani and Jake Gromski scored for Fox Chapel while Christian Wirgins, Andrew McCoy and Will Lorenz added assists.

Bethel Park 6, State College 2

12th ranked Bethel Park upset No. 5 State College with a 6-2 victory in the opening round of the Penguins Cup Series. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back.

Tom Whetsel scored two goals and added two assists for a four-point game. Ken Loeffler added two goals and Mike Seifert and Tyler Shipley each added one for Bethel Park.

Erik Stidsen and Abe Edson scored for State College, and Josh Pettengill chipped in two assists.

Mt. Lebanon 3, Penn Trafford 2 OT

Chris Cummings scored a dramatic overtime goal to lift Mt. Lebanon over Penn Trafford in the opening round of the Penguins Cup Series.

Cummings goal came at the 6:30 mark and was setup by Brandon Bianco and James Greeno. Mike Teta and Dan Roman also scored for the Blue Devils.

Carlin Crombie notched a goal and an assist for Penn Trafford. RJ Dulemba had two assists and Chase Keibler scored a goal for the Warriors.

Canon-McMillan 3, North Allegheny 0

Canon-McMillan's Ryan Palonis made 18 saves and shutout North Allegheny to help the Big Macs advance through the first round of the Penguins Cup Series with a 3-0 victory.

Brett Oldacker and Grant Strimel each tallied a goal and an assist while Nilan Nagy chipped in a goal for Canon-McMillan.

Lindsay Holdcroft made 18 saves for the Tigers.

Class AA

Montour 4, Baldwin 1

Zach Milnarick and Kurt Kurelis each tallied a goal and an assist to lead Montour over Baldwin in the opening game of the Penguins Cup Series.

Josh Castelvetter and Zach Milnarick also scored for Montour while Justin Mudryk, Andy Beck and Paul Metzler added assists.
 
Tony Priano scored the lone Baldwin goal. Neil Isler notched an assist.

Franklin Regional 9, Kittanning 2

Franklin Regional jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a victory over Kittanning in the opening round of the Penguins Cup Series. Franklin avenged a six-goal loss to the Wildcats just last week by eliminating Kittanning.

Eugene Mack had a monster evening with a hat trick and three assists for six points. Patrick Coyne scored two goals and added three assists for five points. Steve Shirk netted two goals and three points. Also scoring for the Panthers were Luke Stickle and Chad White.

Kittanning goal scorers were Klaus Koster and Jake Enders with assists going to Jordan Ford and Noel Smouse.

Bishop Canevin 5, Elizabeth Forward 1

Bishop Canevin scored the game's first five goals and cruised to a 5-1 victory over Elizabeth Forward in the opening round of the Penguins Cup Series.

Matt Lison tallied three points for Bishop Canevin with two goals and an assist. Zak Hilderbrand notched a goal and an assist, while Frank Vance and Vince Nicolella chipped in goals for the Crusaders.

Justin Delmaster scored the lone Elizabeth Forward goal.

Moon 6, Greenseburg Central Catholic 4

Randy Warn, Nigel Crightan and Chris Wagner each tallied one goal and two assists for three points for Moon as the Tigers defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-4, in the first round of the Penguins Cup Series.

Andrew Ruxton scored a goal and an assist while Alec Coleman and John Danforth each added a goal for the Tigers.

Nick Persichetti tallied two goals for Greensburg Central. The Centurions also had contributions from Bobby Sokol (1G-2A), Kevin Claybaugh (1G-1A) and Josh Jones (2A).
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Here is the schedule for the first-round games:

 84 Lumber PIHL Penguins Cup Championship Series

CLASS AAA

First Round

Tuesday

McDowell 4, Fox Chapel 2

Wednesday

Bethel 6, State College 2

Thursday

Canon McMillan 3, North Allegheny 0
Mt. Lebanon 3, Penn Trafford 2 OT

Byes: No. 1 Shaler (20-2-0), No. 2 Pine Richland (18-1-3), No. 3 Upper St. Clair (14-4-4), No. 4 Seneca Valley (12-5-5)

 

CLASS AA

First Round

Monday

Montour 4, Baldwin 1

Tuesday

Franklin Regional 9, Kittanning 2

Thursday

Bishop Canevin 5, Elizabeth Forward 1
Moon 6, Greensburg Central 4

Byes: No. 1 Greater Latrobe (22-0-0), No. 2 Meadville (17-5-0), No. 3 Peters Township (16-5-1), No. 4 West Allegheny (14-5-3)

 

CLASS A

First round

Monday, March 9

No. 2 Serra Catholic (19-2-0) vs. No. 7 Freeport (10-10-1), 7:30 p.m. at Rostraver Ice Garden

No. 4 Quaker Valley (14-6-1) vs. No. 5 Hampton (12-7-2), 7 p.m. at Airport Ice Arena

Tuesday, March 10

No. 1 Mars (20-1-0) vs. No. 8 Westmont Hilltop (10-10-1), 6:30 p.m. at Warrendale

Wednesday, March 11

No. 3 Bishop McCort (15-4-2) vs. Knoch (12-8-1), 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial in Johnstown

Players to Watch:
F Erik Manetta, Serra Catholic, tallied most points, goals and assists in the PIHL with 77 on 40 goals and 37 assists.

F Jake Robash, Mars, second in Class A scoring with 37 goals and 31 assists for 68 points.




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