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Pens Elite U-18 Team Reaches National Finals

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Under-18 team will meet Culver Military Academy today in the USA Hockey national championship game at San Jose. Game time is 1:30 p.m. eastern.

Penguins Elite, which plays out of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Center in Cranberry, defeated teams from Shattuck St. Mary’s, San Jose, Cape Cod and North Jersey to reach the national finals.

Will Casey scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Billy Harris tallied the other as Pens Elite upended powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Chad Veltri made 22 saves.

Jordan Timmons scored a hat trick and Casey, Connor Quinn, Nick Long and Austin Tonkovich all added goals in a 7-3 romp over Cape Cod in the national quarterfinals. Velrti made 25 saves.

Logan Stork scored in overtime as Pens Elite beat North Jersey, 2-1, in the semifinals. Luke Edgerton had the other goal and Veltri stopped 27 of 28 shots.

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