St. Margaret's Varsity Tournament Finals Recap
Monday, October 15, 2012
Upper St. Clair Panthers took on Quaker Valley in game one of the 2012 St. Margaret’s Fall Face Off quarter final action.
The Panthers broke the 0-0 tie ten minutes into the game with a goal from senior Dan Crockett. Just four minutes following the first goal came another tally for the Panthers off the stick of Matt Boyd. The goal was Boyd’s fourth of the tournament.
Upper St. Clair responded three minutes later with the eventual game winning goal from Austin Cassidy, his tenth of the tournament.
Neither team scored the third period, maintaining a final score 3-2, in favor of Upper St. Clair.
Upper St. Clair was the first team to move onto the tournament semi-finals.
Capitalizing on four power-play opportunities, the undefeated Greater Latrobe Wildcats powered their way to a 5-2 victory over the Bethel Park Blackhawks.
Bethel Park struck first, taking the 1-0 lead with just one minute of play in the first period by Kurt Schmidt with the helper coming from Gage Niedermeyer. The goal was Schmidt’s first of the tournament
Greater Latrobe equaled out the score on a power-play goal from Dan Steffen, with just 16 seconds left in the first period.
The Wildcats’ power-play was the story of the third period. Five minutes into the third, Josh Singley scored the second power-play goal of the night for the Wildcats, giving the team a 3-1 lead over Bethel Park.
Sophomore forward, Chris Johnson, scored an empty-net goal with 43 seconds left in the game, the fourth power-play goal, to seal the 5-2 victory for Greater Latrobe.
Singley was the most prominent player on the score sheet with the game winning goal and three assists for the Wildcats.
North Allegheny’s Goaltender, Tyler Kuhn, received the only shut-out in the quarter-finals as he stonewalled all 22 shots he faced Monday night.
The North Allegheny Tigers scored two power play goals as they powered their way to a 5-0 victory over the Chartiers Valley Colts. Leading the scoring was senior, Matt Fantaski, with two goals and an assist.
Joe Griffin scored the first goal for the Tigers, with only five minutes played in the first, which eventually became the game winner.
Noah Stevenson held onto 35 shots as the Colts fell to the Tigers.
Blair Oldaker stuck first for the Canon McMillan Big Macs as they took on the Seneca Valley Raiders in game four of the St. Margaret’s Tournament quarter-finals.
Two minutes after the Raiders took the 2-1 lead, Zachary Gebhart scored his first of the tournament for the Big Macs to tie the score up at 2.
Senior Carmen Dalesandro took the rest of the game into his hands for the Big Macs scoring two goals and assisting on another in the last two periods. Dalesandro notched the game winning goal on a power-play in the second period, and scored a short-handed, empty net goal in the third to solidify the Big Mac’s victory.
Canon McMillan (#2) became the final team to advance to the St. Margaret Tournament semi-finals.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Two undefeated teams met head to head as the Greater Latrobe Wildcats took on the North Allegheny Tigers during semi-final action Tuesday Night at Blade Runners-Harmarville.
The Tigers scored twice in the first five minutes of play to take a 2-0 lead in the first period. The first was scored by Will Rahenkamp. The second goal, which ultimately became the game-winner, was registered by Cody Black, his fifth goal, and first short-handed tallyof the tournament.
The Tigers continued their strong play as they record two more goals (both on the power-play), from Connor Cash and Shawn Baird, in the first nine minutes of the second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead over the Wildcats.
Wildcats’ Adam Ferguson spoiled the Tigers’ shut-out streak, which spanned over six periods in three different games with help from their three goaltenders; Colin Smeresky, Tyler Kuhn, and Bradford Thornburgh. Ferguson’s goal came ten minutes into the second period and would be the only tally for the Wildcats.
The third period remained scoreless as both goaltenders shut down any offensive attempts made by the opposing team. Bradford Thornburgh received the win for the Tigers, as he stopped 17 of 18 shots.
Shane Brudnok stopped 43 shots as the Greater Latrobe Wildcats accepted their first and only loss of the tournament.
North Allegheny would enter the tournament finals as the only undefeated team.
Canon McMillan (#2) entered the semi-finals as the only team with a loss, but managed to outplay their undefeated counterpart in a commanding 8-1 victory over Upper St. Clair, to advance to the tournament finals.
Opening the scoring was a short-handed goal by the Big Macs’ Luc Lavella. Sixty-three seconds following the first notch was an even-strength goal by forward Colman Slain. Finishing the first period and giving the Big Macs a 3-0 lead was Zachary Mansmann’s power-play goal.
The Big Macs would go on scoring three more goals in the second and one more in the third to take a 7-0 lead over the Panthers. Among the scorers were Lavella, his second of the night, Carmen Dalesandro, Austin Tonkovich, and JD Oddi.
With a Panther goaltender change and eight minutes left to play in the third period, Austin Cassidy of Upper St. Clair scored his eleventh of the tournament, a short-handed tally, to erase the possibility of a Canon McMillan shutout.
Oddi finalized the score at 8-1 for the Big Macs as he scored his second of the game.
Kyle Stawowczyk shunned 12 of the 13 shots faced and led Canon McMillan (#2) to the finals.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
As the St. Margarets-Varsity Fall Face Off came to a close, the undefeated North Allegheny Tigers took on the Canon McMillan (#2) Big Macs.
After eight minutes of play in the game came the first goal off the stick of Tigers’ defenseman, Will Rahenkamp. Taking the lead at 1-0, the Tigers would not surrender the lead throughout the remainder of the competition.
Late in the second period, senior Joe Griffin, tallied one more for the Tigers to move up to a 2-0 lead over the Big Macs.
Strong play continued for the Tigers as their offense produced and their defense remained solid. The Tigers added two more, by Connor Cash and Joe Griffin (his second of the night) in the first 6 minutes of the third period to take a powerful 4-0 lead.
Spoiling another possible North Allegheny shut-out was Canon McMillan sophomore, Austin Tonkovich, who scored late in the third on a two-man advantage, and again on a power play 24 seconds later, to cut the Tigers’ lead in half.
The North Allegheny Tigers were the only team to leave the tournament undefeated as they took home the title of St. Margaret’s-Varsity Fall Face Off Tournament Champions.