11/20 - North Hills exorcises demons of NA !
Posted by Jeff Mauro on Nov 20 2001 at 04:00PM PST
CRANBERRY - Indian coach Jimmy Black has heard all of the hype regarding NA this year, but the coach had a score to settle. North Hills hadn't beaten North Allegheny in several years and Black wanted to put a stop to it. In fact, it may have been before the 8th grade picnic for some the Indians. Would this be the night ? NH Forward Mark Keyser recieved a gift when he collected his own rebound and backhanded the puck past Michael Lagoyda to secure a 1-0 lead. Then it was offensive machine Jake Congalton's turned as he picked up a loose puck and scored on he rebound to put North Hills on top 2-0. With their backs to the wall early NA pressed but could not score on two power play opportunities late in the first. On to the second period and the Indians capitalized on their power play as the opportunistic Congalton backhanded a rebound past Michael Logoyda and all the sudden it was 3-0. A minute later, the Tigers got on the board as Jeff Hall poked a Will Thayer rebound past Casey Dudt-Mulzet to make it 3-1. Back came North Hills late in the period as Dave Reinhart scored on a quick shot at 2:53 and Derek Stein tallied on a breakaway making it look easy at 1:59 and all the sudden the rout was on or so it seemed. With the North Hills fans filling the air with overrated chants to start the third, coach Black knew better. With 8:40 to go NA went on the 5 on 3 power play and it was the freshman goalie Dudt-Mulzet stopping chance after chance to keep the 5-1 advantage. Jeff McConnell and Dan Lobas finally cracked the NH armor, but it would prove to be to little too late and North Hills would relish its 5-3 victory. Each team had 22 shots on the evening before a decent late game crowd.
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