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MEADVILE - The "House of Chills" with all its State Championship banners and of course the Bulldog faithful were out in full force at the MARC. Meadville has had a resurgence with three wins in a row. A tight defensive battle in the first left the score 0-0 through the first period as the Bulldogs outshot the Gators 9-6. Late in the second period, while on the power play, Meadville's Tony Langs wrist shot had eyes on it and snuck past David Himes to put the Dawgs on top 1-0. In the third period, Meadville's Matt Rusilko took a pass in stride and moved in on Himes and slipped a backhander past the Gator keeper to give Meadville a 2-0 lead early in the period. The Gators struck back with a little over five minutes to play, as Justin Scott took a cross ice feed and beat Dan O'Sharuk to cut the lead to 2-1. Meadville took advantage of an undisciplined Gator penalty as Christian Nickerson tipped a point shot past the Gator keeper and the Dawgs enjoyed a 3-1 lead. But Gateway was not done as Zach Flora scored on the breakaway on O'Sharuk with two minutes remainiing. Gateway applied pressure and could not find the net as Meadville saved the victory 3-2.
MONROEVILLE - Penn Hills Jerry Bass was looking for intangibles at Tuesday's pre-game practice session at the Golden Mile. Boy, if hindsight was 20/20, Bass should have dressed special guest Vancouver Canuck (NHL 1st round draft choice) R.J. Umberger and maybe no one would have noticed. All kidding aside, Penn Hills could really use a dose of good offense. North Allegheny on the other hand has cruised to the top of the West AAA division with scoring and good team play. Penn Hills and North Allegheny skated through the first period with each getting plenty of opportunities for goals, but the Indians Justin McCullough and Tigers Thierry Clermont kept the game scoreless. Penn Hills had the better of the play in the second, but Clermont kept them off the board. Then Joe Smarto's poked at a rebound which was loose and McCullough apparently had the puck underneath him, but when he tried to return to his feet knocked it into his own net and NA had the 1-0 lead. Onto the third and the Tiger's Bill Waldschmidt scored at 11:55 to give NA a 2-0 cushion. As Penn Hills continued to pressure, Clermont stopped them cold. Then it was Waldschmidt again wristing one by McCullough to give theTigers a 3-0 lead with 3:30 remaining. Penn Hills finally solved Clermont with just 1:12 left and the goalie pulled as Matt Cancilla scored from in front. Jeff Hall added an empty netter for NA to make the final 4-1. Penn Hills outshot the Tigers 28-20 on the night.
At the Ice Castle - December 7,8 & 9 Click on Title to see the Tournament Results Championship Gilmour Academy 4 Canevin 1 Congratulations to Gilmour Academy - 2001 Canevin Thomas Henderson Champions Consolation Columbus St. Charles 4 Harborcreek 1
HARMARVILLE - BETHEL PARK 3 MT LEBANON 1 Bethel Park is the defending Central Catholic Invitational Champions and there is a reason why Bethel Park has been very successful over the past three years ! The Hawks do the simple things necessary to put them into a position to win every game. The semi-final matchup with Mt. Lebanon would be no different. Mt Lebanon took a penalty late in a scoreless first period and Brandon Hanley made them pay with a slick shot down on the ice past Colin Sebastian. Coach Paul Taibi's Blue Devils stood toe to toe with Pennsylvania's # 1 ranked team and David Silverstein delivered with a long blast which beat Delbert Joo cleanly at 6:17 of the second. Before the Blue Devils could celebrate the tie game, David Zabkar put a little mustard on a wrist shot just 42 seconds later on the ice past Sebastian to quickly dispell Mt Lebo's upset hopes. Mt Lebanon had a couple of chances going forward on a few odd man breaks, but Tony Sands took a Jason McLean feed and snapped the Blue Devils dreams with a 3-1 Bethel advantage. Bethel moved on to the finals for the second consecutive year. CENTRAL CATHOLIC 8 UPPER ST CLAIR 3 Central coach Kevin Zielmanski is always worried about something. After sweeping through North Hills and North Allegheny by scoring 14 goals yesterday to reach their own Semi-Final, coach Z wondered if his young squad had any goals left. Thomas Grossman scored two goals as the Vikings received single tallies from Jeff Race, Andrew Wroblewski, Rob Donatucci, John Chmiel, C.J. Bruce and Anthony Scolieri to paste Upper St Clair 8-3. Central built a 6-1 lead over the Panthers and never looked back as they outshot USC 26-19. Adam Brindle scored a pair of goals in a losing cause.
VALENCIA - The Bishop McCort Football program made great strides this season only to lose to Washington in the State Semi-Finals this past weekend. Therefore, the Crushers ice squad would reap the benefit of some returning veterans. Mars, on the other hand, with high school hockey's most prolific scoring machine has been pounding opponents to a # 1 ranking and perfect record at 5-0. After a scoreless first period, the Planets Dave Masdea broke through to give Mars a 1-0 lead at 4:06. Bishop McCort's Joe Delic tied the game less than a minute later at 3:07. The with a minute left, McCort's Chris Grady scored the go ahead goal to give the Crushers a 2-1 lead. On to the third and while McCort cotinued to put pressure on Mars keeper Bill Youngker, the Planets could not score and Bishop McCort went on to win 2-1, outshooting Mars 32-30 in a well played hockey game.