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Plum ousts Latrobe and Franklin stuns the Foxes in GCC Semis Plum vs Latrobe Plum Coach Stu Relnick looks back on last years PIHL campaign and shakes his head at the horrible start his Mustangs had, which eliminated them from post season possibility. While he is shaking it there is a smile, because this years squad is out to make hay ! Plum has waltzed through the GCC Invitational and has been virtually unchallenged. Enter Ron Makoski's Latrobe Wildcats, a quick maturing team looking to make a move for a AA Division title this year. Latrobe broke a 1-1 tie in the middle of the second as Ron "Jags" Jakubovic scored to 7:34 to give the 'Cats the lead and Aaron LaPresti loft a beautiful wrist shot over Plum goaltender B.J. Schreib less than three minutes later. Plum then scored a big goal late in the second on the power play as Lenny Blatnica took a back door pass from Travis Senchur to cut the Latrobe lead to 3-2 with only 1:19 to play in the second. Early in the third, Senchur tied it on a power play goal. Plum continued its onslaught outshooting the Wildcats 29-20, while Latrobe's Matt Bloom stopped breakaways on Blatnica and Ian Beitler. With the game on the line, Robbie Tunon finally beat Bloom, with a backhander on the ice with 2:10 remaining to send Plum to the Finals. Franklin Regional vs Fox Chapel When Franklin moved into the Center Ice Arena prior to the 1997 season, its club reaped the benefits of a brand new rink and capitalized by fielding two freshman teams. The 2001-2002 Panthers were built out of that development. The Panthers would face an old foe in Fox Chapel, who has also built a fine program over the years. Franklin came out flying as the Panther Line of Luke Baughman, Dave Molitierno and Joe Ferriero scored two goals in the first 41 secoonds. Mark Gigliotti added a goal at 8:31 of the first to stretch the lead to 3-0. Fox Chapel's Jake Werner cut the lead to 3-1 just 23 seconds into the 2nd Period, but Baughman closed the door and put the game out of reach with five minutes left in the period at 4-1. The Franklin defense only allowed four shots in the 3rd as the Panthers marched on to the Finals of the GCC Invitational.
Belmont Ice Complex - Kittanning, Pa. Championship Game South Park 3 Indiana 2 Highlight: Justin Juha and Vito Caporal score to lead Eagles to KI Title ! Congratulations to the South Park Eagles - 2001 Kittanning Invitational Champs Click on title to see schedule and scores !
North Allegheny wins St Margarets for the first time ! As unbelievable as it may sound, Hampton and North Allegheny entered last night's St Margarets FALL FACEOFF final having never winning the title ! Especially for the Tigers and new head coach Brian Hershberger, North Allegheny has been on the verge for many years. Early on it looked as if NA was on a familiar path as five 1st period panalties put the Tigers in a hole as Sean Ek gave Hampton its only lead early in the first. North Allegheny survived as the game reached its midway point tied at 2-2. In any big game, you always look for the gamebreaker and NA has crusty Dan Lobas and the skilled Tim Ward, who tallied goals in the second to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead they would never relinquish. Joe Smarto added another goal late in the 2nd and it was now 5-2. Thierry Clermont and the North Allegheny defense smothered any potential Hampton comeback by allowing only 6 shots in the 3rd period and Lobas completed the hat trick to seal the victory. The championship was the first St Margarets title for the Tigers as this confident group heads toward the start of the PIHL regular season.
The Showcase is history ... find all of the 2001 Tournament results on Pa Hockey !! DIRECTOR'S CUP FINAL Bethel Park 7 Indiana 2 Congratulations to the Bethel Park Blackhawks - 2001 Director's Cuup Champions Click on Pa Hockey Logo above for the 2001 Scholastic Showcase Scoring and Goaltending Leaders ! For Scholastic Showcase Game Summaries by click on Microsoft Great Plains Business Solutions logo ! For the Director's Dozen, History and All-Time Showcase stats click on the Bethel Park Blackhawk logo !
Hampton mounts big comeback to defeat North Hills Hampton coach Craig Clontz took over the ranks for the Talbots this season and was looking to see how his young squad would fair against Penguin Cup AAA Semi Finalist North Hills. North Hills was up to its old trick as the Indians raced to a 3-0 lead in the games first 8 minutes on goals by Derek Stein, Ryan Costello and Dan Peters. NH continued its pressure on freshman goaltender Lindsay Bonasso with 14 first period shots, but she came up big and kept the Indians from further damage. The teams traded goals in the 2nd period as Bonasso was pelted with 11 more shots and the teams went to the break with North Hills in command 4-1. As the teams left the ice, North Hills looked as they didn't even need to show up for the third only surrendering 9 shot through two periods. Then Hampton struck quickly in the third as Dave DiSanti and Neil Kluber tallied to bring the Talbots within 4-3. Then the magic continued as Chris Faith played a bank shot and tied the score at 4-4 with 5:43 remaining. North Hills almost regained the lead as Dan Scelfo just missed at the 5:02 mark. In the same motion Ben Daniels sent Mark Persic in alone and he made no mistake beat the NH goaltender between the legs on the ice to but Hampton in the St Margarets final for the first time ever !