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2005 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase - Director's Cup Final
NORTH_ALLEGHENY.GIF
North Allegheny - 4
North Allegheny captures third straight Director's Cup
Bethel Park
Bethel Park - 2
Medal Round – Director’s Cup Final
12/31/05 ~ Delmont, Pa
North Allegheny 4 Bethel Park 2

North Allegheny and Bethel Park would meet for the 2nd year in a row for the Director’s Cup and the Tigers have had a great deal of success in the Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase final against the Hawks defeating them 5-1 a year ago and also with a 4-1 victory in 1999. Bethel Park has been to the Medal Round 7 out of the past eight years including Director’s Cup championships in 2000 and 2001, which preceded State Titles in Class AAA.

North Allegheny and Bethel Park own astounding records in this tournament now in its 10th year as the Tigers have compiled a 26-4-2 record and the Hawks an equally impressive 28-4-1 record entering the finals, which is easily the two best programs over the first ten years of the tournament. This is a testimony of the dedication and hard work of both programs over the years, who have both found domination at Class AAA under Bethel’s Jim McVay and NA’s Tom Pandolfo. As Bethel Park has become a target of Class AAA excellence along with Meadville, North Allegheny is looking to get over the top and wins its first State Championship in Pennsylvania.

The Tigers struck first in the Director’s Cup final as Alan Halapin took a Wes Waldschmidt pass from behind the net and beat BP’s Pete Cosentino on the power play for a 1-0 lead at 11:16. NA would come right back and take a two goal advantage at 8:37 of the period as Ian McGlumphy found a streaking Dan Gaertner in between the circles, who redirected the shot through the 5-hole to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage. Bethel Park would cut the lead to one as Graham Cohen pounced on a rebound and beat Max Richards with 1:20 remaining in the opening period to make it 2-1.

North Allegheny would seize control of this contest in the second behind stellar goaltending of Max Richards, who stopped all ten Bethel Park shots in the period. The Tigers would make the best of their two shots in the middle frame as Chris Simanic scored at 10:31 of the second and Chris Gilson extended the lead to 4-1 with a goal at 8:02 of the period.

Bethel Park mounted a comeback in the third as Bryan Brown scored on the power play with assists from Aaron Marks and Jason Hosko at 12:31 of the third period. With plenty of time remaining in a 4-2 hockey game, the Hawks would be stoned by Richards, who shut the door on Bethel Park the rest of the way leading the Tigers to their 3rd straight Director’s Cup title.

North Allegheny’s Wes Waldschmidt, who exemplified great play at both ends of the ice for the Tigers was named the recipient of the R.J. Umberger award for the tournament MVP scoring 9 points in 5 games. Teammates Max Richards, Paul Dittrich and Chris Simanic were named to the Director’s Dozen along with Bethel Park’s Kenny Lehmann, Bryan Brown and Aaron Marks. Rounding out the Director’s Dozen were Upper St Clair’s David Crockett and Mike Penkrot, Fenwick’s Nick Powers, Penncrest goaltender Ryan McElhinney, Plum’s keeper John Bronder, and Penn Trafford sniper Chris Cerutti.


 
 

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