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2005 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase - Directors Cup - Semi-Final
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North Allegheny - 2 [OT]
Josh Herbert scores winner in OT sending Tigers to Director's Cup final
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Upper St Clair - 1

Medal Round – Semi-Finals
12/30/05 ~ Delmont, Pa
North Allegheny 2 Upper St Clair 1 [OT]

The Upper St Clair hockey program is nearing its 500th win all-time since its inaugural season in 1971-72 including regular season and playoffs. Coach John Harford’s club advanced to the Medal Round for the 3rd time in the past 5 years and is looking to advance to its first ever Director’s Cup final. The Panthers scored impressive wins over Carrick, Montour and Penn Trafford to work their way into a semi-final matchup with two time defending Director’s Cup champions North Allegheny Tigers. USC defeated the Tigers earlier this season in the Central Catholic Invitational 3-1 in what has become a pretty good rivalry over the past few seasons.

North Allegheny has begun 2005-06 much like their run a season ago with only one loss during the regular season earlier against rivals North Hills. The difference between this year’s team and a year ago is that the Tigers are now part of the process of the Pennsylvania State Championship hunt and even though they lost to Bethel Park in the 2005 Penguins Cup Final, this team and its coach Tom Pandolfo are gearing foe a run not just for this year, but the next few years. NA Hockey is in the process of building a tradition of excellence and have displayed this in the PA Hockey Scholastic Showcase by winning it in consecutive years and looking for an unprecedented 3rd straight.

NA looked like it would serve notice to USC early in this semi-final match-up that if the Panthers wanted to knock them off it would have to do it from behind as just 29 seconds into the contest, Chris Simanic scored on the wraparound beating Max Daurora at 14:31 to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The game took on the personality of a chess match as coach Harford’s and Pandolfo’s clubs engaged in a defensive close checking battle.

Goaltender’s Max Daurora and the Tiger’s Max Richards kept the game a one-goal contest stopping several power play opportunities into the 2nd period until with just 1:56 remaining in the period, Davey Crockett launched a wrist shot high over the glove hand side of Richards to tie the score at one apiece. With :05 left in the middle period, a potential turning point in this contest came as NA was storming the USC net. As the puck slid towards an empty net, Crocket dove and lay his stick on the ice saving a go ahead goal by the Tigers and preserving a 1-1 game to the ice cut.

The teams battled in the third period to a stalemate and the Panthers had two opportunities on the power play to go ahead, but some excellent penalty killing by North Allegheny sent the game to overtime. In the sudden death overtime period, Josh Herbert found a loose puck after nice pressure by Matt Lancaster, and deposited a bullet past USC’s Max Daurora to send the Tigers to their third straight Director’s Cup final with a thrilling 2-1 victory in OT.

 

 
Bethel Park
Bethel Park - 4
Bethel Park holds off Fenwick to advance to Director's Cup
Fenwick
Fenwick - 3
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2005 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase

Medal Round – Semi-Finals
12/30/05 ~ Delmont, Pa
Bethel Park 4 Fenwick 3

Entering the 2005 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase, Fenwick has been on a roll winning 7 games in a row for an overall record of 20-10-3 on the season. Coach Dan Wolff’s Friars continued their excellence in the Showcase with convincing wins over South Park 8-1, a gritty Franklin Regional club 5-1 and Gateway 10-2 displaying balance and speed entering the Medal Round of the 2005 event. The Friars are gearing up to take a run at the 2006 Blackhawks Cup for the State Championship of Illinois, which they won in 2003 and 2004 before falling short in 2005 to New Trier Green in last year’s final.

Bethel Park is a hockey program that knows all about the pursuit of State Championships as the Hawks completed their 5th Pennsylvania Class AAA title since 1997 by defeating Malvern Prep 4-3 at the Hersheypark Arena in March. After the 2004 Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase loss in the Director’s Cup final to North Allegheny, BP made a few adjustments, built momentum in January and February and won it all in March. Head Coach Jim McVay knows what it takes and will be prepared to lead the Hawks into battle come March. Bethel advanced to the Medal Rpund with victories over Kiski, Plum and defending Pennsylvania Class A champions Penncrest in a hard fought 2-1 contest.

The first period of this semi-final contest was a feeling out process with both Fenwick and Bethel measuring their opponents like two prized fighters and the Hawks holding an 8-4 shot advantage. The Hawks would make their shots count as Jason Hosko beat the Friars Sal Calace through the 5-hole with 1:49 remaining in the opening period. Bethel Park grabbed a 2-0 lead through the hard work of Bryan Brown, Kenny Lehman and Adam Kaczmarek, who scored with just :07 seconds left in the 1st.

On to the second period and with the Friars in shock over the developments late in the first period, the combination of Bryan Brown, Kenny Lehman and Adam Kaczmarek worked again as Kaczmarek scored his second goal just 57 seconds into the middle frame. The Hawks gained a 4-0 lead as Matthew Seifert’s wrist shot had eyes on it from the left point through a screen and bounded past Calace at 8:02. The Friars started to build a little momentum in the middle of the 2nd period and finally cracked the Hawks as Scott Willsey found Frank Donati in tight who beat Pete Cosentino on a bang bang play to make it 4-1 at 7:33.

During the ice cut, head coach Dan Wolff made some adjustments which led to 9 shots for Fenwick to 3 for Bethel Park in the 3rd period. K.C. Madock pulled the Friars to within two after an excellent play by defenseman Greg Luka at 9:53. Just 28 seconds later, Fenwick struck again as Scott Willsey cashed in with the help of centerman Nick Powers who fed Willsey the puck who beat Cosentino to make it a 4-3 game. This game would go back and forth in the third period and the Friars would have a golden opportunity as Steve Addison found himself in prime scoring position only to be robbed by Cosentino with a tremendous glove save. Fenwick would pull the goaltender for the extra attacker, but Bethel Park would hold on for a thrilling 4-3 victory to advance to Saturday’s Director’s Cup final.

 

 



 
 

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