High school roundup: Deer Lakes hockey upsets Westmont Hilltop
Deer Lakes hit the stretch run of the PIHL regular season in full sprint Monday night.
The Lancers pulled a 2-1 upset over Westmont Hilltop in Class A action at the Ice Connection in Valencia.
Forward Vincent Casale gave the Lancers (7-11-1) a fast start, scoring at the 1:27 mark of the first period. Tommy Lisowski doubled the lead to 2-0 in the waning minutes of the second period.
“Vincent's goal was huge. It was just huge jumping out into the lead mentally,” Deer Lakes coach Todd Luniewski said. “It was a nice tic-tac-toe play. And then we played well from there.”
The Hilltoppers (10-6-1) pulled within a goal in the third period, but goaltender Jonathan Lang and the Lancers' defense proved up to holding the lead. Lang made 18 saves on 19 shots.
For Deer Lakes, the win avenges and early-season 6-2 loss to the Hilltoppers.
“We're a team, coming into the playoffs, we might shock everybody,” Luniewski said. “Tonight was a very nice win before going into the last three games of the season.”
Latrobe 6, Plum 0 — Latrobe shut out the Mustangs in a Class AA matchup.
Joshua Singley netted a hat trick, and Adam Ferguson tallied two goals for Latrobe.
Kittanning 66, West Shamokin 41 — With a breakaway dunk late in the second quarter, Kittanning senior Sterling Henry scored the 1,000th point of his career. Henry, who finished with a game-high 17 points, became the third player in Kittanning history to reach the milestone.
Alek Schaffer followed with 15 points for the host Wildcats (18-4) in the nonsection game. Anthony Rocco and Damon Craig each scored 12 points for West Shamokin (11-10).
Fox Chapel 58, Peters Township 37 — Fox Chapel (16-6) mounted a 34-13 halftime lead and cruised to a nonsection victory over Peters Township (8-14). Matt D'Amico led the Foxes with 19 points, and Brian Papich added 10.
Jake Blandino, Tim Swoope, and Connor Freele registered seven points apiece for Peters Township.
Plum 46, Knoch 33 — Griffin Myers had 16 points in Plum's season-finale victory over nonsection opponent Knoch.
Austin Dedert had 14 points for Plum (11-11). Mustangs coach Ron Richards bested his friend and former assistant, Ron McNabb, in his first season as Knoch's coach.
Marc Vaughn had a team-high 11 points for playoff-bound Knoch (11-11).
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 67, Riverview 56 — Despite four players scoring in double figures, Riverview (5-17) was unable to capture its season finale against OLSH (18-4). Sam Gonsowski led the Raiders with 15 points. Nick DiBucci had 14, Danny Milberger had 12 and Zach Lesnick had 10 for Riverview.
Fox Chapel 44, Peters Township 26 — Erin Mathias scored a game-high 17 points as Fox Chapel (17-5) closed out its regular season with a nonsection win over Peters Township (3-19). Kayla Slovenec chipped in nine points for the Foxes. Madison Kerr led Peters Township with 14 points.
Plum 49, Hampton 40 — Krista Pietropola scored a season-high 29 points in the regular-season finale for Plum (17-5) against nonsection opponent Hampton (17-5).
Pietropola, who scored 18 in the second half, has 975 career points.
Ford City 42, Knoch 38 — Despite a fourth-quarter comeback by Knoch (5-17), Ford City (14-8) held on to defeat the Knights in a nonsection matchup.
Stephanie DiGregorio led the Sabers with 16 points, and Christina Davis chipped in 15. Sam Logan scored a game-high 21 points for Knoch, adding 11 rebounds and five steals.