Plum rallies to tie Moon in season opener
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The Plum varsity ice hockey team had things going its way early in Monday's PIHL Class AA season opener against Moon at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena — formerly the Valley Sports Complex — in New Kensington.
The Mustangs put two goals on the board — one early in the first period and the other early in the second 15 minutes — and they owned a 2-0 lead.
But Moon rallied to take the lead in the third and forced Plum to do a little rallying of its own.
The Mustangs scored with 21 seconds left in regulation to forge a 3-3 tie.
Trailing 3-2 in the waning seconds of the game, Plum was on the power play, and the hosts cashed in, as senior Andrew Walters scored off assists from junior Zach Kuhn and sophomore Dave Stonebraker.
Neither team could find the back of the net before the five-minute extra period expired.
Plum didn't waste any time getting its first goal of the season, as the Mustangs went on the power play, and junior Joe Randazzo lit the lamp 3:39 into the contest on an assist from Kuhn.
Randazzo also scored Plum's second goal 2:30 into the second period.
This time, the Mustangs were shorthanded, and Randazzo converted with a helper from senior Nick Sciulli.
Moon battled back in the second period, as the Tigers tallied goals exactly two minutes apart midway through the period.
Austin Siebert and Trevor Handlovitch scored the goals, and both were even strength.
Moon took the lead, 3-2, with about five minutes left on Siebert's second goal. It was a power-play tally.
Both goaltenders had strong games in the opener.
Plum senior Taylor Cestra stopped 37 of the 40 Moon shots she faced.
Her counterpart, Tigers netminder J.T. Cillo-Owens, faced 39 Mustangs shots and made 36 saves.
Plum returns to action Thursday at 7:10 p.m. against Bishop Canevin at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center.
The Mustangs are back at Pittsburgh Ice on Monday to play Pine-Richland.
Faceoff is set for 8:20 p.m.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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