PIHL all-star roundup: Northeast rallies in Class AA game
At the end of the first period of the PIHL Class AA all-star game at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center, it appeared the Southwest team had momentum with a 2-1 lead over the Northeast.
But Northeast goaltender Shane Brudnok (Latrobe) shut out the Southwest team by recording 10 saves, and the Northeast was able to score five unanswered goals en route to a 7-4 win Sunday.
Latrobe's Josh Singley led Northeast with two goals and an assist, including the game-winner in the middle of the third period when he went low glove-hand side past Southwest goaltender Noah Stevenson from Chartiers Valley to make it 5-2.
“It's great to come out and win and represent the section,” Singley said. “We just had good chemistry, good puck movement, and we were able to finish some plays with goals.”
The Southwest team was led by Chartiers Valley's Cullen McMahon, who finished with two goals and an assist, including a power-play goal late in the first period to put Southwest up, 2-1.
Plum stars Joey Randazzo and Andrew Walters, Pine-Richland's Zach Richey and Ryan Cole, and Hampton's Zachary Kosick recorded goals for the Northeast.
Bishop Canevin's from Patrick Large and Chartiers Valley's Tyler Stevenson scored for the Southwest.
Southwest 10, Northeast 1 — Down 2-1 after the first period, the Southwest all-stars scored five goals in the second to take control.
In the second period, Bethel Park's Christian Siak recorded a natural hat trick for the Southwest. The final goal, scored on the power play, initially was credited to Upper St. Clair's Austin Cassidy, but the PIHL official website awarded Siak the goal after review.
Seneca Valley's Chris Marziotto recorded a hat trick, including two breakaway goals.
“It's fun for us to come out here and have some fun,” Siak said. “We get to come out here right before the playoffs and play without the intensity of a normal game during the season.”
The Southwest goaltenders combined for 36 saves led by Peters Township's Brian Baker, who had 15 saves, and Mike Ambrose from Upper St. Clair, who recorded 14 saves.
Southwest 7, Northeast 4 — Quaker Valley's Adam Pilewicz had a hat trick for the Southwest. The Quakers' leading scorer scored twice in the latter half of the second period and tallied his third early in the final period, each goal thwarting the Northeast's effort to erase deficits.
“I wasn't expecting (to score a hat trick),” Pilewicz said. “That was just a bonus.”
Mars' Ed Schwadron, Max Master and Ian Houk-Graves each scored goals for the Southwest.
Kittanning's Hunter Grafton picked up a pair of assists, including one on Miller's first goal.
Ryan Schultz of South Fayette capitalized on a turnover and scored on an empty net for the Southwest with 1:17 remaining to complete the scoring.
Northeast 4, Southwest 2 — William “Macky” Power of Hollidaysburg lived up to his surname, scoring a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, for the Northeast.
“It's an All-Star game, so it was fun,” Macky said. “I went out there trying to have as much fun as I could.”
Power's on-ice partnership with Golden Tigers teammate Brandon Ritchey and Ford City's Jesse Valasek provided the onus for much of the Northeast's offense.
Anthony Aliamo of Baldwin and Austin Jasper of Indiana also scored for the Northeast.
Ford City's Adam Cogley made 27 saves on 28 shots to preserve a 2-1 Northeast lead through the first period. Indiana's Austin Moody made a handful of impressive saves in the third period to secure the victory.
Stephen Catanese and Andrew John are freelance writers.