Breaking down the Pennsylvania high school hockey championships
By Chris Adamski
Published: Friday, March 22, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
North Allegheny vs. La Salle, 4 p.m.
Records: North Allegheny 18-4-2, La Salle 22-3-1
North Allegheny impact players: Cody Black, sr., F; Joe Griffin, sr., F; Connor Cash, sr., F; Harry Kramer, sr., D; Bradford Thornburgh, jr., G
La Salle impact players: Andrew Romano, jr., F; Brendan Jaquay, sr., F; Nicholas Master, sr., F; Michael Pascali, sr., D; Corbin Gustafson, soph., G
How they got here: The Tigers beat Peters Township, 2-0, in the Penguins Cup title game Wednesday while the Explorers beat Holy Ghost Prep, 5-2, in the Flyers Cup championship March 14.
Notable: Defending state champion La Salle has won the past three Flyers Cups and five of the past six. They are trying to match their feat of winning consecutive Pennsylvania Cups done in 2008-09. ... La Salle beat Bethel Park, 6-2, in the championship game last season but lost to Upper St. Clair, 4-3, in 2011. ... North Allegheny is in the state title game for the second time. The Tigers beat Holy Ghost Prep, 6-3, in 2007. ... North Allegheny has allowed 41 goals in 24 games this season. Thornburgh's goals-against average during the regular season was 1.98 — it's dropped to 1.29 in the playoffs. ... Griffin has four goals in three playoff games and led the team with 19 goals in 18 regular-season games. ... Black had 30 points in 21 regular-season games. .. Romano had two goals and an assist in the Flyers Cup title game.
Latrobe vs. Parkland, 1:30 p.m.
Records: Latrobe 19-3, Parkland 20-1-1
Latrobe impact players: Josh Singley, sr., F; Adam Ferguson, jr., F; Dalton Hunter, fr., F; Rob Vasinko, sr., D; Shane Brudnok, sr., G
Parkland impact players: Brett McHale, jr., F; Nicolas Chandik, sr., F; Evan Dratch, F; Ryan Dumbach, D; Robert Stock, sr., G
How they got here: The Wildcats beat Pine-Richland, 5-0, in the Penguins Cup final Wednesday while the Trojans are unbeaten against Pennsylvania competition all season. Parkland lost its most recent game, 6-3, to Cherokee in the Flyers Cup championship game Tuesday. But Cherokee is based in New Jersey.
Notable: The Wildcats won three consecutive state championships from 2008-10. Singley, Brudnok and Vasinko are the lone remaining holdovers from the final of those three teams. ... This is Parkland's first Pennsylvania Cup game appearance. ... Flyers Cup champion Council Rock South won last season's title, snapping a streak of seven consecutive wins by the Penguins Cup champion in this game. The West representative had won 15 of the past 16 state championship games. ... Singley's 56 points lead the team, but he has no goals in three postseason games since having a team-high 21 during the regular season. ... Hunter has four goals in three playoff games. ... Brudnok has allowed two goals during the postseason (0.67 goals-against average, two shutouts).
Quaker Valley vs. West Chester East, 11 a.m.
Records: Quaker Valley 25-0, West Chester East 23-2
Quaker Valley impact players: Jimmy Perkins, jr., F; Adam Pilewicz, soph., F; Ryan Dickson, jr., F; Ryan Lottes, jr., D; Parker Sherry, jr., G
West Chester East impact players: Jesse Abarca, sr., F; Pat Ward, jr., F; Chris Rodier, fr., F; Gage Downing, sr., D; Tyler Percival, jr., G
How they got here: The Quakers beat Mars, 5-1, in the Penguins Cup final Wednesday while the Vikings beat Springfield (Delco), 7-3, in the Flyers Cup championship game Monday.
Notable: Rematch of the 2008 state title game, won by West Chester East, 3-2, at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown. ... Quaker Valley is the defending state champion and also won the Pennsylvania Cup in 2006. ... Dating to last season, the Quakers have won 33 consecutive PIHL games and are unbeaten in their past 46. ... The Penguins Cup champion has won 15 of the 24 Class A state championship games against the Flyers Cup champion, including each of the past three. ... Perkins' 33 goals led Quaker Valley during the regular season; his 59 points were tied with Pilewicz for the team lead. ... Dickson has six goals in three playoff games. ... The Quakers have allowed two goals in three postseason games, but the Vikings have scored 19 goals in their past three and have scored at least five in a game 15 times.
— Compiled by Chris Adamski
— Information compiled by PAhockey.net was used in this report
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