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A-K Valley PIHL semifinal capsules

| Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:03 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times
Armstrong's Hunter Grafton reacts after scoring against Latrobe's Timothy Ruppen in the second period Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Class AA

Semifinals

Armstrong (17-5-1) vs. Erie Cathedral Prep (17-4-2)

7 p.m., Tuesday at RMU Island Sports Center

Winner plays: Bishop Canevin/Hampton winner

Players to watch: A: Hunter Grafton (22G, 43A), Christian Miller (48G, 17A); CP: Ben Eliason (23G, 39A), Trevor Faulkner (18G, 32A).

Slap shots: The second-seeded Ramblers will test Armstrong goalie Taylor Smouse with a potent offense, as Erie Cathedral Prep totaled 144 goals in the regular season, just one short of No. 1 Bishop Canevin for tops in Class AA. … Cathedral Prep has allowed 3.0 goals per game this season behind goaltender Grant Kennedy, but third-seeded Armstrong has scored at least five goals in seven consecutive games. … The teams split regular-season meetings this year. Armstrong won a 7-3 decision Nov. 21, before Cathedral Prep claimed a 7-4 victory Jan. 13.

Class A

Semifinals

Freeport (15-5-2) vs. Quaker Valley (22-1)

6:45 p.m., Monday at RMU Island Sports Center

Winner plays: Mars/Thomas Jefferson winner

Players to watch: F: Cole Hepler (34G, 24A), Michael Frazetta (10G, 27A); QV: James Perkins (44G, 32A), Connor Quinn (35G, 39A).

Slap shots: The top-seeded Quakers are the two-time defending Penguins Cup Class A champions. … Freeport, seeded No. 4 and seeking its first Penguins Cup title since 2007, played Quaker Valley tough during the regular season with two losses by a combined three goals. … The goalie matchup will likely feature Freeport's Matt Huston (6-4-1) and Quaker Valley's Parker Sherry (18-1).

— Jason Orfao

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