4th time a charm for Peters Township in Penguins Cup title game
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Peters Township finally made a memory it won't soon want to forget at Consol Energy Center.
The Indians, who had lost the past three Penguins Cup championship games, topped Bethel Park, 4-2, in the Class AAA final Monday to win their first PIHL title since 2005.
Jonathan Dagnal scored three goals, Adam Alavi added one and Brian Baker made 41 saves for Peters Township (19-4).
“I'm speechless. I can't describe how happy I am right now,” Baker said. “Especially with this group of guys, I knew we could pull this one off this year.”
The Indians will play La Salle, the Flyers Cup champion, at 4 p.m. Saturday for the Pennsylvania Cup championship at Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena.
Monday's win gave Peters Township the season-series win. The Indians, who killed off a pair of 5-on-3 power plays in the third, also avenged a 2012 title-game loss to Bethel Park (19-4).
Dagnal gave Peters Township a 1-0 lead at 3:01 of the second when he took a pass from Carter Ekberg, maneuvered around Bethel Park defender Nick Konyk and wristed a shot over the blocker of Black Hawks goalie William Lowe.
He later cleaned up a rebound and added an empty-netter to give him seven goals in three playoff games.
“It couldn't have went any better,” Dagnal said. “Semifinals, I did the same thing I did here: worked hard, played my game and kept it simple.”
Alavi made it 2-0 in the second when he banged home a rebound. The goal was his team-high 23rd of the season.
An ugly moment followed Alavi's goal. Derek Lesnak took a hit to the head from Peters Township's Brady Cochrane, who was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Lesnak did leave the ice under his own power and remained in the game.
Jake Worcester put Bethel Park on the board when he kicked a rebound to himself and fired a shot through Baker's legs at 15:52 of the second.
Bethel Park's Chris Siak had a scoring chance about eight minutes in. After picking off a pass near the Peters Township blue line, he weaved his way in toward Baker and fired a backhander.
Worcester finished a feed from Siak in the final minute, but this time the Indians held strong.
Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.
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