Bethel Park hockey wins national title

| Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:15 p.m.

Bethel Park forgot all about its loss to Peters Township in the Penguins Cup final when it defeated Illinois' Providence Catholic, 2-1, in the USA Hockey national high school championship Sunday in Omaha, Neb.

The Black Hawks are the first team from Pennsylvania to win the tournament.

“I think it's good for our league that we won,” Bethel Park coach Jim McVay said. “Pittsburgh doesn't always get the credibility that we deserve. We lost the state but won the nation.”

After falling behind 1-0 early in the second period, Chris Siak scored a power-play goal on a feed from Tyler Kruszewski to tie the game before Jake Salak scored the eventual game winner with 1:35 left in the second period.

“Salak had an incredible tournament,” McVay said. “He doesn't score a lot of goals for us, but he had a national championship game-winning goal. That's as big as it gets.”

Siak finished the tournament with five goals and seven assists and tied for the tournament lead with 12 points. Goalie William Love III allowed just three goals and posted a .951 save percentage in his three wins, including a 3-0 shutout in the semifinal.

State champion Peters Township also competed but did not advance out of group play.

Gary Horvath is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at ghorvath@tribweb.com.

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