Addie Murdoch of Mt. Lebanon was a member of the Pittsburgh Pens Elite Team that recently won its first ever national hockey title.
In the USA Hockey Girls Tier I 14U National Championship game, the Pens edged Little Caesars 4-3 in overtime. The win capped a thrilling comeback from a 3-0 deficit. The Pens also found themselves behind by two goals with five minutes to play in regulation.
Third-period goals from Laney Potter, Bella Vasseur and Izee Powell erased Little Caesars’ edge.
Jaidan Fahrny from Baldwin provided the margin of victory. Powell assisted Fahrny on the game winner.
In the semifinals, the Pens ended the title reign of the MN Green Giants, 4-2.
Murdoch and Vasseur posted a goal and an assist, which was more than enough offense for Ava McNaughton, who stopped 32 of 34 shots in the victory.
The Pens beat the Chicago Young Americans 3-0, Chicago Mission 3-2, San Jose Jr. Sharks 4-0, and theHartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack 2-1 to reach the Frozen Four in the tournament, which was held in Irvine, Calif.
While Murdoch was one of five South Hills players (Fahrny, Rachael McCrea of Baldwin, Jillian Piscitelli from Thomas Jefferson and Maddie Lane from Trinity) on the roster, she was one of the youngest members on the U14 team, which was comprised of mostly eighth- and ninth-graders. The daughter of Kate and Tim Murdoch is a seventh-grade student at Mellon Middle School.
Other members of the team included: Maria Pape, Cate Creighton, Cece Deslaurier, Dylan Green, Cecelia Messner, Rachel McCrea, Katherine Khramstov, Kate Meinert, Ava Imposimato, Madelynne Lane, Alexis Jones, Neely Nicholson and Hannah Fetrerolf.