Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon advanced to the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Class AAA hockey playoffs.

The Indians defeated Bethel Park 5-1, while the Blue Devils edged Canon-McMillan 2-1 in quarterfinal games played April 5 at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

PT will battle North Allegheny at 6:30 p.m., and Mt. Lebanon will face Pine-Richland at 8:30 p.m. in April 12 semifinal games at RMU.

Austin Malley racked up two goals for the Indians, while Dylan Mcelhinny, Bray Sehnert and Cooper Slavin provided the other goals.

John Camp, Jr. dished up three assists for PT and Carson Alexander, Gavin Dabkowski, Sehnert and Mcelhinny were credited with single assists.

The Indians jumped ahead of Bethel Park 2-0, and stretched their advantage to three goals 53 seconds into the second period. Though Jeremy Buehler scored an even strength goal, off assists from Jadon Tietz and Nick Massari, for the Black Hawks, PT closed out the offensive attack with two more goals in the third period.

Peters Township’s Tanner Ringwald earned the win in the nets. He turned back 16 of 17 shots for a .941 save percentage.

The Indians put 22 shots on goal against Bethel Park goaltender Zack Ott.

Lebo also constructed a 2-0 lead and held on to defeat the Big Macs.

Sam Falbo and Conner Ribstein scored even-strength goals for the Blue Devils.

Mt. Lebanon’s Jackson Klasnick and Trevor Turkovich assisted on the first tally, recorded at 3:55.

Brady Conrardy and Ryan Gates assisted on the Blue Devils’ second goal at 13:48 of the first period.

Canon-Mac snapped Lebo goaltender Austin Martin’s shutout bid when Zak Wilcox scored a goal at the 12:43 mark in the second period, which was assisted by Ethan Franczyk and Corey Passieu.

Martin stopped 32 shots for a .970 save percentage. Lebo had 18 shots on goal against C-M net-minder Mario Eafrati.

In other Class AAA quarterfinal action, Upper St. Clair dropped a 4-2 decision to Pine-Richland at the Frozen Pon Arean in Valencia.

With the game deadlocked at 1-1 after the first period, the Rams scored two goals within 20 seconds of each other. Lucas Enos and Charles Mill scored at 2:23 and 2:43, respectively.

Upper St. Clair’s Gregg Timmons opened the scoring nearly six minutes into the first period. Mitch Gainer assisted the power-play goal.

Upper St. Clair’s second goal was scored by Chase Wucher.

Upper St. Clair goaltender Jake Fisher faced 36 shots. USC put 20 shots on goal against Pine-Richland’s James Saber.

Class A

Chartiers Valley edged North Hills 3-2 in a Class A quarterfinal game played April 5 at Ice Castle Arena in Castle Shannon.

The win vaulted the Colts into a semifinal battle set for April 14 at RMU. CV will face off against Kiski at 8:30 p.m.

Greg Kraemer was the hero for CV against the Indians. Kraemer scored the game-winning goal with both teams at full strength with 6:30 left in the third period. Kraemer also had an assist in the contest.

CV jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first period on a pair of goals from Ryan Kantner, but North Hills erased the margin with a two-goal second period.

Drew Evans also had an assist in the game for the Colts, who put 33 shots on goal.

Colts goaltender Logan Marnik earned the win in the nets, turning back 50 shots by the Indians.

Finals set

The PIHL finals are set for RMU.

The Class AAA and A championship games are set for 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. April 19.

The Class AA and Class B finals will be played April 20 at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Almanac Sports Editor

An award-winning journalist, Eleanor Bailey has been employed by Observer Publishing Company since 1982. She is the sports editor at The Almanac and a contributor for the Observer-Reporter.

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