PIHL Championships: Consol Conclave. Finalists skating for Penguins Cups

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Ryan Riordan, on the upcoming PIHL finals:

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(Photo: Mars' Maxwell Master, left, tries to slow down Quaker Valley's Clayton Bouchard when the Class A finalists met in a regular-season game last month. John Heller/Post-Gazette.)

"North Allegheny senior Joe Griffin could only watch from the penalty box as Christian Siak scored on a 5-on-3 power play to give Bethel Park a 2-1 lead in the second period of Wednesday's PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal.

"I was disappointed in myself in taking a penalty, but it's part of the game," Griffin said.

Griffin more than redeemed himself, though.

With Bethel Park having just a one-man advantage, Griffin scored a short-handed goal 39 seconds later to tie the game and shift the momentum.

"Any short-handed goal is huge because they're the ones you don't expect," North Allegheny coach Jim Black said. "It definitely made a big difference."