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Hockey: Butler shut out in first championship game

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Competing for the Penguins Cup title for the first time in program history, Butler could not beat Canon-McMillan goaltender Conor Hartnett on any of its 19 shots in a 4-0 loss Saturday in the Class AAA championship game.

The loss brought an end to a banner season for the Tornadoes, who were playing under first-year coach Patrick Hammonds. Hammonds was an assistant under Mike Guentner the last few years as Butler revamped its program.

Butler finished sixth during the regular season this season, but upset No. 3 Bethel Park and No. 2 Peters Township on its way to the title match. The Tornadoes finished the season 13-9-3. 

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Hockey: North Feature Athlete – Butler’s Connor Scott

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Name: Connor Scott
School: Butler
Grade: 11
Sport: Hockey

Background: Scott scored twice Tuesday night to lift Butler to a 3-1 victory over Peters Township in the PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup semifinals. Butler will be making its first PIHL Penguins Cup championship game appearance, and Scott has played a large role all season. The junior forward led the team in points with 30 (14 goals, 16 assists) and also netted a goal in the team’s win over Bethel Park in the Penguins Cup quarterfinals. 

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Hockey: Bachman, Butler shut down Black Hawks

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Bethel Park’s Gary Cerrone netted a power play goal with 9:07 remaining in the third period in Tuesday night’s PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup quarterfinal game against Butler.

It was the only time the Black Hawks were able to get a puck past Clay Bachman.

Bachman, the Tornadoes’ senior goaltender, stopped 25 shots and helped No. 6 Butler to a 3-1 victory over third-ranked Bethel Park, the defending national champions.

Butler got all of its tallies in the second period, as Connor Scott, Trevor Gilliland and Jonathan Fair each lit the lamp.

The Tornadoes will face No. 2 Peters Township, the defending Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup champions, Tuesday night at RMU Sports Island Center. 

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Boys Basketball: Butler gets little offense in season-ending loss

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Three years ago, No. 15-seed Butler stunned No. 2 Chartiers Valley in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. The seeding was the same when the two met last Saturday, but the result was much different.

Butler's season came to an end after a 64-39 loss to Chartiers Valley. The Golden Tornado fell into a 12-0 hole – they didn't score their first points until the 3:23 mark of the first quarter – and struggled mightily offensively on their way to be held to their lowest point total of the season. They shot just 24 percent (12 of 50) from the field.

"We've preached all year that if you work hard and you keep yourself in the game, you have a chance to win. Unfortunately, offensively, we just didn't come out," Butler coach Matt Clement said. "I thought we were aggressive defensively and we weren't aggressive offensively, and it cost us."

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Boys Basketball: Butler clinches playoff spot just in time

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Justin Criado profiles the Butler boys basketball team.

2015 0212 Butler BBasketball(Photo: Butler's Mark Gross pulls down a rebound against Seneca Valley Friday night in the Golden Tornado's playoff-clinching victory. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Butler Area's playoff-clinching win against Seneca Valley on the last night of section play Friday wouldn't be as sweet if it wasn't for some tough losses along the way, according to coach Matt Clement.

"To be able to bounce back and learn from your mistakes and not let them be a distraction, there were multiple times in the year that these guys stepped up," Clement said. "As the playoffs were always in reach, we just kept grinding away."

The Golden Tornado (14-8, 5-7) defeated rival Seneca Valley, 70-57, to capture the fourth and final playoff spot out of Section 3-AAAA, but that may not have been the case if things played out differently just three days prior. Butler lost to Central Catholic, 61-49, in a game that Clement said was uncharacteristic. If Seneca Valley would have beaten North Allegheny that same night, Butler would have been out of the playoff picture."