Hockey: 2017 North Season Recap

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Seneca Valley wasn't dominant throughout the regular season. In fact, the Raiders, like most Class 3A teams, struggled through several rough spots before qualifying for the Penguins Cup playoffs.

And, in the end, they were one shot away from making it into the championship games.

Instead, Central Catholic's Ryan Kingerski ripped a one-timer from the top of the right circle past Seneca Valley goaltender Dylan Sloat at 3:09 of the second overtime for his second goal of the game to give top-seeded Central Catholic a 5-4 come-from-behind victory in the PIHL Class 3A semifinals at the Island Sports Center.

It was a tough loss to take for Seneca Valley, which led for much of the game and came back to tie and send it to overtime when Zachary Broskey scored at 5:17 of the third period.

Seneca Valley wasn't the only team that took it on the chin in the semifinals.

Despite having one of the best defensive teams in the PIHL, North Allegheny once again came up short in its bid to win its first Penguins Cup title since 2013. This time the Tigers made it to the semifinals where they were blown out in a 7-0, running-clock defeat by eventual state champion Peters Township.

Hampton had an opportunity to give Plum a run for its money in the Class 2A East Division, but the Talbots tailed off at the end of the season, losing their final two regular season games and were knocked out in the first round of the Penguins Cup tournament by Quaker Valley.

Fox Chapel had no success whatsoever, but did have the ignominious distinction of being the first winless team in PIHL Class 2A the first Class 2A since Franklin Regional went 0-21-1 in 2013-14 and matched the 0-19-0 Panthers from 2012-13 as the last team in the classification not to earn a point.

In 19 games, the Foxes were outscored 191-27.