Heading into Wednesday night’s PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup semifinal against Bethel Park, the most shots North Allegheny goaltender Bradford Thornburgh had faced in a game was 35 in the season finale against the Black Hawks.
Thornburgh and the Tigers lost that game, 5-4.
Thornburgh faced even more shots Wednesday, but he also allowed fewer goals.
Thornburgh stopped 35 of 38 shots, many on the spectacular side, to help the Tigers advance to the final with a 4-3 win.
“He played phenomenal,” North Allegheny coach Jim Black said. “Some of the saves he made, I didn’t get a good look at them because there was so much traffic in front, I don’t know if they hit him or how he did it. … He’s confident, out on top of the crease and he’s playing well.”