First, State College's Sey Yeaple sent the game into overtime Thursday night; then, he won it.
Yeaple found the puck in a wild scramble after a shot by Stefan Horgas and steered it into the back of the net in the second overtime to give the No. 5 Little Lions (16-7) a 4-3 victory against the No. 4 Seneca Valley Raiders (14-7-1) in a PIHL Class AAA quarterfinal at Bladerunners in Warrendale.
The final goal gave Yeaple a hat trick, as he scored the first goal in the first period and then had a goal with 7:45 left in regulation to tie the score, 3-3.
Adam Warfield had the Little Lions other goal.
For Seneca Valley, Brendan MacFarlane had two goals and Andrew Gagnon notched a power-play goal to give the Raiders a 3-2 lead in the third period.
Tanner Pfeffer stopped 40 shots for Seneca Valley, which was outshot, 44-30.
State College advanced to the semifinals Wednesday against Peters Township.
The game will be played at Robert Morris University Sports Island Center.
More Class AAA
• Peters Township 7, Central Catholic 3: Brady Cochrane scored a hat trick and Trevor Recktenwald added two goals to lead the No. 1 Indians (18-4) to a victory against the No. 9 Vikings (11-10-2) at Iceoplex at Southpointe. It was Peters Township's 14th consecutive victory.
• Latrobe 2, Hampton 0: Shane Brudnok stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout this season as the No. 2 Wildcats (17-3) beat the No. 7 Talbots (11-8-2) at Nevin Arena in Greensburg.
• Chartiers Valley 5, Moon 1: Cullen McMahon had a hat trick, the sixth time this season he has scored at least that many goals, and added an assist to lead the No. 3 Colts (15-4-1) past the No. 6 Tigers (10-7-3) at Mt. Lebanon Ice Arena.
• Kittanning 5, Freeport 2: Class A leading scorer Christian Miller scored four goals, three of them in the third period, to lift the No. 6 Wildcats (14-8-1) to a victory against the No. 3 Yellowjackets (16-6-1) at Belmont Ice Complex.
• Quaker Valley 6, Deer Lakes 0: Ryan Dickson notched a hat trick and Parker Sherry had 17 saves to record his sixth shutout this season as the No. 1 Quakers (23-0) beat the No. 8 Lancers (9-14-1) at Airport Ice Arena. Quaker Valley is unbeaten in its past 44 games.
First Published March 8, 2013 5:30 AM