Top-seeded Bethel Park (19-3) displayed some high quality hockey in the opening minutes of the third period Wednesday night in a 4-0 win against No. 6 Pine-Richland (13-9-1) in a PIHL Class AAA Penguins Cup semifinal at RMU Island Sports Center.
Just 58 seconds into the third period and with the Rams' Michael Carrozzi serving a two-minute penalty for checking from behind and a 10-minute misconduct penalty, Black Hawks forward Chris Siak took a pass from Derek Lesnak just inside the blue line and blistered a slap shot past Pine-Richland goalie Isaac Stephen.
"Lesnak just gave me a great pass," Siak said. "I just pretty much closed my eyes and shot it as hard as I could. I looked up, and it was in the net."
Bethel Park scored three more goals in less than five minutes to earn a trip to the Class AAA championship Monday at Consol Energy Center. The Black Hawks will meet No. 2 seed Peters Township, which defeated No. 5 Penn-Trafford in the second semifinal.
Bethel Park improved to 19-3, while Pine-Richland finished 13-9-1.
"Pine-Richland played a very good game," Bethel Park coach Jim McVay said. "This was a big battle the whole way."
n Peters Township 6, Penn-Trafford 1: Senior forward Jonathan Dagnal had a hat trick as the Indians (18-4) blistered the Warriors (14-9) in the second semifinal. Dagnal scored goals 33 seconds apart in the first period to key a swift start.