BP loses heartbreaker to Peters, 3-2, after Alavi adds two goals

Russell Finelsen, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, Sports Editor

Adam Alavi scored two goals, and the Peters Township hockey team kept BP out of it long enough to pull out a 3-2 win at the Bethel Park Bladerunners on Friday.

Peters jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, and they never looked back.

Brady Cochrane started the scoring for Peters (16-3-2, 34 points). After only four minutes and nineteen seconds passed in the first scoring period, Cochrane shot through BP’s defense and was able to score. The goal was assisted by Zachery Gielarowski and Sam Barnes.

Alavi scored his first goal at the 8:54 mark in the second period. Even though Peters was down a man after Matthew Michalowski was penalized for cross checking, Alavi was able to get a shot off, which went into the net. Gielarowski got his second assist with Alavi’s goal, while Carter Ekberg also got counted for an assist.

Alavi’s second and final goal came at the 11:29 mark in the third quarter to secure the victory for Peters. Alavi went right through an open hole and scored a goal. This was assisted by Brady Cochrane and Sam Barnes. Barnes got his second assist with the goal. Alavi was recorded with a game-winning goal.

BP did not score until the 11:17 mark in the second period. On a power play, since Peters Township’s Ryan Madore got cited for interference, Cerrone was able to score BP’s first goal. Louie McLinden and Andrew Bello assisted on the goal.

McLinden got a power play goal of his own at the 15:29 mark in the third period without anyone assisting after Zachery Gielarowski was penalized for roughing. However, scoring ceased after that.

Peters Township goalie Tony Lejeune had a solid game after some poor starts throughout the season. He faced 30 shots and got 28 saves. BP’s goalie, William Lowe III, had 20 saves, but Peters had 23 shots on goal.

BP (13-6-2, 28 points) was 2-8 on the power play in the game. The Black Hawks had a golden opportunity in the third period on the power play, as Scott Cwalina was penalized for 12 minutes. This was due to boarding and misconduct. However, BP could not take advantage of this.

On the other side, Peters had a terrible time with the power play and penalties. The team was 0-3 on the power play while earning 26 penalty minutes during the game.

BP’s next game is the season finale on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:10 p.m. They will be pitted against Mt. Lebanon.