Raiders fall short against Bethel Park
Eagle Staff Writer
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By Josh Rizzo
January 20, 2014

WARRENDALE — Seneca Valley hockey had an opportunity to grab a second consecutive statement win.

The Raiders just couldn't find enough offensive punch to beat Bethel Park. The Black Hawks scored the first two goals, including one 16 seconds in, to beat Seneca Valley 4-2 Tuesday night at BladeRunners.

Christian Siak, who is second in Class AAA with 32 points, got in on Raiders goalie Tanner Pfeffer and wristed in a shot to put Bethel Park (10-2) ahead 1-0.

“I think we were nervous because we saw Siak and how he was leading the league in points,” Seneca Valley winger Peter Kipin said. “We knew how dangerous he was and we weren't focused the first few minutes in.”

Siak set up Bethel Park's second goal as well. After he collected a rebound, he found Spencer Bawcom on an outlet pass, who avoided a Raiders' defender and scored a short-handed goal with 12:08 left in the first period. Pfeffer made 41 saves for Seneca Valley (7-6).

Bawcom's goal had come after outstanding effort from Seneca Valley's Alexander Crilley to kill off a power play. Crilley blocked a shot and came up limping. Since the puck had gone back to the Bethel Park player, Crilley stayed on the ice and blocked a second shot from the point before crawling over to the bench.

“We talked about that after the game. That's the type of intensity and mental toughness and physical toughness we're looking for up and down our bench,” Raiders coach Anthony Raco said. “For him to do that as a 10th grader is pretty impressive.”

Crilley later cut the lead to 2-1, scoring a power play goal with 4:38 left in the first period off an assist from Kipin. He put himself in position in front of the net and flipped it over Bethel Park goaltender Zachary Davis.

“We needed something to get the momentum changed,” Kipin said. “I saw Crilley wide open in front, he plays on my line a lot and I see that all the time in practice, and I got him the puck and he threw it in.”

Both teams added a goal in the second period, with Spencer Schutte scoring for Seneca Valley to cut the lead to 3-2. The Raiders just couldn't find the equalizer.

“They do a really good job of taking away the middle of the ice especially in the neutral zone,” Raco said. “They try to hold their defense on the blue line a lot. We were trying to put it behind their D and put the puck behind them instead of tape-to-tape passes.”