Greensburg Salem suffers OT loss to Chartiers Valley in PIHL final

The Golden Lions couldn't hold one-goal lead in third period Tuesday

Tue Mar 19, 2024 - 11:14PM

Sean Meyers Sean Meyers

Last Updated: Sun Mar 24, 2024 - 11:08AM

For much of the PIHL Class A Penguins Cup Championship, it appeared as though Greensburg Salem was poised to hand Chartiers Valley its first loss of the season.

The Golden Lions, the No. 5 Gold seed, opened the scoring just seconds into the second period, and GS held that lead well into the third period. However, the No. 1 Blue seed Colts netted the equalizer with approximately six minutes left in regulation. While the teams traded opportunities down the stretch of the third period and into overtime, a fluttering shot from Chartiers Valley’s Tyler Held proved the difference less than two minutes into OT, giving the Colts a 2-1 win against the Golden Lions at the UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.

As a result, Greensburg Salem was denied its first Penguins Cup title, while Chartiers Valley captured a Penguins Cup for the first time since 1986.

Held’s goal, an unassisted tally from the right point along the boards, came after Romeo Isoldi tied the score with 6:11 left in the third. Greensburg Salem took the lead 37 seconds into the middle stanza, as Carter Cherok found the back of the net, assisted by Jake Fink.

Matthew Colberg captured the win in net for Chartiers Valley, as he registered 27 saves. Conversely, Tristan Gonzalez took the loss, making 19 stops between the pipes.

While the Golden Lions’ season ends after three consecutive upsets in the playoffs against Plum, Quaker Valley, and Shaler Area, the Colts advance to the Pennsylvania Cup Championship against Hershey on Saturday.