ASTON, Pa. -- Quaker Valley coach Kevin Quinn was stoic after his team's 46-game winning streak ended Saturday in the PIHL Class A final against West Chester East in a 6-5 loss.
"We just came up short," he said.
That might have been the most apt way of putting it after the Quakers rallied for four third-period goals but couldn't overcome a 5-1 deficit after the second.
Quaker Valley had its chances and failed on special teams early.
It had a 5-on-3 for a full minute early in the second period but didn't score and failed to chip into West Chester East's 3-1 lead when it was back on the power play two minutes later.
Three penalties led to two West Chester East goals, putting the game just out of reach heading into the third.
"Up until the third the special teams were our Achilles' heel," Quinn said. "Not capitalizing on that 5-on-3 in the middle of the second -- that would have got us going."
Despite having just one of the game's first 11 shots, Quaker Valley scored the opening goal when Jimmy Perkins beat West Chester East goalie Tyler Percival with a wrist shot from the left wing 9:29 into the game.
West Chester East quickly responded, scoring three goals in the first period. Zach Higgins tied the score a minute after Perkins' goal and Jesse Abarca and Carter Dwyer put the Vikings in front.
West Chester East's top line of Higgins, Abarca and Chris Rodier contributed in all six of its teams goals.
"They have a really dynamic top line," Quinn said. "You have to be prepared for that speed and I think they were the difference in the game."
Quaker Valley struggled against the top line partially because it had no video tape of West Chester East. While all of the Quakers' games are broadcast online for its opponents to see, West Chester East remained something of a mystery.
"We didn't see any video and didn't know anything about them," Quinn said. "It's a little bit of a disadvantage."
Perkins added a second goal early in the third. After Abarca's second goal, which came short-handed and gave West Chester East a 6-2 edge, Quaker Valley's Alex Quinn, Ryan Dickson and Connor Quinn scored to close the gap, but only 24 seconds remained.
"There's nothing to hang our heads about," Quinn said. "We just have to take this for the players that return, take it as a motivation for next year."