PIHL Penguins Cup: Quaker Valley stuns Freeport

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With Quaker Valley down by a goal in the final minute of its Penguins Cup semifinal against Freeport, the Quakers' reign in Class A appeared to be over.

But thanks to two seniors, a three-peat is still possible.

Jimmy Perkins tied the score with 32.5 seconds left and Cameron Peterkin netted the winning goal with just 0.2 remaining to give the two-time defending Penguins Cup champion Quakers (23-1) a 4-3 victory against No. 4 Freeport (15-6-2) Monday night at RMU Sports Island Center.

"I'm still a little bit shocked," Perkins said. "It hasn't sunk in how crazy that ending was."

Freeport took the lead, 3-2, when Michael Frazetta scored with 4:02 left in the game.

The Yellowjackets' Stone Haberstroh got called for hooking 14 seconds later, but Freeport killed the penalty and Quaker Valley called a timeout with less than two minutes to play to rest its players.

Coming out of the timeout, Quaker Valley pulled goaltender Parker Sherry, who finished with 19 saves, to give it an extra skater. Freeport tried to capitalize on it twice from long distance, but missed both times and instead was called for icing, giving Quaker Valley faceoffs in the Yellowjackets zone.

Quaker Valley controlled the second faceoff and eventually got the puck to Perkins, who was camped out on the right side of the net. The senior put it in the back of the net with 32.5 seconds remaining to tie the score. It was the third goal of the game for Class A's leading scorer this season.

"He's just a goal scorer," Quaker Valley coach Kevin Quinn said. "He was kind of kicking himself because he missed a couple on that power play before. It was fitting that a guy that's been one of best goal scorers in our history scored three tonight for us."

But the Quakers weren't content settling for overtime.

With Freeport goaltender Matt Huston sprawled out on the ice, Peterkin corralled a rebound 10 feet away and scored before time expired.

"Hopefully I'll make a couple more memories before the season is up, but as of now, that [goal] is definitely at the top," Peterkin said.

Freeport lost three games to Quaker Valley this season by a total of four goals. Cole Hepler and Hunter Kepple each added a goal for the Yellowjackets.

"[My players] played a heck of a game," Freeport coach Dave Hepler said. "They couldn't have played any better except for the last 36 seconds."

Other Class A

Thomas Jefferson 4, Mars 2: Tommy Kimmick scored twice and added an assist to help No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (17-5-2) beat No. 2 Mars (18-6). The Jaguars advance to the Penguins Cup championship for the first time since 2007, when they were in Class AA Mars, which saw its streak of making the Class A final snapped at six, got goals from Craig Mazzotta and Beau Heakins.

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