PIHL Penguins Cup: Quaker Valley crushes TJ, 8-2, to win Class A title
March 17, 2014 11:32 PM
Quaker Valley raises its trophy Monday after defeating Thomas Jefferson to win the PIHL Penguins Cup Class A championship.
By Ryan Riordan / Tri-State Sports & News Service
After making a save on Connor Quinn midway through the second period of the Class A Penguins Cup championship Monday, Thomas Jefferson goaltender Nick Ripepi looked to see if the puck had somehow gotten past him.
And who could blame Ripepi, as every Quinn shot seemed to be a goal.
Quinn, a sophomore, scored five goals to lead No. 1 Quaker Valley (24-1) to its third consecutive Penguins Cup title with a 8-2 victory against No. 3 Thomas Jefferson (17-6-1) at Consol Energy Center.
"It feels so great to be able to lead your team that way offensively," Quinn said.
The Jaguars scored first, as Tommy Kimmick rifled a shot off the post and past Quaker goaltender Parker Sherry --who stopped 19 shots -- just 1:47 into the game to give the underdogs an early lead.
However, only 3:08 later, Quinn broke in alone on Ripepi and got his first goal of the game to tie the score.
"As soon as [the Jaguars] scored, they spent quite a bit of time celebrating and our guys were already ready for the faceoff," said Quaker Valley coach Kevin Quinn, Connor's father. "I think that kind of showed you that we were ready to get right back at it."
Quinn added his second goal with 3:45 left in the first period, and then had a nice pass to spring Scott Weston for a breakaway goal just 33 seconds later to give the Quakers a 3-1 lead.
Quinn then scored all three second-period goals, two set up by beautiful passes from Jimmy Perkins and the third coming off a rebound from a Perkins' shot.
Perkins, who finished with a season-high four assists, scored his league-leading 48th goal of the season in the third period. Connor Quinn's brother, senior defenseman Alex Quinn, added three assists.
Brandon Mason had a goal and an assist to lead Thomas Jefferson.
Quaker Valley advanced to play Bayard Rustin Saturday in the Class A state championship game at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pa. The Quakers beat Bayard Rustin, 4-1, to win the 2012 state championship.
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