Quaker Valley hockey team opens season with rout of Bishop McCort
Quaker Valley hockey coach Kevin Quinn didn't learn much about his team in its season opener last week.
The Quakers (1-0) beat Bishop McCort, 10-0, in a game that got out of hand early.
“There's really not much benefit from games like that, unfortunately, other than some of our younger players got an opportunity to play,” Quinn said. “That's basically it. It was 10-0 28 seconds into the second period, and in games like that, we don't shoot the rest of the game. We just try to move the puck around and be respectful.”
Freshman Conner Quinn scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 1:17 into the game, and he added the team's ninth goal late in the first period.
Junior Jimmy Perkins tallied a hat trick, senior Clayton Bouchard and sophomore Adam Pilewicz added two goals apiece and junior Avery Montague chipped in with the Quakers' 10th and final goal of the game.
Defensively, Quaker Valley held Bishop McCort to four shots on the game as senior goalie Jonathan Pijar recorded the shutout.
Coach Quinn took advantage of his team's depth to give younger and more inexperienced players a high amount of ice time as the game went on.
“As a coach, when you can give some of your younger players opportunities, it's all good learning experiences,” he said. “We have the depth of players that play a lot of the games and a lot of the ice time, and when you get a chance to give other kids ice time, I think it's a good thing.”
While the blowout of Bishop McCort didn't tell Quinn much, he should find out much more about the Quakers this week. Quaker Valley traveled to play at Westmont Hilltop on Monday in a game that ended past the deadline for this week's edition, and the Quakers will host Mars at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Airport Ice Arena in Moon.
Westmont Hilltop entered Monday night's game 2-0 on the season after victories over South Park and Thomas Jefferson. The Hilltoppers gave the Quakers a tough game last season, though Quaker Valley eventually won, 4-2.
Mars (2-1) enters the season as one of the favorites in Class A after Quaker Valley ended the Planets' two-year run as Penguins Cup champions in 2012. The Planets opened the season with victories over South Fayette and Serra Catholic before falling to Kittanning.
“Westmont's a traditional very competitive team,” Quinn said. “Mars is obviously one of the biggest schools in (Class A), so they have lots of depth every year. We always have our work cut out for ourselves whenever we play both these programs.”
Quinn said he hopes to see the more experienced players lead the team this week, with the younger players stepping up to the challenge of playing at the varsity level.
“They did (that) in the preseason. Now, every game counts,” he said. “We really need everyone to be prepared and ready.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.