Quaker Valley players help PIHL all-star team to victory
The Quaker Valley hockey team was well represented at the PIHL Class A All-Star Game last weekend.
Six members of the team — forwards Cameron Peterkin, Connor Quinn and Jimmy Perkins; defensemen Ryan Lottes and Alex Quinn; and goalie Parker Sherry — helped the Southwest squad power past the Northeast team, 9-6.
“I think it looks pretty good sending this many to the all-star game,” Lottes said. “It shows how deep our team is this year, and it shows we don't have just a few top players, which will help us come playoff time.”
Lottes put the Southwest squad up early by scoring off an assist from Alex Quinn. Freeport's Michael Frazette scored soon after to tie the score at 1-1. But the Southwest dominated the rest, picking up goals from Thomas Jefferson's Brendan Mason, Mars' Beau Heakins and South Park's Tyler Gerhold.
Goals from Deer Lakes' Thomas Lisowski and Westmont Hilltop's Cullen McQuillan cut into the Northeast's deficit, but the Southwest kept the pressure up as Connor Quinn scored a goal and South Park's Mclean Walton scored a pair for a four-goal lead.
Alex Quinn finished with two assists, and Perkins added one.
Sherry played the second half of the game and made 24 saves.
The Quakers said while it took a few shifts to get used to their surrounding, the talent on the ice allowed for an easy transition. It was also a cleanly played game with only two penalties called.
“It was pretty easy since everyone is so talented,” Perkins said. “It was a really good game.”
Just 24 hours after the all-star game wrapped up, the Quakers took to the ice against Mars — results were unavailable at press time. While the teams make up one of the fiercest rivalries in Class A, the teams put the feud to the side for the all-star event.
“It was awkward to start the game,” Peterkin said. “It was hard to get used to, but the game was for fun. We put the grudges away just came out to play.”
The all-star appearance was a reward for a group of players who have helped the team dominate Class A this season. Quaker Valley has a commanding lead in the standings with 34 points. The Quakers lead Mars (30 points), Thomas Jefferson (25), and Westmont Hilltop and Freeport (24 each) in the chase for the top spot heading into the Class A Penguins Cup playoffs.
With only a pair of games remaining — a Feb. 21 game at South Park and a Feb. 24 home game against South Fayette — the Quakers are beginning to prepare for the playoffs.
The biggest thing the team needs to do is to remain focused as it looks to capture its third straight Penguins Cup.
“We just need to continue the hard work,” Lottes said. “There have been a few games where we started out complacent off the start, and that is when you get in trouble. When we have everyone working hard, we are a tough team to beat.”