Quaker Valley wins 3rd straight Penguins Cup title
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It started just the way Bill Crousey wanted.
And, in hindsight, the same can be said for Kevin Quinn.
Thomas Jefferson's Tommy Kimmick powered a slap shot past Parker Sherry just 1:47 into Monday's Class A Penguins Cup title game against two-time defending champion Quaker Valley, prompting an extended celebration by the underdog Jaguars.
Thomas Jefferson got the lead it desperately needed.
Quaker Valley got the jump start that it apparently needed.
The Quakers reeled off three goals over the next 10 minutes, including a pair 33 seconds apart and six consecutive — five of which came from Connor Quinn — as the Quakers became just the fourth Class A team to win three consecutive Penguins Cup titles with an 8-2 win over Thomas Jefferson at Consol Energy Center.
The Quakers joined Bishop McCort (1994-97), Serra Catholic (2000-02) and Mars (2009-11) as the other Class A teams with three straight championships.
“To win three in a row like that is quite an accomplishment; not too many teams get to do that,” senior forward Jimmy Perkins said. “It is something we wanted, but we also have our sights on the state championship.”
Quaker Valley (24-1) will take on Flyers Cup champ West Chester Bayard Rustin on Saturday at Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena.
Quinn scored a career-high five goals and assisted on another while Perkins added a goal and five assists to continue Quaker Valley's dominance over TJ.
Quaker Valley (24-1) has beaten Thomas Jefferson (17-6-2) eight straight times since the Jaguars joined Class A in 2011 and have outscored TJ, 59-10, in the process.
“We picked the worst time to have our worst game in a while,” Crousey said.
QV had a number of unchecked players around TJ goalie Nick Ripepi that led to some easy goals. Ripepi allowed a season-high eight goals on 26 shots.
“All of the bounces were going our way,” Connor Quinn said. “My goals were all wide open that I just had to tap in. When things are going that well, it is a great way to play.”
It all goes back to TJ scoring early to wake up the Quakers.
“After they scored, they spent quite a while celebrating, and our guys were already waiting at the faceoff,” Kevin Quinn said. “That kind of showed you that they were ready to get right back at it.”
Quaker Valley answered when Connor Quinn took advantage of TJ defenseman Bradley Delenko colliding with Perkins at the blue line, leaving Quinn alone on a breakaway. Quinn backhanded the puck over the glove hand of Ripepi to make it 1-1.
That's all QV would need to get back on track.
Quinn scored again, this time on the power play, when he ripped a wrist shot over Ripepi's glove from 10 feet to make it 2-1. Scott Weston made it 3-1 just 31 seconds later when Quinn flipped the puck past defensemen Mike Krieger for another breakaway goal.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.
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