Jack Constabile scored two goals and Quinn Dougherty and Jimmy Kirk added one each as Malvern Prep defeated North Allegheny 4-2 Saturday evening in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship game at the UPMC Sports Complex In suburban Pittsburgh.
It marks the third time the Friars (15-1) have won a state title; the previous two came in 1990 and 2004.
Nate Spak opened the scoring for North Allegheny (16-6-1) when he found the back of the net 3:17 into the first period. Quinn Dougherty tied the game for the Friars with a shorthanded goal at the 7:09 mark.
“I thought that was probably a huge goal,” Dougherty said. “We were down 1-0, we were on a penalty kill, things weren’t really going out way.
“Then we scored on the penalty kill and that just gave us a bunch of life because it was. a hard-work goal and it just showed we weren’t going to quit right away.”
Malvern Prep coach Bill Keenan said Dougherty’s goal was the turning point in the game.
“We were down 1-0, we end up on a penalty and there’s a chance would go down 2-0,” he said. “We were able to put one in the back of the net to make it a 1-1 game and then a couple seconds later, Jack scores a goal and it changed the whole momentum of the game. We were able to settle down a little bit and get into our rhythms and our game plan and play through the rest of the game.”
Constabile put his team in front for good at 7:35 before scoring his second goal of the game at 9:31 to put Malvern Prep up 3-1 after one period.Malvern Prep’s Jimmy Kirk and the Tigers’ Connor Chi exchanged goals in the second frame to complete the scoring.
Anthony Perti got the win in goal
Malvern Prep 3 1 0—4
North Allegheny 1 1—2
First-period goals: Nate Spak (NA) 3:17; Quinn Dougherty (M) 7:09 (sh); Jack Constabile (MP) 7:35; Constabile (MP) 9:38;
Second-period goals Jimmy Kirk (MP); Connor Chi (NA) 2:39
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