Peters Township 5 Malvern Prep 4

WEST GOSHEN TOWNSHIP— It was game that turned into a shootout in very short order. In the end, Malvern Prep ran out of ammunition and fell to Peters Township 5-4 in the Class AAA Pennsylvania state championship game Saturday night at Ice Line.

Five different players scored goals for the Indians (18-5-1) who claimed their third Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup and sixth overall. They previously won Class AAA state titles in 2014 and ’17 and Class AA State titles in 2002, ’04, and ’05.

The goals came fast and furious Saturday night; six of them in the first period alone on a night when neither goaltender was particularly sharp.

Malvern Prep (16-4) scored first. Haydon Campbell beat Indian netminder Nolan Hilbert just 1:35 into the first frame. 

Kolby Ringwald tied the game for Peters Township on a shot that sailed high and wide of the Malvern Prep net and caromed off the end boards and back in front of the goal. Ringwald tucked the puck behind Anthony Perti at the 6:11 mark.

Quinn Dougherty put the Friars back in front just 13 seconds later but Camden Martin retied the game for the Indians at 7:56. Caleb Kovac put Peters Township for the first time at the 12:21 mark before Jimmy Jacobs retied the game at 14:15, on a shot that Hilbert couldn’t handle, to being down the curtain on a first period that featured some unexpected twists and turns.

“Each team capitalized on the other’s mistakes,” said Malvern Prep coach Bill Keenan. “Overall, I thought our boys came out and played the game. They worked hard. Unfortunately, some of the bounces didn’t go our way, but that’s the game of hockey.” 

It was more of the same in the second stanza. Jimmy Jacobs gave Malvern Prep the lead just 34 seconds into the period, but back-to-back penalties to Jack Sharer and Steve Getsie left the Friars two men short for 1:47 and the Indians took advantage. Austin Malley tied the game for the Indians with 5:50 left in the session. The penalty boxes were empty when William Tomko out in a rebound of Malley’s original shot with 3:11 left in the period.

That turned out to be the last goal of the game. The Friars picked up the pace in the third period but couldn’t net the equalizer.

“We tried to push the puck up the ice,” Keenan said. “Peters Township did a good job of keeping everything in front of them, put the puck deep, and just made us go the length of the ice.”

Malvern Prep was attempting to become the first Class AAA team to successful defend a state title since La Salle in 2009.

Peters Township 3 2 0—5

Malvern Prep 3 1 0—4

First-period goals: Hayden Campbell (MP) unassisted, 1:35; Kolby Ringwald (PT) from Colin Kimberling, 6:21; Quinn Dougherty (MP) from Jeremy Jacobs, 6:34; Camden Martin (PT) from Caleb Kovac and Kimberling, 7:56; Kovac (PR) from Martin and Kimberling, 12:21; Jimmy Jacobs (MP) from Caiden Canale, 14:15

Second-period goals: Jimmy Jacobs (MP) from Dougherty, :26; Austin Malley (PT) from Martin and William Tomko, 11:10 (pp); Tomko (PT) from Malley, 13:49

Shots: Peters Township 41, Malvern Prep 39; Saves:  Nolan Hilbert (PT) 35, Anthony Perti (MP) 36

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