The Bishop McCort Crushers suffered their first defeat of the high school hockey season, losing to the Quaker Valley Quakers 4-1 Monday night at the Cambria County War Memorial .

The Crushers dug themselves a deep hole, falling behind 3-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game.

"We weren't sharp in the beginning of the game," Crushers coach John Bradley said. "Our kids found out you can't give a quality team a 3-0 lead and expect to win."

Quaker Valley came out flying in the first period, beating McCort to the majority of loose pucks, and peppering starting goalie Alan Cassler with a number of shots.

Quaker Valley's Eric Stunda opened the scoring at 11:55 as he cut down the left wing and threw a centering pass from the corner that spun off Cassler's pad and into the goal.

The Quakers struck again at 8:32 as forward Furman South picked up the puck in the high slot and dished it to a wide-open Colin South at the right post, who buried a snapshot into the left corner.

Quaker Valley took a 3-0 lead at 5:36 on a power play goal as Tim Hall took a pass at the point from Colin South and sent a slapshot on net that deflected off Cassler and into the goal.

Coach Bradley pulled Cassler at that point and sent sophomore Brent Troyan into goal for the remainder of the game. Troyan put in a solid effort, turning back 22 of 23 Quaker Valley shots.

Bishop McCort crept back into the contest as Christian Terchanik picked up a power play goal at 3:43 of the first to make it 3-1. Facing off in the left circle, Chris Mendillo drew the puck back to Terchanik in the high slot and the senior defenseman sent a hard wrist shot sailing past Quaker Valley goalie Zachary Zinger for the score.

Both teams were held scoreless in a second period that was marred by a number of penalties. Bishop McCort played at least one man down the majority of the period, but Troyan was quite sharp, turning back 10 Quaker Valley shots, including a point-blank blast from Colin South as the Crushers were weathering a 5-on-3 disadvantage.

Quaker Valley put the game on ice early in the third period as forward Greg Dyer picked up a loose puck outside the Bishop McCort blue line and skated in alone, beating Troyan with a low snap shot to the left corner at 12:36 to set the final.

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