They say the house always wins, but that wasn’t the case for the Quakers last weekend as they swept Stockton, at home on Friday and then on the road in Atlantic City on Saturday.
In the first game at home Stockton took an early 2-0 lead early in the second and Penn found themselves behind for the first time all month. However, the Quakers rallied with a goal at the midpoint of the period and then another from the captain Hayden Stephan with six minutes left.
Heading into the third, it seemed that any momentum Stockton had at the start was gone and Penn dominated scoring three more goals to win 5-2. The Quakers finished the game at 51 shots on goal with Calvin Aliferov leading the scoring with two goals and an assist.
On Saturday, the Quakers took a trip to Atlantic City to play spoiler to Stockton’s senior night.
Penn started where they had left off last game scoring quickly, less than two minutes into the game, to set the tone for the game. Trevor Khangi struck next, scoring his first goal of the season a few moments later to put the Quakers up 2-0. Despite a goal from Stockton, Penn kept the momentum adding three goals including two more from Calvin Aliferov. The game was all but over as both teams headed to the locker rooms after the first with Penn up 5-1. Aliferov added two more insurance goals in the third as Penn won 7-2.
Aliferov was the clear MVP of the weekend, scoring six goals for the two games. That brings his season total to 23, a team high.
With the win Saturday, the Quakers have clinched a first round bye in the CSCHC playoffs and will look to lock up first place in the league with their final on the road at Seton Hall, Saturday at 9:30 PM.