WEST GOSHEN — Trevor Cohn lived a moment all hockey players dream about.
The opportunity to score the winning goal in a game.
For Cohn, that goal could not have come at a better time for Downingtown East.
Cohn scored the game-winner with 18.2 seconds remaining in regulation to lead Downingtown East to a 4-3 victory over West Chester East in an Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League game at Ice Line on Wednesday.
Even though Cohn was caught up in the moment of triumph, it was over the fact his team won a big game instead of his personal accomplishments.
"It was a great team effort today and we deserved that win,' Cohn said. "I knew we had time to come back and win this one. This team just doesn't give up.'
And it was good the Cougars (4-3-0, 8 pts.) did not settle for a tie in this one. They easily could have taken a point after what transpired a minute before Cohn's game-winner.
West Chester East's Pat Ward scored the equalizer with 1:17 left to tie the game 3-3. The goal ended a 40-minute scoring drought for the Vikings (2-4-0, 6 pts.), who led 2-1 after the first period of play.
Downingtown East dominated the second period as it controlled possession of the puck and had plenty of shot opportunities.
Collin Harple took advantage on the Cougars' only power-play opportunity of the game. He took a rebound after a tip from Tommy Tapper and poked the shot past Tyler Percival to tie the game 2-2 midway through the period.
"This game was won and lost in that five minutes when we had a barrage of shots,' Downingtown East head coach Dave Hendricks said. "That was the game right there. Our team kept giving support to the guys that were out there. I was real proud of that.'
The Cougars took their strong second-period momentum into the final period. Bobby Kiefer scored the go-ahead goal with 9:52 left to give Downingtown East its first lead of the night.
From that point on, West Chester East went on the attack with a barrage of shots inside the blue line.
Ward had a chance for his tying goal with 5:21 remaining, but shot the puck just over Jeff Cummings, who was beaten on the stick side.
Chris Rodier led the Vikings with a goal and two assists on the night. Mike Roberta scored West Chester East's other goal.
Percival stopped 34 of 38 shots faced in net.
Alex Rocco scored the Cougars' first goal. He also had an assist later in the game and finished the night leading Downingtown East with two points.
Cummings had 24 saves on 27 shots and earned the win in goal.
The win was crucial for Downingtown East in the standings as the Cougars now sit in a tie for third, three points behind Unionville and Spring-Ford in the early part of the season.
All thanks to Cohn, who continued to prove why he was named captain of Downingtown East before the season began.
"Trevor embodied the role of captain and leader. This is his team,' Hendricks said. "We live and die by him. It was great to see he got that chance to be the hero tonight.'
Downingtown East 4, West Chester East 3
W.C. East 2 0 1--3
Downingtown East 1 1 2--4
W.C. East goals: Roberta, Rodier, Ward.
Downingtown East goals: Rocco, Harple, Kiefer, Cohn.
Goalie saves: Percival (WCE) 34; Cummings (DE) 24.