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Five Goal First Ends Paul VI Season

Friday, February 25, 2005

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Four different players scored goals in the first period as Cherokee 2 continued its mastery over Paul VI with a convincing 6-2 win in playoff action at Hollydell. It was the third straight time this season that Paul VI has lost to Cherokee 2, twice in the playoffs. Matt Cardillo paced the offensive attack with two goals and an assist for Cherokee 2. Brett Doyle and Dustin Isbert scored the goals for Paul VI. Cherokee scored right off the opening face-off as Shane Kelly broke down the middle and after Eric Lake made the initial save, Cardillo was there to put home the rebound and nine seconds into the game, Cherokee led 1-0.

SJ Broadt continued his strong play in nets robbing Doyle and Zack Booth on two occasions and goals by Scott Weiner and Jimmy Moore twenty-eight seconds apart put Cherokee 2 up 3-0, just six minutes into the game. When Ryan Kelly and Cardillo added goals three minutes apart to increase the lead to 5-0, you could sense the wind going out of the sails on the Paul VI bench. Brett Doyle gave Paul VI some life putting home a Bret Balco rebound to cut the lead to 5-1 heading into the second period. With Paul VI applying some heat early in the period, Broadt robbed Doyle down low, but Isbert was positioned along the side of the net and lifted the puck over a sprawled Broadt to make it 5-2. Matt Maugeri ended any hopes of a comeback a few minutes later as he stole the puck along the boards and beat Lake along the ice for a 6-2 lead. Cherokee 2 played solid defense in the third period and Paul VI never threatened.

Notes: Cherokee 2 is playing sound and disciplined hockey and only has one senior on their roster, not only are they surprising this year, they should be better next season. Conversely, Cherokee 1 is mostly seniors and already lost earlier in the year to Cherokee 2, so does that mean Cherokee 2 becomes Cherokee 1 next season?

Photos by Art Redd

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