|High School Ice Hockey:
Broad-t is Tighter than Lake as Cherokee 2 Prevails
Monday, February 14, 2005
By Mike Costantino
In a battle of goaltenders S.J Broadt was just a little better than Eric Lake as Cherokee 2 defeated Paul VI 2-1 in an opening round playoff game of the SJHSIHL playoff tournament. Broadt stopped 39 of 40 shots and Lake faced 32 shots and allowed just the two goals. After Rich Ferro gave Paul VI a 1-0 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the first period on a slap shot from just inside the blue line, Cherokee’s Kyle Manny tied the game on a feed from Dan Maugieri two minutes later. Heading into the second period the atmosphere had the feel of playoff hockey and both teams were hitting.
With the strong play of both goalies you had the feeling that the next goal could be the winner. Cherokee came close twice at the five minute mark as Manny had two good opportunities down low but Lake stood his ground. In the final minute with Paul VI down a man, Matt Cardillo banged home a rebound of a shot by Alex Bays to give Cherokee a 2-1 lead heading into the final period. The third period was all Broadt as he stopped all twenty shots he faced including a breakaway by Dustin Isbert. Paul VI pulled Lake in the final minute for an extra attacker and Broadt robbed Jared Brasten right off a face-off in the closing seconds to preserve the 2-1 win. With the victory Cherokee 2 will now face Washington Township, Paul VI moves into the loser bracket.