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High School Ice Hockey:
The Chiefs Come Together, But One Picks Up The Win

Monday, January 9, 2006

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

Year after year, the SJHSIHL had some very competitive battles through out the season in order to determine which team would be the best in South Jersey. This year might be a bit different, but it's always interesting when two teams from the same school are scheduled to meet in the ice. When defending champs Cherokee 1 competed against Cherokee 2 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, it appeared as if this game could have a different result than the first time these two teams met earlier in the season. Cherokee 2 would get the game's first goal on a power play, but Cherokee 1 would score four unanswered goals through the first and second periods to take a 4-1 lead. Cherokee 2 would come within a goal, but the end results would see Cherokee 1 holding onto a 6-4 win extending their unbeaten streak to 16 games.

When Cherokee 2 took advantage of the first power play of the game, already this was a much better start than the first time these two teams met. Tom Paradise’s goal with 10:32 remaining in the opening period pushed Cherokee 2 up by a goal. Just about 4 minutes later, Patrick McMahon slapped in a rebound off of a Zachery McCarty shot to tie this game at one. After Craig Woodmansee was sent to the box on a boarding penalty, Scott Weiner’s goal gave Cherokee 1 the lead. Matt Cardillo and Jake Davis each scored to expand the lead to 4-1 and it appeared that Cherokee 1 had the momentum in this game. Paradise would score his second of his three goal performance on the night to cut Cherokee 2 deficit in half.

Up until that point of the game, it had been established that Cherokee 2 wasn’t going to let the more experienced team to just completely dominate them. After Cardillo scored his second goal of the period and Michael Slusarz each traded goals, Cherokee 1 would continue to maintain their two goal advantage heading into the final period. This game would get very interesting when Paradise recorded his hat trick just minutes into the period to close the gap to 5-4. But Cherokee 1 would be able to hold off their opponent on this night. Angelo DiBattista would score the final goal of the game for Cherokee 1.

Photos by Art Redd

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