|High School Ice Hockey:
Cardillo Nets Three as Cherokee rolls over Williamstown
Friday, January 6, 2006
By Mike Costantino
Matt Cardillo had a hat trick and Justin Kinniry added two goals as Cherokee defeated Williamstown 7-1 in SJHSIHL Tier 1 action at Hollydell. The opening period was played very tight and the only goal came from Cardillo, who while on his knees in the slot fired the puck at the net and somehow it went in and Cherokee led 1-0. Cherokee took over in the second period, first Patrick McMahon sent in Kinniry on a break and his goal put Cherokee up 2-0 early in the period.
Williamstown had an opportunity to climb back in the game with a five minute power play, but it was Cherokee that took advantage. With Williamstown setting up behind their own net, Cardillo intercepted a bad clearing pass and his blast from just inside the right circle made it 3-0. Moments later Williamstown responded with the man advantage as Justin Osterdahl put home a rebound to cut the deficit to 3-1. But that was the extent of the Williamstown offense and Cherokee added a late power play goal by Jake Davis to lead 4-1 heading into the third period.
Cherokee put the game away as Cardillo, McMahon and Kinniry all scored as Cherokee remained the only team without a loss this season and the obvious favorite heading into the playoffs. Notes: Despite having only four players in the top twenty in scoring, Cherokee remains unbeaten and the TEAM to beat, emphasis on team as they are well balanced and well coached.