|High School Ice Hockey:
Cherokee Moves on with Win over Williamstown
Friday, February 23, 2007
By Mike Costantino
Cherokee used eight different goal scorers to defeat Williamstown 8-3 and advanced to the final game in the losers’ bracket. They will play Shawnee Monday night at Voorhees, with the winner advancing to the championship round against Washington Township. Williamstown took there only lead of the game as Dennis Cunard scored a power play goal midway through the first period. Cherokee would score the next five goals to take control of the game. After Frank Garvey tied the score at 1-1, neither team would score any more goals in the first period. The second period began with Williamstown on the power play, but Brian Taylor scored short-handed to put Cherokee up 2-1 just eleven seconds into the period. Goals by Matt Maugeri, Kyle Manny and Kevin McMahon put Cherokee ahead 5-1.
Williamstown would rally over the last five minutes to cut the lead to 5-3, scoring a short-handed goal by Justin Osterdahl and with under two minutes one by Andrew Carsusone. But a goal by Ryan Thompson with thirty two seconds left put Cherokee up 6-3 and seem to deflate the Williamstown team. Justin Kinniry added to the lead scoring right after the opening face-off to make it 7-3. Tom Paradise closed out the scoring for Cherokee and they get to play another day. For Williamstown their season is over and they gave their fans plenty to cheer about this season. Looking ahead they will need to replace some key senior leaders, among them Dennis Cunard, Justin Osterdahl and Josh Haynes.