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East Scores Early, Holds off Moorestown Charge

Monday, November 29, 2004

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Cherry Hill East scored four goals in the first period and held on to defeat Moorestown 5-4 in a fierce battle between two of the top teams in the SJHSIHL. Kevin Vaks led East with two goals and Colin Corley netted two goals for Moorestown. Vaks and Kevin Smith scored goals twenty-one seconds apart in the opening two minutes of the game as East broke out early against Moorestown freshman goalie Max Paluszynski. Louis Stomel and Vaks on the power play gave East 1 4-0 lead after the first fifteen minutes. Despite launching 13 shots against East goalie Mike McNulty, Moorestown could not find the net.

The second period was all Moorestown as they scored two goals in the first two minutes of the period, first Mike Bodine scored in the first thirty-five seconds to cut the lead to 4-1, then Terry Brennan brought Moorestown to within 4-2. McNulty however played solid and despite being out shot in the period 19-6, East still had a two-goal lead heading into the third period. East played a tight-checking period and only generated a total of three shots, but Andrew Roth, with Moorestown trying to call a timeout, scored after Seth Pearl won a face-off with less than three minutes remaining to give East a 5-2 lead. Corley added his two goals eleven seconds apart to bring Moorestown within 5-4, but the buzzer sounded before they could get the equalizer.

Notes: My thanks to Mike Weaver and Art Redd for the game highlights as I was on a mini-vacation. Thanks to the genius scheduling, these two teams won’t play again this season, unless they meet in the playoffs. With the play of both young goalies, the future looks bright for both teams.

Photos by Art Redd

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