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East's Second Period Performance Decides Outcome

Monday, January 23, 2006

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

Two teams from the Tier I division of the SJHSIHL were looking to gain some momentum before the playoffs met on the ice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Both Eastern and Cherry Hill East were looking to pick up an important win for the team as the regular season was coming to an end. Eastern would lead by one goal heading into the second period, but East would erupt for six goals all scored by different players to put this game away. Cherry Hill East’s John Faford would record a goal and two assists during that very success period. East, behind goalie Mike McNulty’s 19 saves, blasted past Eastern by a final score of 8-1.

It took awhile for the first goal of the game to be scored during the first period. Over thirteen minutes were played and East launching 15 shots at goalie Evan Cohen could not get that first goal of the game. With 1:50 remaining in the period, Derrick Schemmel sent a pass to a streaking Danny Drazen on a breakaway down the middle of the ice got the puck past McNulty and Eastern would lead 1-0. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the final seconds of the period proved costly for Eastern during the start of the second period. With 9 seconds remaining on the power play, Matt Bushman tied the game at one. Just over a minute and a half later, Daniel Wood put East up by a goal when he hooked up with Gary Tagland and Bushman.

Each game there’s always one maybe two plays of the game that stands out from the rest. The play of the night had to be David Hastings individual effort midway through the period. Tagland would pick up his second of his three assist effort got the puck to Hastings who then skated across both blue lines and found himself alone in front with the one on one challenge with the goalie. His backhand on the stick side pushed East’s lead to 3-1. From that point on, it was all Cherry Hill East.

Photos by Art Redd

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