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Cherry Hill West Rallies, Forces Deciding Game in Tier 2 Championship

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Bret Cybulski score two third period goals as Cherry Hill West rallied from a 3-0 deficit and defeated Holy Cross 4-3 and force a deciding game in the Tier 2 Championship. Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period on goals by Nick, Mullarkey, Matt Tamez and Mike Lukis but was shutout the rest of the way as goalie John Mehler stopped all 14 shots. Down 3-0 heading into the second period, Bill Berenato scored early to cut the lead to 3-1, and after Ryan Pierce cut the lead to 3-2 at the six minute mark, West was back in the game. Holy Cross could only manage three shots in the period and West had the momentum heading into the third period.

After Cybulski tied the game at 3-3 at the seven minute mark, he broke the tie thirty seconds later on the power play. Holy Cross launched 11 shots on Mehler, but he was up to the task and West will play Holy Cross on Friday night to decide the title.

Photos by Art Redd

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