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High School Ice Hockey:
Cherry Hill West hangs on to beat Eastern

Monday, October 8, 2007

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Billy Berenato scored three goals as Cherry Hill West defeated Eastern 6-5 in a Tier 2 contest played at the Skate Zone. West had built a three goal lead, only to see Eastern rally late in the third period. Torin Lawson led Eastern with three goals, but the Vikings are still looking for their first win. The first period was evenly played as both teams scored twice, Berenato scored in the games first minute, but Lawson tied the game at 1-1 as he picked the puck up at center ice and flew down the left side and his back-hander found the long side. West retook the lead with just under three minutes remaining as Ryan Monahan created an opportunity down low and after the initial save, Bob Sharpe put home the rebound for a 2-1 lead. With thirty-four seconds left in the period Lawson found the top shelf and his second goal tied the game at 2-2.

Alex Schon broke the tie at the six-minute mark, scoring on a breakaway and giving West a 3-2 lead. Eastern tied the game at 3-3 as Justin Sperling was left alone in the slot and his quick shot just trickled over the line. Goals by Berenato and Monahan two minutes apart gave West a 5-3 lead heading into the third period. Eastern had two early power plays to try and get one back but failed to capitalize and when Berenato completed his hat trick with just over five minutes left a 6-3 lead looked safe. But goals by Eric Miller and Lawson cut the lead to 6-5 with one minute left. Eastern pulled their goalie but could not get the equalizer.

Photos by Art Redd

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