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Cinnaminson Starts Playoffs Off With a Win

Friday, February 3, 2006

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

It would be two teams from Tier II that started off the playoffs for the SJHSIHL Friday night at the Hollydell Ice Arena. Both Highland and Cinnaminson were playing for the rights to advance to the next round during this single elimination game. It was quite noticeably that Frank Vannoni for Highland and Andy Poskus for Cinnaminson didn't want their team's season to end. With the game tied and less than a minute and a half remaining in regulation, Matthew Grennon's goal not only avoided overtime but also extended Cinnaminson's season. With their 5-4 victory, Cinnaminson will now face the number one seed Timber Creek.

During the first two periods of this game, the momentum was clearly with Cinnaminson. But this game is usually decided by hard work on the ice and producing scoring chances. Highland would be the first team with the man advantage, but it would be Cinnaminson generating short handed shot attempts on goal. Finally with the power play expiring, Highland’s Dave Burckhardt would score the first goal of the game with 9:39 remaining in the first period. Four minutes later, Poskus was clear for a breakaway chance and was able to lift the puck short side to tie this game a one. Cinnaminson would keep the pressure on goalie Nick Salvatore who had come up with some big time saves. Matt Caggiano was relentless in front of the net when he had several attempts at the loose puck. He would be rewarded with a goal with 3:37 showing on the clock and Cinnaminson would take a 2-1 lead.

The second period would start with Highland on a two man advantage but Cinnaminson finding a way to clear the puck out of the zone. With the power play expired, Matt Gray would come up with a steal and beat Ryan Arcaini to tie this game. After Vannoni scored his first of two goals on the night to give Highland their first lead, Poskus would tie this game on a shorthanded goal. Highland would then score the go ahead goal early in the third when Vannoni’s back hand goal gave them a 4-3 lead. With 4:34 remaining in the game, Poskus would score his third goal with a nice individual effort. But this game would be decided by Grennon’s goal with 1:28 remaining that proved to be the game winner. Kyle Jurgelewicz and Zach Zadjeika assisted on the goal.

Photos by Art Redd

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