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High School Ice Hockey:
Short Trick Paces Clearview in Season Opener

Friday, October 15, 2004

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Steven Short had a natural hat trick as Clearview defeated Cherry Hill East 6-3 in high school ice hockey action played at Hollydell. Short scored the first three goals of the game, all in the first period, as Clearview took control early and never looked back. After scoring early in the period to put his team up 1-0, Short stole the puck with Cherry Hill on the power play and netted a short-handed breakaway midway through the first period to make it 2-0. Senior goaltender Bobby Kovarovic had an impressive game as he kept East off the scoreboard while Clearview built its lead. Kovarovic stopped breakaways by Woods, Stomel and Woods again early in the second period.

Matt Gagne and Andrew Michaels put Clearview up 5-0 with goals in the second period, but Cherry Hill out shot Clearview 14-5, but Kovarovic kept them at bay until the last minute of the period. Kevin Smith finally scored for West to cut the lead to 5-1, and give them some momentum heading into the third period. When Tim Woods scored at the eight-minute mark to close the gap to 5-2, West still had some life. But Dan Prattta scored less than a minute later to put the game out of reach at 6-2. Andrew Roth scored a late goal to make the final 6-3.

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