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Vikings One Step Closer as Meyers and Sullivan Star

Monday, March 3, 2003

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Sean Sullivan scored four goals and Danny Meyers stopped thirty-one shots as the Eastern Vikings advanced to the finals of the SJHSIHL Tournament with a 6-1 defeat of defending champion Cherokee Chiefs. Meyers made at least two unbelievable saves in each period and with each game leaves no doubt as who is the best goalie in the league. Eastern also capitalized on the man advantage, scoring three power play goals, the first came in the last few seconds of the first period as Anthony Orner buried a shot on a feed from Sullivan and Brandon Tunstall. Early in the second period, Rich DeMonte made a nice play at the point intercepting a clearing pass and then ripping a shot from the point that found the net and Eastern led 2-0.

Meanwhile Meyers was doing his part as he robbed Brandon Gould, who was stationed all alone in front and Meyers slid across and stacked the pads. Matt Loprete scored the only goal after Meyers stopped Tom Conner in front and the puck trickled towards the corner. Loprete was able to sneak behind Meyers and stuff the puck into the net to cut the lead to 2-1. Given another opportunity on the power play, Orner made a perfect cross-ice pass to Sullivan who reached out and deflected the puck just under the crossbar and the Vikings took a 3-1 lead into the third period.

With Meyers frustrating the Cherokee players by first stoning Zahacewski and then Brandon McCarty, Sullivan was able to score three times. First Bryan Schellenhammer threaded a pass from the corner to Sullivan along side of the net. Then Joe DiLauro using the boards to start a rush, found Tunstall who sent Sullivan in alone to make it 5-1. Sullivan closed out the scoring as Tunstall again drew the defense over and slid the puck to Sullivan for an easy goal. The Vikings will now wait until Monday March 10th for their next game. Since they are the only undefeated team left and should they have the misfortune to lose, there would be one more game. But I don’t think Eastern is thinking that nor should they the way Meyers is playing.

Photos by Art Redd

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