SJHSIHL Opens As Eastern Edges Cherry Hill East
Monday, September 29, 2003
By Mike Costantino
It’s that time once again, to root for your favorite team, cheer for your favorite player and be kind to all the officials. The 2003-2004 South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League opened at the Skate Zone on Monday as the defending league champion Eastern Vikings barely survived against Cherry Hill East winning 3-2. Brandon Tunstill scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period, snapping a 2-2 tie. Eastern graduated just two players from last year’s championship team and should contend once again this year as they have the best goalie in the league in Dan Myers and top scorers Anthony Orner and Sean Sullivan.
Sullivan scored both goals for Eastern in the first period, with Orner firing a pass from the corner that Sullivan deposited into the short side. Moments later, Tunstill sent Sullivan in on a breakaway and his rising slap shot found the top corner and Eastern seemed in control at 2-0 after one period. However, Cherry Hill goalie Steve Chourney, made several saves to keep his team close, and East capitalized on the power play as Kevin Vaks converted a feed from Andrew Roth to cut the lead to 2-1. Roth later tied the game at 2-2 scoring a short-handed goal in the last two minutes of the period. After putting back up goalie Manny Rayo in nets early in the second period, Coach Pontonio went back to Myers at the start of the third period and he kept East from scoring and thanks to Tunstill’s goal the Vikings were able to escape with the win.
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