|High School Ice Hockey:
Eastern Still Alive as they edge Clearview
Monday, February 21, 2005
By Mike Costantino
Derrick Schemmel scored both goals and Ryan Doner stopped 27 shots as Eastern defeated Clearview 2-1 at the Igloo in Mt. Laurel. With the win Eastern advances into the next round and will play Williamstown on Friday night at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, for Clearview their season is over. Eastern is trying to become the first three-peat team in league history and will need more efforts like tonight’s game should they want to advance. Eastern got on the board first as Richard Smith fed a pass from behind the net to Schemmel who was camped in front and his quick shot beat Bobby Kovarovic with just under two minutes remaining in the opening period.
The second period was Eastern’s best period of the year as they controlled the play for most of the period and launched 22 shots on Kovarovic, but could only muster one goal, again by Schemmel, camped along the side of the net and it appeared he used his skate to deflect the puck into the net in the first minute of the second period. Leading 2-0, Eastern kept attacking but could do no further damage. Clearview’s best opportunity came late in the period as Chris Riggs had a chance to cut the lead in half in the closing seconds on a breakaway, but Doner stuck his skate out to keep Clearview scoreless. Clearview had a golden opportunity early in the third, having a two-man advantage for thirty seven seconds, but they failed to capitalize. Shaun Stamm brought them close, scoring on a break with just under six minutes left, but Eastern hung on for the win.
Notes: Long time Clearview manager Larry Meenan is retiring from the program and will be sorely missed by not only the Clearview staff, but the league as well. Being the team manager is a thankless and tiresome job, and sometimes you don’t appreciate what you have until you don’t have it anymore. We asked Larry what he would miss the most and his comment was, “Being at the games and talking hockey with you Mike”. Larry is a class guy and we wish him well.