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Drazen Leads Vikings over Shawnee
Monday, January 31, 2005
By Mike Costantino
Dan Drazen had three goals and two assists to lead the Eastern Vikings over Shawnee 6-4 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Monday night. Ryan Doner stopped forty-two of forty-six shots as Eastern jumped into fourth place in closing out their regular season schedule. The two teams exchanged goals in the opening period as Rory Levinson used his reach to poke check the puck into the net and give Eastern a 1-0 lead. Dave DeBarth answered one minute later scoring on the power play for Shawnee. Drazen gave the Vikings the lead early in the second period scoring on a break and then made it 3-1 late in the period on a nice breakout pass from Richard Smith.
Shawnee responded thirty seconds later as Chris Templeton beat Doner with a quick shot to cut the lead to 3-2. Then on the power play in the waning seconds of the period Kurt Kaiser tied the score at 3-3 on a shot through a screen. Dan Weaver scored the game winner just over two minutes into the final period as he was positioned in the slot and Drazen put the puck right on the tape and Weaver’s one-timer found the net and gave Eastern a 4-3 lead. Later in the period Derrick Schemmel connected on the power play to put the Vikings up 5-3. Shawnee made it interesting as Alex Bickle scored with two minutes left, but Drazen added an empty net goal to preserve the 6-4 win.