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A Night of Firsts for Eastern

Friday, November 4, 2005

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Dan Drazen scored his first two goals of the season and Torin Lawson had three assists as the Eastern Vikings won their first game of the season defeating Clearview 3-0 in SJHSIHL action played at Hollydell. Most coaches will tell you that scoring first is important and tonight this was the first game all season the Vikings scored first as Drazen found the net on a 2-on-1 with Lawson less than two minutes into the game. Later in the period Drazen slid the puck from behind the net to Derrick Schemmel all alone in front and his quick shot beat Clearview goalie Adam Wingate for a 2-0 lead.

Wingate was the lone bright spot for Clearview as he made several great saves from close in to keep his team in the game, especially in the second period when the Vikings launched seventeen shots but were held scoreless and could not capitalize on a two-man-advantage for almost a full two minutes. Midway thru the third period Drazen iced the game scoring on a short-handed breakaway again sent in by Lawson. Eastern now needs to build on this victory and Clearview needs to find some offense. Notes: Tonight was also my first game back as sometimes life gets in the way of our enjoyment, but we will be here for the rest of the season.

Photos by Art Redd

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