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Drazen leads Vikings past Cherry Hill East

Monday, October 9, 2006

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Dan Drazen had three goals and two assists to lead the Eastern Vikings over Cherry Hill East 6-4 in Tier 1 action played at the Voorhees Skate Zone. Playing on a line with Torin Lawson and Derrick Schemmel, Drazen crated many scoring opportunities and set-up goals by Lawson and Schemmel. Eastern struck first as Drazen scored an unassisted goal ninety seconds into the game, and the Vikings carried the play for most of the period, out-shooting Cherry Hill 20-9. Jared Annarelli would tie the game midway through the period as he crated an opportunity down low and beat Evan Cohen. Eastern would regain the lead early in the second period as Lawson fed a pass from the slot to Drazen along the left circle and his quick shot found the net and it was 2-1. Moments later Cherry Hill responded on the power play as David Badecki put home the puck after a mad scramble in front of Cohen.

After Eastern regained the lead at 3-2, Drazen won an offensive zone face-off and drilled a shot just under the crossbar for a 4-2 lead. With just eight seconds left in the period, Drazen, Lawson and Schemmel played a perfect game of tic-tac-toe, with Schemmel getting the goal and the Vikings enjoying a 5-2 lead. Cherry Hill rallied with two goals in just less than two minutes, one by Evan Asroff and the other by Dan Folkman to cut the lead to 5-4. But Lawson scored a power play goal with four minutes left to preserve the victory.

Notes: Not to put any pressure on the Vikings but the duo of Drazen and Lawson reminded me of two former stand-outs, Sullivan and Tunstill. That duo along with Orner helped the Vikings win a title.

Photos by Art Redd

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