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Hammonton Advances with Mandel's Overtime Goal

Monday, February 13, 2006

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

The Varsity Tier II action started the night off with Cinnaminson taking on Hammonton in the loser's bracket of the SJHSIHL being played at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Both teams would battle back from one goal deficits and were tied at two goals apiece heading into the third period. Both goalies, Ryan Arcaini for Cinnaminson and Chris Morroto, came up with big time saves down the stretch that eventually sent this game into overtime. Jim Mandel, on a nice pass from Andrew Wilson, ended this game when put the puck into a wide open net. Hammonton’s 4-3 victory allows them to continue their quest for the Tier II title.

Zachary Lizzio’s backhanded shot seven and a half minutes into this game would put Cinnaminson ahead 1-0. Two minutes later, David Arnold showed off his stick handling ability through traffic and tied this game. Hammonton would take their first lead of the game when Jay Ewan slipped his shot onto the net that went just under the left pad of Arcaini. During the second period, it would be Cinnaminson’s turn to take a one goal lead. After Zach Azdjeika lifted his shot over Morroto’s right shoulder and into the net to tie this game, Andy Poskus scored with 2:24 remaining in the period to put Cinnaminson up 3-2. But just under a minute later, Colin McArdle stepped in front of a pass and scored.

Hammonton would start the overtime period on the tail end of a power play but wouldn’t be able to get a shot on net. Cinnaminson’s first scoring chance occurred with Hammonton icing the puck gave them a start deep in the zone, but that scoring chance would come up empty. Twenty-three seconds later and with 3:28 remaining in overtime, Andrew Wilson carried the puck deep in Cinnaminson’s zone and held the puck long enough on the left wing to draw the defense towards him. Waiting on the doorstep, Mandel didn’t miss his shot when Wilson put the puck right on his stick.

Photos by Art Redd

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