High School Ice Hockey:
Monday, February 15, 1999
By Mike Costantino
In an opening round playoff game at the Coliseum on Monday night, Holy Cross defeated Triton 5-3 as the SJHSIHL began its version of March Madness. After a scoreless first period in which the Lancers out-shot the Mustangs thirteen to four, Marino scored the first of his two goals on the night and Holy Cross had the 1-0 lead at the ten minute mark. Just over a minute later Phil Cordivari scored on a 2-1 break with the assist to Marino and the Lancers were up 2-0.
With the partisan Triton crowd getting a little restless, the Mustangs answered thirty-nine seconds later as Caporale scored to cut the lead to 2-1. Being spurned on by the crowd, the Lancers kept the pressure on and drew a penalty with less than seven minutes to go in the period. Holy Cross responded with not only a strong effort in killing the penalty but Clark scored an unassisted shorthanded goal to put the underdog Lancers up 3-1.
Triton, to its credit did not fold and responded with just over three minutes left in the second period as Reid scored with the assist to Caporale and the period ended 3-2. With the crowd seemingly getting louder, Triton dominated the first five minutes of the period but failed to score. When Zorojewski scored for the Lancers at the end of a power play the lead was again two goals at 4-2.
Again Triton responded less than thirty seconds later as Caporale scored his second of the night and it was 4-3. Marino ended the suspense as he scored on a breakaway with just under two minutes to play and the Lancers move on to the next round.
In an earlier game Collingswood eliminated Cherry Hill West, 8-0 and now faces Lenape, and Edgewood eliminated St. John Neumann 9-3.
Photos by Gary Finigan
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