|High School Ice Hockey:
Strong Second Period Leads Moorestown over Cherokee
Monday, December 13, 2004
By Mike Costantino
When you ask coaches what are the keys to being successful, usually they will answer, goaltending, defense and success on special teams and last night Moorestown had all three working as they defeated Cherokee 4-1 in front of a packed house at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The first ten minutes of the game was a feeling out process, with neither team wanting to make a mistake, and both goalies making solid saves, Bobby Casolaro for Cherokee and Colin Higgins for Moorestown. Zach Sawyer gave Cherokee its only lead scoring with just over four minutes remaining in the period but Moorestown responded three minutes later as Mike Furey beat Casolaro from in close.
The game shifted in the second period, after Ben Doganiero converted on a nice feed from Terry Brennan and Mike Bodine to put Moorestown up 2-1, Cherokee had a chance to tie with a two-man advantage for almost a minute. Mike Weaver used his quickness and skated by the defense and lifted a shot just under the crossbar to give Moorestown a 3-1 lead. The period ended with Moorestown scoring two goals on five shots and Cherokee held scoreless on eleven shots, two power plays and surrendering a short-handed goal. Dan Greene added a goal on the power play late in the game as Moorestown skated off with an impressive 4-1 win.
Notes: Moorestown has a stronghold on first place and with only one loss has now become the team to beat. With the ingenious scheduling they will not meet Washington Township until late January, which could be a preview of the finals.