|High School Ice Hockey:
Moorestown Beats Clearview Takes Over First Place
Friday, December 3, 2004
By Mike Costantino
Mike Weaver set-up both goals as Moorestown edged Clearview 2-1 and took over sole possession of first place in the SJHSIHL. Playing on the road, Moorestown continued its strong play this season, skating three lines and playing solid, stay at home defense. The first period was played tight and featured only two penalties and not many quality scoring chances. That is until the final thirty seconds when Weaver knocked the defenseman off the puck in the corner and fed Kevin Schaffer at the point, he found Bodine in the slot and his shot beat Bobby Kovaroic for a 1-0 lead. After Dan Greene scored a power play goal for a 2-0 lead five minutes into the second period, Moorestown seemed to be in control, but things were just about to heat up.
Between the last two minutes of the second period and the last minute of the third period, Moorestown would be called for twelve penalties. Unfortunately for Clearview they could only capitalize once, as Jim Fritz, who played another strong game for Clearview, blasted a shot from the point midway through the penalty-filled third period. Trailing only 2-1, Clearview would have a few more chances but could not connect and when they look back at this game going 1-13 on the power play will not win you many games.
Notes: Moorestown defeated a quality team on the road and looks to be a real contender, but taking too many penalties against a team that is proficient would not lead to many wins.