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Paul VI Survives Brutal Start In Win Over Moorestown

Monday, November 17, 2003

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Rich Ferro broke a 3-3 tie scoring a power play goal in the third period as Paul VI rallied for a 5-3 victory over Moorestown. The improbable win came after Paul VI tied a league record in the first period by registering zero shots on goal. Eric Lake continued his solid play in nets, particularly in the first period as Moorestown launched 23 shots on net but only managed two goals, one by Danny Wallace and the other by Colin Corley. Part of the problem was Paul VI spent more time killing penalties in the first period, eight, including two occasions where they were down two men. However, Lake made several key saves from in close until his teammates realized they were still in the game despite their lack of offense.

The second period began with Paul VI still killing a two-man advantage, and right as the first penalty expired, Brett Balco hit Zak Booth right out of the penalty box and his short-handed goal cut the lead to 2-1. About four minutes later Joe Vespe unloaded a blast from the point that found the net and suddenly despite being out-shot, 28-4 and outplayed the game was now tied at 2-2. Moreover, just when it looked like the momentum was switching, Moorestown survived being down two men, then took the lead, as T.J. Brennan was able to solve Lake and Moorestown led 3-2. Back came Paul VI, as Booth sent Balco in and his quick shot tied the game at 3-3 heading into the third period.

Moorestown had the best opportunity to take the lead as Brennan went in on a breakaway, but Lake stoned him to keep the game tied. On the next rush up ice Booth sent in Ferro and as he shielded off the defenseman he drew the goalie out and was able to maneuver around and had the whole net to shoot at, and his goal gave Paul VI a 4-3 lead. Dustin Isbert added an empty net goal and Paul VI escaped with a 5-3 win and evened their record at 5-5.

Photos by Art Redd

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