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DiGennaro And Booth Lead Eagles To Win

Monday, January 26, 2004

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Mike DiGennaro scored three goals and Zach Booth added two goals as Paul VI came back from a 5-3 deficit to defeat Timber Creek 8-6 in the regular season finale for both teams. Danny Cavallaro had a hat trick for Timber Creek and Lanny Frederick added two goals as Timber Creek took advantage of a five-minute major penalty to go from trailing 3-2 to leading at 5-3. Timber Creek dominated the first period with 17 shots but their lone goal was scored by Cavallaro. DiGennaro and Rich Ferro scored goals for Paul VI as they led 2-1 thanks in large part to Eric Lake.

After Frederick scored a short-handed goal to tie the game at 2-2 early in the second period, DiGennaro was sent in on a great pass by Brett Balco as he drew the defenseman over and slid the puck to DiGennaro who had an empty net to shoot at and Paul VI led 3-2. Timber Creek would score the next three goals as Matt Carpenter, Frederick and Cavallaro capitalized on the major penalty. Dustin Isbert cut the lead to 5-4 scoring a goal from in tight. Then on the power play Adam Cantiello tied the game as Balco again on an odd-man rush drew the defense over and found Cantiello. Cavallaro untied the game scoring on a break in the final minute of the period. Booth then tied the game on the power play as his back-hander found the short side. Then with Timber Creek on the power play, Booth stole the puck and scored short-handed as Paul VI took the lead at 7-6. DiGennaro added a late goal as Paul VI escaped with an 8-6 win. These teams will battle again next week in the opening round of the playoffs and it should be entertaining.

Photos by Art Redd

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