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Shawnee Overpowers Cherokee 7-1

Friday, January 22, 1999

By Gary Finigan
SJSports Special Correspondent

SJHSIHL action pitted the Shawnee Renegades against rival Cherokee Chiefs. The Renegades defeated the host Chiefs 7-1. Keith Williams led Shawnee scorers with 4 goals with Alan Dennison assisting on two of the goals. Paul Caruso picked up the lone goal for the Chiefs.


The game started off with the action moving from end to end. Midway through the first period, Shawnee's Keith Williams scored an unassisted goal. Picking up a turnover at the blue line, Williams skated in all alone beating Cherokee goalie Matt Charles low to the stick side. Less than a minute later, Renegade defenseman Chris Jennings scored to push the Shawnee lead to 2-0. Taking a slap shot from the right point, a skipping puck got past the Chiefs' goaltender for an unassisted goal. Shawnee continued its offensive pressure for the remainder of the period, leading 2-0 going into the second period.

Second period action began with the Renegades extending their lead to 3-0 at the 10:00 minute mark. On the power play, Shawnee controlled the puck in the offensive zone. Working his way out of the right corner, Keith Williams scored on the short side for his second goal of the game. Alan Dennison and Chris Gunther picked up assists on the play. Shawnee pushed the lead to 4-0 when Dan Rybeck passed to Tim Egan at the top of the left circle. Egan pulled a quick spin move and scored on a backhander. The Renegades fifth goal came in the last minute of play. Keith Williams picked up his hat trick by coming out from behind the net, slipping the puck past Chiefs' goalie Matt Charles with a wraparound. The period ended with Shawnee holding a commanding 5-0 lead.


The third period started with the Renegades working to preserve the shutout for goalie Charles Rodrigo. Shawnee continued with its offensive pressure. Midway through the period, Keith Williams took a pass from Tim Egan at center ice. Skating into the slot, Williams' shot bounced off the left post for a 6-0 lead. With a little over four minutes to play, the Cherokee Chiefs scored their lone goal. In the slot, Paul Caruso scored to take away the shutout from Charles Rodrigo. John Benskin picked up an assist on the goal. The Renegades closed out the scoring for the game on Kevin Eppolite's goal. Taking the pass from Chris Jennings, Eppolite's shot from the top of the left circle beat the Cherokee netminder for what would be a 7-1 final score.

Shots on Goal: Shawnee 37 - Cherokee 15

Photos by Gary Finigan

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