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Shawnee Starts Slow, Finishes Strong in Win over Williamstown

Monday, February 12, 2007

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

It's been almost two weeks since Shawnee played and Williamstown took early advantage jumping out to a 2-0 lead, but Shawnee roared back for a 6-3 win. Brian Ruskowski led Shawnee with a goal and three assists and Ryan Welsey added two goals and an assist. With the win Shawnee will play Township on Monday night February 26th, with the winner having a huge advantage in the double elimination tournament. Williamstown wasted little time as they scored two goals in the games first two minutes as Dennis Cunard and Tim Larkin got things rolling for the Braves.

Matt McDonald and Chris Kaz scored goals two minutes apart midway through the period to tie the game at 2-2. Justin Osterdahl scored Williamstown's last goal with just over two minutes remaining in the period and a 3-2 lead after one. Ruskowski and Welsey scored the only goals of the second period as Shawnee took the lead at 4-3. Goals by Welsey and Connor Dragone built the lead to 6-3 in the first five minutes of the third period and Paul Gray stopped all 15 shots for Shawnee.

Photos by Art Redd

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