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Special Teams the Difference for Shawnee on a Gray Night for Williamstown

Monday, October 9, 2006

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Paul Gray stopped 32 shots and Shawnee scored three power play goals and one short-handed as they handed Williamstown its first defeat of the year, a 5-2 loss at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Matt McDonald led the offense with two goals, Doug Akin and Justin Osterdahl scored the goals for Williamstown. Gray kept Williamstown off the board for two periods while his team built a 3-0 lead, two goals coming in the first period on the power play. First McDonald converted a pass from Ryan Wesley from behind the net, then with a 2 man advantage, Paul Kozarsky deflected a shot by Tom Humphreys and Shawnee led 2-0. Early in the second period, Williamstown got caught in a line change and McDonald sent in Brian Ruskowski and his breakaway goal made it 3-0. Meanwhile Gray was pitching a shut out as he stopped all nine shots in the period.

The third period began with each team alternating penalties, and both taking advantage. Williamstown got on the board as Doug Akin deposited a pass from Vincent Agnesino into the net and the lead was cut to 3-1. With the teams skating four aside, Justin Osterdahl beat Gray with a quick shot to cut the lead to 3-2. Now back in the game Williamstown started controlling the play, but Gray shut them down. A power play goal by Christian Ayres and a short-handed goal by McDonald put the game out of reach.

Photos by Art Redd

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