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Capone Leads Township by Cherokee

Monday, January 7, 2002

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Mark Capone had two goals and two assists as Washington Township rallied from a two- goal deficit to defeat Cherokee 6-5. With the win, Township moved into second place, one point ahead of the Chiefs and one point behind division leading Clearview. Pat Henderson led Cherokee with two goals and an assist.

Cherokee came out aggressive and scored two goals in the game's first two minutes. The first came on a power play as Bill Connolly bounced a shot into the net. Brandon McCarthy would intercept a pass at center ice and scored on a breakaway to make it 2-0. Township, after failing to convert on a two-man advantage, finally scored in the last ninety seconds of the period as Nick Martorano banged home the puck from in close. Despite being out shot 13-4, Cherokee led 2-1 after one.

Anthony Diorio scored a short-handed goal for Cherokee early in the second period. Sean Zahacewski was stopped on a breakaway and Diorio jammed home the rebound and it was 3-1. Township would then score two goals in twenty seconds, as Capone on a pass from Eric Marano made it 3-2, and Marano on a pass from Capone tied the score at 3-3 after two periods.

Chris Andrews gave Township their first lead utilizing the quickness he inherited from his dad. He jumped on a loose puck at center ice and scored on a breakaway. However that lead lasted forty seconds as Henderson broke down the right side and blasted a shot that found the back of the net and once again we were tied at 4-4. Township responded, first Capone scored on a pass from Martorano and six second later Martorano one-timed a pass from Capone and Township led 6-4. A late goal by Henderson brought Cherokee to within 6-5, but they would get no closer.

Photos by Joanne Costantino

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