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Brewer Leads Township over Cherokee 2

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Fred Brewer had a goal and three assists to lead Washington Township over a very tough Cherokee 2 squad 6-2 in second round playoff action at Hollydell on Wednesday night. After having a bye in the first round, Township drew Cherokee 2 fresh off its defeat of Paul VI on Monday night, thanks in large part to the stellar play in nets by S.J. Broadt. And after a scoreless first period, Broadt was still on his game turning away all 12 shots. Marco Jordan got Township on the board early in the second period on a nifty pass from Brewer and Chris Keyser. Matt Corvino, playing well in nets for Township, made that lead stand until the last three minutes of the period. With Cherokee down a man, Shane Kelly was sent in by Matt Cardillo and Steve Dellavecchia, and his short-handed goal tied the game at 1-1, heading into the final period.

After playing on Monday, Cherokee 2 had now played two periods against the second seeded team and was right there heading into the third period. Brewer wasted little time, as he found Jim Wojciehowski at the side of the net all alone, and Township took a 2-1 lead in the opening seconds of the period. Rob Hniedziejko built the lead to 3-1 just nineteen seconds later as he jammed home a rebound of a shot by Keyser. Fifty-three seconds later Brewer found Kyle Stokes in the slot and his quick shot beat Broadt for a 4-1 lead and just like that Township led 4-1. Three goals in just over one minute turned the game completely around. Later in the period Brewer entered the zone and using the defenseman as a screen, ripped a shot onto the net for a 5-1 lead for Township. Matt Cardillo added a goal for Cherokee 2, late in the game and Keyser closed out the scoring for Township. With the 6-2 win, Township will now meet Cherokee 1 next Friday at Hollydell.

Photos by Art Redd

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