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Township Rallies to Upend Paul VI

Friday, October 29, 2004

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Washington Township came back from a three goal deficit to defeat Paul VI 7-5 and remain undefeated in league play. Marco Jordan paced the Township attack with two goals, five different players scored for Paul VI. T.J. Dispaldo opened the scoring for Township four minutes into the game, but goals by Zack Booth and Dustin Isbert in the periods last five minutes gave Paul VI the lead, Isbert's goal came with his team short-handed. Eric Lake made several key saves including stoning Mike Rohach in the final moments to keep Paul VI ahead.

Brett Doyle used his speed to give Paul VI a 3-1 lead early in the second period as he broke out of his own zone and maneuvered around the defense and his slap shot found the back of the net. After Rob Hniedziejko brought Township to within 3-2, Paul VI responded with two goals in a span of twenty seconds. First, Rich Ferro hit Booth with a pass at center ice and while absorbing a bone-crushing check from the Township defense, hit Jared Brasten in stride and his blast beat Matt Corvino for a 4-2 lead. When freshman Alex Kahn beat Corvino right after the face-off, Township switched goalies and inserted Derek Anderson.

With Paul VI seemingly in control and still eleven minutes remaining in the period, Township looked to be staring at its first loss of the season. But goals by Billy Choy and Chris Kaiser, on a great pass from Fred Brewer stationed in the corner cut the lead to 5-4 heading into the final period. Surprisingly, Paul VI managed only one shot in the final eleven minutes. Brewer sent Jordan in on a breakaway in the opening two minutes, and his goal tied the score at 5-5. And later after a scramble in front Rohach deflected home the game winner, which most fans felt was kicked in, Township led 6-5. Despite pulling the goalie and having a two-man advantage in the closing seconds, Paul VI could not find the net. Jordan iced the game with an empty net goal.

Photos by Art Redd

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