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Third period Rally keeps Township Undefeated

Monday, December 4, 2006

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Cameron Rowand snapped a 5-5 tie scoring on a rebound with forty seven seconds left in the game as Washington Township rallied from a 5-3 deficit and defeated Cherokee 6-5 at the Skate Zone. Colin Davis led the Township attack scoring two goals and handing out three assists. Davis scored a highlight goal on the power play early in the third period as he flew down the left wing and cutting into the slot faked the defenseman and somehow held the puck on his stick and quickly put the puck in the net. The game was back and forth as Davis put Township up 1-0, but Mat Maugeri on a nice pass from Frank Garvey tied the game at 1-1. Kyle Manny scored a goal late in the period and Cherokee took a 2-1 lead into the second period.

Having been beaten in the season opener by Township by an 8-1 score, Cherokee was determined to play better and that they did. Garvey put Cherokee up 3-1 on a pass from Justin Kinniry. Jared Emmet scored a power play goal for Township to cut the lead to 3-2, but Kinniry restored the two goal lead scoring late in the period and Cherokee seemed in control at 4-2 heading into the third period. After Davis scored his highlight goal to make it 4-3, Cherokee came right back twenty seconds later and it was 5-3. TJ Dispaldo and Emmet scored moments apart to tie the game at 5-5, and that set the stage for Rowand’s heroics. With the win Township remained the only team without a loss.

Photos by Art Redd

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