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Township Opens Season with Impressive Win

Friday, September 29, 2006

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Washington Township opened defense of its title with an 8-1 win over Cherokee in a game played at Hollydell on Friday night. TJ DiSpaldo led the offensive attack scoring three goals and Christian Biscardi added two goals. Cherokee seemed to be a step slow all night as Township got to all the loose pucks and had several odd-man rushes. Five minutes into the game DiSpaldo scored his first goal off a 2-on-1 break with Biscardi getting the assist. Later in the period Christian Fleagle scored the first of three power play goals for Township to make it 2-0. Late in the period with Township putting on good offensive pressure, Tom Roche's blast from the point through a screen found the net and after one period Township led 3-0.

Biscardi scored a power play goal early in the second period as the lead grew to 4-0. Cherokee tried mounting some offense and had a few good scoring opportunities, but Township goalie Joe Scafisi turned away each chance, including stoning Justin Kinnery on a breakaway. Cherokee's best chance to climb back in the game came with about three minutes left in the second period as they had a two man advantage for a full two minutes. But Scafisi made several big saves and Cherokee could not capitalize. Ryan Thompson finally broke through Scafisi right after the power play expired to cut the lead to 4-1. Two goals by DiSapldo and one each by Biscardi and Cameron Rowand closed out the scoring in the final period.

Notes: Last week Township introduced an award named after Jack Anderson which will be presented each year to a Township player. We tip our caps to the Township ice hockey organization for recognizing the tireless efforts of Mr. Anderson.

Photos by Art Redd

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