|High School Ice Hockey:
Township runs out of Time in Flyers Cup Final
Sunday, March 25, 2007
By Mike Costantino
Washington Township fell behind 7-3 midway through the third period and rallied for three goals in the final five minutes, but fell short in a 7-6 loss to Haverford High in the AA final in the Flyers Cup Tournament. TJ Haeberle had a hat trick for Haverford, Colin Davis and Christian Biscardi each scored two goals for Township. Thanks to head coach Jim Macchione we had an all access pass and were allowed in the locker room prior to the game, where we found a relaxed and confident team. Coach Macchione felt that if Township could set the tone early that would be one of the keys to the game. Unfortunately Haverford scored three goals in the first four minutes and led 3-0. Biscardi got one back on the power play to cut the deficit to 3-1 heading into the second period.
In recent years the teams from South Jersey have not fared very well and we asked the Coach if his team felt pressure to succeed, "I think early on when we were down 3-0 in our first game, that might have been the case, but one thing about this team is that we need to be pushed and when that happens we respond well." Well Township responded in the second period as Davis scored on a breakaway early in the period to make it 3-2 and Cameron Rowand tied the game at 3-3 late in the period. Haverford responded seventeen seconds later to take a 4-3 lead heading into the third period. Township had a golden opportunity to tie the score early in the period on the power play, but two costly turnovers led to two short-handed goals and a 6-3 hole. Then when Haverford scored a power play goal at the eight minute mark to take a 7-3 lead, things didn’t look good, but this team hasn’t quit all year. Goals by Davis and Biscardi cut the lead to 7-5 and Township had life and with the clock winding down Erik Forgrove scored from in close with three seconds left to bring Township to within 7-6, but as assistant coach Chris Macchione pointed out after the game, had there been a few more minutes left on the clock we would have won this game, he also stated that the two short handed goals were costly.
Notes: Townships’ showing in the tournament should silence the Pennsylvania critics who have constantly felt that they were far superior. Congratulations to Township on a great season and to Coach Macchione and his staff for putting South Jersey back in the spotlight.