|High School Ice Hockey:
Township Rallies to Edge Williamstown
Friday, January 26, 2007
By Mike Costantino
In a game that played like a playoff game, Washington Township came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Williamstown 4-3. With the regular season winding down and Shawnee with a three point lead, Township must win their last two games and hope for some help. Williamstown scored the only two goals of the first period as Tim Larkin scored on a break and Doug Akin deflected a point shot by Mike Lamplugh. Township got on the board early in the second period as Christian Fleagle was set-up by Colin Davis in the slot and suddenly it was 2-1. Williamstown had an opportunity to increase the lead on the power play, but Davis stole the puck and after beating the defenseman, dragged the puck and lifted it top shelf to tie the game at 2-2.
With the game now tied both teams started taking the body more and it looked like we would enter the third period deadlocked, but Chris Biscardi broke in with TJ DiSpaldo and after Biscardi’s shot was stopped, DiSpaldo put home the rebound with thirty-eight seconds left in the period. Larkin tied the game five minutes into the third period, scoring his second goal of the game. The tie would be broken as Jared Emett scored on a breakaway with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Williamstown had a golden opportunity with a two man advantage in the final thirty-eight seconds, but the combination of DiSpaldo, Biscardi and Davis did a great job of not allowing Williamstown to set-up in the zone.
Notes: Williamstown will enter the tournament as the fourth seed and unless they stumble would face Shawnee in the semis, a team they lost both times they played them. Township is missing two key senior contributors, Cameron Rowand with a shoulder injury and David Moore with a knee injury, both hope to return sometime during the tournament.