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Township Tier 2 team still searching for First Victory

Friday, September 28, 2007

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Washington Township had a surplus of new talent entering the season, so much that for the first time in years they can support two Varsity teams. Playing their second game of the season against Cherokee they managed a 3-3 tie at Hollydell on Friday night. Despite being outplayed in the first period, Township led 1-0 on a goal by Brandon Johnson, but thanks in a large part due to the play of Township goalie Rich Van Sciver who stopped all 12 shots he faced. Early in the second period Township led 2-0 as Ryan Carr was sent in by Nicholas String after just fourteen seconds. Cherokee got on the board about two minutes later as Mike Ligeikis went top shelf to cut the lead to 2-1.

Less than a minute later Jake Ahle came around the net and tucked home the game tying goal with Anthony Williams assisting. With both teams having good opportunities, it was Williams who skated end to end with about three minutes left in the period and scored the go ahead goal to put Cherokee ahead 3-2. With the period winding down, Township broke in the zone and with the puck lying in the slot, goalie Alec Zucker dove to poke check the puck, did not get enough of it to clear and Ryan Powell was able to chip it over Zucker and into the net to tie the game at 3-3. Township had the better opportunities in the third period but Zucker came up huge to preserve the tie.

Photos by Art Redd

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