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West Deptford are Tier 2 Champions

Wednesday, March 6, 2002

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Jay Bratton and Brandon Jackmuff scored two goals apiece to pace West Deptford to a 7-4 victory over Lenape and the first SJHSIHL Tier 2 title. After the teams traded power play goals in the first period, West Deptford took the lead for good at the twelve-minute mark. Rob Garish won the face-off and drew the puck back to the point where Brett Gibbs was waiting and his slap shot found the back of the net for a 2-1 lead. Ninety seconds later Jackmuff made it 3-1 scoring on a rebound off a Chris Mc Illvaine shot, with Lenape short-handed.

Bratton gave West Deptford a 4-1 lead heading into the final period as he jammed home a rebound of a shot by Doug DeHart. With first year coach Joe Blair imploring his kids to keep working, Lenape rallied and scored two goals in the first ninety seconds of the third period as Tom Lizzio and Chris Fluder both found the net to cut the lead to 4-3. But goals by DeHart and Jackmuff put West Deptford up 6-3 before Kurt Schnepf scored for Lenape with three minutes remaining. Ray Clifford added an empty net goal as West Deptford paraded off with a 7-4 victory. Congratulations to Jim DePrince and Doug DeHart and all the coaches and players on West Deptford.

Photos by Art Redd

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