|High School Ice Hockey:
Jackmuff and Foster Lead West Deptford into Tier 2 Finals
Friday, March 1, 2002
By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer
Brandon Jackmuff had four goals and an assist and Mike Foster was the difference in nets as West Deptford defeated Washington Township 5-2 to advance to the inaugural Tier 2 championship. Jason Pelle and James Novak scored the Township goals. The difference was Foster, despite going 11-4 in the regular season, whose goals against average was 4.27 while his counter part for Township, Mike Lalli, allowed just over two goals a game. After Jackmuff had scored on a breakaway to give West Deptford a 1-0 lead, Foster stoned Ryan Jagielski from point blank range to keep Township off the board.
Jackmuff scored again converting on a 3-on-1 as he undressed the defenseman and after getting Lalli to commit to his forehand he lifted a backhander into the empty net. Right before the period ended, West Deptford had a two-man advantage and Jackmuff hit Brad Clifford in front and his goal gave West Deptford a 3-0 lead heading into the second period. Still on the power play to begin the period, Jackmuff scored from just inside the left circle to make it 4-0. After Novak jammed home a loose puck in front of the net to bring Township to within 4-1, Township was hoping to build some momentum off that goal but Foster robbed Mike Duczkowski twice and West Deptford limited the amount of odd-man rushes. Five minutes into the third period Jackmuff scored from along the side of the net deflecting the puck off of Lalli's pads to put the game away at 5-1. Pelle scored a late goal but West Deptford skated away with a 5-2 victory. They will play the winner of the Lenape/Moorestown series, starting on Monday night at Hollydell.
Photo by Art Redd