|High School Ice Hockey:
Eight is Enough for the Eagles
Monday, November 8, 2004
By Mike Costantino
Skating with just eight players the West Deptford Eagles defeated Timber Creek 6-4 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Monday night. Led by a hat trick from Tyler Chellew, I was expecting tired legs in the third period, but playing with a lead seem to inspire these Eagles and they played a strong third period and Timber Creek seemed a step behind. West Deptford carried the play for the first two periods, out-shooting Timber Creek 33-6, and actually set a team record holding Timber Creek without a shot on goal in the second period. Gary Scott scored the first of his two goals in the opening period and Timber Creek despite being out-shot 16-6, led 1-0, thanks in large part to the play of goaltender Derek Cafasso.
The second period was all West Deptford as Chellew tied the game on the power play and three minutes later gave West Deptford the lead putting home a rebound of a shot by Joe Cavacchia. Unable to generate any offense, Timber Creek fell behind 3-1 as Jan Czaczynski scored a power play goal late in the period. Dan Cavallaro cut the lead to 3-2 with just under ten minutes left in the game, and Timber Creek would tie the seconds later as Scott made a great cross-ice pass to Ryan Johnson, who was busting towards the net and his deflection tied the game at 3-3. After Chellew and Scott traded goals moments apart to keep the score tied at 4-4, Timber Creek went on the power play with just under five minutes remaining. Jacob Dehart picked off an errant clearing pass and his short-handed goal gave West Deptford a 5-4 lead. Cavacchia added a goal in the final seconds to clinch the win as West Deptford proved that sometimes eight is enough.