|High School Ice Hockey:
West Deptford Forces Deciding Game with Overtime Victory
Monday, February 27, 2006
By Mike Costantino
Luke DeHart scored in the opening minutes of overtime as West Deptford rallied for a 4-3 victory over Timber Creek and force a deciding game on Wednesday night at Hollydell to determine the Tier 2 Championship. Ryan Johnson led the Timber Creek attack with two goals. After the teams traded goals in the opening period, Johnson for Timber Creek and Mike Fleshman for West Deptford, both goal tenders controlled most of the game as Evan Betz and Derek Cafasso starred in nets. With the score tied at 2-2 entering the final period and both teams playing strong defensively, it felt like whoever scored next would win. Well Phil Rivello gave Timber Creek the lead with Dan Visco getting the assist and it looked like that goal would stand up.
It wasn’t until the final minute of the game and West Deptford attacking fiercely, that Kevin Walsh banged home a shot to tie the score at 3-3 and the fans raised the roof off the Skate Zone. With momentum on their side, West Deptford kept attacking in overtime, and was rewarded with an opportunity to play for the title when DeHart trickled home a shot for the winning goal.