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Power Plays and Osterdahl Doom Moorestown

Friday, February 9, 2007

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Williamstown converted on all three power play opportunities in the first period and Justin Osterdahl scored four goals as Williamstown defeated Moorestown 7-3 in playoff action at Hollydell. Moorestown jumped out to a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game as TJ Cassidy scored, but power play goals by Dennis Cunard, Tim Larkin and Osterdahl gave Williamstown a 3-1 lead after the first period. The second period began with Williamstown having a two-man advantage for a full two minutes; however Moorestown tightened on defense and only allowed one shot on net. Seconds after killing both penalties, Moorestown cut the margin to 3-2 as Greg Hadden on a feed from Colin Corley found the net.

With Moorestown seemingly having the momentum, Cunard won a face-off and his quick shot found the top corner for a 4-2 lead with just about four minutes left in the period. Osterdahl than scored a goal by splitting the defense with thirteen seconds left in the second period and Williamstown had regained the momentum and led 5-2 after two. Moorestown took advantage of a two man advantage early in the third period as Alex Hashmi tallied to cut the lead to 5-3. But two breakaway goals by Osterdahl secured the win for Williamstown.

Photos by Art Redd

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