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Haines and Osterdahl lead Williamstown over Township

Friday, December 22, 2006

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Justin Osterdahl scored four goals and Josh Haines played outstanding in nets as Williamstown defeated Washington Township 6-4 in last game before the holiday break for both teams. Williamstown was in control of the game until midway thru the final period having built a 5-1 lead. Tim Larkin and Osterdahl put Williamstown up 2-0 after the first period and Haines stopped several breakaways. The second period was much like the first, Haines again stoning Township on three breakaways and Osterdahl scoring two goals. Christian Biscardi finally solved Haines and Township trailed 4-1 after two periods despite out-shooting Williamstown 29-12.

After Dennis Cunard scored a power play goal for Williamstown three minutes into the third the lead was 5-1 and Township would need a fierce comeback. To their credit they did not quit and Colin Davis got them going scoring with under nine minutes remaining. David Moore and Jared Emett scored seconds apart about four minutes later and suddenly it was 5-4. Haines kept Township at bay, making a big save on Cameron Rowand with twenty seconds left. Osterdahl added an empty net goal with two seconds left to ice the game. Notes: In an obvious scheduling mix-up, only one referee showed up for the game, and Jack Scarpinato, to his credit did an awesome job flying solo. Remember with two refs you cover half the ice, by yourself you have it all, and with no line change! Good job Jack.

Photos by Art Redd

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