High School Ice Hockey:
Friday, February 11, 2000
By Jack Anderson
Behind a strong performance from goaltender Jim Lunquist, the 12th seeded Rancocas Valley upset the 5th seeded Lenape Indians. Gary Miller opened up the scoring for Rancocas with just a minute left in the first period. Lenape's Greg Bagnoli tied it up 4 minutes into the second period, bur Rancocas went ahead just 20 seconds later on a goal by Nicholas Sharp. Ronnie McElhone put Rancocas ahead by 2 goals, but Bagnoli would score again late in the second period to bring Lenape within a goal.
A wild and wide open third period saw both teams fire a combined 19 shots on goal, until McElhone sealed the win for Rancocas with an open net goal with 23 seconds left. Rancocas Valley will play the No. 1 seed Washington Township in the quarterfinals.
Cinnaminson topples Collingswood
Tom Wood notched a Hat Trick and added an assist to pace the Cinnaminson Pirates to a 6 to 2 win over Collingswood. A balanced and consistent Cinnaminson attack scored the first 5 goals in the contest and outshot Collingswood in every period. Anthony Mottola scored a pair of goals and Bill DeVece popped in a goal and added two assists for Cinnaminson. Adam Weidman and Kerry Mahowey scored the goals for Collingswood.
Cinnaminson goaltender Scott Gideon turned aside 19 Collingswood shots to seal the win for his team. Cinnaminson will play Shawnee in the quarterfinals.
Cherry Hill East Upsets John Neumann
In a very entertaining game at Hollydell Ice Arena, Cherry Hill net minder Brendon Ramsay turned aside a furious Neumann attack and helped vault his team into the quarterfinals. Mike Danyo opened up the scoring midway through the second period for Cherry Hill, but Neumann Standout Eddie Marker tied the contest a minute into the third period. East captain Vince Galasso put his team ahead just 20 seconds later. Chris Hartung notched his first goal of the playoffs midway through the third period but Neumann climbed right back to within one with 4 minutes left on a goal by Robert Zeoli.
Ramsay stood tall as he's done all year, and slammed the door in the closing minutes to preserve the win and put his team in a position to play 2nd seeded Clearview in the quarterfinals.
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