South Jersey Ice Hockey:
Saturday, September 25, 1999
By Brad Park
The Hollydell Hurricanes Pee Wee hockey team defeated the Medford Jaguars 3-2 to improve their record to 2-1-0. The Hurricanes played a solid defensive game and received strong performances by goaltender #34 Bryan Williams (32 shots, 30 saves), #11 Joseph Del Rossi (2 assists), #25 Martin (7 body checks), and #10 Rea (4 body checks, 3 blocked shots).
In the first period, the lone score came from Holleydell's #15 Silber. Silber knocked in a rebound to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. He used his size and strength to muscle his way in front of the net for the initial score. The Jaguars mounted a late period flurry, but were denied getting on the scoreboard. The period came to a close with the Hurricanes on top 1-0.
In the second period, the game's intensity increased. Hollydell took control of the game when #11 DelRossi took the puck behind the Jaguars net. Both defensemen converged on DelRossi who fed a soft pass to a wide open #96 Byrne in front of the net. Byrne slid the puck past the Medford goaltender giving the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead. Once again, Medford responded to giving up a goal by mounting a strong offensive attack. The Jaguars fired numerous close in shots at #34 Williams, but were unable to get the puck past the Hurricanes' net minder. Despite being outset 24-12, the Hurricanes led at the end of two periods 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until midway through the third period when the Jaguars scored their first goal. The Medford forward split the Hurricanes' defense and went in alone on the Hurricanes' goaltender. Williams made the initial save, but the rebound was knocked into the open net to make the score 2-1 with 7:13 remaining in the game. After a few close calls at each end of the ice, the Hurricanes' DelRossi took control of the puck in the left offensive zone. He went around one Medford defenseman and fed a beautiful pass to #93 Zek McKibbon in front on the net. McKibbon knocked in what proved to be the game winner giving the Hurricane a 3-1 lead.
The Jaguars mounted a late period comeback to close within one goal. With 1:59 remaining in the game, a shot from the point by the Jaguars defenseman was inadvertently deflected by a Hurricanes' defenseman into his own net to make the score 3-2. But the Canes defense and net minder held their own and skated away with a 3-2 victory.
The Hollydell Hurricane team is lead by coach Dan Del Rossi. Del Rossi has been involved with hockey for 25 years, as both a player and a coach. He has coached for 5 years at Hollydell, leading both in-house and select teams at the Squirt, PeeWee, and Bantam levels. He has also assisted in various Learn-to-Skate, Learn-to-Play, and Power Skating programs at Hollydell Ice Area.
The Hollydell Hurricanes play out of Hollydell Ice Arena located in Washington Township, New Jersey.
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