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South Jersey Sled Hockey:
Wings of Steel defeat "Refs" in annual Tilt

Saturday, February 18, 2006

By Mike Costantino
SJSports Staff Writer

Tim Jones scored twice as the Wings of Steel defeated the SJHSIHL Referees 4-2 in the second annual benefit game played at Hollydell. The refs were determined to play a better game after being shutout last year 10-0 and to their credit they hung in there to the end. After a scoreless first period, Jones finally broke through for the Wings as his close in shot found the net at the five minute mark. Later in the period Bobby Keys ripped a shot top-shelf to put the Wings up 2-0.

As many of you know, these kids are remarkable and just watching the joy that comes to their faces as they basically toyed with the refs, was well worth it. With the refs at a serious disadvantage trying to maneuver the sled while controlling the puck and worrying about tipping over, by the third period they seemed to have somewhat of a handle on the equipment. Jones scored his second goal of the game at the start of the third period as the goalie was late getting into the nets and Jones’ slap shot from center ice found the empty net. Athen Blaine put the Wings up 4-0 with about seven minutes left in the game and the refs could have folded, but Tony the Ref scored on a deflection to cut the lead to 4-1. Then lead referee Wayne Gibbs awarded the refs a penalty shot, which was converted by Troy the Ref to cut the lead to 4-2. But that was as close as the refs got, as in the games final minutes all refs and players were on the ice in a mad scramble, but no one could find the net.

Notes: Timber Creek’s Gary Scott was the main organizer and was pleased with the increased attendance from last year. We as a hockey community need to support this kind of event and I encourage everyone to attend next year’s event and support these kids.

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