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Ryan Marker scored with six minutes left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and give Washington Township a 4-3 victory over Cherokee in the opening round of the Flyers Cup. Township will meet Pennsbury, a team they upset 2 years ago, Thursday night at Grundy. In front of a disappointing crowd, both teams seemed sluggish, not sure if the layoff between games hurt them as it’s been almost 2 weeks since the season ended for both teams.

Township scored the lone goal of the first period as Pat Curiale with Garrett Quinn getting the assist. Cherokee scored the only two goals of the second period, after Alec Zucker stoned Eric Naccarelli down low on a play that had goal written all over it, on the rush up ice, Pat Mohnacs drilled a shot into the net to tie the game at 1-1. Tyler Dringus scored his first ever Flyers cup goal to put Cherokee ahead 2-1 with just under five minutes left in the second period. Township would tie the game at 2-2 in the opening minute of the third period as Eddie Sarin brought the puck out from the corner and fired a shot along the ice and into the long sided and we were tied at 2-2.

Kevin Mello fired a shot just under the crossbar to put Township up 3-2 with about nine minutes left in the game. Cherokee tied the game at 3-3 as Mohnacs scored his second goal right at the end of a power play. Marker responded seconds later as he converted a 2-on-1 break with Ryan Carr assisting. Despite pulling the goalie Cherokee could not get the equalizer.

Written by Mike Costantino

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