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Tristan Tilghman scored with less than five minutes left in the game as Riverfront rallied from a 3-0 first period deficit to defeat Cinnaminson 5-4 in Olympic playoff action played at Hollydell. With the loss the season ended for Cinnaminson. The Pirates looked in control in the first period as they scored early and often. Alex Richardson scored just twenty six seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. Dylan Richardson would score a short-handed goal at the five minute mark and the lead was 2-0. Less than two minutes later James Lowry made it 3-0 and with standout goalie Steve San Martin the lead looked safe. But Riverfront did not finish 14-1-2 and not know adversity and they would launch 40 shots on goal and would need every one.

Sean Conard finally beat San Martin, going under the crossbar with five minutes left in the second period to cut the lead to 3-1. Now with a jump in their step, Riverfront kept coming and Dylan Farnan would score a power play goal late in the period and suddenly it was 3-2. With momentum on their side Riverfront kept the pressure on and Conard would get his second of the night four minutes into the third to tie the game at 3-3. Reggie Hunter would give Riverfront its first lead at 4-3 scoring midway through the period. But Cinnaminson would get the tying goal from Liam McGurring with just under five minutes left and it felt like we were going overtime. But right from the face-off after the tying goal, Tilghman won the draw and went right down the middle and beat San Martin for the game winner. Riverfront will now meet St Joe’s next.

Notes: Cinnaminson had a good season and the future looks bright for the Pirates, strong in goaltending and scoring depth should keep the Pirates on the right track.

Written by Mike Costantino

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