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David Cutler scored two goals and Jordan Hauler stopped 31 shots as Cherry Hill East defeated HLV 4-2 and win the SJHSHL Tier II A division championship at the Igloo on Friday night. Cherry Hill had to come out of the losers bracket and beat HLV twice, which they did and probably the biggest move was switching to Hauler who finished 4-0 in the tournament.

Cutler gave East a 1-0 lead deflecting a shot by Thurston Schon at the six minute mark. Just over two minutes later HLV would tie the game at 1-1 on the first of two goals on the night by Gavin Gray. Moments later Cutler would give East a 2-1 lead with Schon and John Pearson getting the assists. HLV would tie the game at 2-2 as Gray would notch his second of the night. East would retake the lead as they broke in 2-on-1 late in the period as Tommy Papa drew the defenseman over and slid the puck to Jack Meath and he directed the pass into the net and East took a 3-2 lead with fifty-five seconds left in the period. Then with fourteen seconds left Pearson snuck in behind the defense and put home a rebound of a shot by Cutler and East took a 4-2 lead into the final period. Coach Busler preached defense first and that was the case in the third period as HLV outshot East 13-2, but Hauler kept them off the board and East had their championship. 

Notes: Coach Busler felt, “once we got the lead, defense first, and that was the difference tonight”. Congratulations to Cherry Hill East and all the coaches. 

Written by Mike Costantino

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