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Max Kouznetsov had four goals and Conor Riley added a goal and three assists as Eastern defeated Cherokee 7-4 in semi-final action in the NJ/DE Flyers Cup held at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Jeremy Ambrose led Cherokee with two goals and one assist, Sam Libetti added three assists. The Chiefs led 3-1 after the first period on two goals by Ambrose and a power play goal by Jake Bianchi. Vincent Roustas scored the lone Eastern goal. The second period the Vikings got an early power play goal from Kouznetsov to make it 3-2 and then Kouznetsov fed the puck to Kristen Massanova three minutes later and we were tied at 3-3.

Mike Deford gave the Chiefs a 4-3 lead as they capitalized on a two-man advantage. Kouznetsov would tie the game at 4-4 in the final five minutes of the period. The Chiefs began the third period down a man and Kouznetsov wasted little time as he scored in the first minute to give Eastern the lead for good at 5-4. Kouznetsov scored an insurance goal at the ten minute mark and Riley would add an empty net goal to close out the scoring. The Vikings will travel to Delaware on Friday night to face defending Flyers Cup champion Salesianum in the finals.

Written by Mike Costantino

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