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Andrew Lavdas stopped all 30 shots as Cherokee opened defense of their title with a 4-0 win over Washington Township. Arguably one of the hotter teams coming into the playoffs Township had won seven out of their last eight and was averaging almost six goals per game, but tonight Lavdas shut them down. Defensively the Chiefs were getting back and clearing any rebounds, but on several point blank shots Lavdas came up big. Darren Ambrose led the offense scoring two goals. The Chiefs broke through late in the first period on a great set up from Sam Libetti and Jeremy Ambrose who fed Jack Ellis in front and he deposited his shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.

That was the only goal of the first period, and despite two power play opportunities, Township could not get one past Lavdas. Early in the second period, Ambrose got his first of the night with Jake Kelley and Mike Andes assisting and the lead was 2-0. Jacob Bianchi would convert on the power play for Cherokee to give them a 3-0 lead. Township would have two more opportunities later in the period but would fail to capitalize. At the end of the period Lavdas robbed a Township player making a save that even had the refs shaking their heads. Township would have their best period offensively in the third, firing 15 shots at Lavdas, but tonight was his night, Darren Ambrose would add his second of the evening later in the game and the Chiefs move to within two wins of repeating.

Written by Mike Costantino

Posted in: Cherokee, Wash Twp
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