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Down 3-2 late in the period Coach McKay took a time out and decided that with 97 seconds left in the game and an offensive zone face-off it was the right time to pull the goalie for an extra skater. Well timing is everything as Jacob Bianchi would get the equalizer and give the Chiefs a 3-3 tie with rival Moorestown. It’s always a gamble when you pull the goalie and making sure it’s the right time and most coaches will say it’s a feel on how the flow is going and most importantly where is the face-off. Cherokee struck early as Jack Ellis would give them a 1-0 lead scoring his second of the season 49 seconds into the game. Elias Sulpizio would tie the game for Moorestown scoring on a short-handed breakaway five minutes into the second period. 

Once again the Chiefs would strike early in the third period as Patrick Dugan jammed home a rebound of a Brendan Forest shot. That lead would last exactly two minutes as Moorestown would get the tying goal from Samuel Byrd-Leitner, his second of the season and it was 2-2. Just under one minute later Zachary McEvoy gave Moorestown its first lead of the night with Joshua Ames getting the assist. Cherokee would have a power play opportunity at the ten minute mark but failed to capitalize until late in the game when the coach made the right call. 

Written by Mike Costantino

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