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The game started out with high electricity in front of a packed house at the Skate Zone in Voorhees and by the end of the game, which Cherokee won 3-1, the crowd was down to just parents and a few students. Both teams came out with high energy and emotion as the teams combined for 29 shots in the first period with both goalies, Keith MacGregor for Shawnee and Andrew Lavdas for Cherokee, on top of their game. The lone goal of the period came from Thomas Caputo as his shot from the slot just trickled past Lavdas and a 1-0 lead. 

The game turned early in the second period as an incident in the stands on the Cherokee side led to the police ordering the evacuation of the stands and the game would not resume until this was accomplished. The process took close to thirty minutes to complete and from the players’ perspective, they now had to resume the game after cooling down for thirty minutes. While the effort was still there on both sides, it didn’t have the feel of the opening period, which was high energy. 

After a scoreless second period, the Chiefs would get the tying goal from their captain, Darren Ambrose as he converted a feed down low from Jake Bianchi and slid the puck past MacGregor to tie the game at 1-1 four minutes into the third period. With overtime a possibility as the clock wound under five minutes, Dillon Cooney’s shot from the blue line beat MacGregor and the Chiefs had their first lead at 2-1. Thirty seconds later Shawnee would have a chance with the man advantage to tie the game but Lavdas made several big saves down low, to preserve the lead. In the final seconds Shawnee pulled the goalie for an extra skater and Bianchi lifted the puck from inside his own zone and into the empty net to seal the game for Cherokee. Andy Lavdas would get an assist on the goal. All in a night’s work. Next up is a date with Eastern. 

Written by Mike Costantino

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