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Jeremy Ambrose had two goals and one assist and Sam Libetti added a goal and one assist as Cherokee defeated Eastern 4-3 in front of a standing room only crowd on Friday night at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. With fans lined up over one hour prior to the game, and many of them were not able to get in, the Chiefs needed this game to force a deciding game on Monday night. Eastern had gone through the tournament undefeated and needed just to win tonight to repeat as champs. Coach McKay needed a big effort from his top line and strong defense and he got both tonight. 

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Andrew Lavdas stopped 28 shots as Cherokee defeated Moorestown 3-1 in front of a packed house on Monday night in an elimination game in the Tier I bracket. The Chiefs built a 3-0 lead through two periods largely on strong goal tending and the play of their second line, but had to hold on at the end as Moorestown would make some noise late in the game. The Chiefs jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game with Samuel Berger putting home a rebound of a shot by Mike Deford, with Jake Kelley also getting an assist.

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In the continuing tradition here at SJIceHockey, we are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 award winners. We had many players that had a standout year which made it difficult to narrow down and in one category we actually picked two players to share the honors. Congratulations to all.  The presentations will be prior to game 1 of the Championship round at Voorhees.

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Mike DeFord scored eleven seconds into the game and Cherokee never looked back as they stayed alive in the double elimination tournament with a 7-0 win over Washington Township. The loss ended the season for Township and Cherokee lives on to play another day. Andrew Lavdas stopped all 20 shots and Michael Andes led the offense with two goals. The Chiefs have won a majority of their titles going through the losers’ bracket and will have to do so once again this year. Andes made it 2-0 at the five minute mark on a nice feed from Darren Ambrose. With the period winding down Jeremy Ambrose made a nice move down the right side and picked the long side along the ice to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead after one.

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Shawnee is making its first appearance in recent memory and Moorestown finds itself the top seed after a 15-1-2 season. The games are scheduled to be played starting on March 12th as Cherokee will host DMA at 8:45 at Voorhees Skate Zone. Moorestown will begin play on Tuesday March 13th at Voorhees at 7:00. Please check back for the complete schedule, to be posted in the Forum. The 5th annual NJ/DE Flyers cup teams have been selected and here are the rankings... 

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Kyle Peters scored one minute into the overtime period as Team Simmonds rallied from a three goal deficit to defeat Team Giroux 9-8 in the Junior-Senior Showcase game held at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Max Kuznetsov led Team Giroux with six goals. Dominic Garrozzo had three goals and four assists and Kyle Peters added a hat trick for Team Simmonds. Luke Dobbs opened the scoring giving Team Giroux the early 1-0 lead. Dennis Campbell tied the game at 1-1 at the five minute mark. 

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Mike Deford had a hat trick and Mike Andes added two goals and three assists as Cherokee ended the regular season with a 9-2 win over the Braves from Williamstown. Samuel Libetti opened the scoring two minutes into the game to give the Chiefs the early 1-0 lead. Deford would get his first late in the period and the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead to the second period. The Chiefs would put up five goals in the second period to take control of the game. After Justin Fortuna got Williamstown on the board in the opening seconds of the period, Deford and Andes would set each other up as first Deford would get his second of the night from Andes and Andes would get a feed from Deford and the Chiefs led 4-1midway through the second period. 

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The 2017-2018 SJHSHL draft for the Junior-Senior Showcase game was conducted on Tuesday night as the coaches for Team Simmonds and Team Giroux gathered to make their selections. Team Giroux, who will be coached by Daryl Sporer from Moorestown and assisted by Scott Busler from Cherry Hill East won the toss and selected Max Kuznetsov from Eastern with their first pick. Team Simmonds who will be coached by Scott McKay from Cherokee and assisted by John Francis from Kingsway selected Dominic Garrozzo from Washington Township. Here are the remaining selections for both teams:

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Jeremy Ambrose had three goals and two assists as Cherokee defeated Washington Township 7-0 on a rare Wednesday night game at Voorhees Skate Zone. Ambrose has come alive in the last seven games scoring 12 of his 15 goals in that stretch, after having just 3 in the first six games. Cherokee overall the last six weeks has stepped up their intensity and are poised to make another run at the SJHSHL Title. Mike Deford and Jake Kelley scored goals two minutes apart early in the first period as Cherokee jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Township would have two power play opportunities but failed to generate much offense, their best chance came late in the period when Chad Castorina had a scoring chance in close but Ryan Conrad stoned him to keep it 2-0. 

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The nominees for the 2017-2018 Junior/Senior Showcase game have been released. The game will be played on Wednesday, February 7th at the Voorhees Skate Zone at 7:05. Tickets are $5. Head coach from Moorestown will team with head coach from Cherry Hill East to oppose head coach from Cherokee who will team with head coach from Kingsway. We will conduct a live draft next week-date and time to be announced so stay tuned. Here are your 2017-2018 nominees...

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