Cherokee

2017-2018 TIER I-A Champions

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Sam Berger scored a power play goal in overtime as the Cherokee Chiefs rallied to beat Moorestown 4-3 and force a deciding game next Monday night at Voorhees. Trailing 3-2 in the third period Cherokee would get the tying goal from their leader Jeremy Ambrose. The teams traded goals in the first period with Moorestown taking a 1-0 lead at the six minute mark on a goal by Andrew Jordan and six minutes later Sam Libetti scored for the Chiefs. Darren Ambrose gave Cherokee a 2-1 lead midway through the second period but Moorestown would capitalize on the power play just over two minutes later and we entered the third all even at 2-2. 

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Jake Stone stopped all 19 shots as Cherokee defeated Kingsway 3-0 in JVA action played at the Voorhees Skate Zone on Sunday night. Sean Young scored the only goal of the first period with Tony Breen getting the assist. Breen was just recently named SJIceHockey’s player of the year in JVB. Kingsway had two power play opportunities in the period, but Stone was equal to the challenge as the Dragons would fire 10 shots but could not get one past Stone. 

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Cherokee built a 4-1 late into the second period and held off a hard charging Washington Township team for a 5-3 victory. The win puts the Chiefs in the finals against Moorestown, on Monday night. Jacob Bianchi scored twice and Jake Frankenfield added four assists to pace the offense. Chad Castorina led Township with two goals. Castorina put Township up 1-0 six minutes into the game as he scored down low putting home a shot by Matt Kennedy. The Chiefs responded on the power play as Bianchi got his first of the night three minutes later. Cherokee would build its lead over a six minute span of the second period.

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We are pleased with the league allowing us to recognize several players and a coach and their outstanding contributions they have made for their team. With at least two to three players considered for each category, we have finalized our decision. The tradition continues here at SJIceHockey as we honor the best of 2018-2019 season in the SJHSHL. Listed below are this year’s recipients: 

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Charles Banquier scored in the shootout as Moorestown defeated Cherokee 3-2 and advanced into the SJHSHL Finals. The Chiefs will now face Washington Township in an elimination game with the winner playing Moorestown in the finals. Jacob Bianchi gave Cherokee a 1-0 lead at the seven minute mark with Dustin Patterson and Connor Ray getting the assists. Moorestown would tie the game at 1-1 as Christian Romeo scored just twenty three seconds later. 

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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.

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Jake Frankenfield scored eighteen seconds into overtime to give Team Simmonds a 5-4 win over Team Giroux in the Junior-Senior showcase game played at the Skate Zone in Voorhees last night. Frankenfield had two goals on the night and won the game’s MVP, donated and presented by Training Aspects Ki Vaks and Rob Jost. Team Giroux took a 2-0n lead on goals by Austin Wilk and Sam Libetti. Team Simmonds would respond with goals from Ryan Feist late in the first period and seconds later a tying goal by Anthony Poppalardo. Team Simmonds would take a 3-2 lead as Mike Liberty from Mainland would score in the second period.

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The draft was held last night for the Junior-Senior Showcase game which will be held this Sunday night at the SkateZone in Voorhees at 7:25. Coach McKay from Cherokee won the right to pick first and he choose Jeremy Ambrose. Coach Glick selected Sam Libetti; it was the first time that two players from the same team, Cherokee were picked first by each team. Listed below in order are the teams, Team Simmonds is Coach McKay and Team Giroux is Coach Glick:

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Senior captain Jeremy Ambrose scored with 36 seconds left in the game to give Cherokee a 2-1 win over rival Moorestown in late game action in Voorhees. The win gives the Chiefs the number one seed heading into the tournament. Moorestown is four points behind with one game left, the Chiefs have completed their regular season. Sam Berger scored the only goal of the first period as the Chiefs led 1-0, Moorestown would have a few power play opportunities but Chiefs goalie Andrew Lavdas kept them at bay.

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Since being elevated to play on the top line, sophomore forward Jack Ellis has produced especially tonight as he recorded a hat trick to pace Cherokee over Williamstown 10-0 in Friday night action played at Hollydell. Mike Andes and Jake Kelley added two goals each and Jeremy Ambrose added a goal and three assists. Andes and Kelley scored goals eight seconds apart early in the first period as the Chiefs took a 2-0 lead. Two late goals in the period, one by Ellis and the other by Dustin Patterson, both coming with the Chiefs down a man, had the lead to 4-0.

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