Washington Twp Articles 2014-2015

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Washington Township scored two goals in the first five minutes of the third period to break open a 3-3 game and went on to defeat Cherokee 6-3 in JVA played at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Sunday night. Joseph Urban paced the offense scoring two goals and Kyle Rink stopped 17 shots in notching his first win of the season. Cherokee led 1-0 as Trevor Ligekis converted on the power play in the opening five minutes. Christian Anderson would get the equalizer about four minutes later with Stefano Sferra getting the assist. Urban would score an unassisted goal about thirty seconds later to give Township a 2-1 lead.

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Chris Cozzan from Washington Township had a hat trick and Sam Amon from EEW added two goals as Team Simmonds defeated Team Giroux 9-5 in the Junior-Senior Showcase game played before a packed house at the Skate Zone in Voorhees last night. Despite out-shooting Team Simmonds by 48-35, Team Giroux could not overcome the five goal first period. Before we were settled in our seats it was 3-0 in the first two minutes. Cozzan, playing on a line with teammate Brandon Balsama, who assisted on all three Cozzan goals, got things going on their first shift, Scott Veneziale, from Black Horse deflected a shot by Shawnee’s Alex Churchill and the lead was 2-0.

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Zachary Burkhardt stopped all 23 shots and Jarret Wharton scored twice as Washington Township defeated Moorestown 5-0 at the Igloo on Wednesday night. With the win Township clinched first place in the American Division and will play Moorestown in the first round of the double elimination tournament starting on February 9th at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Moorestown controlled the opening five minutes and peppered Burkhardt but he stood strong and Township withstood the attack. Riley Griffith would score an unassisted goal at the six minute mark for the 1-0 lead. Chris Cozzan would make it 2-0 scoring a power play goal with less than two minutes left in the period.

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Matt Manzo scored a power play goal with nine seconds left in the game as Clearview and Washington Township played to a 1-1 draw. With the point and Cherokee losing to Moorestown, Township needs just one point in their last two games to clinch the top spot in the division. Township carried the play for most of the game out-shooting Clearview 32-21, but goalie Mike Hughes kept the Minutemen off the board until late in the third period.

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For the second consecutive year, a live draft was held to select the teams for the upcoming Junior Senior Showcase game to be held Friday, February 6th at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Team Giroux was selected by Cherokee Coach McKay and Riverfront Coach D’Amato and Team Simmonds were selected by Washington Township Coach Glick and EEW Coach Pontonio. Team Giroux won the coin toss and selected Boomer Miller, Team Simmonds went with Cris Cozzan. Here are the rest of the players selected by team:

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Vinny Mancini picked the perfect time to score his first varsity goal of the season as his rebound of a Boomer Miller's shot proved to be the game winner as Cherokee defeated Washington Township 3-2 and spoiled senior night at Hollydell. Both teams played well and the game had a playoff type atmosphere and could have been a preview of the finals, although I think Clearview might have a say.

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Chris Cozzan had a hat trick and Matt Kammerer and Riley Griffith added two goals each as Washington Township blew past Mainland 13-0 in play at the Skate Zone. Township scored seven goals in the opening period and never looked back. Getting goals from nine different players had to make Coach Glick happy as Township continued its strong play and maintained its lead over Cherokee.

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The nominees have been announced for the 2014-2015 Junior/ Senior Showcase game for the SJHSHL. Each team will have at least one player representing their club. The head coach from Washington Township, EEW and St Joe’s will coach one squad. The other squad will have the head coach from Cherokee, Mainland and Riverfront. Once again we will do a live draft on Thursday, January 29th at approximately 7:00PM. Each team will consist of 12 forwards, 6 defenseman and 3 goalies. In case some players cannot make the game, 3 alternates will be selected for each squad. The game will be played on Friday, February 6th at Skate Zone in Voorhees at 8:05PM. Congratulations to all the nominees!!

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Washington Township scored four goals in the second period as they pulled away from HLV 7-1 to win their first game of 2015. Donovan Haslett led the offense with two goals and one assist, Chris Cozzan added a goal and two assists. After a scoreless first period Township would score three goals in the opening three minutes of the second period. Haslett got them going scoring his 4th of the year with Cozzan and Sam Strippoli getting the assists. Just over one minute later Jimmy Pollock gave Township a 2-0 lead scoring his sixth of the season. Strippoli made it 3-0 with Cozzan getting the helper.

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As we begin 2015 and head towards the playoffs let’s take a look at the division leaders and where they should finish: American Division: Washington Township has a 3 point lead with two games in hand and has winnable games against Shawnee, EEW and HLV. They would seem to be in the driver’s seat for the top seed in the division. Cherokee is still the 4 time champ and needs to get there offense going if they want a 5th title. Clearview has proved they can play with anybody and could surprise here depending on the goaltending. Moorestown has struggled within the division going 1-6-1.

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