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James Privito had three goals and three assists to lead Black Horse to the Tier 3 Championship with an 8-3 win over Mainland. Black Horse took control from the opening face-off and after just one minute into the game Privito scored the first of three power play goals for a 1-0 lead. Just about two minutes later, again on the power play, Kyle Smith connected for Black Horse and the lead was 2-0. Mainland had yet to find its offense and just five minutes into the game they were down two goals.

Tyler Casaccio got Mainland on the board with just over two minutes left in the period and despite being out played and out-shot, Mainland headed into the second period down by just 2-1. Going through the regular season Mainland did not lose a game and the only blemish on their record was a tie with Black Horse the second game of the year. Early in the period Mainland went on the power play with a chance to tie the game, but Martin Bell, on a feed from Privito, scored a short-handed goal to increase the lead to 3-1. With Black Horse still on the power play, Privito, after being stopped initially, scored on a break and the lead was 4-1. Privito completed his hat trick at the five minute mark for a 5-1 advantage. Billy Tomlin got one back for Mainland thirty seconds later, to bring his team to within 5-2. But Mainland was heading into the third period in a position they were not in all season, trailing after two periods.

Black Horse once again scored early as Jacob Slimm had his shot go in just under the crossbar for a 6-2 lead. Dennis Pedrick gave Mainland a little life one minute later, but goals by Adam Kovnat and Bell on the power play ended any hopes of a comeback.

Notes: With the game at Vineland, it was our first visit since the new owners took over and the public address announcer, Pete Higginson, who is in total control of the scorers area, is an added bonus for the rink.'s Tier 3 Player of the Year Brandon James was held scoreless in the game. With this being the first year of Tier 3 in the SJHSIHL, things look bright for the future.

Written by Mike Costantino

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