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Washington Township rallied from a 2-0 deficit and tied Cherokee 2-2 in the first game of the New Year for both teams. Township has played their best games against Cherokee this season having handed them both their losses, and this is the first game Cherokee has scored more than one goal against Ryan McCusker and company.

After a scoreless first period, Cherokee had the best opportunity early in the second period as Aaron Huffnagle broke in, but McCusker stoned him to keep it scoreless. Cherokee took the 1-0 lead at the eight minute mark as they broke in 3-on-1 and Jake Toran notched his eighth goal of the year for the Chiefs.

The lead grew to 2-0 with just under four minutes left in the period and Cherokee seemingly in control. Township got some life on the power play as Riley Griffith scored his third of the season and suddenly Township had life. Then with four minutes left in the game Shane Moffett knocked home a loose puck down low with Doug Sanders getting the assist. Neither team would threaten and the game ended in a tie.

Notes: Cherokee will need to solve the defensive strategy employed by Township if they want to threepeat. Not many rebounds given up by McCusker have been a huge key in limiting the scoring for the Chiefs, along with the forwards helping out.

Written by Mike Costantino
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