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Casey Forte had two goals and Jimmy Witkoski was solid in goal in picking up his eighth win of the season as Cherokee defeated Washington Township 4-1 in a preview of the first round of the playoffs. Township had gone 2-0-1 in the previous meetings this season. Boomer Miller opened the scoring just minutes into the game scoring his 16th goal of the season to give Cherokee a 1-0 lead.

Frank Hughes would tie the score at 1-1 converting a pass from Riley Griffith at the point, the score came on the power play and we would head into the second period tied at 1-1. Coming off a game on Monday night where they surrendered 8 goals against Moorestown, defense was on the mind of the Chiefs tonight and that paid off.

Forte gave Cherokee the lead for good as Aaron Huffnagle made a nice cross ice pass to Forte who was camped along the left side of the net and with Township down a man; all he did was re-direct the puck into the net for a 2-1 lead. Witkoski made several key saves to keep Township off the scoreboard and the forwards helped out on defense to limit the second chance opportunities.

John Martino was sent in on a breakaway early in the third period by Anthony Fenu and Martino buried his eleventh of the season to give Cherokee some breathing room at 3-1. Forte would add his second of the night at the eight minute mark with Brian Miller getting the helper to put the game away at 4-1.

Written by Mike Costantino

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