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Kyle Frasier scored a power play goal with just over two minutes left in the third period to give Black Horse a 3-2 win over Clearview in a tough battle between these Tier II teams. The game was played at a high level of intensity and had a playoff atmosphere. After a scoreless first period Clearview broke out on top in the opening minute of the second period with Tyler Richardson scoring on a slap shot from the point, Eric Lauk got the lone assist.

Both goalies played well throughout, Aaron Wechter for Black Horse and Max Ramos for Clearview and if they continue to play at this level they might meet in the finals. Black Horse go the tying goal with just five seconds left in the middle stanza as Scott Veneziale one-timed a cross ice pass from Bryan Popiolek into the net and we were tied at 1-1 after two.

Clearview had two golden opportunities to take the lead in the first four minutes of the third period as they had back to back power play chances and failed to capitalize as Wechter refused to allow anything past him. Right after killing the second penalty Black Horse took a 2-1 lead on John Kennedy’s seventh goal of the year. Clearview would get the equalizer with over five minutes remaining; Mike Vulpio hustled behind the net and found Lauk in front for the tying goal. It was at this point that the game and probably the season changed for Clearview.

Vulpio and Casey Zawojski got into a tussle behind the net, and after all was said and done, each got a five minute major for fighting, which carries an automatic five game suspension and with only two regular season games left, the remaining 3 games will carry over into the playoffs. Not having your captain and leader will certainly hurt Clearview; other players will have to step up. Black Horse has more depth and while losing a solid defenseman will hurt, they should be fine.

Black Horse would have a two-man advantage for a full two minutes and Frasier would deposit the game winner in the final two minutes to give Black Horse the win and sole possession of second place in the division. Black Horse will meet H/L/V on Monday night at Voorhees with a chance to move even closer in the standings. The two teams met earlier in December with H/L/V winning 3-2.

Written by Mike Costantino

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