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Luke Steele put home a rebound early in the first overtime as Cherry Hill East defeated Clearview 4-3 in an overtime thriller last night at Hollydell. Jordan Hauler got the start in nets for East and played outstanding as Cherry Hill built a 3-0 lead. Thurston Schon got things going early for Cherry Hill scoring in the first ninety seconds of the game. Jack Meath, who tallied two goals tonight, which doubled his season total, scored a power play goal in the final four minutes of the period and East took a 2-0 lead into the second period. Hauler was stopping everything as the View could not get one by him and with the period winding down Meath scored on a breakaway to give East a 3-0 lead.

Led by senior Anthony Dellerose, who seemed to log a lot of ice time, the View would finally break through seconds after the East goal as Dellerose would get his career 100th point, scoring his 45th goal of his career to give the View some life late in the period. The period ended with the View putting pressure on Hauler but he allowed just the one goal through two periods. Dellerose had a short-handed breakaway at the eleven minute mark, but Hauler made the save to keep it 3-1. The View would get a power play of their own and Cole Dyar was all alone along the side of the net and his goal made it 3-2 with nine minutes left in regulation. Despite some quality chances, Hauler kept the View off the board until just over one minute remained and Dellerose would rip a shot from the slot and into the top corner and we were tied at 3-3. Early in the overtime Clearview’s Robert Penrod had his shot go off the post and stay out of the net and moments later Steele would put home a rebound and the celebration began. 

Notes: Clearview had a goal disallowed by the officials as the puck was directed into the net off a Clearview player’s knee, can’t recall if I have ever seen that before. Coach Busler went with Hauler in nets who played just 5 games this season, but has won his last 2 starts, as he has been playing strong lately, and he certainly was the difference tonight. Congratulations to Coach Vulpio and his staff on a fine season. 

Written by Mike Costantino

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