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Cherokee built a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 win against Egg Harbor Township in Tier I playoff action at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. The loss eliminated EHT and moved the Chiefs into the Championship round against Eastern. Patrick Dugan put the Chiefs on the board at the eight-minute mark on a nice feed from Colin Devine from behind the net. Jack Ellis, the Chiefs leading goal scorer during the regular season, returned to game action after missing a few games due to injury and made an impact as he scored on the power play to put the Chiefs up 2-0 late in the first period. Early in the second period, Devine would make it 3-0 as the Chiefs once again capitalized on the power play. Late in the period on a scramble, in front, Anthony Breen scored for Cherokee and the Chiefs led 4-0 after two periods. 

I thought EHT had them right where they wanted them as in Friday night's game against Township, EHT trailed 4-0 and came storming back. Two late penalties against Cherokee had EHT on the power play and early in the third period, Dylan Faulhaber got EHT on the board to make it 4-1. William Bahnak would rip a shot from the top of the slot at the four-minute mark and suddenly it was 4-2 and the comeback was on. However, that was all Andrew Lavdas would give up as the Chiefs protected the lead and despite being out-shot 10-5 in the period, no more damage was done. 

Notes: Cherokee has a tough task ahead as they must defeat the Vikings twice, since Eastern has not lost a game in the double elimination tournament. Actually, during the regular season, the Vikings only had two losses, with the last one coming in early December. Game one will be Monday night at Voorhees. 

Written by Mike Costantino

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