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Needing a win to force a deciding game and playing on the road, Cherry Hill East faced a tough task, but they responded carrying the play for the first two periods as they defeated Clearview 3-2 in front of a packed house at Hollydell. Putting to rest the myth that East fans won’t travel, the crowd was pretty equal as far as turnout. East dominated the first period in shots at 15-8 and took a 1-0 lead with less than four minutes left in the period as John Gallen was able to get one by Logan Graham. The View would respond exactly three minutes later with Mario Leone bursting in on Brice Sullivan and his shot tied the score at 1-1.

So despite being out-played, Clearview went into the second period all even at 1-1. Brian Cutler would give East a 2-1 lead in the opening thirty five seconds. Once again Cherry Hill dominated offensively with 18 shots to just 5 for Clearview. East got some breathing room as Tristan Laperriere scored down low at the six minute mark and a 3-1 lead. Entering the third period East seemed in control, but Gavin Reagan converted a perfect pass from Leone four minutes into the third and the lead was just 3-2. Given an opportunity on the power play moments later, the View never got set-up and could not get the equalizer. In the closing minute with the goalie pulled for an extra skater, East clamped down defensively and lives to play another day. That day will be Monday night at Voorhees at 7:20pm.

Written by Mike Costantino

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