Cherokee dug itself a 5-0 hole and almost climbed out of it with a furious rally in the third period but an empty net goal by Kristian Massanova iced the game with 26 seconds left as Eastern defeated Cherokee 6-4 in front of a packed house at the Skate zone in Voorhees on Monday night. Luke A. Riley led the Vikings with two goals. The Vikings took a 3-0 lead after the first period on goals by Vincent Roustas, Luke Ravitz and Riley, who scored shorthanded in the final three minutes. The Chiefs power play would let them down tonight as they went just 1-7 with the man advantage and gave up a short-handed goal. The second period the Vikings would get goals from Kristopher Zapata and Riley’s second and they took a 5-0 lead into the third period.
To the Chiefs credit they kept working and were able to get their first goal as Jack Ellis scored from the slot on the power play just two minutes into the third period to start the rally. Goals by Brendan Forrest and Jacob Bianchi ninety seconds apart had the Chiefs to within 5-3. Patrick Dugan would get the Chiefs to within 5-4 scoring a goal down low with just over five minutes left in the game. With the momentum clearly on the Chiefs side, they would have a golden opportunity in the final four minutes, particularly with a two man advantage for a full minute, but could not get the tying goal. Then pulling the goalie for an extra skater the Vikings Massanova would score into the empty net to end any hopes for Chiefs fans.