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Top-seeded West Chester East shakes off slow start, reaches Flyers Cup semis

Top-seeded West Chester East got quite a scare Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Class A Flyers Cup.

West Chester East captain (83) Joey Vagnoni celebrates his second period in Flayers Cup action against Lower Dauphin. (PETE BANNAN)

The Vikings trailed No. 9 Lower Dauphin after one period, and saw the game tied halfway through the second period.

But then East remembered how it earned that top seed, and pulled away for a 5-3 win and a spot in the Flyers Cup semifinals against fifth-seeded Hershey, which beat No. 4 Strath Haven Wednesday night.

After falling behind, 1-0, in the first period, East evened the score early in the second on a power play goal by John Conlon, with an assist from Tristan D’Elia. A few minutes later, East took the lead when Joey Vagnoni scored on an assist from Chase Becnel.

But Lower Dauphin came right back with a goal less than a minute later, and the game was tied, 2-2.

In the later stages of the second period, Owen Mulholland and D’Elia both found the net to put the Vikings back in front for good at 4-2.

Ethan Fredricks scored less than a minute into the third period, with an assist from Becnel, to make it 5-2, before Lower Dauphin’s Noah Leach made the final score 5-3.

East goalie Jake Godshall had 23 saves on the night, while Lower Dauphin’s Eric West stopped 41 of 46 shots.

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