TOMS RIVER, NJ - The Southern Regional Ice Hockey team started slow but Paul Keyes scored the game-winning shorthanded goal with 53.9 seconds left in the contest. Keyes goal helped Southern clinch the Shore Conference-A South Division title with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Toms River South.
Toms River South led, 2-0 after two periods on goals from Rick Napoli and Mike Caufield. Tyler Golomb scored a power play goal early in the third to cut Southern's deficit to 2-1, before Caufield scored his second goal just over a minute later to extend the lead to 3-1. Keyes scored with 9:32 left, then Nicholas Englebert scored 53 seconds later to tie the game, as part of a run of three consecutive shorthanded goals for Southern to win the game.
"The team came out a bit flat this afternoon in which a lot of things can be attributed to the slow start," said Southern Coach Matt Hayes. "So there is no pointing fingers here but the players got their act together and grinded out yet another win securing our second ever A South title. In the greater scheme of things we've got a talented group here and when things get difficult our leaders step up and produce. Hockey is alive and well at Southern."
Tyler Golomb finished with a goal and two assists, while Keyes had two goals for Southern. Anthony Scalvino made 12 saves and Cameron Conrad made 10 saves in the win. Mark Bish made 35 saves for Toms River South.
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