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On senior night, Thomas Jefferson clinches playoff berth with 8-5 victory over Norwin

Jake Gardiner (83) chases a loose puck against a Norwin defender in a game at Ice Castle Arena on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. -- ED MAJOR II

CASTLE SHANNON, Pa. — After battling to a 5-5 tie after two periods, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars used multiple goals from Eddie Pazo and a shutout period from goaltender Luke Ripepi to defeat the Norwin Knights, 8-5, Thursday night at Ice Castle Arena. The Jaguars clinched a Class-1A playoff berth in the process.

Riley Holzer started the scoring early for Thomas Jefferson, putting a shot past Norwin goaltender Sam Coll just 11 seconds in. Norwin responded with goals by Anthony Cavallaro and Mason Pivarnik at 2:29 and 6:01, respectively. Will O’Brien responded less than a minute later, but the back and forth battle continued as Jacob Dally gave Norwin a 3-2 lead after one period of play.

Hunter Fairman tied the game again for the Jaguars less than two minutes into the second period, but two more goals by Norwin had the Knights back in a comfortable lead. Toward the end of the period, though, Thomas Jefferson flipped a switch. Two goals in 34 seconds tied the game once more, 5-5, within the final two minutes of the period.

As even as it was through the first two periods, the third was all Thomas Jefferson. Two goals by Eddie Pazo, including an empty net goal and sandwiched around a Riley Holzer goal, secured the 8-5 win for the Jaguars.

MAJOR FOCUS: Thomas Jefferson clinches playoff spot with 8-5 win over Norwin

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