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NJ ice hockey: state playoff brackets

by John Quirk on
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 5:34 AM

Updated Thu, Mar 1, 2012 1:56 PM
NJ ice hockey: state playoff brackets


2012 NJSIAA Tournaments

Public A

First Round


(17) Roxbury 6, (16) South Brunswick 1 –  South Brunswick Ice Arena

The Gaels got a big performance from Cory Chaplin as they skated past South Brunswick, 6-1 in Public A first round action.

Chaplin got the Roxbury offense rolling early in the first period, scoring off a feed from Gabe Rowe. James Schultz capped off the opening frame with a goal, which would go on to be the game-winner and Matt Horn’s early second period goal opened up a big lead. Kyle Janoczkin spoiled the shutout party with a power play goal late in the third period.

Roxbury faces the top seed, Randolph, at Mennen Arena in the next round.

(9) Hillsborough vs. (24) Bernards – PROtechockey Ponds

With so much talent in the Skyland Conference, the Raiders can be somewhat underrated, but they had no trouble with Bernards, winning 5-2 in their opening round contest.

Bernards opened up a 2-0 lead by the beginning of the second period, but Hillsborough scored five unanswered goals to pick up the win. Nick Bierwirth tallied two goals and an assist and Dan Conguista had a three-point game to lead the Raiders offense.

Hillsborough will head up to the Ice Vault to take on Ridgewood in the Round of 16.

(8) Ridgewood 8, (25) Fair Lawn 2 – Ice House

Ridgewood continued its strong play after capturing the Big North Gold Cup with a convincing 8-2 victory over Fair Lawn Monday night.

Despite trailing early the game while the offense struggled to get going, the Maroons would rally for five goals in a seven-minute span during the second period to put their stamp on an opening round victory in the Public A tournament.

Zach Kinkella continued his impressive junior campaign by registering two goals just 44 seconds apart, goals that would eventually put Ridgewood up for good at 4-2. The Maroons all-time leading scorer Peter McGinley had been quiet in the Big North Gold semifinal and championship but the senior exploded for a six-point performance in the tournament opener.

Up next for Mike Lucchesi’s club they draw a Hillsborough squad that won its opener in convincing fashion as well, a 5-2 victory over a pesky Bernards team.

(5) Middletown South 6, (28) Mount Olive 0 – Mennen Sports Arena

A five goal third period allowed the Eagles to soar past Mount Olive with a 6-0 win in the first round of the Public A tournament.

Chris Connor opened the scoring three minutes into the game, but the contest would remain scoreless until the third period. Connor and Tyler Ralph each ended up with five-point games and Zach England dished out a pair of helpers to lead the way. Shubhro Rose made 21 stops to pick up the shutout.

Middletown South will face Shore Conference foe Marlboro in the next round.

(21) Marlboro 6,(12) Westfield 5 – Warinanco Skating Center

(13) Pascack Valley 4, (20) Livingston 1 – Sport-O-Rama

(4) Ridge 5, (29) Woodbridge 1 – Bridgewater Sports Arena

Five different players tallied for the Red Devils as they defeated Woodbridge, 5-1, in their first round game.

The top line of Keith Knapp, Chris Mastroianni and Keith Knapp combined for three goals, each of them scoring once, as Ridge fired 46 shots on net. Geoff Vogt and Jack Burt also connected for Ridge in the win.

Ridge will face the No. 13 seed, Pascack Valley, in the second round of the playoffs.

(14) Wayne Valley 3, (19) West Windsor North 2 – Ice Vault

(11) Howell 8, (22) Montclair 1 – Ice World of Howell

(6) Montgomery 9, (27) Manasquan 1 – PROtechockey Ponds

The Cougars started Public A run with a bang, scoring a convincing 9-0 win over the No. 27 seed Manasquan.

Montgomery scored early and often and got a huge night from senior forward Luc Esposito. The team’s leading scorer racked up an incredible six goals and two assists to give him 61 points on the year.

Kevin Wanke also tallied twice for the Cougars to give him a team-leading 39. Montgomery will take on Howell in the Round of 16 on February 29th.

(7) Bridgewater-Raritan 6, West Orange 2 – Bridgewater Sports Arena

Bridgewater-Raritan’s superstar forward David Monahan scored twice in the second period to vault his team to a 6-2 win over West Orange in opening round play.

Monahan snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the second period with his team-leading 38th goal and his 39th opened up a 3-1 lead that Bridgewater-Raritan was able to maintain. Mark Kinsey and Eric Luetters struck for the Panthers in the third to ensure the win.

Bridgewater-Raritan will go on to face Robbinsville in the Round of 16.

(10) Robbinsville 5, (23) Newton-Lenape Valley 2   – Mercer County Ice Center

Three players recorded multi-point games for the Ravens as they defeated Newton/Lenape Valley, 5-2, in the first round of the Public A tournament.

After a scoreless first, Coleman Anker and Eric Hildebrand scored in the second period to open up a 2-0 lead. The first of two goals by Brett Conrads cut the deficit in half 30 seconds into the third period, but Logan Fredericks and Scott Kurejza answered for the Ravens to lift them to victory.

Robbinsville moves on to face Bridgewater-Raritan in the next round of the Public A playoffs.

(18) Brick 3, (15) Old Bridge 0 – Old Bridge Arena

Public B

First Round


(16) Princeton 4, (17) Rumson-Fair Haven 2 – Mercer County Ice Skating Center

The finest season in Rumson-Fair Haven history came to a disappointing end as No. 16 Princeton defeated the 17th-seeded Bulldogs, 4-2, in the first round of the Public B tournament.

Troy D’Amico opening the scoring with a power play goal midway through the first, but Princeton would get the next three markers in the game, including two by Mike Wasson. The Bulldogs outshot Princeton, 26-12, but Josh Berger was outstanding, making 26 saves in the contest.

Princeton will meet top-seeded Kinnelon in the Public B Round of 16.

(9) Ramsey 7, (24) Johnson 2 – Warinanco Skating Center

The Ramsey offense fired an incredible 49 shots on net as they rolled to a 7-2 victory over Johnson in the first round of the Public B tournament.
Freshman Alex Whalen led Ramsey with a goal and three assists and was an important spark to the Rams’ attack, picking up a point on his teams’ first three goals in the game. Ramsey’s attack was also one of balance as seven different players scored. That will be important for the Rams going forward in the tournament.

The outstanding career of Johnson’s Sal DeMarzo came to a close with a goal and an assist in the game. The senior forward had an amazing season, finshing with 46 goals and 32 assists.

Ramsey will face a Big North rival in Northern Highlands in the Round of 16.

(8) Northern Highlands 7, (25) Cranford 1 – Warinanco Skating Center

Zach Zanone and Michael Lomuti scored seven seconds apart early in the first period to spark the Highlanders to a 7-1 victory over Cranford.
Sean Feeney scored the lone goal for Cranford to cut the lead to 2-1, but Corey Leskanic answered late in the first to put Northern Highlands ahead, 3-1, and they never looked back.

Ryan Ertmann added four helpers in the game and Lomuti finished with a five-point game.

Northern Highlands will meet Ramsey in the next round of the Public B tournament.

(5) Paramus 8, (28) Sparta 7 – Ice House

Paramus barely escaped a spirited Sparta squad in the opening round of the Public B state tournament, but, nevertheless, took home an 8-7 decision.

Paramus had opened up a 6-0 lead by the middle of the second period, but Sparta never gave up. Nick Bartholomew scored a hat trick and Greg Jandol had two goals and two assists, including the final two tallies that cut the lead to 8-7. Sparta continued to get chances in the Paramus zone, but as the final seconds ticked down, but were unable to convert one of its several close calls.

Paramus will face a team from down the shore in Point Pleasant Boro in the next round of the playoffs.

(21) Point Pleasant Borough 2, (12) Lakeland 1 – Ice Vault

(20) Verona 5, (13) Mahwah 1 – Ice Vault

Just three days after an improbable run through the Big North Green tournament Mahwah’s season came to an unfitting and abrupt end with a 5-1 loss to Verona-Glen Ridge.

The Thunderbirds have ridden on the back of senior goalie Sean Scannell all season and on a night where it needed to have the offense carry the load, the snipers just couldn’t find the legs or the range.

Injuries and four games in nine days certainly didn’t look to help Mahwah either, as after a quick two-goal flurry with the game tied at 1-1 in the second really looked to be the finishing blow to the Thunderbirds.

Verona-Glen Ridge’s prize for winning isn’t necessarily a great one, they draw an extremely tough Summit team in the Round of 16.

(4) Summit 10, (29) Madison 1 – Warinanco Skating Center

There would be no drama this time between Summit and Madison as the Hilltoppers cruised past the Dodgers, 10-1, in opening round Public B action.

Last season, Summit erased a three-goal deficit late in the third to defeat Madison, but it was a much different game in 2012 as the Hilltoppers scored five times in the first period. Sophomore Liam McLaughlin had a huge game with five goals and one assist and Mike Santina dished out five assists to lead Summit.

For the second straight year, Summit will take on Verona/Glen Ridge in the Round of 16.

(19) Park Regional 5, (14) Wall 1 – Wall Sports Arena-Gold Coast

Park Regional’s leading scorer, Michael Meggiolaro was the catalyst to a four-goal second period as the Hornets defeated Wall, 5-1, in first-round Public B action.

Meggiolaro scored twice in the second period and set up a third goal by Jimmy White. Jeff Morgan scored a shorthanded goal for Wall early in the third period, but Meggiolaro’s third goal of the game iced the victory for Park Regional.

With the win, Park Regional travels to Mackay Park to take on Tenafly in the next round.

(11) Indian Hills 5, (22) Hopewell Valley 2 – Ice Vault

(27) Montville 4, (6) Ramapo 1 – Ice Vault

The biggest upset so far in this year’s state tournament came courtesy of the Montville Mustangs who upended Ramapo 4-1 in their first round matchup.

Montville entered the Public B bracket with a losing record and a 27th seed out of 29 spots but when get good goaltending and make your chances count, any team can win in single-elimination.

The Mustangs mustered only 12 shots during its contest with Ramapo but made the best of thei efforts when getting a good look at net. A Ryan O’Lear goal in the waning moments of the second period put the score at 3-1 and effectively ended The Green Raiders season.

Now it’s on to the round of 16 for the Mustangs and an intriguing matchup with the 11 seed, Indian Hills, on March 1.

(7) Brick Township vs. (26) Wayne Hills – Ocean Ice Palace

The Green Dragons showed off their young talent as sophomores David Kearns and Andrew Reiss each scored a hat trick in a 9-1 victory over Wayne Hills.

Kyle Blazer scored the opening goal for Wayne Hills, but Brick scored the next nine on its way to blitzing the Hills net with 56 shots on goal. Reiss finished with five points in the game while Kearns finished with four and defenseman Brian Murphy added a pair of assists.

Brick will face Mendham in the second round of the Public B playoffs.

(10) Mendham 8, (23) Pequannock 2 – Mennen Sports Arena

A four-goal first period burst propelled Mendham to an 8-2 win over Morris County rival Pequannock at Bridgewater Sports Arena.

Matt Farina scored 18 seconds into the game for the Minuetmen and the offensive attack did not relent from there. John Gionco scored a hat trick for Mendham and Brian Reed added two goals and two assists in the win.

Mendham will square off with Brick Township at Ocean Ice Palace on March 1st in the Round of 16.

(15) Glen Rock 3, (18) Nutley 1 – Ice House

Despite a strong 38-save performance from Alec Astorga, The Panthers put home three goals to defeat Nutley, 3-1 at the Ice House.
Kevin Doyle opened the scoring with a rocket of a one-timer that Astorga had no chance on in the first period. However, Michael Conca was able to answer for Nutley in the second and the two teams were tied heading into the third period.

Kurt Rypkema deflected a shot by Doyle in the third period to put Glen Rock ahead for good and Doyle added his second of the game, an empty-netter, to ice the win.

Glen Rock travels down to Mennen Arena to take on Chatham on March 1st in its next game.



First Round


(17) Bishop Eustace 2, (16) Seton Hall Prep 1 – Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain

This matchup of Gordon Conference foes was decided in overtime and Derrick Jester scored the winner with 4:22 left in the extra session to lift Bishop Eustace to a 2-1 victory.

Paul Michura scored in the last minute of the second period to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead, but Nick Fowler scored a power play goal with 2:19 left in regulation to tie the game and force overtime, setting the stage for Jester’s winner. Nick Swider saved the day in net for Bishop Eustace, stopping 35 of 36 shots.

Bishop Eustace will go on to face top-seeded Delbarton in the Private Round of 16.

(12) St. Joseph Montvale 6, (21) Paul VI 1 – Sport-O-Rama

The Green Knights had no problem with their CVC opponent, Paul VI, in a 6-1 victory in the first round of the Private state tournament.

Zach Teats and Devin Moran scored twice for St. Joseph and Jake Healey and Zef Krasinqi also scored in the triumph. For Krasinqi, it was his team-leading 27th goal. Erik Frasca made 26 saves for the Green Knights, but had his shutout spoiled with a late goal from Vinny DeFeo.

St. Joseph takes on St. Augustine in the Round of 16.

Red Bank Catholic 4, St. Rose 0

St. Rose came into the game looking for its first playoff win in program history, but Red Bank Catholic scored three third period goals to go on to a 4-0 win.

Conall McNelis scored midway through the first for the Caseys, but the Frozen Roses were able to hold them off the score sheet until the fateful third period. Kyle Gatta, Jack Donleavy and Vince Bauman all tallied to lift Red Bank Catholic to victory. Chet Tooker picked up the shutout, making 17 saves.

Red Bank Catholic will face the No. 4 seed, Morristown-Beard in the Round of 16.

(19) St. John Vianney 3, (14) Paramus Catholic 1 – Ice House

Mike Davie’s two second period goals lifted St. John Vianney to a 3-1 win over Paramus Catholic in the opening round of the Private tournament.

Davie scored off a feed from Kevin Murray midway through the second and took another pass from Tim Gelatt to open a 2-0 lead. Matt Cofrancesco cut the lead to 2-1 late in the second, but Nick Saporito scored to ice the win midway through the third. Anthony Stoebling stopped 25 shots in net for St. John Vianney.

St. John Vianney will take on Christian Brothers Academy in the second round of the tournament.

(11) Pingry 10, (22) St. Joseph Hammonton 0 – Bridgewater Sports Arena

The Big Blue are on a hot streak after capturing the Skyland Cup and they continued their momentum in their first round game against Saint Joseph (Hammonton), winning 10-0.

As always, Pingry was led by its top line of Nick Branchina, Pat Lackey and Mac Hugin. The trio combined for nine points in the game, but there was plenty of second scoring from Vincent Lima, Jack Wollmuth, and Kyle Walker.

Pingry will move on to the Round of 16 to take on a Gordon Conference opponent, Gloucester Catholic.

(15) Bergen Catholic 4, (18) Pope John 3 – Ice House



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