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Rewind: New Jersey hockey state finals

by John Quirk on
Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:30 PM

Updated Sun, Mar 18, 2012 1:02 PM
Rewind: New Jersey hockey state finals

2012 NJSIAA Tournaments

Public A

Round of 16

(1) Randolph 3, (17) Roxbury 1 – Mennen Sports Arena

(8) Ridgewood 6, (9) Hillsborough 1 – Ice House

(5) Middletown South 6, (21) Marlboro 1 – Wall Sports Arena-Gold Coast

Tyler Ralph, Zach England and Wes Friberg scored in the first period as the Eagles cruised past fellow Shore Conference opponent Marlboro, 6-1, in the Round of 16. Nick Malvasi and Chris Connor scored second period goals to further the lead to 5-0 and Ralph scored his second of the game late in the third period to close the scoring for Middletown South. Steve Sabatini scored the lone goal for Marlboro late in the second period.

Middletown South will face Pascack Valley in the quarterfinal round of the Public A tournament.

(13) Pascack Valley 3, (4) Ridge 1– Bridgewater Sports Arena

(3) Morristown 7, (14) Wayne Valley 1 – Mennen Sports Arena

The Colonials scored early and often as their dominant offense took care of Wayne Valley in the Public A Round of 16. Cam Szary opened the scoring with the first of his three goals in the game early in the first and Jordan Klotz followed up three minutes later to give Morristown an early, 2-0, lead. Things stayed quiet until the third period when the Colonials exploded for five goals. The sophomore Szary finished with three goals and one assist, Klotz finished with a goal and four assists and leading scorer Zach Mourad registered a hat trick in the win.

Morristown faces off against Montgomery in the quarterfinals in what could be one of the highest scoring games of the season.

(6) Montgomery 2, (11) Howell 0 – PROtechockey Ponds

The Cougars fired 40 shots on the Howell net, but found slightly less success in the goal-scoring department than they did in the first round. Nevertheless, Montgomery picked up a 2-0 win and moves on to the next round. Jeff Garinger scored a power play goal midway through the first period off a feed from offensive defenseman Conner Fox. Kevin Wanke sealed the win with a late third period goal. David Starkman made eight saves to pick up another shutout.

Montgomery’s win sets up an exciting quarterfinal matchup with Morristown.

(7) Bridgewater-Raritan 4, (10) Robbinsville 1 – Bridgewater Sports Arena

Eric Luetters scored a pair of goals as Bridgewater-Raritan had no problem with Robbinsville, winning, 4-1, and moving on to the Public A quarterfinals. Luetters opened the scoring late in the first period and David Monahan notched his team-leading 37th goal to give the Panthers an early 2-0 lead. Luetters scored again early in the second period and Will Dimock got a late tally to close out the scoring.

Bridgewater-Raritan will go head-to-head with No. 2 Morris Knolls in the quarterfinal round.

(2) Morris Knolls 7, (18) Brick Memorial 2 – Mennen Sports Arena

Public B

Round of 16

(1) Kinnelon 3, (16) Princeton 2 – Skylands Ice World

(9) Ramsey 5, (8) Northern Highlands 1 – Sport-O-Rama

(21) Point Pleasant Borough 4, (5) Paramus 3 – Ice House

(4) Summit 6, (20) Verona 3 – Warinanco Skating Center

Liam McLaughlin continues to have the hot hand for the Hilltoppers as the sophomore recorded four points in his team’s 6-3 Round of 16 win over Verona/Glen Ridge. Jake Paganelli and Dylan DeCandia gave Verona/Glen Ridge a 2-0 first period lead, but McLaughlin answered to cut the deficit in half before the period was over. Jeffrey Wyckoff scored twice in the middle frame and McLaughlin got his second to open a 4-2 lead and the Hilltoppers never looked back.

Summit will face the upstart No. 21 seed Point Pleasant Borough in the quarterfinal round.

(3) Tenafly 3 (3), (19) Park Regional 2 (1) OT/SO – John Wright Arena

(27) Montville 4, (11) Indian Hills 3 – Ice Vault

(7) Brick Township 3, (10) Mendham 1 – Ocean Ice Palace

Two second period goals was all it took for the Green Dragons to get ahead of Mendham and wrap up a 3-1 Round of 16 win in the Public B tournament. Ryan Price scored early in the second period for Brick and Tyler Martin followed him two minutes later to give the team a 2-0 lead. Andrew Reiss struck for the Green Dragons late in the third, but Brian Reed scored in the final minute to spoil the shutout.

Brick will face the upset-minded Glen Rock Panthers in the quarterfinal round.

(15) Glen Rock 4, (2) Chatham 2 – Mennen Sports Arena

Glen Rock pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far, knocking off the defending Public B champions, 4-2 and heading on to the quarterfinal round. Timothy Watson opened the scoring for Glen Rock early in the first period, but Jason Pitoynak and Trip Burke gave Chatham a 2-1 lead by the middle of the second period. Kurt Rypkema’s power play goal knotted the game at the 4:06 mark of the second period and Watson’s short-handed goal late in the middle frame gave the Panthers the lead. Christopher Birdsall made his second straight start in net and stopped 26 shots.

Glen Rock will face perennial Shore power Brick Township in the next round of the tournament.


Round of 16

(1) Delbarton 8, (17) Bishop Eustace 0 – Aspen Ice

The Green Wave continued its rampage through the Private tournament, knocking off Bishop Eustace, 8-0, in the Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals.There were big performances all around as defenseman Tommy Davis and forward John Baiocco each recorded four points in the contest. Delbarton led just 1-0 after the first period, but Josh Melnick continued his breakout season, scoring twice in the first half of the second to bring his season total to 21. The Green Wave outshot Bishop Eustace, 58-7.

Delbarton will face the winner of the matchup between Notre Dame and Montclair Kimberley Academy in the next round.

(8) Notre Dame 5, (9) Montclair Kimberley 4 – Mercer County Ice Skating Center

(5) St. Augustine Prep 8, (12) St. Joseph Montvale 2 – Vineland Ice Arena

The Hermits fired an astounding 63 shots on goal on their way to an 8-2 victory over the Green Knights in the Private Round of 16. Trevor Gooch and Austin Rann each struck for a pair of goals and Dalton O’Connor, Robert White, Tyler Wyatt and Connor Crowe provided additional offense in the one-sided affair.

St. Augustine will face Morristown-Beard in the quarterfinals of the tournament. These two schools met in the last year’s Final Four, with the Hermits taking home a 7-4 victory.

(4) Morristown-Beard 2, (13) Red Bank Catholic 1 – Mennen Sports Arena

Luke Moser scored midway through the overtime session to propel the Crimson into the quarterfinal round of the Private state tournament. Mike Stickle gave Red Bank Catholic a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, but Jake Lessick answered for Morristown-Beard in the second period and the game was headed for overtime. Off assists from Andrew Callahan and Josh Schappel, Moser scored at the 9:49 mark to win the game for his team.

Morristown-Beard will face St. Augustine in the quarterfinal round.

(3) CBA 7, (19) St. John Vianney 1 – Wall Sports Arena-Gold Coast

(6) Gloucester Catholic 5, (11) Pingry 4 – Hollydell Ice Arena

Eric Robinson scored a shorthanded goal early into the overtime period to lift Gloucester Catholic to a 5-4 win over Pingry. Gloucester Catholic opened up a 4-0 lead on Pingry with four first period goals, but the Big Blue battled back. Nick Branchina tallied twice and Pat Lackey and Vincent Lima also scored as Pingry stormed back and forced overtime, but while on the power play, Robinson broke loose and ended the Big Blue’s season with a shorthanded goal.

Gloucester Catholic will move on to face Christian Brothers Academy in the quarterfinal round.

(7) St. Peter’s Prep 6, (10) St. Joseph Metuchen 4 – AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center

Four third period goals allowed the Marauders to storm back from behind and defeat St. Joe’s (Metuchen), 6-4, in the Private Round of 16. First period goals by Marc Johnstone, Richie Johnstone and Brandon Quinn gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead, but St. Peter’s blitzed the St. Joe’s (Metuchen) cage in the third period, going on to outshoot them 40-24 in the game. Vincent Addeo, Will Simson, Danny Perez and Connor Collier scored in the final stanza to lift the Marauders to victory.

St. Peter’s Prep will take on Don Bosco Prep in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

(2) Don Bosco Prep 3, (15) Bergen Catholic 1 – Ice Vault


Public A

(1) Randolph 7, (8) Ridgewood 0 – Mennen Sports Arena Photos Recap

(5) Middletown South 4, (13) Pascack Valley 1 – Wall Sports Arena-Gold Coast

(3) Morristown 2, (6) Montgomery 1 – Mennen Sports Arena Photos Recap

(2) Morris Knolls 9,(18) Bridgewater-Raritan 1 – Mennen Sports Arena

Public B

(9) Ramsey 2 (2), (1) Kinnelon 2 (1) – Skylands Ice World

(4) Summit 4, (21) Point Pleasant Borough 0 – Union Sports Arena

(3) Tenafly 2, (27) Montville 1 – John Wright Arena

(15) Glen Rock 2, (7) Brick Township 0  – Ocean Ice Palace


(1) Delbarton 8, (8) Notre Dame 0 – Aspen Ice

(4) Morristown-Beard 6, (5) St. Augustine Prep 2 – Mennen Sports Arena

(3) CBA 4, (6) Gloucester Catholic 2 – Wall Sports Arena-Gold Coast

(7) St. Peter’s Prep 4, (2) Don Bosco Prep 2– Ice Vault



(1) Delbarton 6, (4) Morristown-Beard 1 -- Mennen Arena

The Green Wave turned in another dominant win in the Private semifinals, posting a decisive 6-1 victory at Mennen Arena. Delbarton fired 48 shots on netminder Peter Alevras, who did an excellent job keeping his team in the game most of the way. Chad Heal scored consecutive goals to put Delbarton ahead 3-0 by the early part of the second period. Luke Moser scored the only Crimson goal on a 2-on-1 with Andrew Callahan, but three third period goals from Trevor Agostino, Chad Otterman and Alex Hagerty opened up an insurmountable lead.

Delbarton will go for its fifth-straight Private tournament title on Friday night against Christian Brothers Academy.

(3) CBA 4, (7) St. Peter’s Prep 1 -- Mennen Arena

Two second period goals allowed CBA to overpower St. Peter’s Prep and advance to the Private tournament finals with a 4-1 victory. Daniel Malafronte got the Colts on the board in the first period, finishing off the rebound of a shot by James Martello. RJ Steer scored in the second period to extend the lead to 2-0, but Connor Collier cut the lead in half with a power play goal on a one-timer. However, the Marauders would draw no closer. Matt Langlois scored on a breakaway late in the second period and Glenn Florzak capped off the scoring with an empty-net goal.

CBA earns a third game with Delbarton, which will be played at the Prudential Center on Friday night.

Public A

(1) Randolph 7, (5) Middletown South 2 -- Mennen Arena

Senior Nick Holowko’s hat trick powered the Rams to a big 7-2 win over Middletown South in the Public A semifinals. Holowko scored the game’s opening goal midway through the first period, but Eagles forward Zach England responded with a short-handed goal to tie the game at one. It looked like the set up for a close battle. However, Matt Gaudioso scored a power play goal just 17 seconds later and Holowko completed his hat trick in the second period to extend Randolph’s lead to 4-1.The Rams cruised from there, getting goals from Stefan Tamminga, Brendan Siegel and Andrew Tucker, leaving no doubt as they punched their ticket to the Public A finals.

Randolph will face off against an upstart Morristown squad at the Prudential Center on Friday.

(3) Morristown 4, (2) Morris Knolls 2 -- Mennen Arena Photos Recap Highlights

Public B

(4) Summit 3, (9) Ramsey 2 -- Mennen Arena

The Hilltoppers took advantage of Ramsey’s penalty trouble, scoring three power play goals in the second period to lift themselves to a 3-2 victory in the Public B semifinals. Nick Bressi scored the game’s first goal on a power play, tipping a shot by Alec Mast in front of the net. It was 1-0 after one period and the shots were dead even at 11. As the Rams began to take more and more penalties, Summit would cash in. Mike Santina scored on a rocket of a one-timer from the point to tie the game at one and Eric Stabler made a perfect pass to Mike Nyitray to give Summit the lead. Chris Zanelli then scored another power play goal to put the Hilltoppers ahead, 3-1. Ramsey pressed hard in the third period, knowing it had possibly 15 minutes left in its season. A point shot by Christopher Butryn took a wild bounce off the back boards and fell right on to the stick of Ryan D’Amato, who scored to pull Ramsey within one. However, Summit would not yield another goal.

Summit will play for its first-ever state title, facing off with Tenafly at The Rock on Friday night.

(3) Tenafly 1(2), (15) Glen Rock 1(1) -- Mennen Arena Photos Recap Highlights



(1) Delbarton 3, (3) CBA 2 -- Prudential Center Story Highlights Full Game

Public A

(1) Randolph 2, (3) Morristown 1 -- Prudential Center Story Photos Highlights Full Game

The Rams continue to dominant the Public A state bracket winning their second straight state championship in as many years and fifth in the last seven years with a 3-1 victory over Morristown Friday night. Freshman Matthew Bruno put home a feed from Liam Finneran to give Randolph a 1-0 lead in the first period. Andrew Tucker extended the lead to 2-0, banking a shot off a Morristown defender in front of the net. Junior defenseman Steve Windt cut the lead in half with a power play goal late in the third, but Nick Holowko quickly restored the two-goal advantage and iced the victory with a great shot from the high slot.

Public B

(4) Summit 2, (3) Tenafly 1 -- Prudential Center Story Photos Highlights Full Game

The Hilltoppers captured their first ever Public B state title with an exciting, 2-1, victory over Tenafly at the Prudential Center. After a scoreless first period, defenseman Mike Nyitray picked up a burst of speed in the netural zone, drove past the defenders and scored to give his team a 1-0 lead. Eric Shalek then tied the game for the Tigers, taking a pass from his twin brother Scott and finishing. The third period went by without a goal and the two teams headed for overtime. With 5:01 left, Nyitray broke into the Tenafly zone, slammed on the breaks and found Riley Flynn in the high slot. The freshman picked the upper right corner and lifted his team to a state title.

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