After downing Central Regional 12-2 on Tuesday, Middletown South demonstrated its ability to win the close game on Thursday night by topping Ocean 1-0 at the Jersey Shore Arena, while continuing to prove itself as a true Class B North championship contender.
The Eagles (3-1-0, 3-0-0) delivered the game-winning tally at 6:33 of the second period when Alex Demaio delivered his third goal of the season by way of the power play off a primary assist from Greg Johnson.
Junior net-minder Owen Liskiewicz stopped all 16 shots faced, while his counterpart Spencer Reu also had a stellar night in the crease with 26 saves.
Middletown South doesn’t play again until Tuesday, December 16 at Marlboro where the Eagles are scheduled for a 6:15 p.m. puck drop in this non-divisional meeting with the Mustangs.
JACKSON MEM. 7, BRICK MEM. 1: Trevor Cear scored two goals and delivered the primary assist on another by Joseph Jablonski Jr., while Austin Boyle also notched a pair of goals, as the Jaguars (2-0-1, 2-0-1) downed the Mustangs (0-3-0, 0-3-0) in this Class A South meeting.
Tanner Gracyzk and Cody Jablonski also added goals, as Josh Lindo had another strong effort in the crease stopping 16 of 17 to earn the win.
The lone Brick Memorial goal went to Justin Hulse off assists by Matt McDermitt and captain Ryan Monaghan, and Andrew Slobiski recorded 41 saves.
BRICK 6, TR SOUTH 2: In an additional Class A South matchup, Brick continued to impress through the early portion of this 2014-15 campaign, as Nick Ulanday stepped up from the defensive end to deliver a pair of goals, and James Wiater scored his third and fourth of the season. Hunter Price and J.T. Maloney also found the back of the net as the Dragons (3-0-0, 2-0-0) topped the Indians (1-2-0, 1-2-0) in divisional clash.
CENTRAL 6, LAWRENCE 2: Dylan Jenkins scored his fourth goal of the season and assisted on three more by Robbie Wiatrowski and another by Mike Mania, as the Golden Eagles (2-2-0) defeated Lawrence in this non-conference game.
Sophomore forward Jonas Mueller opened the scoring in the first period with his first tally of the year, while R.J. Boucer made the start in net and stopped 13 of 14, before Riley Jacubzack saw his first minutes of the season, and the sophomore made good turning away 11 of 12 shots faced.