Check out the 2015 Asbury Park Press All-Shore Sophomore Ice Hockey Teams, featuring the top first-year players in the Shore Conference.
School: Middletown South
Highlights: Lambert finished as the Eagles leading scorer with 54 points on a team-high 28 goals and 26 assists, which placed the sophomore amongst the top 15 point producers in the Shore Conference. Lambert scored two goals in the Eagles’ 4-3 Mayor’s Cup victory over Middletown North and delivered eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in three Public B state tournament games.
Highlights: Contessa finished with 33 points on 17 assists and 16 tallies, a goal total which tied him for second most on the club. However, none of the sophomore’s markers were bigger than his final goal of the season, which came with 2:47 remaining in Non-Public finals, knotting the game at 3-3 before CBA topped Delbarton in overtime to win its second straight state title. Contessa recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in four state tournament games.
School: St. Rose
Highlights: Phipps led St. Rose with 45 points on a team-high 25 goals to go along with 20 assists. The Frozen Roses recorded only nine wins on the year, but none larger than an 8-3 victory over St. John Vianney following an at-large bid into the Non-Public state tournament. In the victory, the sophomore scored his 25th of the year and assisted on another.
School: Freehold Township
Highlights: With Kislin helping to fortify its blue line, the Patriots played to a 12-9-3 (6-5-1) record and a fourth place finish in an A-North division that saw its top three teams (CBA, Howell, and Middletown North) each play in a state final. Kislin was second in command behind Zach Berzolla on a Freehold Township defense that allowed 3.33 goals per game. The two-way defenseman finished the season with nine points (4 goals, 5 assists).
School: Point Boro
Highlights: After losing a talented Class of 2014, Point Boro needed a big season out of its sophomore blue liner and defensive leader, and that’s just what they got. The Panthers only scored 77 goals, but allowed a mere 65, and that stingy defensive effort allowed Point Boro to deliver a 12-7-3 season, including a Shore Conference Tournament first round overtime upset of Southern Regional, and a 5-4 Public B state tournament victory over Roxbury, in which Kimak recorded three assists. The sophomore finished with 19 points on 2 goals and 17 assists.
Highlights: Dovenero led all local goaltenders with 21 wins, a .924 save-percentage, and six shutouts to go along with a 1.91 goals-against average, while leading the Rebels to its first Public A state finals appearance, where the sophomore stopped 35 of 37 in a 2-1 loss to Randolph. In five state tournament games, Dovenero was at his peak, recording a .937 save-percentage and a 1.40 goals-against average.
School: Toms River North
Highlights: Though he missed three games, Pica led Toms River North in scoring with 53 points on 20 goals and 33 assists, including the primary helper on the Mariners lone goal in the opening round of the Public A state tournament. Pica helped the Mariners capture the program’s third Toms River Mayor’s Cup in four years with two goals and three assists in an 8-5 win over Toms River East on Dec. 27.
School: Rumson-Fair Haven
Highlights: Deverin built off his strong freshman campaign with an even more impressive sophomore season, leading the Bulldogs in every major offensive category including points (51), goals (23), and assists (28). Deverin was at his best against the top competition, delivering 25 of his points (12 goals, 13 assists) against Top 10 teams in the Shore Conference. However, Deverin saved his best for a Public B state tournament play-in game against Vernon, where the sophomore delivered four goals and three assists in an 11-4 win.
School: Middletown South
Highlights: With Gulash on the top line Middletown South played to an 18-6-1 record, as the sophomore finished with 46 points on 20 goals and 26 assists. Gulash helped the Eagles capture the Middletown Mayor’s Cup with the game-winning goal in a 4-3 victory over Middletown North on Feb. 6. Gulash followed with a hat trick effort and three assists in a 7-4 Public B state tournament win over Princeton, and delivered his 20th of the season in a 7-5 state tournament triumph against Wayne Hills.
School: Brick Memorial
Highlights: Hulse finished ninth amongst Shore Conference defensemen with 30 points on 17 goals and 13 assists. The sophomore led Brick Memorial in goals and point production. Hulse’s best performance came in one of the Mustangs biggest games, when the sophomore recorded a hat trick and assisted on another goal in a Jan. 4 game against crosstown rival Brick Township.
School: St. John Vianney
Highlights: Golkin, who delivered a goal and four assists, shared the top pairing with St. John Vianney senior Liam Casey and held opponents to a mere 59 goals through 22 games. With Golkin on the blue line, the Lancers played to an overall record of 16-6-2, including a trip to the Shore Conference Tournament finals, following a 3-2 upset of Howell in overtime of the semifinals to win the Dowd Cup.
School: Brick Township
Highlights: Lakatos was big bright spot for the Dragons as the sophomore posted a save-percentage of .880 and a goals-against average of 2.83 while starting 18 of 19 games, and leading the Dragons to a record of 12-6-1 in his first year as a starter. Lakatos stopped 47 of 51 on opening night to earn a 5-4 win over St. Rose, before turning away 21 of 22 to notch a victory against Southern Regional on Dec. 19, while lifting Brick Township to Shore Conference and Public state tournament appearances.