Howell 4, Freehold Twp. 1 (FINAL)
CBA transfer and North Jersey Avalanche skater Timmy Clifton and solid goaltending by Bobby Dovenero proved to be the difference for Howell in this Class A North rivalry meeting with Freehold Township, as the senior delivered a hat trick and assisted on another by Ryan Damelio, while the junior made 26 saves to preserve the win.
A scoreless tie was snapped with 52 seconds remaining in the first period when Clifton scored off an assist by senior captain Anthony Gallicchio, before Damelio’s marker made it 2-0 at 6:21 of the second.
An unassisted goal by Clifton pushed the lead to 3-0 at 8:25 of the middle frame, before Freehold Township’s sophomore defenseman Ryan Ford delivered his second goal in as many games by way of the power play at 9:21.
With the deficit cut to two goals, Clifton struck again, connecting with Gallicchio once more for a short-handed tally at 11:16 of the second, leading to the eventual 4-1 win.
Patriots netminder Nick Raiola stopped 23 of 27 shots in the loss.
CBA 4, Manalapan 3 (FINAL)
The buzz surrounding Manalapan describing this club as a burgeoning Shore Conference power may be for real as the Braves took top-ranked CBA to the brink on Tuesday.
After senior captain Ryan Bogan Jr. struck at 7:25 of the first period, Manalapan knotted the contest at 1-1 when freshman forward Freddie Brutto delivered the first of his varsity career.
The knotted score stayed that way until the eighth minute of the second period, when CBA junior and Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) draft pick Derek Contessa found the back of the net, before Bogan Jr. notched his second of the night at 10:48 of the middle frame.
The two-goal lead was short-lived as a pair of Manalapan markers by Ryan Kirschner and Ben Tartakovsky made the count 3-3 at 12:08 of the third period.
However, less than 20 seconds later, senior defenseman Joey Marsicano notched the game-winning goal, lifting the Colts to a 4-3 Class A North victory.
CBA started Daniel Berkowitz in net and the junior stopped 11 of 14 shots in the win, while his counterpart. senior Paul Mazza, had much larger work load, turning away 45 shots.
SJ Vianney 4, Manasquan 2 (FINAL)
After a scoreless first period James Rivelli struck from the St. John Vianney blue line at 3:29 of the second, but an offensive surge from Manasquan saw the Warriors carry a 2-1 lead into the third.
Senior Kerry O’Malley delivered a goal at 8:40 of the middle frame – his first scholastic tally since returning to the Warriors bench after skipping his junior season – and assisted on a Mitch Grogan marker at 10:53.
However, three unanswered third period goals made a winner out the Lancers, as Max Allen and Derek Golkin assisted on a James O’Keefe marker, before Ty Buckley broke the tie at 10:23, and freshman John Gelatt put the first of his varsity career into an empty net for the 4-2 decision.
Freshman netminder Jeremy Connor made 25 saves to earn the first win of his varsity career, while senior Max Lyons stopped 34 of 37 shots.
Central 6, Freehold Boro 2 (FINAL)
A four-point night for junior forward Mikey Mania helped lead Central Regional to an opening victory over Freehold Boro in this non-divisional matchup.
Mania had the primary assist on Josh Nelson’s first of the year at 1:56 of the opening period, before Mania notched his first of a Blayne Parks helper with under two minutes remaining in the first, and helped extend Central’s advantage to three goals less than a minute later, picking up the primary on a Dale Schweighardt marker.
Freehold’s Zach Zamora cut the deficit to 3-1 at 3:02 of the second period by way of a Connor Moreno assist, before Schweighardt delivered his second of the game on the power play at 8:23, and senior captain Adam Leighton connected with Sean Hughes eight seconds later on the sophomore’s second career goal.
Mania closed out the middle frame with his second of the game, and Alec Fortune assisted on Zamora’s second of the night with under two minutes to play in regulation.
Freehold’s Mike Ragusa stopped 43 of 49 shots faced in the loss.
Middletown North 4, Middletown South 3
MIDDLETOWN – Middletown North (2-0-0) saw the puck dropped on its NJSIAA Public B title defense Tuesday night in front of capacity congregation at Middletown Ice World, and played to an emotional 4-3 victory over crosstown rival Middletown South (0-1-0) in what can only be described as a playoff atmosphere.