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Toms River wins Public A Championship

Defeats Randolph 2-1

Sunday, 03.14.2010 / 3:25 PM / New Jersey Devils
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Toms River wins Public A Championship
Toms River South completed what will surely go down as one of the most improbable runs in New Jersey high school hockey history, defeating Randolph, 2-1, to win the Public A Championship this afternoon at Prudential Center.  The Indians, who entered the tournament as the 16th seed, captured the first state title in school history despite being outshot 47-10 in the contest.

Toms River, who despite having already knocked off top ranked Morris Knolls and #4 seed Brick Memorial en-route to the final, came in as heavy underdogs to the defending champions.

The Indians struck first when Todd Unger took a nifty backhand feed from Jay Malone and beat Randolph goaltender Mike Pollio to give Toms River a 1-0 lead at 9:07 of the first.  The Rams applied a lot of pressure, outshooting the Indians 14-5 in the first period, but goaltender Pat Kerney made several big saves to preserve the lead.

Just over a minute into the second, Malone circled behind the net and threw a pass in front that Andrew McGee buried to put Toms River up 2-0.  Randolph defenseman Nick Hardie nearly cut the lead in half late in the period with a blast from the point, but the shot rang off the post and the score remained 2-0 heading into the third.

Kerney was nearly perfect, stopping the first 31 shots he faced, until Patrick Swift’s marker at 1:35 pulled the Rams to within one.  The sophomore netminder carried Toms River over the game’s final 13 minutes, making 15 saves and withstanding a barrage of quality scoring opportunities in the process.

Public A All-Tournament Team


  Goaltender:  Pat Kerney, Toms River South
  Defenseman:  Tom Hackett, Montgomery
  Defenseman:  Matt DaSilva, Randolph
  Forward:  Jay Malone, Toms River South
  Forward:  Anthony Lobianco, Brick Memorial
  Forward:  Nick Kovary, Randolph


















Matt DaSilva with Defenseman Paul Martin

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 28 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 34 5 15 -11 20
M. Zidlicky 35 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 33 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 28 4 6 2 10
A. Greene 35 0 9 -3 9
T. Zajac 27 4 4 -6 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 3 .915 2.57