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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51