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High School Recap: County Tournaments Wrap Up

Wayne Hills, Don Bosco Prep fight tough battles en route to county championships

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 12:15 PM ET / Community
By Anthony Smith  - NJ Youth Hockey Central
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High School Recap: County Tournaments Wrap Up
By Anthony Smith | NJ Youth Hockey Central - This past week, the Passaic and Bergen County Tournaments each wrapped up, with Wayne Hills taking home the title in Passaic County, with Don Bosco Prep winning the championship in Bergen County.

This past week, the Passaic and Bergen County Tournaments each wrapped up, with Wayne Hills taking home the title in Passaic County, and Don Bosco Prep winning the championship in Bergen County.

Wayne Hills defeated DePaul 8-4 in the championship game of the 2013 Passaic County Tournament. (Photo/New Jersey Devils)

In the Passaic County Tournament, the first round saw defending-champion Lakeland defeat Passaic Valley 10-3, DePaul Catholic beat Wayne Valley 7-1, and West Milford come out on top against Clifton by a score of 2-1.

Top-seed Wayne Hills defeated West Milford by a score of 5-2 in the semifinal round of the tournament, led by Danny Reidel’s three goals. On the other side of the bracket, DePaul beat defending champion Lakeland by a score of 7-3, led by Kyle Scancerella’s four-goal effort and 34 saves from goalie Marty McIver. This set up a matchup between top-seeded Wayne Hills and two-seed DePaul.

The championship game was played at Little Falls’ Floyd Hall Arena and was a tight battle through the first two periods, as the two teams headed into the third period tied at three. But the top-seeded Wayne Hills squad overpowered DePaul in the third period, scoring five goals en route to an 8-4 victory. Kyle Scancerella once again aided the victory, adding a goal and two assists in the championship tilt. It was the first time that Wayne Hills won a county championship.

As for Bergen County, the first round of the tournament brought a few surprises, as all four lower seeded teams defeated their higher-ranked opponent. Ninth-seeded Ridgewood defeated eighth-seeded Mahwah 3-1. Tenth-seeded Fair Lawn was victorious over seventh-seeded Tenafly by a score of 5-3. Eleventh ranked St. Joseph of Montvale beat sixth-seeded Ramapo 6-5. Lastly, twelfth seeded Bergen Catholic upset fifth-seeded Indian Hills 5-4 in overtime.

The quarterfinals of the tournament had Paramus Catholic defeating Fair Lawn 5-0, with all five goals scored by team captain Matt Cofrancesco. Glen Rock beat Ridgewood 2-0 behind two goals from Jesse Kinney. Ramsey squeaked by St. Joseph 3-2, thanks to 25 saves from goalie Justin Larkin, and top-seeded Don Bosco was victorious over Bergen Catholic 4-1 behind 22 saves from goalie Jarred Liscio.

Don Bosco defeated Paramus Catholic 5-1 in the 2013 Bergen County Tournament title game. (Photo/New Jersey Devils)

There were no surprises in the semifinal round, as defending tournament champion Don Bosco defeated Glen Rock 10-0 behind a three goal effort by Hunter Garlasco. In what was expected to be a close contest, Paramus Catholic edged the second-seed and top-ranked public school squad in Ramsey 2-1 on a shorthanded goal by Alex Fleishmann in the third period. Thomas Pyrka also made 27 saves for Paramus Catholic.

The result put the fourth seed Paramus Catholic on a collision course with top-seeded Don Bosco Prep. The game, played at Wayne’s Ice Vault, was a game that was dominated by the Don Bosco group from start to finish. Don Bosco got out to an early 3-0 first period lead on goals from Connor Healey, Khan Kim, and Chris Moreira, and didn’t look back from there. They added one goal in the second period and another in the third on their way to a 5-1 victory, handing Paramus Catholic their first defeat of the season. The county title was the second consecutive won by Don Bosco Prep.

The next step for these teams is qualifying for the state tournament, which is scheduled to begin February 26, and leads up to the state championships at Prudential Center in mid-March.

All scores and statistics courtesy of The Star-Ledger.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42