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Road To The Rock: NJSIAA Semifinal Contests Up Next

Randolph, Ramsey, Delbarton among highest seeds remaining

Tuesday, 03.5.2013 / 10:15 AM ET / Community
By Anthony Smith  - NJ Youth Hockey Central
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Road To The Rock: NJSIAA Semifinal Contests Up Next
The NJSIAA State Ice Hockey Tournament picture became a bit clearer over the weekend, as the tournament that began with 84 teams played its way down to 12.
2012 Public A Champion Randolph and 2012 Non-Public Champion Delbarton remain among the top seeds remaining in this year's tournament. (Photos/New Jersey Devils)




































The NJSIAA State Ice Hockey Tournament picture became a bit clearer over the weekend, as the tournament that began with 84 teams played its way down to 12.

Public A Bracket

An unlikely result saw nine-seed Livingston knock off top-seed Morris Knolls by a score of 5-2 behind a complete team effort, including goals from Seth Crockett, Joe Lillen, Jonny Garfinkel, David Reiter, and Tal Finberg. Brian Lillen also added 22 saves in the victory.

Livingston will face a Bridgewater-Raritan squad that defeated Westfield 3-2 in double-overtime on Saturday. Bridgewater-Raritan goalie Bobby Esposito made 44 saves in the triumph.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seed and defending champion Randolph defeated tenth-seeded Robbinsville 3-2 in overtime on Saturday on a goal from Christopher Holowko. They will play third-seed Ridge, which defeated six-seed Brick 6-5 on a four-goal effort from Kyle Leddy.

Public B Bracket

The journey of the tournament’s unlikely success story came to an end on Sunday, as 25th-seeded Red Bank fell to top-seed Ramsey 4-0 despite 43 saves from goalie A.J. Ostrander. Ramsey received goals from Connor Edwards, Anthony Pedulla, Frank Steffe, and Alex Whelan in the victory.

Ramsey will face fifth-seed Chatham in the semifinal round, which defeated four-seed Mendham on Saturday by a score of 6-2. Teddy Simson netted two goals for Chatham in the victory.

The bracket’s other side saw third-seed Morristown defeat six-seed Summit 1-0 behind a third period goal from Cam Szary. Morristown will face off against two-seed Kinnelon in the semifinals, which defeated tenth-seed Ramapo 5-0 two goals from Matt Civil.

Non-Public Bracket

In the only Non-Public Quarterfinal match to be played to this point, two-seed Christian Brothers Academy defeated seven-seed Morristown Beard 3-2 on Saturday behind an overtime goals from Conor Tierney. CBA will play third-seed Don Bosco Prep, which defeated six-seed St. Joseph (Metuchen) 5-2 on Saturday.

Top-seed Delbarton defeated eight-seed St. Augustine 4-0 on Monday behind four goals from Josh Melnick and 21 saves from goaltender Brian Forness. They will face off against twelve-seed Paramus Catholic, who defeated fourth-seed Gloucester Catholic behind a 35-save effort from goaltender Thomas Pyrka.

Following the completion of the semifinal round, the NJSIAA State Ice Hockey Tournament Championships will be played at Prudential Center on Saturday, March 9.

Game statistics courtesy of The Star-Ledger.

For more, head to NJ Youth Hockey Central.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 70 16 25 -3 41
M. Cammalleri 63 27 13 3 40
P. Elias 64 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 53 7 24 -8 31
S. Bernier 62 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 69 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 59 3 20 3 23
A. Greene 77 3 18 2 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 57 6 12 -3 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 9 .927 2.20
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47