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2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Hockey Tournament Underway

Recap all the action so far around the 2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Hockey Tournament

by John Christian Hageny @JCCSPORTS /

The first round of the 2017 NJSIAA/Devils State Tournament is underway. Seventeen games are already in the books with another 16 first-round games on tap for Tuesday. Here's a recap of all the action so far around the Garden State:

Public A 

First Round

1-Morris Knolls 5, 32-Mount Olive/Hopatcong 0: Chris Conway scored twice and Kenny Riddett added a goal and four assists as Morris Knolls skated past Mount Olive at Mennen Arena in Morris Township. Nick Rupp and Alex Welch also hit while Ty Franchi posted an 11-save shutout. The Rockaway school will meet Robbinsville in the Sweet-16.

5-Livingston 5, 28-Lawrence/Hightstown/Ewing 1: Chase Friedfertig picked up two goals and two assists while Matthew Delseni made 19 saves as Livingston defeated Lawrence at Codey Arena in West Orange. Connor Flaherty, Max Solomon and Jacob Fuhrman also hit for Livingston, which is set to take on Morristown in the Second Round. Nicholas Giaramita scored for Lawrence.

7-Bridgewater-Raritan 4, 26-Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove 1: Jake Goldstein scored twice while goaltender Corey Fewer made 16 saves as Bridgewater prevailed at Protec Ponds in Somerset. Jayson Lisk and Lucas Timm also found the back of the net for Bridgewater, which will take on River Dell in the Sweet-16. Dan Lapinski scored for Passaic Valley.

8-Southern Regional 6, 25-Northern Valley/Hasbrouck Heights/Old Tappan 0: David Lytle led the way with four goals and Nicholas Englebert and Paul Keyes each registered a pair of assists as Southern defeated Northern Valley at Winding River Rink in Toms River. Nolan Ruff scored twice and Cameron Conrad made 25 saves to post the shutout for his Manahawkin school which will meet Princeton in the Second Round.

9-Princeton 6, 24-Ridgewood 3: Aidan Trainor sparkled with two goals and three assists, powering Princeton past Ridgewood at Mercer County Rink in West Windsor. Rocco Salvato also scored twice and Justin Joyce and Brendon McCormick also hit for Princeton, which received 15 saves from Sawyer Peck. J.P. Kelly accounted for all three Ridgewood goals. Princeton will take on Southern in the Sweet-16.

10-River Dell 3, 23-Toms River North 2: Eddie Dahdah scored twice while Matt Ajello made 22 saves as River Dell stunned Toms River North in overtime at the Ice House in Hackensack. Christian Proot also scored and Jackson Henig has two assists for River Dell, which will meet Bridgewater in the Second Round after securing its first state playoff win since 2005. Shea Bontempo and Nick Pica hit for Toms River North.

12-Morristown 2, 21-Howell 0: Connor Critchley and Nate DeFares found the back of the net while Harrison Brown turned aside all 16 shots he faced when Morristown topped Howell at Mennen Arena in Morristown. Bobby Dovenero made 39 saves for Howell. Morristown will skate against Livingston in the Public A Sweet-16.


13-Watchung Hills 6, 20-Clifton 2: Zach Lindewirth's hat trick powered Watchung Hills past Clifton at Rock Ice Center in Dunellen. Matt Piro had two goals and an assist and Ethan Gottlick also hit while Ryan McHugh made 22 saves for Watchung Hills, which will take on the winner of Hunterdon Central-Parsippany. James Fusaro and Shawn Meneghin hit for Clifton.

16-Robbinsville 3, 17-Montgomery 0: Shawn Camisa had a hand in all three goals as the senior finished with a goal and two assists in Robbinsville's victory over Montgomery at Mercer County Rink in West Windsor. Joe Pontrelli, a junior, also finished with a goal and two assists and Brian Eider also hit for Robbinsville, which will take on top-seeded Morris Knolls next. Chris Quesnelle made 17 saves for Montgomery.

18-Manalapan 4, 15-Westfield 2: John Fanizza scored twice and assisted on a third while Ben Gorgio made 26 saves in Manalapan's upset over Westfield at Warinanco Rink in Roselle. Freddie Brutto and Brian Hawk also hit for Manalapan, which awaits the winner of Ridge-Marlboro. Andrew Johnson-Milstein scored both Westfield goals.  

Public B

First Round

11-Millburn 5, 22-Central Regional 2: Spencer Brown had a hat trick and Matt Cohen and Charles Palmer each added a goal and two assists as Millburn defeated Central Regional at Codey Arena in West Orange. Michael Mania accounted for both goals for his Bayville school. Gabe Nadell stood tall with 27 saves for Millburn, which awaits the winner of Lakeland-Morris Hills.

12-Point Pleasant Boro 3, 21-Brick Memorial 2: Ryan Carr's second goal of the game, with 51 seconds left in the second period, lifted Point Pleasant Boro over Brick Memorial at the Ocean Ice Palace. Thomas Colorio also hit while goalie John Myer made 24 saves for Point Pleasant Boro, which will meet Indian Hills in the Sweet-16. Matt McDermitt and Logan Viducic scored for Brick Memorial.

16-Jackson Memorial 7, 17-Rumson-Fair Haven 2: Trevor Cear and Cody Jablonski each scored twice and Nick Swain added a goal and three assists to lead Jackson Memorial over Rumson-Fair Haven at Howell Ice World. Kyle Lalley and Cameron Satkowski also hit for Jackson Memorial, which will take on top-seeded Glen Rock next. Eugene Croddick and Connor Deverin scored for Rumson.

18-Mahwah 7, 15-Kinnelon 1: Kevin Johnston and Brian Petrovic each scored twice, sparking Mahwah to an upset over Kinnelon at Skylands Ice World in Stockholm. Evan Levitsky, Joe Moschetta and Brody Selman also found the back of the net while Ryan Selman made 17 saves in net for Mahwah, which will take on Northern Highlands in the Second Round. Richie Neufeld scored for Kinnelon.

19-Jackson Liberty 4, 14-Vernon 3: Joe Granza scored twice in a span of 43 seconds, including the game-winner, as Jackson Liberty upset Vernon at Skylands Ice World in Stockholm. Nick Labianca also scored twice while Brendan Sheehan stood tall with 33 saves in net for Jackson Liberty, which will take on Middletown South in the Second Round. Patrick Graham, Shane Brennan and T.J. Santaita hit for Vernon. 


First Round

11-Bishop Eustace 4, 6-Seton Hall Prep 1: Michael Colella scored twice and assisted on a third as Bishop Eustace stunned Seton Hall Prep at Codey Arena in West Orange. Richard Ferrelli and Sean Lippincott also found the back of the net for their Pennsauken school. Gavin Angulo scored for Seton Hall Prep. 

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