The Mennen Cup Final between #1 Randolph (18-4-2) and #2 Madison (16-3-5) was hard to predict as Randolph defeated Madison 3-0 in an early season matchup while Madison won a hard fought 3-2 victory late in the season.
Randolph started the scoring 5:02 into the game when a net crashing Justin Harper put in a rebound off a shot by Evan Xhumba. Xhumba and Luke Spagnuolo assisted. Late in the first period, Madison evened up the score at 1-1 when Dave Renzulli scored on a beautiful pass from Jason Seiden at 14:08.
Although the second period was full of action there was no scoring. In the third period, however, Dave Renzulli returned the favor of a great cross ice pass as Madison's Jason Siedem scored 3:35 into the 3rd period. Randolph continued to fight as they hit the post twice in the third without a score. Renzulli guaranteed the Madison victory when he added his second goal, an empty net goal, 13:34 into the period.
This is the first Mennen Cup for Madison. The Mennen Division has three high seeds as A-Division Morris Knolls/Hills (#2), B-Division Randolph (#1), and C-Division Madison(#2) enter the states this week. GOOD LUCK TO ALL THREE TEAMS IN THE STATES!!.
Kinnelon - Halvorsen Cup Champions!!!
The Halvorsen Cup Final between #1 Vernon (13-8-3) and #2 Kinnelon (12-7-4) started out much like the Haas Cup game just two hours previous, but this time the favored Vernon found themselves behind 3-0 before they were able to score their one and only goal.
Kinnelon started their scoring barrage 2:22 into the game when Joey Arnold scored on an assist by Craig Smith. Christopher Kosco added another goal less than a minute later at 3:01 (assist by Evan Grainer). Chris Kosco returned the favor to Evan Grainer 9:51 into the First period when Evan scored his only goal of the game. At 11:05 Vernon scored their only goal when JT Doyle put a shot past Kinnelon's Lewis Brett (assist Adam Driscoll). First period scoring ended when Kinnelon's Craig Smith scored his first at 12:14 (assist by AJ Fenelli).
Kinnelon added one goal each as Craig Smith scored with 34 seconds left in the second (assist Fenelli) and AJ Fenelli finished the scoring at 5:18 of the 3rd.
Each team enters the states this week. GOOD LUCK TO BOTH!!!.
Mendham - Haas Cup Champions!!!
The Haas Cup Final between #1 Mendham (21-3-0) and #2 Park Regional (14-7-3) promised to be a competitive game as the ever so improving Park Regional was able to fight their way into the final. Mendham decided to make it their exclamation point to finish League and Cup play on top as they scored 8 straight goals on their way to an 8-1 Haas Cup victory.
Jake Marszalek was the high scorer with 4 goals and two assists; the first three goals of the game were unassisted scores by Marszalek giving him the game's first hat trick. Teammate Ryan Bruin added another hat trick and an assist later in the game. William Lloyd added a lone goal in the first period.
The lone Park Regional goal was scored with 4:10 left in the third period with an assist by Michael Shauger.
With the win, Mendham prepares for their first round game in the NJ State Championships. GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS IN THE STATES!!.
The 2018-19 Season Has Begun...
Welcome back for another fun filled season of high school hockey. There is so much to say about changes in our league. First, we bid goodbye to Pequannock HS who chose to leave the MCSSIHL to co-op with West Milford HS in the Big North League. Next, Morris Hills HS, one of the first schools in New Jersey to sponsor an ice hockey team has joined with their sister school, Morris Knolls HS to become the Morris Knolls/Hills Co-op. The word is that Morris Hills will remain as a co-op for one more season after which the program will be dropped. Third, with the loss of Pequannock and Morris Hills, the Charrette Division has again been merged into the Halvorsen Division.
Stay tuned for more news in the future. Until then, LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!