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Wednesday Night Action in the Halvorsen Division
There were two Halvorsen Division quarterfinal games this Wednesday evening. The 6:30 matchup was won by Montville with a 5-1 score versus West Morris Central. In the second game, Mendham defeated Pequannock by an identical score of 5-1. Montville will face Halvorsen champion Madison this Saturday, 2/13/2016 at 6:15. Mendham will face Roxbury in the 8:15 game. Details to follow...
Two Semifinal Cup games were played on Saturday Night both involving Halvorsen division teams. In the 6:15 matchup, Number 1 seed Madison was host to Number 4 Montville. Game was tied at 2-2 after the first period and 3-3 after the second. Lots of scoring took place in the third as Madison outscored Montville 5-1 for a final score of 8-4. In the second semifinal, Roxbury, number 2, took control of the game in the first period outscoring their opponents Mendham (3) by a score of 4-1. Roxbury added a goal in the second to make it 5-1 and Mendham added their second goal in the third to make the score 5-2 final. Madison will face Roxbury on Thursday, 2/18/16 at 6:30 at Mennen Arena for the Halvorsen Cup. Follow this link to the Cups page of our website.
Haas Cup Final at Mennen Arena
Shhhhhhh!!! The word is out. Parity between the Haas and Charette divisions - at least among the top few teams of both divisions. In the semifinals, we witnessed an all Haas division and all-Charette division semifinal (Park Regional vs Mt Lakes and Vernon vs Parsippany Regonal). That would mean a guaranteed Haas vs Charette final in front of a gigantic crowd numbering over 1100. The game was competitive from the beginning. Park forward Steve Agriogianis started the scoring with a breakaway goal 2:27 into the first period on a Vernon defensive mixup. Vernon tightened up creating several scoring opportunities including a goal that was disallowed due to the goal being knocked off its moorings. Late in the first, Park scored on a quick counter attack on a goal by Joe Caggiano with assists by Corey Lorenzi and Zach Lisewski with about a minute left in the period. The period ended with a Park penalty and both teams taking a break in the lockers, Park with a 2-0 lead but a 9-6 deficit in shots. The game was closer than the score indicated.
With the second period starting with a Vernon power play, the game got very interesting when Vernon forward, Patrick Graham scored a power play goal on an assist by Andy Kibelleski, to make the score 2-1 at 0:40 into the period. Park extended their lead to 3-1 just two minutes later on a score by Lucas DeMetro (assist Justin Lerner) at 2:35 of the second period. Vernon's hard work paid off four minutes later with another power play goal this time by Jason Bruce an assists by Patrick Graham and Steven Gay at 6:27 of the second. This made it 3-2 Park Regional, a score that would last through the remainder of the second period.
The third period was a barn burner with another called off goal again because the goal was knocked off its moorings. The game was close throughout. Finally Park Regional was able put the game out of reach with 1:24 left in the game on a goal by Jordan Handler on an assist by Lucas Handler. Park Regional was victorious with a score of 4-2.
Mennen Division rivals Kinnelon and Morris Knolls fought it out on Friday night for a trip to the semifinals and a game against Morristown on Monday. The 5:45 matchup was won by Kinnelon by a score of 5-0. All five Kinnelon goals were scored by a different player - Jack Nussbaum and Richie Neufeld in the first period; Sean Grant in the second; Steve Gakos and Rollie Andersen in the third. Kinnelon will meet Morristown at 6:30 at Mennen Arena this Monday, 2/15/16 for a trip to the Mennen final. Follow this link to the Cups page of our website.
Charette Division Dominates Monday Night while Top Seed Wins Tuesday
Two Charette Division teams defeated their Haas Division opponents in Monday night's Haas Cup games. At 4:30, Parsippany Regional defeated Sparta 6-3 while Vernon beat Mt Olive/Hopatcong in the 6:30 matchup by a score of 4-1. Mt. Lakes/Boonton scored a 4-2 victory in the 8:30 night cap over Newton/Lenape Valley. Park Regional defeated Morris Hills 3 to 1 on Tuesday night. Details to follow...
Top seed for the Mennen Division is Morristown who earned their spot garnering 18 divisional points, just two points over their crosstown rivals Morristown Beard. Top seed for the Halvorsen Division goes to first-time division member Madison for their domination over their divisional opponents by also earning 18 divisional points over second place Roxbury who earned 14 points. The Haas Cup battle ended last night as all the inter-League games were completed. After the dust cleared, Park Regional was able to hold onto the top seed due to tie breaker rule #1 - Head to head competition - Park defeated Sparta both times they met this season. Follow this link to the Cups page of our website.
Halvorsen Cup Final at Mennen Arena
Madison and Roxbury ended the regular Halvorsen season ranked #1 and #2, so it is no surprise that the same two teams would meet in the Finals for the Halvorsen Cup before a huge crowd numbering over 1000. The game was close from the beginning, but in the end, Roxbury was victorious with a score of 2-1. More to follow.
Kinnelon scored its first goal 6 minutes into the second period and finished the game off with an empty net goal with 36 seconds left on the game snapping a 19 game Morristown winning streak. Morristown Beard defeated Randolph 6-3 in a high scoring game. Kinnelon will visit Morristown Beard in the Final of the Mennen Cup this Saturday, 2/20/16 at 8:30pm.
Thursday Night Action at Mennen - No Upsets This Time
Two Charette Division teams competed for a final spot in the Haas Cup finals, one survived. Charette Champion Vernon was able to defeat Parsippany Regional in overtime by a score of 5-4. It makes sense... Both teams tied in regular season, both teams had to go to tiebreakers to determine their seed in the Haas Cup, so why not go to overtime and keep everyone waiting until 9 minutes into the OT period when Patrick Graham scored for Vernon with an assist by Steven Gay. In the 6:15 game, Park Regional was able to finish their game off in three periods. Lucas had a hat trick to lead Parsippany to a 7-3 win over Mt. Lakes. In the 8:15 game, the Mennen Cup officially began when Randolph faced off against Chatham. This was a hard fought battle between two seasoned opponents. When it was over, Randolph held a 2-0 advantage. Both Randolph goals were scored in the first period by Chris Holowko and William Zimmer. Randolph will face Morristown Beard on Monday, 2/15/16 at 8:15 at Mennen Arena. Follow this link to the Cups page of our website.
Another year, another state championship
Last year, the MCSSIHL had the honor of having in its membership three NJ State Champions - Morristown, Morris Knolls and Morristown Beard. This year, perennial powerhouse Randolph was crowned Public Large School State Champions with a score of 2-1. The League membership wishes to congratulate Randolph HS - coaches and players - on its win. Here is a link to more on the reigning NJ State Large School Champion.