ROSELLE, NJ — The Westfield Blue Devils won their third straight game adding another high scoring performance to their record on Monday night.
In their last three games, they have outscored opponents 21-2, with goalie Jack Ruckman recording two shutouts.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster, not just for me but for the entire team.” Ruckman said, discussing his consecutive shutouts before Monday’s game. “The whole team has been playing well, and it lights a spark on me and the other guys.”
Westfield opened the game on a tear, with two goals in the first four minutes, one from Nick Forno, and the other from Greg Oliveri. Senior Will Gamba scored his first goal of the season, followed by Logan Calder, also scoring his first goal of the year, to put the Blue Devils up 4-0 late in the first period.
Just one minute into the second period, Matt Beke put one into the back of the net as Westfield took a 5-0 lead.
Johnson finally put an end to the Blue Devils’ offensive surge, Adrian Skiba put the Crusaders on the board on a breakaway goal.
“Getting scored on is never a good feeling as a goalie,” Ruckman said. “I make sure to take a lap around our defensive zone and get myself back in the right mind.”
The Johnson goal did not stop Westfield from adding to their lead. Freshman Matteo Mancheno capitalized on Trevor Tanella’s pass in front of the net for his eighth goal of the year, putting the Blue Devils up 6-1.
After two hard Matt Beke hits, Dan McDonald scored to give Westfield a six-goal lead.
Johnson answered late in the game, with just 40 seconds left, the Crusaders netted their second goal of the night.
Ruckman has stepped up big for the Blue Devils, after Jake Watson went down with an injury.
The Blue Devils advanced to the second round of the Union County Tournament and will take on the winner of the matchup between Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Cranford.
Michael Siroty is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.