Sports

Chatham Hockey Advances to State Quarterfinals with Victory over Montville

f32f48c4b3a801c471ac_CJMontv.JPG
C.J. Albanese stopped a penalty shot in notching his shutout for Chatham Credits: Tony Albanese
a8884cd4dd544877d767_AJMontv.JPG
Defenseman A.J. Albanese was credited with three assists in state tournament victory over Montville Credits: Tony Albanese
1b7851ef5c6adf686077_BarneMontv.JPG
Will Barnett netted the first goal for Chatham and then picked up an assist Credits: Tony Albanese
a2d15fe5f1849fd3933d_SimsonMontv.JPG
Teddy Simson contributed a goal and an assist for Chatham in victory over Montville Credits: Tony Albanese
836c8dca1ccec33ec830_photo_1.JPG
18fd8e55691f9b14118f_photo_2.JPG
132a09f09e15c194080a_photo_3.JPG

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Chatham High School ice hockey team has been on a roll as of late. Their most recent victory, a 6-0 shutout over Montville in the state tournament’s Round of 16 at Mennen Arena on Friday night.

Chatham goaltender C.J. Albanese led the way for the Cougars with a stellar 21-save performance in goal.

“It definitely feels great,” Albanese said on the shutout. “After last season’s run, we wanted to get a good start in the playoffs and we definitely did that tonight. We played well defensively and offensively, which led us to the win.”

Sign Up for E-News

On the other side of the rink, Montville goaltender Josh Beron finished with 33 saves on Chatham’s skaters.

“They played well,” Beron said. “They came out hard from start to finish. I thought we played well as a team, but losing is a part of the game.”

William Barnett (two goals), Jack O’Connor, Brett Montgomery, Austin Pierce, and Teddy Simson each contributed to Chatham’s victory on Friday night. William Barnett’s second goal of the game, as well as Brett Montgomery’s goal was scored on the power play. Teddy Simson led his team to victory by firing his rapid shot on goal midway in the third period.

“It was great,” Simson said. “I was able to get the shot straight through. There’s nothing better than getting a win in the playoffs.”

Despite Chatham emerging from the game with a shutout, head coach Frank Gilberti has respect for Montville and what they were able to accomplish this season as a team.

“It was a great game,” Gilberti said. “Montville played a good game and they had a very good season. We have a lot of respect for the way they perform.”

Last season, Chatham shut out Morristown for the Public B title at the Prudential Center in Newark. In order to reach the Brick City once again, Chatham has three more steps to climb. Be sure to watch the Cougars in their next game on Monday at Mennen Arena. The time and opponent for are to be determined.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville