WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Nutley Raiders varsity ice hockey team routed the West Orange Mountaineers, 11-2, on Tuesday at South Mountain Codey Arena.
What started off to be a good effort from both sides, quickly turned to Nutley's favor when junior Mike Frade opened the scoring off a failed clear by the Mountaineers with 9:55 remaining in the opening period.
The goal created a domino effect, which lead to Nutley scoring two more goals from Matt Basile and Angelo Gaeta.
The second period offered a more dominant performance from Nutley, maintaining puck possession in their offensive zone, with West Orange struggling to clear the puck and get a rush going to the other end. Five goals were added on to Nutley's lead going to Basile, Greg O'Connel, Mike Spagnoulo, and two from Brendan McCormack.
West Orange's lone goal scorer was senior Alec Hill, who scored on a breakaway from an assist by senior Christopher Hanley.
Nutley scored three more goals in the third period from Souza, Eric Fisher, and Brian Parigi.
West Orange's Jonathan Miller scored another breakaway for the Mountaineers but it was far too late for any final second heroics.
Raider's net minder Timothy Spitnalik posted a great game stopping, 20 of 22 shots, preventing any momentum from going West Orange's way.
The Mountaineers showed promise in the opening minutes of the game, but when Nutley scored their first goal, West Orange seemed to collapse giving Nutley a strong edge. Costly penalties and failure to clear the zone proved to be the main reasons why the outcome of this game was of such a wide margin.
"We played a good first five minutes, and then collapsed after they [Nutley] scored one goal,” West Orange senior Elijah Roberts said. "We need to work on answering quicker after giving up goals, and playing better defensively throughout the game.”
West Orange hopes to learn from this game and improve for the next one against Montclair Kimberly Academy on Saturday at Codey Arena. Face-off is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.