MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - The top-seeded Park Regional ice hockey team defeated eighth-seeded Parsippany Regional, 7-1, in the first round of the Haas Cup on Thursday at Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown.
Park Regional will meet fourth-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s in the semifinals of the league tournament.
Park Regional (17-1-4) dominated play throughout Thursday’s contest, outshooting Parsippany Regional (4-17-2) 80-12 in the shots on goal department.
Parsippany Regional goalie Justin Wellman made 73 saves. It took a little while for Park Regional to get one past him. The top seed took a 1-0 lead after Ed Karpinski scored on an assist from Angelo DePinto with 3:41 left in the first period. Park Regional then led 2-0 after Marco Demartinis scored on an assist from Karpinski and Michael DeRosa.
“We haven’t played in a week,” said Park Regional head coach Tom Levis. “We’ve had a few practices. Hockey players want to play. You can only do so much in practice. I thought we carried the play. You have to tip your cap to their goaltender. He really kept them in the game. I think that overall there were certain times that we were taking too long to shoot or overpassing to have the perfect rhythm that we wanted, but we were able to get a lot of shots on goal.”
A lot of guys contributed for Park Regional. Karpinski finished with two goals and two assists, Tyler Cross put in a pair of goals and had an assist, DePinto had a goal and three assists, Joey Demartinis also scored and had an assist, Marco Demartinis had an assist to go with his goal and Wyatt Lieto, Mike Monahan and Michael Shauger had assists.
Parsippany Regional didn’t have a shot on goal until early in the second period.
Suveer Singh put in the lone goal for Parsippany Regional early in the third period.
Park Regional will meet a Gill St. Bernard’s team it split with in the regular season. The Knights handed Park Regional its lone loss of the season on Dec. 14, 2019. Park Regional got revenge with an 8-1 win on Jan. 4.
“Gill has been a really tough team for us the last couple of years,” Levis said. “They have a strong team and they’re the only team to beat us. We have to really be on top of our game.”