WARREN, NJ - Entering their last game of the regular season, the Watchung Hills Warriors rolled past Old Bridge, 10-4.
Old Bridge started off the game with a quick goal before the Warriors went on a 7-0 run.
Goalie Jack Ayre played great in the first half, allowing just one goal while saving eight shots. He improved to 8-5 on the year. Nick Malinousky entered the game in the second half, stopping six shots while allowing just three in the back of the net.
“We really focused while preparing for our state game on Saturday against Montgomery,” Ayre said. “The defense reacted well on fast breaks and did a good job on their match ups.”
Alec Orazietti scored four goals and two assists in the win, while Tyler Furlong and John Tekin added two goals. Ryan Cunningham had a goal and three assists.
“We did well right out of the gate which we usually don’t do. That basically set the tempo for the whole game,” said Orazietti.
The defense also played strong behind both goalies, holding Old Bridge to just four goals. They also forced a lot of ground balls, which led to more opportunities for the offense to score.
Commenting on the defense’s play was captain and defenseman, Danny Phillips, as he said, “Our defense played well and because of that we helped create offensive opportunities.”
The Warriors will open up the State Tournament on Saturday, May 17, as they will play Montgomery, whom they previously defeated on Senior Day, 14-3.