Westfield Hockey Blasts Gov. Livingston 12-0

Credits: Tim LeCras
Credits: Tim LeCras

ROSELLE PARK, N.J. - The Westfield varsity ice hockey team scored 10 goals in the first period to cruise to a 12-0 win over Governor Livingston on Wednesday at Warinanco Skating Center.

Nine different players scored in the first period for Westfield, as the Blue Devils improved to 6-2-1 on the season.

"Its always good to get two points in a league game," Westfield head coach Sean Cromarty said. "Our kids have been working on the goal scoring, our goal scoring habits. It was good to see some other guys step up and get some goals."

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Senior defenseman Liam Devin scored in the first 21 seconds to put Westfield on the board early. Three minutes later, Jon Macik found the back of the net to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead.

"I thought we played well," Devin said. "We've been having trouble finishing lately so it was nice to get a win like that."

After four minutes of scoreless play, Westfield scored three goals in less than three minutes.

Christian Rosa got the streak started with 7:14 to play in the period, before Jeremy DeDea scored the first of his two goals in the period. Dane Huber finished the streak less than a minute later to take a 6-0 lead.

"We came out ready to play," Devin said. "We talked about it before the game. We said we needed to come out hard and basically show them what Westfield hockey is all about."

The Blue Devils fought for four more goals in the final four minutes of the period, sending Westfield to the first intermission with a 10-0 lead.

Cromarty said he has never seen a team score 10 goals in a period during his career.

"Anything is possible in high school hockey games," the second year head coach said. "It was a good effort."

Gov. Livingston had minimal offensive chances in the period, spending most of the opening frame on defense.

After the short break, Westfield scored two more goals in the period before the game was called due to the 10-goal mercy rule at the end of the second period.

The Blue Devils have three games in the next week, including a match-up with conference favorite Summit on Wednesday.

Cromartie said the team can't look at the Summit game until they're next on the schedule, but Devin is looking forward to the meeting at Warinanco Skating Center.

Its always fun playing Summit. Its a good rivalry game. We get a lot of fans out there. Its a great atmosphere to play in."

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