Sports

Spartans Defeat Lakers 3-0

January 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Sparta Ice Hockey Team produced a sound all-around effort in gaining a 3-0 victory over Mountain Lakes on Monday, improving them to 10-5-2 on the year.

“A shutout in this league is huge. You don’t get too many of them that’s for sure,” said Sparta Head Coach Mike Young.

The Spartans came out aggressive, applying pressure with a sound fore-check early in the first period. Their persistence was rewarded as Eddie Ziegenfuss received a backhand pass from Nick Bartholomew and buried it past the left pad of the Laker goaltender with 8:41 left in the first. Ziegenfuss’ goal was the eventual decisive blow of the contest.

Sign Up for E-News

“I chipped it into the zone and Nick [Bartholomew] beat me to the corner, he got the puck and I called for it, he looked up and dished it to me and I put it home,” said Ziegenfuss.

Ziegenfuss’ goal was the first of two on the night for the forward. He has enjoyed success at the Lakers’ expense having scored five goals in the two games the teams have played. According to Ziegenfuss his success against Mountain Lakes is all due to his teammates and the chemistry they have.

“It’s honestly just the people I’m playing with. They really just make everything happen and know where I am,” he added.

Mountain Lakes continued to hang in the game as both teams headed into the second period. The Lakers eventually produced seven of their 12 shots for the game during the second period, but were stonewalled by Spartan goaltender Ryan Bartholomew. Bartholomew finished a perfect 12 for 12 on the night generating his second shutout of the season.

“Ryan’s a sophomore and his heads always in the game,” said Young. “Anytime you play a good team and your goalie comes up with a shutout it inspires the whole team.”

Ryan Bartholomew received a little insurance from a familiar face late in the second period. After being outshot for the majority of the period the Laker defense, playing aggressive to apply additional pressure would falter leaving Nick Bartholomew all alone on a breakaway. Bartholomew’s backhand finish put the Spartans up 2-0 with 4:21 remaining in the second. Bartholomew’s second point of the game gave him 14 in his last five games.     

“Their [player] made a bad pass out of the corner and I was able to get it and just get passed the defender,” Bartholomew said. 

Sparta continued their dominance in the third where they easily held onto a 2-0 lead. The Spartans proceeded to outshoot Mountain Lakes 13 to zero for the period.  As tension boiled over for the Lakers both teams proceeded to frequently visit the penalty box as the referees attempted to maintain order. Eddie Ziegenfuss closed out the third by scoring an empty net goal to finish off the Lakers at 3-0.

“We had a bad habit of giving up games in the third period and we didn’t want that happening in this game so we just came out hard,” said Bartholomew.

Sparta’s victory, while improving them to 10-5-2 on the year, also gives them a critical divisional win. The Spartans continue to remain atop the Halvorsen Division, as they are now unbeaten in their last two games, and winners of three of their last five.

 

Follow The Alternative Press for Sussex County News, as well as The Alternative Press of Sussex County's Facebook Page, for news, and other information.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Lafayette Woman Nearly Crashes into Police Car, Faces DWI Charges

December 5, 2016

SPARTA, NJ – A Lafayette woman is being charged with driving while intoxicated after crossing the double yellow line, nearly colliding with a Sparta police car.  On November 28, at 9:50 p.m. Cpl. Rob Fraser and Police Officer Tom Herd were on Main Street near the Goddard School when Diana Agana-Hutchings was seen driving erratically, police report.

The police said they had to take ...

Sparta Police: Third Sparta Man Charged with DWI in One Week

SPARTA, NJ- For the third time in less than a week Sparta Police have charged a Sparta resident with driving while intoxicated.  On November 27. Cpl. Marc Rubino stopped a 2015 Jeep, after seeing it being driven down the middle of the road, according to police. 

Christopher Liddle was pulled over for driving completely across the double yellow lines on West Shore Trail at 1:40 ...

Motor Vehicle Stop Leads to Newton Man’s Arrest

NEWTON, NJ-- A Newton man faces drug charges after being pulled over  for driving while talking on his cell phone.  Newton Special Officer Raul Couce stopped Bryan Johnson on November 10 at 7:53 p.m.

Couce found that Johnson was found to have two active warrants for his arrest. The warrants were issued by both the Essex County Superior Court and the Morris County Superior ...

Sussex County Legislators vote NO to domestic violence bill

December 5, 2016

To the Editor:

Domestic violence claims at least 2,000 lives each year. Seventy percent of the victims are women. More than half of the time, the weapon used to carry out an “intimate partner” homicide — when a person targets a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend, or someone with whom they previously had a romantic relationship — is a gun. To prevent intimate partner ...

Newton High School Student Shares Her Dominican Republic Mission Trip Experience

November 27, 2016

NEWTON, NJ- A Newton High School student traveled to the Dominican Republic on a mission trip over the summer with a group from Sussex County.  Freshman Gemma Meade put together a slide show with photos of her trip to provide a backdrop to a presentation she made to her fellow students.

Meade’s French teacher began celebrating Thanksgiving with her classes on Tuesday and had Meade ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, December 9, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, December 10, 5:30 PM

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, Morris Plains

Holidays in the Log House: The Candlelight Tour

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, December 11, 1:00 PM

Van Kirk Homestead Museum, Sparta

Lime Crest Quarry: Eons in the Making, Men in the ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Roxbury Eyes Little Lake Hopatcong Peninsula, State Says "Go For It"

December 2, 2016

ROXBURY, N.J. - Roxbury Township is on the verge of getting its first chunk of lakefront property on Lake Hopatcong, a strip of land that once served as a steamboat passenger platform in Landing.

The first thing it wants to put there: A big Christmas tree.

The state, which owns the half-acre peninsula adjacent to Lake's End Marina, is eager to enter into a ...

Curriculum Currents November Part 3 - Update to the Sparta School District Website

Over the past months, the Sparta School District has been working on plans to update our current website. Working from feedback received in Superintendent Forums and other community meetings, the focus of this update is to provide a site that is more easily navigated, helping our community find important information in a more efficient manner.

The website is scheduled to receive this update on ...

Stuff the Boat on behalf of the Season of Hope Toy Drive

December 5, 2016

The Branchville Fire Department and patrons of local business Off Shore Marine have joined forces to fill a ski boat to the brim with toys to benefit the Season of Hope Toy Drive.  The toy drive, driven and coordinated by Project Self-Sufficiency along with a consortium of local businesses, schools and organizations, aims to gather 20,000 toys to benefit children in Sussex and northern ...