SOMERSET, NJ -- Hunterdon Central scored three goals in the second period and went on to a 4-3 ice hockey victory in the semifinal round of the Skyland Cup on Thursday.
Jake Stapert's goal with 11:53 left in the third period with an assist from William Chanlam gave Hunterdon Central (10-5-3) a 4-1 lead before Ridge (15-5-5) rallied to close the gap.
Eric Helgeson and Colin Kirkwood scored goals for Ridge with 7:11 and 3:11 left, respectively, to cut Hunterdon Central's lead to 4-3. Nicholas Mastropaolo, Jack Schnack and Thomas Klesat had the earlier goals for Hunterdon Central.
Matt Balzarotti scored the first goal for Ridge, which had a 1-0 lead after one period. Nick DelGaizo assisted on two goals for Ridge.
Jack Menichillo of Hunterdon Central made 30 saves. Marcus Fabiunke of Ridge made 27 stops.