BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Ridge High School ice hockey team, which has gone to the state championship game each of the last two seasons, found out on Friday that the NJSIAA would be extending the season into March.

The state association, after ruling earlier that the season would have a late start and an early finish, amended its schedule on Friday.

Teams will be able to play games beginning Jan. 15, 2021, and the end of the season has been extended to March 6. That end date is two weeks later than the NJSIAA had originally set. 

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Organized indoor sports for youth and high school-aged athletes is currently under a ban by Gov. Phil Murphy until Jan. 4 because of COVID-19. 

Team schedules will be capped at 15 games for the season. Ridge was the 2019 state champion, and lost to Randolph in the 2020 title game, which took place just 48 hours before sports across the nation began suspending play. The pandemic was declared that same week.