SOMERSET, NJ -- The Ridge ice hockey team opened defense of its state championship with a 7-1 victory over Tenafly in the first round of the Public B state tournament Thursday afternoon.

Ty Ebeling scored three goals for the Red Devils (17-5-5) and Reese Judson contributed four assists in the victory.

Erik Helgeson scored a goal and Ebeling scored twice in the first period, as Ridge opened a 3-0 lead. Colin Kirkwood, Matt Balzarotti and Eric Schubert also scored a goal apiece for the Red Devils.

Schubert and Sean Leach each had two assists, and Balzarotti, Jack Finnagan, Nick DelGaizo and Zach Alvin had one assist apiece.