UNION, NJ—After two periods of back-and-forth scoring, the Governor Livingston Varsity Ice Hockey team soared past the Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders in the third period to take home their fifth straight win, 7-3, Saturday at Union Sports Arena.
A vast array of Highlanders contributed to the scoring and defensive efforts as they took home the last win of GL’s Super Saturday events. The win was a result of a hard-nosed battle by both teams.
The match started with an urgency on both sides of the ice as GL and ALJ raced to attain the first score. Danny Kramer ’17 of GL provided a quick goal for the Highlanders to set the powerful tone of the Gov. Livingston offense. Eleven minutes passed to end the first with GL up 1-0.
ALJ returned to the ice with a goal to score and a determined mindset at hand. With 11:26 left in the second period, junior Jack Lomeli connected the puck to the back of the net to put up the first of the Crusader’s points.
Gov. Livingston, just a mere 36 seconds later, placed the puck at the hand of sophomore Ed Sot. Sot took advantage of his opportunity, scoring the second of GL’s points and placing the Highlander squad back in the lead.
Only a minute later, the Crusaders returned the favor, as Richard Azari ’19 powered the puck behind the GL defense. His score once again tied the game with 9:35 left in the second.
A switch in momentum poised Johnson with a chance to take the lead. Tyler Mekovetz seized his chance with authority with 8:22 left in the second. Mejovetz’s goal would cap off the scoring for the ALJ squad.
The GL offense, however, was just warming up.
Kramer, with his driven and relentless play, attained his second goal of the night, which was a determining power shift as GL retrieved the lead.
The third period marked a great increase in Gov. Livingston offensive opportunity. Sophomore Carson Wahlers '19 added two goals on the night, Kyle Wahlers ‘18 and Ryan Monroy provided a goal each to put the GL squad on top, 7-3.
Three of the four Highlander goals scored in the third were within a minute, capitalizing on the momentum of Kramer’s goal in the second period. The team held on until the end, securing their fifth straight win to improve their record, 8-5.
GL goalie Matt Altomare recorded 26 saves in the win; ALJ goalie Karol Wieczorek recorded 28 saves.
Gov. Livingston will be back on to face Summit on Friday, Jan. 15 at 4:40 p.m. at Union Sports Arena.
Johnson will face Westfield on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 4:45 p.m.