Chatham Hockey Team Continues Undefeated Season, Defeating Cranford 7-3; Danny Casey Lifts Team with Three Goals

Nick Citron of the Chatham Cougars looks to take a shot on goal. The Cougars defeated Cranford 7-3 on Saturday night at the Union Sports Arena.

UNION, NJ - The Chatham Cougars scored two goals in the first period, three in the second and two more in the third, and left winger Danny Casey recorded his first hat trick of the season, as the Cougars defeated a previously undefeated Cranford team 7-3 on Saturday night at Union Sports Arena.

The Cougars were down 1-0 midway through the first period, after surrendering an early score to Cranford.

However, Casey quickly evened things up with his first goal of the game.  He gobbled up the puck near center ice and skated towards the Cranford net on a breakaway try.  He made a nice deke move and put the puck in the back of the goal to even things up at one a piece.

Sign Up for E-News

Casey also scored the next goal of the game at the 2:37 mark of the first period, putting the Cougars ahead 2-1.  He received a nice pass from Trip Burke, who was behind the Cranford net and buried a shot into the goal from about a foot away.

"Burke came down wide and threw it toward the net.  It squirted out and came to me.  I just kind of put it in," Casey said of his second goal.

The second period saw some exciting  back and forth action.  The Cougars scored three goals in a span of just over four minutes.  Casey completed his hat trick at the 6:23 mark of that period when he blasted a shot into the goal off a pass from teammate Alex Rauter.

"Their team was collapsing down low.  Me and Alex were able to work it down around their goal all night," Casey said.  "Our offense is pretty stellar."

Coming into the third period, the Cougars were up 5-3 and looked to break the game wide open.  They were able to do so when Jake Herendeen scored on a breakaway at the 7:46 mark of the third period.  He received a pass as he was streaking into the Cranford zone and put the puck in between goaltender Trevor Hertz's legs. 

Rauter scored the final goal of the game for the Cougars off a slap shot from the left circle.  That made the score 7-3 with just over four minutes to play.

"I liked the third period.  We played better defensively and did not give up any goals," Cougars' Head Coach Harvey Cohen said.  "It was a little bit wide open in the first two periods."

The Cougars dominated play for much of the game, and if not for some good saves from Hertz, the score could have been more lopsided.  The Cougars finished with 34 shots on goal and gave up only 18 tries to Cranford.

With the win, the Cougars improved to 3-0-1 on their season.  They will look to continue their undefeated season when they face off against Pingry High School on December 16th, at Bridgewater Sports Arena at 4:30 p.m.    

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Mike Czech – One of Chatham’s Hidden Gems….

On a warm sunny day, back in 2008, at Southern Boulevard Elementary School stood a very tall man (6.5” to be exact!), soft-spoken, warm and friendly as he was surrounded by a whole group of children running around him (at his knees).

His name was Mike Czech and he was teaching the kids how to play a game on the open court.   I introduced myself to help assist him as a fellow ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!


Residents of Chatham to Receive Second Fundraising Letter Asking for Their Support of the Chatham Emergency Squad

May 20, 2018

During the week of May 20, a follow-up letter seeking donations to the Chatham Emergency Squad (CES) will be sent to more than 6,000 Chatham residents, businesses, religious and community organizations. Letters will not be sent to individuals, businesses, and organizations who have lent their support with the first mailing, issued in January 2018.

The Chatham Emergency Squad is an ...