MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Chatham dominated play in all three zones, posting a 10-0 ice hockey victory over Jackson Liberty in the opening round of the NJSIAA Public C Tournament on Thursday night at Mennen Sports Arena.
Third-seeded Chatham cut the game short when it scored its 10th goal with 7:39 left in the third period, prompting the mercy rule. No. 14 seed Jackson Liberty (11-7-3) was limited to eight shots on goal.
Danny Mahoney collected one goal and four assists to spark the offense, and Chatham received two goals and two assists from Alex Laferriere, two goals and one assist from Dave Andreychuk and two goals from Nate Marshall.
“Our power play came through tonight for us with four goals," Chatham coach Brendon Herr said. "I thought we moved the puck well and had really good looks on the power play. We had scoring from all four lines tonight and held them to less than 10 shots, which is a credit to our D zone play.
"We stressed playing hard in all three zones and keeping things simple. I think we did a good job at putting pucks on net and retrieving rebounds.”
Chatham got the scoring started with 6:51 left in the first period with an Evan Schmidt goal (see video below) that was assisted by Mahoney and Andreychuk.
The fortune changed for Chatham in the second period as they found themselves with a 5-on-3
advantage 5:12 left in the period. Just 15 seconds into the two-man advantage the Cougars
doubled their lead off an Alex Laferriere goal that was assisted by Thomas Winter and Tanner
David Andreychuk added a third goal before the Chatham power play was over. Chatham (14-7) would go on to score three more goals in the final two minutes of play in the second period and went into the final intermission leading, 6-0, while also taking a 31-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Nate Marshall scored two goals in quick succession within those last two minutes of the second period. Brian Nall also got on the score sheet adding the sixth goal of the night for Chatham.
With a 6-0 lead after two periods, Chatham didn’t let up as Cole Krauss scored the 7th goal with 13:34
left in the final period. Thomas Winter got himself a goal after getting an assist earlier in the game. The Cougars scored their 8th goal with 9:12 left to play and tacked on two more goals within the next minute and a half of play to end the game at 10-0 with 7:39 left in the third period. The final three goals were scored by Laferriere, Mahoney (see video below), and Andreychuk.
Chatham is set to meet Mahwah in the next round on Monday.