Nine-day Layoff Hurts Chatham Ice Hockey in 2-0 Setback to Morristown-Beard

Chatham forward Thomas Winter looks for an opening vs. Morristown-Beard on Thursday Credits: TAP Chatham
Chatham goalie Zach Pendergrast is hoping for a rematch against Morristown-Breard in the Mennen Cup playoffs Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - After a hot start to the ice hockey season, a nine-day layoff and a skilled Morristown-Beard team cooled off the Cougars, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon at Mennen Sports Arena.

"That shouldn't be an excuse, we should always come ready to play," Chatham goalie Zach Pendergrast said. "This shows that we're not the greatest team in high school history and that we can lose if we don't come ready to play. It's a good reality check."

Chatham had defeated Morristown-Beard in the season opener, 6-2.

Sign Up for E-News

It might be said that Chatham (3-1) played well enough to win Thursday, if not for a break here or there, but Morristown-Beard (3-2-1) broke through first with two goals in the second period from Connor Tartaglione and then Brayden Patricia. The Crimson received 36 saves from goalie Anthony DelTufo in the shutout.

Dave Andreychuk, who leads Chatham with four goals, had his point-blank shot from in front saved by DelTufo in the minutes after Morristown-Beard's first goal.

"I don't think we played a bad game,"  Chatham coach Brendon Herr said. "I think we had some opportunities that we didn't capitalize on. The counter to that is we had a week-and-a-half off. They have some skilled players who beat us. Second time playing teams, they start to understand your system and special teams. They took Andreychuk away today on the power play by over-shifting to him."

It was a rough game for Chatham and Dave Andreychuk. No call was made on this play as he was taken out on his way to the net

"It's an early-season measuring stick," Herr said. "The good thing is that we can possibly meet these guys again in the Mennen Cup."

A year ago, Chatham won two games against Morristown-Beard during the regular season but lost to the Crimson in the Mennen Cup playoffs. Morristown-Beard won its fourth straight Mennen Cup while Chatham last won it in 1981 as Chatham Township High.

"A couple mistakes and good goals by them," Pendergrast said. "We were a little discouraged, but I think we'll get them next time. We beat them twice in the regular season last year and lost to them in the (Mennen) playoffs, so the regular-season games didn't mean much."

One of Chatham's missed opportunities in the game vs. Morristown-Beard

Chatham plays Roxbury, 4:15 Saturday at Mennen Sports Arena.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend


Our summer program is in full swing.  This week we are starting some of our most popular children’s programs, Chess for Kids and sewing classes with Miss Polly.  Children will also enjoy a visit from a special guest, Queen Maria Isabella from Medieval Times.  Teens ...

Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: Fundraiser on Sept. 22nd at Chatham Cougar Field

July 21, 2018

To the Editor:

Hello, Friends,

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) “Out of the Darkness” annual walk is being held on Saturday, September 22nd at 5:15 p.m. at Chatham’s Cougar Field, next to 312 Shunpike Road in Chatham, NJ  07928.  Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. 

You know of my lifetime support of efforts to combat ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.



Chatham's Meghan LeMon Awarded Degree from Miami University in Ohio

July 21, 2018

OXFORD, OH -- Meghan LeMon of Chatham was among more than 3,900 students from Miami University who received degrees during spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Millett Hall.

LeMon graduated MAGNA with a BA degree, majoring in Speech Path & Audiology.

Considered one of eight original "Public Ivies" in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio.

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...