CRANFORD, NJ – Junior Richie Hurley and freshman Ryan Malko both had hat tricks for Cranford hockey in a 9-0 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tuesday afternoon at Warinanco Park.
Hurley netted his first goal of the afternoon assisted by Ryan Shupp 1:17 into the game. The Cougars continued scoring from there with two goals by Ryan Malko, Hurley’s second of the day and senior Mark Christiano contributed one, to put the Cougars up 5-0 after one period of play.
The second period brought more Cranford goals, Hurley scored his 15 goal of the season, to complete the hat trick, assisted by Ryan Malko and Spencer Reiber. Reiber and senior Mark Pawlick also found the back of the net to give Cranford an 8-0 lead after two. Ryan Malko assisted by Reiber scored his 19 goal of the season to give him a hat trick and complete the scoring for the Cougars.
Coach Rich Hurley was pleased with the way the team played, he said, “We played very well tonight. We kept the puck deep all night and kept a lot of pressure on their defense. On the chances that Scotch Plains/Fanwood had, Rob Echevarria made a couple of excellent saves to maintain the shutout.” Echevarria saved all 19 shots he faced.
The Cougars play Sunday night, Jan.26 at 6:30 p.m., when they host Nutley High-School at Warinanco Park.