CRANFORD, NJ – The Cranford varsity hockey team shut out rival Westfield, 5-0, at Warinanco Park in Roselle Wednesday night. It is the fourth consecutive shutout for the Cougars.
Coach Rich Hurley was happy with the team's all-around effort, Hurley stated, “We played well all night, but we played extremely well in the first period. We outplayed them most of the night, outshooting them, 41-20. We had a very balanced offense, getting goals from five different players and for the fourth game in a row, we had a shutout.”
Cranford struck early and never looked back. Richie Hurley, Mark Christiano, Anthony Conte and Spencer Reiber all netted goals to give the Cougars a 4-0 lead after one period of play. The team carried that lead into the third period when Mark Pawlick assisted by Mark Christiano and Mark Koelmann found the back of the net to give Cranford a 5-0 lead. Goaltender Robert Echevarria saved all 20 shots he faced.
The Cougars extend their record to 10-4 and will hit the ice again on Friday, when they travel to Hunterdon Central.