HARDYSTON TOWNSHIP, NJ — Morris Knolls ice hockey notched a 3-1 victory against Kinnelon on Fri., Dec. 13, at Skylands Ice World in Hardyston Township.

After both teams went scoreless the first period of the game, Morris Knolls’s James Betz scored the first goal on a power play with 5:29 minutes remaining in the second period, assisted by Jason Kwestel and Andrew Ryan.

Kinnelon’s Tim Hausler answered 4:32 minutes later with the team’s only score of the game. Jared Fatzer and Hayden Hishmeh earned the assists.

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The Golden Eagles regained the lead within the first minute of the third period with an unassisted goal by Gehrig Eckoff. Kwestel nailed the final goal of the game, also unassisted.

Morris Knolls’s goalie Elliot Marken had 15 saves. Brett Lewis stopped 46 for Kinnelon.

While pleased to get the win, Morris Knolls Head Coach Tim Kepler acknowledged that the team has to do a better job of putting the puck in the net. “Forty-nine shots on goal should yield a lot more than three goals,” he stated.

“Fortunately, we stayed out of the penalty box tonight. That certainly helped.”

“It’s still very early in the season. Our work ethic is almost where it should be,” Kepler noted. “There’s still room for improvement, however.”

The 2-2 Golden Eagles will face Randolph (4-1) on Tue., Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. at Mennen Sports Arena.


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