WEST ORANGE, NJ — The top-seeded Livingston High School ice hockey team came just shy of the McInnis Cup title when the Lancers fell to No. 2 Summit, 3-2, in overtime play on Saturday at Codey Arena.
Chase Friedfertig scored what was his 30th career goal in the first period, but Summit quickly answered back to even the score heading into the second, when Corey McManus netted Summit’s second goal. The game was sent into overtime after Livingston’s Ronan Tattersall scored in the third to tie Summit. Both goals were scored off of assists from Minkyu Yang.
The game-winning goal came from Will Vitton to clinch to McInnis Cup title.
Summit, new to the ice hockey fold this year, tied with Livingston the first time the two teams met and lost to the Lancers 3-1 in a mid-season rematch. Last week, Summit defeated the defending McInnis Cup champions, Verona-Glen Ridge, in a 5-0 victory in the semifinals.
The team is now 14-7-2 on the season compared to Livingston’s overall record of 16-5-3.
Despite the loss, the Lancers begin state tournament play on Monday as the No. 5 seed in the NJSIAA Public A Tournament, the team’s highest ranking in more than 35 years. The boys will take on No. 28 Lawrence at 5:45 p.m. at Codey Arena in West Orange.
Should they win, the Lancers will take on the winner of the first-round game between No. 21 Howell and No. 12 Morristown on Feb. 24.
The final game will be played on March 6 at the Mennen Sports Arena.
Players to watch include Friedfertig, one of the highest-scoring players in the state with 30 goals and 21 assists; keeper Matthew Delseni, who has nearly 500 saves on the season; Connor Flaherty; Max Solomon; Ronan Tattersall; Minkyu Yang; and Eric Frieman.