LIVINGSTON, NJ — Seeded at No. 5 the State Public A bracket, the Livingston Lancers ice hockey team received its highest state ranking in more than 35 years on Tuesday.
The Lancers will take on No. 28 Lawrence in the first round of the State Tournament at South Mountain Arena in West Orange on Feb. 21. Should they win, the Lancers will advance to the second round on Feb. 24 against the winner of the first-round game between No. 12 Morristown and No. 21 Howell.
Before they can focus on the state tournament, however, the Lancers will play for a conference championship on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. at South Mountain Arena in West Orange. After defeating Montclair Kimberly Academy for the third time this season in the semifinal round of the 2017 McInnis Cup on Monday, top-seeded Livingston advanced to the conference final, to be played against No. 2 Summit.
With the 6-4 victory over Montclair Kimberley, Livingston finished conference play undefeated with an overall record of 16-4-3 on the season.
Summit, Livingston’s opponent for the championship, defeated No. 6 Verona-Glen Ridge, 5-0, it the semifinal round on Tuesday and was seeded at No. 10 in the State Public B ranking. After defeating Verona, the defending McInnis Cup Champion, Summit now has an overall record of 13-7-2 heading into the championship game on Saturday.
More than 70 teams automatically qualified for the state tournament, which will conclude on March 6 with the state championship games at Mennen Arena in Morristown.