LIVINGSTON, NJ — A third-period goal by Livingston’s Jake Crockett brought 14th-seeded Livingston to a 3-2 victory over 19th-seeded River Dell-Westwood at Codey Arena in West Orange on Feb. 22, advancing Livingston High School Boys Ice Hockey to the second round of the NJSIAA State Tournament against Montclair on Feb. 25.
Although the first round against River Dell-Westwood was a close call, with a tie score of 2-2 with two minutes remaining in the game, Livingston goalie Matthew Delsini said the team is determined to bounce back against Montclair at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Clary Anderson Arena.
“Going into the state tournament as the 14 seed was a little disappointing because we know we can beat any team in our bracket when we play out game,” said Delsini. “That’s exactly what we plan to do and hopefully we get those bounces because with a team like Montclair that’s how you win.”
In the first-round game, Delsini made 15 saves for Livingston to Matt Ajello’s 31 stops for River Dell. The winning shot by Crockett was his second throughout the game, adding to Chase Friedfertig’s one goal early in the first period. Livingston held a 2-0 lead until River Dell’s Joey Ragno scored twice in the second period.
Crocket pulled the Livingston boys ahead with only 51 seconds to spare in the Public A NJSIAA Tournament first round.
If the boys beat Montclair on Thursday, they will advance to the quarterfinals this weekend. Their potential quarterfinal component depends on the outcome of the Feb. 24 battle between Ridgewood and Bridgewater-Raritan.