MORRISTOWN, NJ -  After a brutal start to the season that began with five straight losses, the Morristown High hockey team fought its way back into the state tournament after all.

Despite being under .500 at the cutoff, the Colonials were awarded one of the four wild card slots at the NJSIAA seeding meeting on late Tuesday morning. Morristown will have a chance to defend its Public A state title as the twelfth seeded squad in the field.
 
Morristown had a record of 8-10-2 at the February 4 deadline, but four teams that are within four games of the .500 mark are given wild card berths. Morristown’s strength of schedule thanks to the Mennen Division slate made them the highest seeded wild card, so their status in the 34 team field was likely never in doubt.
 
The Colonials will launch state play next Tuesday, when they face twenty-first seeded Howell of Monmouth County at Mennen Arena.