MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Morristown hockey team hit another stumbling block on Friday evening.
Playing fellow Mennen Division rival Morris Knolls, the Colonials gave up a goal in each period, and ultimately fell 3-0 to the Golden Eagles in front of a large, bi-partisan crowd at Mennen Arena. With the loss, Morristown dropped to 0-2 both overall and in the Mennen Division, and are now only one setback away from matching last season’s entire loss total.
Despite a relatively even played first period, Knolls got on the board with 3:01 remaining in the frame when Douglas Fischer one-timed a laser from the left wing and into the upper right corner of the net to make it one nothing. Trevor Campanella fed the pass in from the end line.
Morristown’s best opportunity came at the eight-minute mark of the period, when Connor Wisloff launched an uncontested shot from the left point, but it was turned away by Knolls keeper Ty Franchi (22 saves.)
The run of play began to shift in Knolls favor more in the second period, as evidenced by Colonials goalie Derek Peck (16 saves) being forced to deny Chris Conway of the Golden Eagles on a breakaway less than a minute after the puck drop.
It took the Denville-based school seven minutes to cash in, as Campanella finished off a goal from close range off an assist from Thomas Housel to double the lead to 2-0 after two periods. Morristown had no serious scoring chances in the period.
Less than two minutes into the final stanza, Kenny Riddett scored the dagger to give Knolls a 3-0 lead and almost assured the victory at that point.
Morristown captain Nate DeFares nearly got his side on the board with 7:20 playing, but his shot from the left wing hit the post and careened away to safety. Just seconds later, Morristown went on its only power play—thanks to Knolls getting hit with a high sticking call—but were unable to get on the board.
The road gets no easier for the Colonials, as they take on in-county rival and perennial state power Randolph next. Both sides will find themselves in an unusual place on Tuesday, as both teams are 0-2 on the season and in Mennen loop play.