UNION, NJ - Gov. Livingston Ice Hockey continued its hot start to the year, beating rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 5-2, on Saturday, December 14. Freshmen Brandon Cuccaro and Brian Kramer continued their hot starts for the Highlanders, scoring four of GL’s five goals.
GL took little time to get the barrage started. Senior Mat Katz knocked in a shot just outside the crease with over 13 minutes to play in the first period to give GL an early advantage. GL was able to hold a one score lead through most of the first period. With just over six minutes to play in the first period, SPF had a chance to even the score on a breakaway, but a great stop by sophomore goalie Shane Cook held the Raiders scoreless.
At the three minute mark in the first, Kramer continued his dominance, knocking in his tenth goal of the early season to give the Highlanders a 2-0 lead at first intermission.
The second period was all Cuccaro, as the freshman defenseman scored all three of his goals in the second. The period started off slow, but with 10 minutes to go, it was Jack Norton who deflected a shot into the back of the net. However, a late whistle by the refs nullified the score. Cuccaro took no time getting a three back on the board for GL, as he slapped in his first of the night with 9:43 to go.
At the six minute mark, Cuccaro added his second of the night on a nifty top shelf shot from the left wing to give GL a 4-0 advantage. With 2:14 to go in the second, he completed his hat trick on the opposite side, finding the back of the net to put the Highlanders up five.
SPF would score quickly in the third to cut the GL lead to four, but that would be it for the Raiders, giving GL a 5-1 win.
The Highlanders improve to 4-1-1 and look like Kelly Cup favorites. GL looks to build upon its hot start to the season when it takes on Livingston on Wednesday night.