LITTLE FALLS, NJ - A dominant second period propelled the Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove Hornets to a 5-1 victory over the Clifton Mustangs on Dec. 23 at Floyd Hall Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Dan Lapinski put the Hornets on the board with help from Vincent DiNardo and Sam Giuffrida. A power play with just under 11 minutes left in period gave PV/Cedar Grove its second goal when Nick LoPresti found the back of the net assisted by Alex LoPresti and Stefan Schimpf. Less than a minute later, Shane McGuire scored to make it a 3-0 game, but the Hornets weren't done. Lapinski and DiNardo assisted Alex LoPresti's goal to increase PV/CG's lead to 4-0.
Clifton avoided a shut out when Jason FInan put the Mustangs on the board with a minute left in the second period. However, the Hornets continued to hold off the Mustangs and added one more goal for good measure from Giuffrida, assisted by Lapinski and Matthew O'Donnell.
Goalie Noah Vazquez had nine saves for the Hornets. Jaden Fortuna had 30 saves for Clifton.
The win improves the Hornets to 3-5-2 for the season. They take on Indian Hills on Dec. 28 in the Passaic County Holiday Tourney at the Ice Vault in Wayne. Game time is 8:30 p.m.