MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ – Roxbury High School’s ice hockey team proved Friday that last year’s Halversen Cup victory was not a fluke. The Gaels did so by winning the cup again and this time doing it even more convincingly than in 2016.
Roxbury shutdown, and shut-out, the Madison Dodgers at Mennen Sports Arena, skating away with a 3-0 victory and taking the coveted division championship for the second consecutive year. When the two teams met last year in the Halversen Cup championship, Roxbury won 2-1.
The Dodgers played tough on Friday, but could not find the back of the net.
With just one minute into the first period, Dylan DeGraw scored for Roxbury, assisted by Billy Hefferle, to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Hefferle would go on to score with 3:35 remaining in the first and give Roxbury a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
In that period, Ethan Barooah would make it 3-0 for Roxbury, capitalizing on a Madison penalty. Nick Zaragoza and Dylan DeGraw would pick up the assists on the play.
“Great team effort by the boys today over a very good Madison hockey team,” said Gaels coach Jonathan Benbow. “We talked before the game about being dedicated to playing defense first and I'm so proud of the boys for the game they played. Our defense was steady, our offense finished all the chances they got, and A.J. Pisani was fantastic again in goal.”
Pisani made 27 saves during the night while Madison’s goaltender, Matt Ubertaccio, blocked 29 shots.
The victory brought Roxbury’s record to 18-4.