STOCKHOLM, NJ- The Sparta Jefferson United ice hockey team were shut out by Madison 3-0 on Saturday playing on their home ice at Skylands Ice World.
While they were not able to get past the Dodgers’ goalie, the biggest obstacle for the team was a short bench. SJU was playing with only nine skaters. Those players were focused on winning; playing hard to every whistle.
SJU has two players injured and another out sick. Two others were missing for other reasons. That adds up.
Madison got only three past Logan Hanek on 59 shots, one in each period. The third goal was a power play goal.
SJU put 17 shots on the Dodgers net.
This is the second year for coach Bob Smith. This year Smith has two new assistants on the bench with him. Smith is not new to high school ice hockey. He comes to the SJU program after 39 years as a player, coach and official. Smith's coaching career began as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers Academy in 1980. By 1981, at the ripe age of 23 Smith moved to the head coach position. CBA went from a 3-13-2 season in 1981-82 to 22-2-1, a State Championship title and other accolades including Coach of the Year in 1982-83, according to the New Jersey High School Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
SJU will play at Mendham on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. at Mennen Sports Arena. Their next home game is against Roxbury on Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m.