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Hilltop On Top: Will Vitton's OT Winner Gives Summit High Boys Hockey McInnis Cup Crown

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Happy Hilltoppers: Summit is the new home of the McInnis Cup after The Maroon & White beat Livingston 3-2 in OT. Credits: Julie Vitton
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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Will Vitton scored at 7:45 of overtime, and the Summit High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team defeated Livingston 3-2 to win the McInnis Cup at Richard J. Codey Arena.

Vitton channeled his inner Bryce Harper and swatted the rebound of a Tom Pryymak shot out of the air and past Lancers goaltender Matthew Delseni.

Wilson Lees in goal for Summit stopped 35 out of 37 Livingston shots -- including several big saves in the overtime period -- as The Maroon & White captured the New Jersey Interscholastic Ice Hockey League Cup in just their first season in the League and competition.

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The Hilltoppers appeared set to claim the Cup in regulation, holding a 2-1 entering the game's final minutes, however Livingston -- with Delseni pulled for an extra attacker -- tied the game on a goal by Ronan Tattersall with 1:03 remaining.

The Lancers took a 1-0 lead at the 10:48 mark of the first period when Chase Friedfertig scored on a power play.

Summit leveled the score less than a minute later when a Johnny Puskar stretch pass sent Pryymak in alone on a breakaway. The freshman buried the puck upper right top shelf -- where grandma keeps the cookie jar -- and it was 1-1 at 10:02.

Pryymak fed captain Corey McManus with 7:38 left in the second period, and Summit took a 2-1 lead.

Lees held the fort all the way until the final minute and, after Livingston scored, the game headed to a fourth, 'sudden victory period.

After several Lees saves in the extra session, Pryymak's laser from the high left face-off circle was stopped by Delseni, but Vitton -- steaming in from the right side -- was first to the puck and swatted it home to cue the Summit celebration.

The eighth-seeded Hilltoppers next begin NJSIAA Public B State Tournament play when they take on 25th-seeded Hopewell Valley February 21 at Warinanco Skating Center. The puck drops at 6 p.m.

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