UNION, NJ - Intentional or not, the Summit High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team sent a message to the State Playoff seeding committee by virtue of their methodical dismantling of Governor Livingston.
Specifically, that the Maroon and White is worthy of the number-one tourney seed which, based on its body of work, looks a pretty strong argument. The Hilltoppers season mark sits at 17-2-1, with the two games they've dropped -- out of 20 played -- coming by a grand total of two goals.
Reinforcing their already uber-impressive resumé, the Summit took the ice at Union Sports Arena and blew out Governor Livingston, 8-1, a rout highlighted by a Hat Trick by senior captain David Sharpe and 19 saves from senior goaltender Wilson Lees.
The contest was less than four minutes old when senior JP Jacobello, set-up on his off wing by Sharpe, sniped the top left corner over the blocker of GL goalie Nick Papa from 10-feet out and Summit led, 1-0. Less than four minutes later, and operating on the Power Play, sophomore Jake Puskar took a cross-ice pass and fired a one-timer past Papa and the lead was doubled, with sophomore Tom Pryymak and junior alternate captain Greg Moller picking up the assists.
Shots on goal at the end of the first favored Summit 12-7.
Unbeknownst to them, the Hilltoppers already had the game-winning goal in their puck bag, but there were still 30 minutes of hockey left so they just kept their foot on the go-go pedal and rifled three more pucks past Papa in the second period.
Senior captain Will Vitton scored, from Pryymak and freshman Greg Spitznagel at the 11-minute mark, followed by an 'oh brother' goal three minutes after that when Jake Puskar set-up senior captain Johnny Puskar whose point shot found the back of the net. Sharpe, from sophomore Olli Paasonen and junior Charlie Collins, with just 27 seconds left in the period, rounded out the scoring. Summit edged the shots on goal 7-6 for a two period total of 19-13.
While the outcome was already decided, the question was whether Lees would get the shutout, but that quest was dashed when GL's Michael Stewart scored on the Power Play at 6:55. For its part, Summit ripped off three more tallies, with Pryymak and two goals from Sharpe -- to complete his Hat Trick -- providing the final scoreline.
The Hilltoppers will be back in action February 6 when they take on Ridge at Warinanco Skating Center. Opening puck drop is set for 6 p.m.