SUMMIT, NJ – Nick Kilkowski scored four goals, Tim Yager added two and Sonny Round finished with a goal and five assists as the Summit Hilltoppers scored five times in the opening period en route to defeating New Caanan (CT) 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Tatlock Field.
Like many games for Summit this season, the undefeated and number one ranked team in the State got off to a very quick start against their opponent. Midfielders Tim Yager and Tommy Celmer scored goals on Summit’s first two shots of the game. Both scores were unassisted and the Hilltoppers led 2-0 midway through the first quarter.
The offense did not settle down after that. Yager got his second of the game off a shot from the left slot that found the back of the net.
Less than thirty seconds later Michael Ford scored for Summit off a hard drive down the right side of the opposition’s zone.
“We knew they (New Caanan) were going to be a physical team playing at a very fast pace. We just wanted to go out there and play our game," Kilkowski said after the game. “I think we did a good job of doing that. We were able to put the ball in net,” he continued.
Kilkowski was able to get involved in the scoring at the end of the first. On the man advantage after a New Caanan penalty, Round found his attack partner crashing toward the net. He put the ball right on his stick and Kilkowski fired it home to give Summit a five goal edge.
The second quarter saw Summit continue to get quality shots on goal. They were able to break through at the 6:08 mark when Round assisted on Terry McKenna’s goal on another man advantage opportunity. Summit was up 6-0 at that point and took a 6-1 lead into halftime.
The defense also played strongly in the first half for Summit. They allowed only four shots and goaltender Peter Badgley stopped the only shot that was fired on his goal.
“We just stuck with the zone. We were basically just pressing out on their (New Caanan player’s) hands,” Summit defenseman Will Weber said. “(They weren’t) getting a clean ability to shoot the ball.”
Summit controlled possession for a large part of the third quarter and recorded seven shots before breaking through with their seventh goal of the game. Round found Kilkowski for the second time on the afternoon in front of the New Caanan goal. He faked a shot high and put the ball in the back of the cage low for his second score.
Less than a minute later, Kilkowski scored yet again. Round found him just outside the center slot and he lasered a hard shot that went in the goal. Summit was up 8-1 after that score and would hold that lead heading into the final quarter of play.
“I just wanted to keep moving around. I just wanted to find the openings in the defense,” Kilkowski said. “My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball near the cage and I was lucky enough to put a couple in,” he added.
New Caanan scored their second goal of the game midway through the fourth quarter, but then Kilkowski answered back a few minutes later when he netted his fourth of the contest.
Summit is now 9-0 on their season. After going undefeated the previous two years and winning two state titles, one would expect that winning their third championship in three years is not far from players' minds. However, many know that is not the right mentality to have, especially so early in the season.
“It’s not really in our heads right now. We just take it game after game,” Weber told The Alternative Press.
Midfield Michael Tsang won 10 of 16 face offs for Summit on Wednesday afternoon. The Hilltoppers finished with 30 shots on goal.
Summit's next contest is at West Morris Mendham High School this Saturday at 11:30 a.m.