SUMMIT, NJ - Will Vitton scored on the Hilltoppers' second shift of the game, and the junior went on to add two more goals for a Hat Trick propelling the number-one seeded Summit Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Team to 5-1 win over fifth-seeded Governor Livingston, and sending The Maroon & White to the Union County Cup Final.
There, Summit will face Westfield, a 5-1 victor over Cranford in the other semifinal. on February 4 at Warinaco Skating Center. The puck will drop at 1:30 p.m.
Entering the second period with a 1-0 lead, Summit tacked on two goals, the first coming of the stick of sophomore Charlie Collins who blocked a shot in the defensive zone and then raced the length of the ice to bury his shot top shelf in the right corner.
Later in the period, senior Xander Hiltabrand fired a low drive that Vitton tipped home to make it 3-0.
Summit's power play did the damage in the third period. First, freshman Tom Pryymak set up Vitton's Hat Trick goal -- one of three Pryymak assists on the night -- and then, with a 5-on-3 two-man advantage, Collins notched his second of the game, assisted by Greg Moller and Luc Radice.
The Hilltoppers, now 11-6-2 on the season, outshot the Highlanders 34-22. Junior goaltender Wilson Lees stopped 21 shots for Summit, with Danny Kramer's goal for GL with 40.7 seconds left in the game spoiling the shutout.