WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Connor McCarthy scored three goals and the West Essex ice hockey team claimed a 9-8 victory over Clifton on Saturday.

Although he didn't score, Connor Hapward turned in a spectacular game for West Essex (7-3-3) with six assists. Alex Laglia and Dylan Huff each scored two goals for the Knights.

Peter Andolino finished with one goal and two assists, and Nick Trabb scored a goal for the Knights, who led, 9-5, in the third period before Clifton (7-6-1) scored the game's final three goals.