ROSELLE, NJ — The Westfield High School boys’ varsity ice hockey team prevailed against Johnson Wednesday night, 4-2, when the Crusaders honored its senior players at Warinanco Park.
Starting goal tenders for the game were Westfield senior Dan DoCampo and Johnson junior Nicola DeMarzo.
The Blue Devils and Crusaders were scoreless throughout the early portion of the first period, with each side displaying a strong defensive effort.
Westfield opened the scoring at the seven minute mark of the first period, with Dante Anastario scoring an unassisted goal to give Westfield the 1-0 lead going into the first intermission.
The second period got underway and the Crusaders were unable to get the game-tying goal. Westfield opened it up, scoring three goals in the period. Westfield scorers were senior Mathew Friedman, freshmen Matthew Rittendale and freshmen Andrew Johnson-Milstein.
The Crusaders fought back in the third period. Sophomore Tom Gray put one on the board with assists from James Wagner and Jack Lomeli. Junior Kyle Myers picked up Johnson's second goal of the night on the power play.
For Westfield, Matthew Rittendale and Mathew Friedman finished with two points each (one goal, one assist), while freshmen Sean Taylor and junior Matt Macik each contributed an assist.
ALJ seniors Captain James Wagner and Dylan McCabe were honored for their years of hard work during their time with the Johnson ice hockey program.
“I’m honored to coach two guys like them because they legitimately care a lot about making sure they do everything they physically can to try and get a win and try to make sure they’re given the most healthy team ever,” said Johnson head coach Bryan Kilmchak. “Dylan’s a converted goalie, they’re always doing everything they can to help the team out.”
“It’s really been something different,” said Wagner. “I usually don’t see myself as a leader sometimes, but this year, being a senior, I really notice the younger kids really listen to you and you have dominance over them. So, it’s really an honor to get the captaincy. I do have the skill and I do have the advice, because I’ve been playing hockey for a really long time and really liked helping out everyone to be a better hockey player.”
The Westfield Blue Devils improve to 12-4-1 on the season while the Crusaders’ record falls to 4-13-1.