ROSELLE, NJ — Summit High School’s boys varsity ice hockey team defeated Westfield 4-0 in a hard fought, physical game on Tuesday night.

The Hilltoppers opened the scoring with a goal from freshman Jake Lowry late in the first period. This was Lowry’s first high school varsity goal.

“It’s been a long ride throughout the season,” Lowry said. “It’s a sigh of relief knowing that I got my first goal.”

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In the second period, Blue Devils goalie Jack Ruckman was shaken up when players from both teams crowded the goal and multiple Summit shots were fired. Ruckman was able to stay in the game, and just 40 seconds after, the Hilltoppers added their second goal from Greg Spitznagel.

Despite giving up one goal, Westfield maintained possession of the puck for a majority of the second period.

Justin Ross scored to give Summit a 3-0 lead early in the third period.

“Our coach went over our special teams with us. We felt our power play and penalty kill were much more effective tonight,” Lowry said, looking back on their previous win against Westfield on Dec. 3. “We felt more prepared for this game overall.”

Lowry scored again late in the game, with his second of the game, season and high school career.

The Blue Devils will play Montclair at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday at Clary Anderson Arena.

Michael Siroty is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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