Dec. 6 roundup: Morristown-Beard bounces back, Pope John falls

MONDAY, DECEMBER 6

Morristown-Beard 5, Mendham 3
Hollis Humphries had a goal and four assists to lead Morristown-Beard, No. 3 in the Morris-Sussex Hockey Report Top 5, to a 5-3 win over Mendham.

It was a bounce-back win for Morristown-Beard after a 7-1 loss to Morris Knolls-Hills on Friday.

Humphries had the primary assist on four of his team’s five goals, setting up Jake Ochab and Noah Jones for a goal apiece in the first period. After Mendham’s Tristan Aikenhead made it a 2-1 game in the second, Humphries scored to make it 3-1. Griffin Jozefek cut it to 3-2, but that was the closest Mendham would get in the game, as Humphries set up Jones and Billy Moloney for goals to make it a 5-2 game. Liam Lloyd added a goal for Mendham late in the game, but it was unable to complete the comeback.

Noah Jones finished with two goals, Jake Ochab had a goal and two assists, and Billy Moloney had a goal and an assist for Morristown-Beard (3-1). Casey Connor made 16 saves in the win.

Mac Goggin had three assists for Mendham (0-2).

Morristown-Beard will face Morristown on Friday, while Mendham will take on Randolph on Saturday.

Seton Hall Prep 5, Pope John 2
Pope John, No. 4 in the Morris-Sussex Hockey Report Top 5, suffered its first loss of the season in a 5-2 loss to Seton Hall Prep at Codey Arena.

The game was knotted up at one early in the second after Matt Hughes’ goal for Pope John (1-1), but Seton Hall’s Severyn Khomyak and Nicholas Schneider each struck to make it a 3-1 game going into the third. Jake Stevens’ power play goal cut it to 3-2 with 6:07 left, but late goals by Seton Hall’s Will Underwood and Owen Waivada sealed the Lions’ fate.

Tyler Paluzzi made 23 saves for Pope John, which will next face St. Joseph of Montvale on Wednesday. Demetrios Koularmanis made 22 saves for Seton Hall Prep.

OTHER SCORES
Mount Olive-Hopatcong-Hackettstown 9, Newton-Lenape Valley 0

Coaches are asked to send their box scores to michaelgurnis@gmail.com for inclusion in our nightly roundups.

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