Jan. 20 roundup: Pope John tops Morristown-Beard, Montville gets 1st win, Bernards holds off Newton-LV

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20

Mountain Lakes-Boonton 2, Mendham 1
Read Mike Gurnis’ story for NJ.com here: https://www.nj.com/highschoolsports/2022/01/ice-hockey-fagan-backstops-mountain-lakes-boonton-to-upset-win-over-mendham.html

Pope John 3, Morristown-Beard 1
Jack Kelmer had a goal and an assist to lead Pope John to a 3-1 win over Morristown-Beard at Twin Oaks Ice Rink.

Owen Lapinski and Nathan Meola each scored for Pope John, which improved to 5-5-6 and bounced back from a loss to Delbarton just under 24 hours earlier. Soren Torlucci stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win.

Noah Jones scored the lone goal for Morristown-Beard on the power play. It fell to 8-8-1 with the loss.

Montville 5, Gill St. Bernard’s 2
Matthew Crowell and Trey Baresich each scored two third period goals to lead Montville to its first win of the season, a 5-2 win over Gill St. Bernard’s at Mennen Arena.

Baresich gave Montville the lead with 7:26 left, before Crowell struck 1:02 later to make it a 3-1 game. Christian Mote cut it to 3-2 just 20 seconds later, but Crowell scored with 4:07 left, before Baresich added an empty-netter to seal it.

Marco Van De Graaf also scored for Montville, while Adam La Tournous scored for Gill St. Bernard’s. Alexis Riley made 18 saves in the win.

Montville improved to 1-15-1, while Gill St. Bernard’s dropped to 3-4-1.

Bernards-Somerville-Middlesex 5, Newton-Lenape Valley 3
Dylan Leonard scored two third period goals and had an assist to lead Bernards-Somerville-Middlesex to a 5-3 win over Newton-Lenape Valley at Mennen Arena.

Newton-Lenape Valley built a 2-0 lead early in the first period on goals from Kyler Kane and Brayden Dabrowski. Jimmy Hathaway cut it to 2-1 with 23 seconds left in the first on a power play goal, before Tanner Clemson and Hathaway scored just under three minutes apart to build a 3-2 lead early in the second. Ryan Lynch buried a shorthanded goal late in the second, but Leonard struck for the go-ahead goal with 11:12 left in the third.

Aidan Gallagher had three assists, while Baylyn Shankman made 21 saves for Bernards-Somerville-Middlesex. It improved to 8-1-2 overall, with a 5-0-1 record in the Charette Division. It holds control of its own destiny to claim the regular season division title with just two division games remaining.

Newton-Lenape Valley dropped to 4-7-4 overall with a 3-1-1 Charette record, which is good enough for second place.

Hunterdon Central 10, Chatham 2
Chatham was dealt a crushing blow to its state tournament hopes, as it lost 10-2 to Hunterdon Central at Flemington Ice Arena.

Danny Koehler scored twice for the Cougars, who dropped to 4-10-1. At six games below .500, it is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to being within the benchmark of being within four games of .500 to be considered for an at-large state tournament spot. It will look to bounce back against Madison on Monday.

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