Each week of the 2021-22 season, The Morris-Sussex Hockey Report will honor its Three Stars of the Week. We will also have our rankings of the Top 5 teams in the area. You can find out who made the cut this week below.
THREE STARS OF THE WEEK (Jan. 23-29)
Players cannot make this list two weeks in a row
Jack McKenna, Morristown, F, Sr.
McKenna’s return to the lineup from injury could not have come at a better time for the Colonials. While it fared plenty well without him, his return seems to have brought Morristown to another level offensively. In three wins this week over Ramapo, Mountain Lakes-Boonton, and Mendham, he recorded three goals and two assists for his team. He netted two goals in a 3-1 win over Mountain Lakes, followed by a goal and an assist in the team’s Halvorsen Division-clinching win over Mendham.
David Zappe, Newton-Lenape Valley, G, Sr.
Zappe’s performance on Saturday helped propel it to a big win against a perennially strong Lakeland program. He turned aside 31 of 32 shots in the team’s 3-1 win over Lakeland.
David Zilinskis, Parsippany Regional, D, Sr.
Zilinskis scored the game-winning goal just under a minute into the game on Thursday against Newark East Side to help snap a 25-game losing streak with a 1-0 win. He also had a goal in the team’s 5-1 loss to High Point-Wallkill Valley-Kittatinny.
To nominate players for the Three Stars of the Week, coaches are asked to e-mail Mike Gurnis at firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 p.m. each Saturday.
TOP 5 RANKINGS
Last week: 1
Delbarton kept on rolling this week with impressive wins over Don Bosco Prep, Seton Hall Prep, and Lawrenceville. It is set to play its final Gordon Conference game against Princeton Day on Wednesday.
2-Pope John (6-5-6)
Last week: 2
Pope John won its second in a row this week, as it took down Chatham, 4-2 behind Jake Stevens’ three-goal, one-assist performance. It has a tough week ahead, as it will take on St. Peter’s Prep, Bergen Catholic, Don Bosco, and St. Joseph of Montvale to close out the regular season.
3-Morris Knolls-Hills (11-5-1)
Last week: 3
Knolls-Hills got back in the win column on Monday, as it earned a 5-0 win over Watchung Hills. It has its work cut out for it this week, as it takes on Halvorsen champion Morristown on Monday, followed by games against Rumson-Fair Haven and Summit.
Last week: 4
Morristown’s resurgent season continued this week, as it went 3-0 in games against Ramapo, Mountain Lakes-Boonton, and Mendham. The win over Mendham clinched the Halvorsen Division title and the top seed for the upcoming Halvorsen Cup. It is slated to take on Knolls-Hills on Monday, followed by Roxbury on Thursday to close out the regular season.
Last week: 5
Morristown-Beard took on a pair of state powers this week in Don Bosco Prep and Seton Hall Prep, and lost both games. It lost 4-1 to Don Bosco, before seeing a late lead slip away in a wild game against Seton Hall Prep, 4-3. The schedule doesn’t get any easier this week as it takes on Northern Highlands, St. Peter’s Prep, Chatham, and Livingston, as it looks to get back to .500 to automatically qualify for the state tournament.
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