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. 30-Feb. 5)
Players cannot make this list two weeks in a row
Ryan Lynch, Newton-Lenape Valley, F/D, Sr.
Lynch had a pair of hat tricks for Newton-Lenape Valley this week, beginning with a 7-3 win over High Point-Wallkill-Kittatinny on Monday which clinched the Sussex Cup. He did it again on Saturday in a win over Morris Catholic-St. Elizabeth, accounting for all three of his team’s goals in a 3-0 win.
Alex Steinberg, Gill St. Bernard’s, G, Sr.
Steinberg put together perhaps the most impressive goaltending performance of the year, as he stopped 59 of 62 shots to help the Knights earn a 3-3 tie with MO-HO-HA, before stopping 24 of 25 in a win over Montville. In total, he has a .944 save percentage this season.
Luke Zabriskie, Vernon, D, So.
Zabriskie had a huge performance for his team in a comeback win over Park Regional on Saturday. The sophomore defenseman, who had just one goal this season coming in, buried two goals including the game-winner to help Vernon keep its tournament hopes alive.
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 tied Princeton Day, 2-2 in its only action of the week. It is slated to take on the Hill School on Monday in its final regular season game before the Gordon Cup.
2-Pope John (6-8-6)
Last week: 2
The Lions dropped all three games it played this week against St. Peter’s Prep, Bergen Catholic, and Don Bosco Prep. Games against Gloucester Catholic and St. Peter’s are on the docket for early this week in its final action before the Gordon Cup.
3-Morris Knolls-Hills (12-6-1)
Last week: 3
Knolls-Hills picked up a big win on Monday against a very strong Morristown team in a battle between the top seeds from the Mennen and Halvorsen Cup. However, it lost 5-1 to Rumson-Fair Haven on Wednesday. It will begin postseason play on Wednesday when it faces Chatham in the semifinals of the Mennen Cup.
Last week: 4
Morristown suffered a tough loss to Morris Knolls-Hills, but bounced back with an 8-0 win over Roxbury. It is slated to begin Halvorsen Cup playoffs this week as the top seed.
Last week: 5
Morristown-Beard had a busy week, beginning with a tough one-goal loss to one of the state’s top teams in Northern Highlands. It followed that up with an impressive 7-2 win over St. Peter’s Prep along with a 4-0 win over Chatham. It will take on Livingston on Monday, before Mennen Cup play begins on Wednesday against Randolph.
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