Glen Rock hockey opens season with 4-2 victory over West Milford
Maselli's two goals, assist lift Panthers in opener of quest to repeat as state champions
Senior center Matt Maselli scored two goals and had an assist and fellow seniors Johnny LaMacchia and Eddie Corvelli each had a goal and an assist as the Glen Rock High School hockey team opened its 2017-18 season with a 4-2 victory over West Milford Sunday at the Ice Vault in Wayne.
Senior goaltender Ryan McAuley made 22 saves as the Panthers began their quest to win a second consecutive state title. Glen Rock captured its first state tournament championship last March and finished with a record 22-3-3 while winning the Big North championship and finishing as runners up to Don Bosco in the Bergen County Tournament. To match those achievements, the Panthers, No. 2 in The Record’s Top 25 and No. 8 in the nj.com’s Top 20 in the state, will have to find a way to move forward without Jake Kinney, the school’s all-time leading scorer, and Peter Cassidy, who were the top two scorers last season, as well as defensemen Colin Morrow and Leo Pawlika.
West Milford (0-2) had opened its season Saturday with a 10-1 loss to the newly combined Wayne Hills-Wayne Valley squad, but they opened the scoring with 10:03 left in the first period. LaMacchia and Maselli, the team’s co-captains, scored 59 seconds apart to give Glen Rock a 2-1 lead after one period. West Milford tied it, 2-2, early in the second period, but Maselli scored a power play goal with 3:47 left in the period and Corvelli scored an insurance goal midway through the third.
The team’s next two games will be Friday at 7 p.m. against Ridgewood and Saturday at 7:45 p.m. against Seton Hall Prep (No. 6 in the nj.com state rankings). Both games will be at the Ice House in Hackensack.