|PHOTOS: Business as usual as Randolph stops Morristown in state final|
For Morristown, a trip to the state final capped its best-ever hockey season. For Randolph, it was simply meeting expectations.
Experience and discipline won the day as the Rams held off the Colonials, 3-1, in the Public A state final on the ice at the Prudential Center in Newark. The victory gives Randolph six state championships in 10 years.
An early goal by Matt Bruno put Randolph into a comfortable position and allowed the Rams to play their normal tight-checking, disciplined style. The Rams doubled their lead in the second period on a goal by Andrew Tucker.
Morristown, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Morris Knolls in the semifinals, made things interesting when Steven Windt scored with just over four minutes left in the third period. But Randolph put the game away a little more than a minute later, as Nick Holowko fired a perfect shot past Colonials' goaltender Shane Brown.
Both Brown and Randolph netminder Mike Pollio played well, each being credited with 17 saves in the game.
The Rams, who suffered a disappointing loss in the Mennen Cup finals just before the states began, outscored their opponents in four state tournament games by a total of 20 goals to 3. Randolph finished the season with a 22-2-4 record.
Morristown ends its season with a 22-5 record and captured the Halvorsen Division title along with the Halvorsen Cup. The Colonials are expected to move up to the Mennen Division next season.
For a complete photo gallery by Rich Graessle from this ice hockey state final game, click the link above.