2020 New Jersey High School Hockey State Finalists Welcomed by Devils to “The Rock”

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NEWARK, NJ — Four months have passed since high school hockey players first hit the ice in the Garden State way back on Nov. 4.

Well over 100 contenders vied for the title, but now that number has been whittled down to eight with the 2020 NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils State Championships on the line Monday, March 9 at Prudential Center in Newark.

From Don Bosco Prep, Morris Knolls and Summit looking to defend their 2019 state titles to Montclair making its first finals-appearance in 22 years to Christian Brothers, Ramsey, Randolph and Ridge looking to recapture glory, the field is a broad spectrum with no shortage of storylines.

The path to “The Rock” has certainly been an arduous one, but if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth all the blood, sweat and tears — and that is what makes it so special.

On Friday, March 7, the New Jersey Devils welcomed all eight teams to the PruCenter for a night of celebration, paying tribute to the next generation of student-athletes who will look to carry the torch.

Devils’ alumni Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver and Grant Marshall joined NJSIAA director Jack DuBois and RWJ Barnabas Health Senior Vice President of Corporate External Affairs, Louis LaSalle, before New Jersey hosted the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center.

Only four teams will etch its name into the record books at the 45th high school hockey state championships, but the memories will last a lifetime. Congratulations to all eight state semifinalists!

Living Legends! Longtime Ridge head coach Tim Mullin, who won his 400th-career game earlier this season, at left alongside venerable Montclair head coach Mark Janifer who returned the Mounties to the state final for the first time since 1998. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan).

State Finals Schedule

1-Summit (21-3-2) vs. 3-Ramsey (18-4-3), Public C Championship, 2 p.m.

1-Morris Knolls-Hills (17-6-3) vs. 2-Montclair (18-5-2), Public A Championship, 4:15 p.m.

1-Christian Brothers (19-4-3) vs. 2-Don Bosco Prep (20-7-1), Non-Public Championship, 6:30 p.m.

1-Randolph (20-3-4) vs. 3-Ridge (19-5-5), Public B Championship, 8:45 p.m.


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Tickets for the NJSIAA Boys Ice Hockey State Championships are available at the Prudential Center box office beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9 and are priced at $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for students with arena doors opening at 1:00 p.m. 

Non-Public State Final Preview

1-Christian Brothers (19-4-3) 

Christian Brothers Academy L-R: J.C. Cummings, Asst Coach Tom Linquist, Kyle Contessa, Chad Schneider. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

The Colts scored twice from 200-feet away in a 2-0 triumph over Don Bosco Prep in the final of the 2020 Gordon Cup on Feb. 21. It was fortunate in that tilt, but the truth is CBA has been playing lights out since mid-January going 10-1-2 in its last 13 games with six shutouts. Goaltender John Donohoe has yielded just two goals over his last seven, while the Colts have been opportunistic offensively behind the line of Kyle Contessa, Evan Brown and Zachary Wagnon.

2-Don Bosco Prep (20-7-1)

Don Bosco Prep L-R: Will Fortescue, Hunter McGee, Tank Toskos, Head Coach Greg Toskos, Robbie Greenleaf. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

The Ironmen captured its first state title in team history last winter when Don Bosco Prep defeated Delbarton, 3-1, in the 2019 finale. DBP lost State Player of the Year Tyler Sedlak and state-final hero Liam McLinskey, but it’s been next man up for the Ironmen who still managed 20 wins including a shutout over Catholic Memorial in Boston.

Head-to-Head: CBA 2-0 on Feb. 21 — CBA 6-4 on Jan. 26 — CBA 2-0 on Dec. 11, 2019 — DBP 5-2 on Jan. 20, 2019 — CBA 3-2 on Dec. 5, 2018 — DBP 4-2 on Dec. 18, 2017 — DBP 4-1 on Dec. 1, 2017

Public A State Final Preview

1-Morris Knolls-Hills (17-6-3)

Morris Knolls head coach Tim Kepler with senior captain James Betz. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

The Golden Eagles soared over Hillsborough with a 6-1 win in 2019. The triumph marked Morris Knolls’ third state title and first since 2014. Morris Knolls has won every time its skated in the state finals, including a 4-1 win over Randolph in 2005. The Golden Eagles will look to make it 4-for-4 on Monday.

 2-Montclair (18-5-2)

The Montclair Mounties are back! (L-R) Brett Janifer, Eamonn Thall, head coach Mark Janifer, Lucas Podvey and Kellum Foster-Palmer. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Kellum Foster-Palmer’s goal 7:20 into sudden-death, lifted the Mounties to a dramatic 3-2 victory over Hunterdon Central in the Public A semifinals. The goal and the win were historic, sending Montclair back to the state finals for the first time since 1998. A proud organization with a rich hockey history, Montclair is looking for its fourth state title, but first since a 3-2 win in overtime against Chatham in 1995. The Mounties also won back-to-back crowns in 1987-’88.

  • First Round: 8-0 win over Fair Lawn
  • Quarterfinals: 5-1 win over Robbinsville-Allentown
  • Semifinals: 3-2 win over Hunterdon Central in OT

Head-to-Head: None

Related: 2020 NJSIAA Ice Hockey Tournament Seeds, Bracket and History

Public B State Final Preview

1-Randolph (20-3-4)

Randolph Rams L-R: J.T. Zangara, head coach Rich McLaughlin, Michael Sofia, Justin Harper. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

No public school has made more appearances in the state final than the Rams with 16. Only 13-time state champion, Delbarton, has been there more (24). In the last 11 years, Randolph has skated in the state final nine times, winning five. The Rams are gunning for its ninth NJSIAA crown and first since 2015. Revenge is certainly on their minds after falling to Ridge in last year’s finale.

3-Ridge (19-5-5)

Ridge team captains (L-R) John Guiliano, Will Smith and Marcus Fabiunke with head coach Tim Mullin. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Ridge defeated Randolph, 4-1, in the 2019 state final, and the two public powers are back again for more. The Red Devils have really turned it on offensively winning six-of-nine while outscoring the opposition 43-17 in a stretch that began on Feb. 1. This is Ridge’s sixth state-final appearance. Coach Tim Mullin first engineered a title run in 2008 before finding success in 2017 and 2019.

  • First Round: 7-1 win over Tenafly-Cresskill
  • Quarterfinas: 8-2 win over Ridgewood
  • Semifinals: 5-1 win over Westfield

Head-to-Head: Ridge 4-1 on March 4, 2019 — Ridge 4-2 on March 2, 2017 — Randolph 2-0 on March 6, 2015 — Randolph 2-1 on March 5, 2013

Related: 2020 NJSIAA Ice Hockey State Quarterfinals on Tap

Public C State Final Preview

1-Summit (21-3-2)

Summit L-R: Matt Vigliotta, Spencer Myers, head coach Ian Bell, Olli Paasonen. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

The Hilltoppers are gunning for a “three-peat” after taking home titles in 2018 and 2019, Greg Spitznagel has been clutch, scoring twice to propel Summit past Chatham in last state championship before booking the Hilltoppers’ return trip with his overtime game-winner against Manasquan on March 5. Summit is looking for its fourth state title having also won in a memorable overtime win vs. Tenafly in 2012.

3-Ramsey (18-4-3)

Ramsey L-R: Ryan Matzelle, Joseph Koons, head coach Jeffrey Mills, Nick Edwards, Tyler Botta. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Ramsey is looking for its third state title and first since defeating Glen Rock, 5-1, in 2016. The Rams got goals from Simon Cohen, Jake Barone and Ryan Schwarz while Dane Beltramini steered aside 13 shots in a 3-0 shutout over Lakeland in the state semifinals. It has been 10 years since Ramsey defeated Kinnelon, 2-0, for its first state title in 2009.

  • First Round: 2-1 win over Middletown North in OT
  • Quarterfinals: 8-1 win over Indian Hills
  • Semifinals: 3-0 win over Lakeland

Head-to-Head: Summit 5-1 on Dec. 23, 2019 —  Summit 8-1 on Feb. 27, 2019 — Ramsey 5-0 on Feb. 6, 2015


Related: New Jersey Devils Welcome 2019 State Finalists to The Rock

Related: 2018 State Champions Luncheon and State Finals Preview

Related: Highlights from the 2017 State Finalists Luncheon at PruCenter



Written by John Christian Hageny  @JCCSPORTS 

Special to HockeyClan


Photos by Mark Carosiello  @SnapthePicture6


(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

2019 HockeyClan State Final Coverage

Non-Public: Don Bosco Prep 3, Delbarton 1

Public A: Morris Knolls 6, Hillsborough 1

Public B: Ridge 4, Randolph 1

Public C: Summit 6, Chatham 2

2018 HockeyClan State Final Coverage

Non-Public: Delbarton 4, Don Bosco Prep 2

Public A: Hunterdon Central 5, Woodbridge-Colonia-JFK 1

Public B: Northern Highlands 1, Randolph 0

Public C: Summit 3, Chatham 0

2017 NHL.com State Final Coverage

Non-Public: Delbarton 2, Don Bosco Prep 1

Public A: Ridge 2, Watchung Hills 1

Public B: Glen Rock 8, Wall Township 1

State Semifinals Recap

State Quarterfinals Recap


Non-Public: Delbarton 3, Christian Brothers 1
Public A: Morristown 2, Randolph 0
Public B: Ramsey 5, Glen Rock 1


Non-Public: Christian Brothers 4, Delbarton 3 (OT)
Public A: Randolph 2, Howell 1
Public B: Middletown North 5, Ramsey 5


Non-Public: Christian Brothers 4, Morristown-Beard 4 (OT Co-champs)
Public A: Morris Knolls 3, Bridgewater-Raritan 0
Public B: Chatham 3, Morristown 0


Non-Public: Delbarton 4, Don Bosco Prep 0
Public A: Randolph 4, Bridgewater-Raritan 1
Public B: Chatham 3, Morristown 0


Non-Public: Delbarton 3, Christian Brothers 2
Public A: Randolph 3, Morristown 1
Public B: Summit 2, Tenafly 1 (OT)


Non-Public: Delbarton 3, St. Augustine 2 (OT)
Public A: Randolph 1, Montgomery 0
Public B: Chatham 7, Middletown South 3


Non-Public: Delbarton 7, Gloucester Catholic 2
Public A: Toms River South 2, Randolph 1
Public B: West Essex 3, Hopewell Valley 0


Non-Public: Delbarton 7, Christian Brothers 0
Public A: Randolph 1, Ridge 0
Public B: Ramsey 2, Kinnelon 0


Non-Public: Delbarton 5, St. Augustine 1
Public A: Ridge 5, Watchung Hills 0
Public B: Kinnelon 5, Jefferson 1

Games from 1998-2007 were played at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ


Non-Public: St. Augustine 3, St. Peter’s Prep 1
Public: Randolph 5, Bridgewater-Raritan 4 (OT)


Non-Public: Delbarton 3, Seton Hall Prep 1
Public: Randolph 2, Montgomery 1 (OT)


Non-Public: Christian Brothers Academy 2, Delbarton 1 (OT)
Public: Morris Knolls 4, Randolph 1


Parochial: Seton Hall Prep 3, St. Peter’s Prep 1
Public: West Essex 2, Ridge 1
TofC: Seton Hall Prep 8, West Essex 0


Parochial: Bergen Catholic 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
Public: Randolph 7, Brick Memorial 0
TofC: Bergen Catholic 6, Randolph 4


Parochial: Delbarton 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
Public: Brick Township 5, Randolph 1
TofC: Delbarton 1, Brick Township 0


Parochial: Bergen Catholic 3, Christian Brothers Academy 2
Public: Clifton 2, Bayonne 1
TofC: Bergen Catholic 8, Clifton 1


Parochial: Hudson Catholic 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
Public: Bayonne 6, Summit 3
TofC: Hudson Catholic 4, Bayonne 2


Parochial: Seton Hall Prep 1, Delbarton 0 (OT)
Public: Brick Township 5, Randolph 1
TofC: Seton Hall Prep 3, Brick Township 1


Parochial: Seton Hall Prep 3, Delbarton 1
Public: Brick Township 2, Montclair 1
TofC: Seton Hall Prep 3, Brick Township 2


Parochial: Seton Hall Prep 4, Delbarton 2
Public: Brick Township 2, Brick Memorial 1 (OT)
TofC: Brick Township 4, Seton Hall Prep 0


Parochial: Christian Brothers 4, Seton Hall Prep 3
Public: Brick Township 5, Chatham 4
TofC: Christian Brothers 5, Brick Township 0


Parochial: Christian Brothers 5, Delbarton 0
Public: Montclair 3, Chatham 2 (OT)
TofC: Christian Brothers 4, Montclair 1

1994: Christian Brothers 6, Don Bosco Prep 1
1993: Toms River North 6, Delbarton 2
1992: Delbarton 3, St. Joseph-Montvale 2 (OT)
1991: St. Joseph-Montvale 3, Delbarton 2 (OT)
1990: Brick Township 2, Montclair 1
1989: St. Joseph-Montvale, Delbarton Declared Co-Champions
1988: Montclair 2, St. Joseph-Montvale 1
1987: Montlair 2, Delbarton 1
1986: Brick Township 2, Delbarton 1
1985: St. Joseph-Montvale 4, Brick Township 2
1984: St. Joseph-Montvale 7, Brick Township 6
1983: Christian Brothers 3, Seton Hall Prep 0
1982: Livingston 4, Montclair 2
1981: Montclair 6, Brick Township 5
1980: Livingston 1, Brick Township 0 (OT)
1979: Brick Township 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
1978: West Essex 5, Livingston 3
1977: Brick Township 3, Livingston 2
1976: Brick Township 3, Chatham Township 2 (OT)


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