Sean Mylod turned in a hat trick while Dan McEvoy turned aside 16 shots as Howell skated past Ridgewood, 5-1, at Howell Ice Arena in Farmingdale.
John Callahan and Brian Tess also found the back of the net for Howell (5-2). Jason Clark spoiled the shutout bid 1:54 into the third period, assisted by Sebastian Samuels. Ben Rubenstein finished with 10 saves for Ridgewood (1-5).
Mylod, a senior, opened the scoring for Howell 6:15 into the action off a set up from Dylan Kramer. After taking the pass, Mylod carried the rush and went high, stick-side, from just inside the circle to give Howell a 1-0 lead.
Callahan doubled it when he tapped in the loose pack after Kyle Canal’s wrap-around attempt. James Bianco also drew an assist as Howell extended took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
In the second frame, Mylod connected for his second of the game — and 16th of the season — when he intercepted an errant breakout pass and caught the Ridgewood goalie off-guard to make it 3-0 after two periods of play.
Ridgewood never stopped attacking and persistence paid off when Clark buried one 1:54 into the third period. Applying the pressure, the Bergen County school controlled play in the offensive zone before Clark found twine high, stick-side, to put his team on the board, 3-1.
Mylod completed the hat trick with 5:55 remaining in regulation before collecting his fourth point of the game with an assist on Tess’ power-play goal with 49.9 seconds left.
Howell will look to keep the ball rolling when it goes up against Red Bank Catholic on Dec. 15 at Howell Ice Arena in Farmingdale. Meanwhile, Ridgewood will do battle against Indian Hills on Dec. 16 at the Ice House in Hackensack.
Photos by Tom Smith/TSPImages.com
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