Anthony Tavares had a hand in six of his team’s seven goals as the junior scored three goals and assisted on three more to power Middletown North to a 7-1 victory over Freehold Township at Middletown Ice World.
Chris Repman broke the ice 3:57 into the game and helped set up three more goals for Middletown North, which received 20 saves from Jake Frontera in between the pipes.
Tavares’ first goal of the game, with 1:59 left in the opening frame, gave Middletown North a three-goal lead after Repman and Dan Quiles scored 6:21 apart.
Freehold Township cut the deficit after Erik Borshchevsky finished the play started by Evan McNamara to make it a 3-1 game heading into the first intermission.
The game remained close until Quiles and John Hallard, who also registered three assists, fired a shot on net that was deflected in front by Zane Claudio 11:46 into the second.
Tavares notched his second goal of the game, shorthanded, when Repman’s forecheck produced a turnover in the corner. Repman dropping it back to Tavares who made no mistake trailing in the slot to convert with 14 ticks left to make it 5-1 after two periods of play.
The junior completed the hat trick 8:01 into the third period for Middletown North, which added another goal from Jack Mandato, to improve to 7-2-1.
Michael Ottone stood tall with 25 saves for Freehold Township (2-3-2).
Middletown North will look to keep the ball rolling against Rumson-Fair Haven on Jan. 9. Freehold Township is back in action against Monroe Township on Jan. 5.
Main Image: Middletown North goalie Jake Frontera makes a gloves save from point-blank range. Frontera made 20 saves in a 7-1 victory over Freehold Township on January 2, 2018 at Middletown Ice World. (Tom Smith/TSPImages.com)
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