HOWELL — Chris Repman scored the game-tying and the game-winning goal for Middletown North, powering the Lions to a 4-1 victory over the Howell Rebels Friday evening at Howell Ice Arena.
Dan McEvoy did everything in his power to keep the Rebels in the game – making 17 saves in the opening frame alone — en route to stopping 41 of the 45 that the Lions challenged him with, but Middletown North was not to be denied in a battle between two Shore Conference rivals.
Middletown North came out buzzing from the opening whistle – often controlling the puck in the Howell end or cutting off the counter attack while it was still in the neutral zone. While the Lions possessed the puck a good amount of the game and out-shot the Rebels 17-4 in the first period, it was Howell that held the 1-0 edge after one.
With Anthony Tavares in the box for hooking, Taylor Kunzman let a slapshot loose from just inside the blue line that Dylan Kramer was able to redirect into the net. James Fay was credited with the secondary assist on the play.
Matt Corella made sure that was the only shot that beat him, however, as he settled in to make 17 saves to earn the victory in net for Middletown North.
McEvoy would continue to stand on his head for Howell, keeping Middletown North off the scoreboard until Chris Repman found the twine with 3:50 remaining in the second period. The Lions’ leading scorer now with 35 points, knotted the score up at 1-1 after two, despite Middletown North holding a 33-11 edge in shots.
The Lions would put the game on ice, though, by striking twice during a five-minute cross-checking penalty called on
Howell’s Sean Mylod in the final minute of the second frame. Repman scored his second of the night when he
tapped in a loose puck that was waiting in front of the net before John Miranda, and later, Anthony Tavares capped the scoring.
Miranda assisted on Repman’s goal before the freshman would find his name on the scoresheet again on the Lions’ third goal when he sent a puck from near the blue line on net which found its way through.
It was Miranda’s first-career varsity goal.
Middletown North would finalize the score when Tavares netted his eighth goal of the season. Repman was once again given the only assist on the play and finished the night with two goals and two assists while being a part of every Middletown North goal.
Middletown North (10-2-1) will now enjoy a week off before taking the ice in seeking its seventh straight win on
January 26 against Bridgewater-Raritan at Protec Ponds in Somerset at 7:15 p.m.
Howell (7-7) will look to snap a three-game skid on January 22 against St. Rose/Donovan Catholic at Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township at 6:40 p.m.
Written by Casey J. Krish / @CaseyKrish
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