Collin Andersen’s unassisted goal, with 11:52 remaining in regulation, lifted Rumson-Fair Haven to a 2-1 victory over Howell at Howell Ice Arena.
Andersen circled out of the corner with possession of the puck, went to the high slot before firing through a screen and past Howell goaltender Dan McEvoy for the game-winner.
The triumph snaps a three-game losing streak as Rumson-Fair Haven wins for the first time since Jan. 14 and improves to 4-9-1.
Kurt Bruckman tapped in a loose puck from in close, lifting it up and over a cascade of bodies in front to give Rumson-Haven a 1-0 lead. Ryan Croddick drew an assist on the goal that came 2:02 into the game.
Failing to convert on the power play, Howell continued to press the attack and was rewarded when Tyler Russell took a pass from Mike Heiser at center ice, broke in and beat Rumson goalie Sean Ryan. The goal, which came with 4:10 left in the opening frame, sent both teams into the first intermission tied at 1-1.
Five minors and a 10-minute misconduct were handed out in the first period before things got even testier in the second as six more minors were called creating constant mismatches but no goals. Howell had three power plays but could not convert any while firing 14 shots to Rumson’s seven in the second frame.
Andersen delivered the game-winning goal 3:08 into the third period for Rumson, which received 31 saves from Ryan.
McEvoy stood tall for Howell finishing with 30 saves. The Rebels have lost four of their last five to drop to 8-9. Howell began the season 4-0. It will look to get back to .500 with the cutoff for the NJSIAA Tournament looming on Feb. 2 versus Freehold Township at Howell Ice Arena at 6:40 p.m.
Rumson-Fair Haven will tango with Middletown South on Monday at the Armory in Red Bank at 8:15 p.m.
Main Image: Rumson-Fair Haven’s Peter Mindich (11) uses the goal to create space on the rush up ice. (Tom Smith/TSPImages)
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