Hillsborough's Late Surge Ends Cutters' Season

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Feb. 26 vs. Hillsborough (Round 1 of State Playoffs)

Fair Lawn senior Thomas Calderone tied the game with a clutch goal early in the third period -- his second in as many playoff games -- but Hillsborough answered less than two minutes later to retake the lead. The Raiders tacked on another two more scores before the final horn sounded to capture a 4-1 win and end the Cutters' season. Goaltender Ken Martorelli made 26 saves in net.

Feb. 19 vs. Ridgewood (Semifinals of Big North Gold League Playoffs)

Down 2-0, Cutters Thomas Calderone's early third period goal put Fair Lawn back within one, but Ridgewood answered with a quick goal of its own to recapture the momentum. The Maroons never looked back en route to a 5-1 victory. Ridgewood will face Paramus Catholic in the Big North Gold Cup Final.

Feb. 16 vs. Hackensack (Round 1 of Big North Gold League Playoffs)

Fair Lawn cruised against Hackensack in the first round of the league playoffs Saturday night. The Cutters' two leading scorers, Justin Ritter (3 goals, 1 assist) and Kevin Carney (2 goals, 1 assist), both had big nights. Goaltender Ken Martorelli stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in net. The Cutters face rival Ridgewood in the semifinals on Tuesday night.

Feb. 11 vs. Clifton

After a scoreless first period, the Cutters exploded for five straight goals on their way to a 7-3 win in the team's final regular season game. Six different players scored for the Cutters. Senior Corey Boettcher was the only Fair Lawn skater to notch multiple goals, his first two of the season. Freshman Joey Ferrante finished with a goal and two assists.

Feb. 4 vs. Ridgewood

It wasn't a win, but the Cutters showed they could match up with the upper echelon of the Big North Gold Division Monday, playing Ridgewood to a 1-1 tie. The Cutters' lone score came in the first period when freshman Joey Ferrante netted a power play goal off a pass from senior Sean Milnes. Sophomore Ken Martorelli made his debut in goal for Fair Lawn, stopping 21 of 22 shots.

Jan. 27 @ Paramus Catholic

Paramus Catholic, ranked No. 6 in the Star Ledger's Top 20, was too tough for the Cutters on this night. Just over a week after eliminating Fair Lawn from the Bergen County Tournament, the Paladins topped the Cutters again, by a score of 5-1. Mark Williams scored Fair Lawn's lone goal.

Jan. 25 vs. Passaic Valley

Despite a whopping 37 saves by Hornets goalie Colin Byrne, Cutters managed to put 7 in the net in their 7-1 victory over Passaic Valley. Fair Lawn's Thomas Calderone and Mark Williams each scored twice, with Sean Milnes, Justin Ritter and Brian Galvin each getting in on the action with one goal apiece.

Jan. 21 vs. Hackensack

Three days after elimination from the Bergen County tournament, the Cutters beat Hackensack 5-1, with goals by Thomas Calderone, Justin Ritter, Sean Milnes, Mark Williams, and Brian Galvin. Goalie Garret Baldacci saved 17 shots, giving Fair Lawn the defensive edge.

Jan. 12 @ Ridgewood

Before heading into the Bergen County Tournament, where Fair Lawn beat Tenafly to advance to the quarterfinals to be eliminated in a 5-0 shutout against Paramus Catholic, Ridgewood beat the Cutters 3-2. Kevin Carney and Frankie Maneri scored for Fair Lawn.

Jan. 7 vs. Dumont-Demarest

A day after being shut out by River Dell, the Cutters rebounded with a 3-0 shutout victory of their own against Dumont-Demarest. Justin Ritter scored twice and Sean Milnes added a goal and an assist. Goaltender Garret Baldaccci stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Jan. 6 @ River Dell

Despite more than tripling River Dell's number of shots on goal, Fair Lawn failed to find the back of the net and were shut out 2-0. Goaltender Garret Baldacci made nine saves for the Cutters, who failed to register a goal for the first time all year.

Dec. 30 vs Northern Highlands (Montclair Invitational, semifinals)

The Cutters jumped out to an early lead against Northern Highlands in the Montclair Invitational semifinals and never looked back to register a 7-2 victory. By game's end, six different players had scored goals, including sophomore Mark Williams, who found the net twice. Senior Kevin Carney racked up a goal and three assists. With the win, the Cutters qualified for the Bergen County Tournament.

Dec. 28 vs. West Essex (Montclair Invitational, first round)

After falling behind early, junior Justin Ritter and sophomore Brian Galvin each notched second period goals to tie West Essex in the first round of the Montclair Invitational. Garret Baldacci made 21 saves.

Dec. 23 @ Wayne Valley

Justin Ritter had a hand in all six of Fair Lawn's goals (2 goals, 4 assists) in the Cutters' 6-1 victory over Wayne Valley in round-robin play of the Ice Vault Classic. Senior Kevin Carney and sophomore Frankie Maneri each added two goals apiece. 

Dec. 21 @ Bayonne

The Cutters spread the goals around in this one, with seven different players finding the net in a 7-0 rout of Bayonne. Senior Sean Milnes notched a goal and two assists and senior Ryan Linn scored his first goal of the year in the blowout.

Dec. 19 @ Passaic Valley

 Senior forward Kevin Carney led the Cutters with a hat trick and junior Justin Ritter added four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in a 6-1 win against Passaic Valley. Sophomore Garret Baldacci faced only five shots in net.

Dec. 17 vs. River Dell

Senior Kevin Carney and sophomore Mark Williams each scored goals for the Cutters and sophomore Garret Baldacci saved the only seven shots River Dell could muster all game, giving Fair Lawn a 2-0 victory.

Dec. 15 @ Paramus

The Cutters outshot Paramus 54-10, but wound up dropping the game 3-2. Freshman Joey Ferrante and sophomore Brian Galvin scored the Cutters' only two goals. Senior Sean Milnes added two assists.

Dec. 8 @ Hackensack:

Senior Kevin Carney scored with 7 seconds remaining to propel Fair Lawn to a 3-2 win over Hackensack at Ice House.

Dec. 7 @ Clifton:

Freshman Joey Ferrante had a hat trick and Thomas Calderone scored a pair of goals to lead Fair Lawn to a 7-4 victory over Clifton.

Dec. 3 vs. Paramus Catholic:

Sophomore goaltender Garret Baldacci stopped a season-high 28 shots, but Paramus Catholic pulled it out, 4-2. Senior Thomas Calderone and Sophomore Mark Williams scored for the Cutters.

Dec. 1 @ Dumont-Demarest:

The Cutters defeated Dumont 2-0 to open the season. Sophomore goalie Garret Baldacci posted the shutout in net and freshman Joey Ferrante scored his first career varsity goal. Senior Kevin Carney scored the game winner and Fair Lawn relied on a stingy defense that allowed only 10 shots on net. 

2012-2013 Fair Lawn Cutters Hockey Schedule

Team Record: 14-8-2 (10-4-1) 

Date Opponent Score (W/L) Dec. 1
2-0 (W) Dec. 3 Paramus Catholic 4-2 (L) Dec. 7 @Clifton 7-4 (W) Dec. 8
@ Hackensack
3-2 (W) Dec. 15 @ Paramus 3-2 (L) Dec. 17 River Dell 2-0 (W) Dec. 19
@Passaic Valley 6-1 (W) Dec. 21 @ Bayonne 7-0 (W) Dec. 23 @ Wayne Valley 6-1 (W) Dec. 28 West Essex 2-2 (T) Dec. 30 Northern Highlands

7-2 (W)

Jan. 6 @ River Dell 2-0 (L) Jan. 7 Dumont-Demarest 3-0 (W) Jan. 12 @Ridgewood 3-2 (L)
Jan. 16 Tenafly (Bergen County Tournament) 5-3 (W) Jan. 19 Paramus Catholic (Bergen County Tournament) 5-0 (L) Jan. 21 Hackensack 5-1 (W)
Jan. 25 Passaic Valley 7-1 (W)
Jan. 27 @ Paramus Catholic 5-1 (L) Feb. 4 Ridgewood 1-1 (T) Feb. 11 Clifton 7-3 (W) Big North Gold LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Feb. 16 Hackensack 6-2 (W) Feb. 19 Ridgewood 5-1 (L) STATE PLAYOFFS Feb. 26 Hillsborough  4-1 (L)

Big North Gold Division - Regular Season

Team Division  Overall  Paramus Catholic
15-0 25-1 Ridgewood   13-2-1 16-9-1 Fair Lawn
10-4-1 14-8-2 Clifton 6-7-3 10-13-3 River Dell 6-8-2 11-11-2 Hackensack 5-8-2 10-11-3 Dumont-Demarest
5-10-1 5-14-1 Passaic Valley 3-12-1 7-17-1 Bayonne 0-12-3 3-16-3

Season standings are a combination of Patch records, as well as NJHockey.org

Team Statistics

# First Last Year G A P 21 Corey Boettcher Senior 2 3 5 66 Thomas Calderone Senior 11 4 15 19 Kevin Carney Senior 16 15 30 8 Dmitry Danilchik Sophomore 4 Joey Ferrante Freshman 9 17 26 14 Brian Galvin Sophomore 6 6 12 62 Dan Garafano Senior 22 Scott Greco Sophomore 1
11 Sam Kanda Sophomore

5 Ryan Linn Senior 1 5 6 28 Frankie Maneri Sophomore 4 9 13 29 Sean Milnes Senior 5 14 19 2 Nick Perez Junior

12 Justin Ritter Junior 15 22 37 66 Josh Samels Senior 9 Noah Schevitz Sophomore 4 3 7 26 Mark Williams Sophomore 13 13 26 17 Matt Wilson Junior 1 9 10

Key: G - Goals; A - Assists; P - Points; 


# First Last Year Wins Losses Ties GAA Save % 34 Garret Baldacci Sophomore 12 6 1 2.00 88.0% 30 Ken Martorelli Sophomore 2 2 1 2.30 90.1% 1 Adam Erhart Freshman

Key: GAA - Goals Against Average; Save % -- Percentage of Shots Saved

Season statistics are provided by Fair Lawn High School Ice Hockey Coach Brack Healy

Experienced Cutters Hockey Team Aims High

2012-2013 Season Preview article, Dec. 5

Fair Lawn's hockey team may be just 1-1 after two games -- a shutout win over division doormat Dumont on Saturday and a 4-2 loss to powerhouse Paramus Catholic on Monday -- but coach Brack Healy thinks this might be the best squad he's had in his three years at the helm of the hockey program.

The Cutters boast a dynamic scorer in junior Justin Ritter, an up-and-coming goaltender in sophomore Garret Baldacci and a seasoned core of senior leaders at both ends of the ice, headlined by center Kevin Carney and defenseman Sean Milnes.

"This year's team has a lot of carry-overs from last year and I expect us to be very competitive within the division," Healy said Tuesday. "Ridgewood and PC seem to be the top two teams, but unlike previous years, I expect our team this season to be very competitive with them. I think a top three finish in the league is very much a reality."

At 7-8-1 in league play last year, Fair Lawn finished fifth of nine in their division, but failed to notch a victory against a winning team. The Cutters were dominated by a combined score of 44-8 against the division's top three finishers.

If they're going to remain competitive this year, Healy said he not only needs big things offensively from both Carney and Ritter, the team's two top point scorers from a year ago, but also from a few guys that played smaller roles last season.

"Senior Thomas Calderone, sophomore Mark Williams and sophomore Frankie Maneri are also guys we need to put the puck in the net this year if we plan on being successful," he said.

Perhaps the team's x-factor, however, is Baldacci, who minded the net for the junior varsity last year, but lacks any varsity experience.

"He has improved tremendously over the past two years," Healy said. "If he continues to get better, he could be the key to our success."

Fair Lawn will continue to sport a defense-first system this season, but Healy hopes an improved transition game will translate into more offensive opportunities for his scorers.

"We play very good defensively, our neutral zone trap works well, but we want to try and generate more offense from opponent turnovers," he said.

In their next game on Friday night, the Cutters face a much-improved Clifton team.


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Stuart Pace February 18, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Way to go Kevin
Me February 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
What's the time and place of the game??
Zak Koeske February 19, 2013 at 08:09 PM
7pm at the Ice Vault in Wayne
Me February 19, 2013 at 09:43 PM
This should be something they should broadcast on Public Access. I would watch this and the Rangers game, PIP (picture in picture).
Zak Koeske February 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The game is being live-streamed online starting at around 6:45pm, if you want to tune in. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fair-lawn-cutters-hockey


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