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Gr. Middlesex Conference: St. Joe’s, Old Bridge will battle

St. Joseph Metuchen (13-6-2)

Ranked high to start last season, St. Joseph Metuchen struggled to close out games early in the season but recovered to reach the private quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. Head coach Ryan Carter returns Nick Castagno in goal and talented defensive anchors Marc Johnstone (6-30-36) and Paul Cimilluca (4-12-16) on the blue line. Junior Mike Nisky (10-16-26) returns as the offensive catalyst, but the Falcons will need increased production from seniors Alec Rankin (6-10-16), Brian Reid (11-6-17), and Julian Hendrickson (3-4-7).

Old Bridge (17-5-1)

Old Bridge is usually the top competition for St. Joseph in the GMC, and this year is likely to be no exception. Senior Mike Cistone and junior Tyler Kogut lead the way offensively, with sophomore Arthur Dzieniszewski a key man in front of junior goalie Dan Rubin.

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After the front two, Woodbridge (10-6-1), South Brunswick (5-8-2), and Monroe (7-13) will likely be battling for conference playoff spots.

Jonathan Yardley
Jonathan Yardley has been covering high school ice hockey in New Jersey since 1996. A native of Morristown and a Delbarton alumnus, he graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 2005. A radio and television broadcaster, he has called games for the 2003 NCAA championship Rice baseball team (2002-05), the 2011 Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champion Houston Dynamo (2008-11), and ESPN3 (2012-13), among other teams and outlets. He grew up watching hockey at Mennen Arena and for five seasons (1996-97 to 2000-01) wrote a weekly newsletter and ran the webpage for the MCSSIHL, the Morris County high school league. He now writes for Hockey Night in Boston in addition to website and blog maintenance.
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