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New Jersey Public B Final: Ridge Pulls Away For Its Third State Title

Ridge is the New Jersey Public B champion for 2019.

Alex Konovalov returned in January from an injury and helped ignite Ridge to the Public B title.

The senior forward scored 4:59 into the third period to snap a 1-1 tie before Luke Rich fired in a pair of goals and Marcus Fabiunke made 25 saves to send the second-seeded Red Devils to a 4-1 verdict over top-seeded Randolph in the title match at the Prudential Center in Newark.

J.T. Zangara
Randolph

Randolph struck first on a goal by J.T. Zangara to open a 1-0 lead before Blake Loges connected for Ridge to make it a 1-1 game after the first period. The second period was scoreless until Konovalov came through with the winner 4:59 into the third.

The triumph allowed Ridge (19-7-3) to secure the third state championship. The previous meeting between the two teams in the final came in 2009, which Randolph won, 1-0, in the Public A title contest.

Ridge’s top line of seniors Konovalov, Rich and Loges ignited the offense and accounted for 58 goals this season. Konovalov returned in mid-season after suffering a broken fibula and finished with 28 goals and 16 assists in 12 games for the Red Devils.

Randolph, looking for its ninth Public state championship, finished with a record of 21-5-2.

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno covered college and high school ice hockey for The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger from 1988-2012. A 1984 graduate of Seton Hall University, he played collegiate hockey for The Hall in the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference. He also served as an intern in the New Jersey Devils public relations department during the 1983-84 season. Bruno later coached the Seton Hall University ice hockey team (1985-1987) and has covered the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils training camps as well as the ECAC ice hockey championships in Lake Placid, NY, for the Ledger. Bruno, who has been a contributing hockey writer to New Jersey Monthly Magazine, has covered hockey for Sideline Chatter for the past three seasons.
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