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New Jersey Public C State Final: Summit Grabs Repeat Championship

Summit was looking to defend its championship from 2018, and the Hilltoppers left no doubt as whether they would.

Thomas Pryymak
Summit

After yielding the opening goal to sixth-seeded Chatham in the first period, fourth-seeded Summit (20-6-1) responded on a pair of goals by Greg Spitznagel to grab a 2-1 lead on the way to a 6-2 victory in the Public C championship at the Prudential Center. It was the second straight season Summit had topped Chatham in the final. In 2018 the Hilltoppers won it, 3-0.

Nikita Pryymak
Summit

Tom Pryymak, Charlie Collins, Remi Vidal and Chris Magovern also scored, and Nikita Pryymak finished with 38 saves for Summit (20-6-1).

It was the third state title in four trips to the final for the Union County school, which outscored its opponents by a 27-5 margin in its four state tournament games in 2019. Summit’s lone loss in the championship game came against Bayonne in the 2000 Public final.

Tom Pryymak (25-30-55), Spitznagel (26-19-45), Jake Puskar (18-18-3) and Collins (17-16-33) were the offensive catalysts for Summit.

Chatham (14-12-2) was looking to grab its first championship since winning Public B in 2013.

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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