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Skyland Conference: Ridge, Bridgewater-Raritan have veteran depth

Ridge (14-6-6)

Ridge is one of the state’s most consistent programs, seeded among the top five teams in its state-tournament bracket in seven of the last eight years. Head coach Tim Mullin’s team offers a strong top line of seniors Tim Knightly (14-9-23), Ian Soloman (5-12-17), and Jack Kelly (7-8-15), with the experienced tandem of Cole Sanderson (2-16-18) and Ben Raff (6-7-13) manning the blue line. Seniors Sean Sweeney and Drew Taveroni are expected to split time in net. Senior Gavin Kirkwood (8-8-16) should also contribute on the offensive end, and production from sophomores Jack Mandala, Dan Knightly, and Ted Kapp would make the Red Devils a formidable team in Public A once again.

Bridgewater-Raritan (20-5-3)

Bridgewater-Raritan knows postseason success, but also knows heartbreak after losing in the Public A championship game in 2007, 2013, and 2014. The Panthers have a strong senior class hoping to turn around those fortunes this year, led by the defense pairing of Ian Anderson and Brett Goldstein. Those two are joined by sophomore Sarik Vasani to form one of the state’s most formidable public-school defenses, but goalies Josh Garner and Corey Fewer are untested. Up front, head coach Patrick Alvin has a very strong trio in seniors Will Dimock and Eddie Weissman and junior Alec Casiero.

Hunterdon Central (11-11-2)

Central returns goalie Carter Siani (.923) and has two elite players in forward Brian Brown (5-12-17) and defenseman Matt Kandel, in his first year with the program.

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Hillsborough (10-13-4), Montgomery (9-11-5), and Pingry (8-10-2) will be looking to regain their form from years past.

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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