Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Strong Finish to the Weekend!

Comets 6 - Wayne Hills 2

It was the last game of a 3 game holiday weekend, and the Comets really needed those 2 points. Well they got them. The Comets came out stronger against a younger, smaller Wayne Hills team, who has been struggling this season.

After the Comets went up to a 3-0 lead after a strong first period, the Comets coaches felt it was a good opportunity to get Billy Regan into the game. At the start of the second period, it looked as if the Comets were a little too comfortable, and a misplayed puck found it's way onto a Wayne Hills stick. From just inside the face off circle the Wayne Hills player shot the puck just past Billy.

After shaking off the goal, Billy's play was solid and the Comets regained control of the game. The Comets finished with a 6-2 win over Wayne Hills, in a game that found ice time being shared amongst the entire roster. It was a great chance for all the players to contribute.

And better yet, the Comets finished with gaining 5 out of a possible 6 points. Now they have to turn their focus to the upcoming weekend with 2 tough games. It starts with a game Saturday against the very strong Ramapo team, and then the next day is Kinnelon, another tough opponent. Stay warm, and we'll see you at the rink!

Comets needed a win ... and got it!

Comets 6 - Old Tappan 3

Well coming off the tie to St. Joe's, that the Comets wished could have been a win, they knew they would have to play Old Tappan hard, if they were going to get that win. And they did play hard! The started off a little shakey with OT scoring within the first minute of the game. But then they settled down and started playing their game. It was a strong effort from everyone on the team! The passing was back. There were some great rushes that had started in the defensive zone, and with some great passing worked all the way up to shots on goal.

The defense and goaltending were a little off at the beginning of the game but then seemed to tighten up, with shots being blocked not only by the Daniel but also by the defense!

The Comets put tremendous pressure on the Old Tappan goalie, who played very well but by the third period it looked like the Comets found his weakness and exploited it! By the third period it looked like the Comets had total control of the game, and wound up winning 6-3! That game them 3 points out of a possible 4. Next up, Wayne Hills.

St. Joe's ends in a tie!

Comets 4 - St.Joe's 4

At the onset of a 3 game weekend, the Comets knew that it was important to get every point possible out of these games. It all started with St. Joe's. The game was as exciting as it was close. The scoring went back and forth trading leads.

With the game tied at 2, Jack Marut was streaming down the ice, and was pulled down from behind. He was awarded a penalty shot, always an exciting part of the game. With a nice clean moved Jack scored giving the Comets a 3-2 lead. Not too long later, however, St. Joe's managed to tie it up.

The Comets once again took the lead 4-3, and it looked like the would be able to hold onto the win. But St. Joe's managed to tie it up again. Even when the Comets had a 5 on 3 advantage, they were not able to score and the game ended in a tie. The Comets earned 1 point out of a possible 2. next up would be Old Tappan.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Stronger Effort!

Comets 5 - Northern Highlands 2

Coming off the loss to Wayne Valley, it was important for the Comets to regroup, and put on another strong performance. They did, and the results were a well earned win. Strong team play, strong defense, quality passing and play making on offense, let the Comets control most of the game.

This was an important win, and hopefully one the Comets can build on with the upcoming 3 game weekend!

Close but not close enough ...

Comets 1 - Wayne Valley 3

OK, so I got a little behind with these postings. I'm trying to catch up this morning ...

So, the Wayne Valley game ... well it was a game the Comets were up for. A rematch with Wayne Valley, who earlier in the season beat the Comets 7-0. For those of you that were there you saw a Comet team that played much better. Unfortunately it still was not enough. They came closer, 1-3, but just could not get the upper hand.

When down 1-2, it looked as if the COmets had tied it 2-2. Even photos take by Hackensack Chronicle photographer/reporter Joe Camporeale showed the puck crossing the line, and a WV player pulling it out of the net. But the officials called it a no goal, which really should have lead to a penalty shot because of the WV player holding the puck in the crease. But no call.

The Comets tried but just couldn't score and wound up losing 1-3. Good effort but they will need just a little more if they ever face WV again!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Great Day for hockey, eh?

Comets 1 - College Jean-de-Brebeuf 0

What an exciting game! The Canadian team, College Jean-de-Brebeuf, came to the Ice House yesterday, and played a great game. Even though there was a lot of back and forth, it seemed that the Comets had the better part of the play. Not sure what the final shots on goal were, but I have heard it was somewhere around 20 for Brebeuf and 35 for the Comets.

The game seemed even more one sided than that. The Comets put a lot of pressure on but the Brebeuf goalie came up big time after time. Whether he was stopping breakaways or a giant pile ups in front of the Brebeuf net, the Comets just could not score! It took the Comets until one minute was left in the play in the game, to score their first goal! It was a great set up that came off 2 passes from Jack and Matt (I think) to find Andrew who finally found the net!

For the last minute there was plenty of pressure in the Comets end, but they hung tough, and Daniel was able to hang on for his 5th HHS career shut out! Congrats!

It was a great afternoon, that started with a nice exchange of gifts between the two teams, and ended with an exciting shoot out, where Brebeuf came away ahead 2-0. Thanks to Coach Church and his staff for helping to put this together and a special thanks to College Jean-de-Brebeuf for coming down for the game. We hope they enjoy their visit!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

An International Event!

The Comets Welcome Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf to the Ice House!

The Canadian team from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf will be coming to the Ice House this Tuesday to play the Comets. The game will begin at 3:15, taking the place of the practice slot. Even though the game is early, I hope we can get a good turnout to see how our kids do against our friends from the Great White North! See you then ...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What a way to end the year!

Comets are Housley Classic Champions!
Comets 4 - Old Tappan 3 (OT)

Well it was a great way to finish up the year! The Comets got the win they needed to become the Housley Classic champions for the second time in three years! Not bad. The Comets played a very strong first period, outplaying Old Tappan and jumping to a 3-1 lead. It looked as if they took Old Tappan by surprise. But Old Tappan came back strong in the second and third period, and kept chipping away at the Comets.

Old Tappan kept on the pressure and got the game to within one goal. Then with just over a minute to go in the game the Comets were face with a 5 minute penalty. Even after Old Tappan pulled their goalie, and had a 6 on 4 advantage, it looked as if the Comets were going to pull out the win. Then with less than 9 seconds to go, the puck found its way to an open player on the back door of the net and he buried the puck to tie the game!

After what seemed to be a bit of confusion, it was decided that they would play a full period of sudden death over time. And the Comets would spend the first almost 4 minutes shorthanded. Old Tappan had all the momentum in their favor. They had just tied the game with seconds left in the game, and now they go into OT on a power play! Credit the Comets for playing a great penalty kill!everyone did what they were supposed to do, from the goal tending to the defense to the offense. They killed the penalty and got Felipe back onto the ice.

Moments late, Robbie Marut was able to get a pass up to a breaking Felipe, who was streaking past the defense. With no one in front of him other than the goalie, Felipe ripped a wrist shot past him to win the game! What a great finish!

Now the Comets get to enjoy a relaxing New Years weekend, and then switch their focus to
their next opponent, the visiting team from Canada, the College Jean-de-Brebeuf (Montreal QC) on Tuesday at 3:15 at the Ice House. Hope to see you there!

We also would like to take this time to wish you all a very Happy New Year!