Highlander Hockey Season So Far

Brandon Fowlis, staff writer

The Governor Livingston Ice Hockey team, made up of Governor Livingston and New Providence High School students, has tallied a 6-5-1 record as they approach the halfway point of their season. GL started the season off strong going 4-1-1 by beating Public B opponents Nutley, Watchung Hills, and Scotch Plains Fanwood along with New York opponent Xavier and falling to Kelly Conference opponent Verona, along with a hard fought tie against conference opponent Cranford. 

Just before the new year the Highlanders took a skid, losing three games in four days. A hard fought match with Livingston ended in a 2-1 loss. They also fell to Cranford 4-2 and Park Regional 7-4. 

After two weeks off, the Highlanders started off the New Year on the right note by taking down Verona 3-2 and Freehold 6-3. After a couple days off the Highlanders then suffered a hard loss to Public B opponent Morristown 3-1. 

The Highlanders have been lead by GL freshman Brain Kramer who has found the back of the net 15 times along with 8 assists. Aside from Kramer, 13 other Highlanders have found the statsheet. In net for the Highlanders is New Providence sophomore Shane Cook. Cook has stopped a whopping 307 shots out of the 332 faced, totaling a 93% save percentage. 

Leading the Highlanders is senior captain, Kyle Cook. Cook, a senior defenseman at New Providence recently netted his first career goal in a 6-3 win against Freehold to go along with his 3 assists. 

Alongside Kyle, Drew Skotarczak and Jeremy Malave wear the “A”. Skotarczak, a junior defenseman from New Providence has tallied 3 goals and 8 assists for the Highlanders as he leads all defenseman in scoring. Malave, senior forward from GL has played an important role in the team’s success as he’s found the net three times to add to his 4 assists. 

As the Highlanders come upon the second half of their season they hope to have success in the Union County and Kelly Cup Tournaments and ultimately in the state tournament.