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Crimson blank Summit for title

NEWARK _ Color the rink at The Rock a bright shade of red, almost purple. Crimson would describe it quite nicely. Morristown-Beard played a basically flawless defensive game and the surging Crimson went on to record a 3-0 victory over Summit in the first girls New Jersey high school ice hockey state championship game on Thursday, March 5 at the Prudential Center. Sophomore Leah Stecker made it 1-0 in the first period for top-seeded Morristown-Beard (18-8-1) as she lifted her 14th goal into the upper right-hand corner of the net.Logan Sutera, a sophomore forward, scored two of the three Morristown-Beard…

Degan's OT score lifts Crimson in prep final

MORRISTOWN _ Playing top-notch defense was Alexa Degan's only role on the ice until this winter. On a whim, three weeks ago, Morristown-Beard coach Bruce Driver requested that Degan, a freshman, kill a penalty in a game versus Chatham and she responded with a short-handed goal, her second career score. She converted against Jen Olnowich, bound for Princeton, who also tends net for the boys squad, and the Crimson gained a 2-0 victory. "That showed us Alexa was capable at forward if we needed her," Driver said. Degan has been beyond capable. In the NJSIAA Prep Tournament final, Degan once…

Crimson notch second straight crown

MORRISTOWN _ A three-goal lead didn't put Morristown-Beard at ease in the NJSIAA Girls Ice Hockey Prep Championship game. It sounds comfortable, especially because the Crimson built their advantage, scoring a goal in each period, and held it into the closing stanza. Still, Morristown-Beard, a bit sluggish at the start, worried when Princeton Day School avoided being shut out by receiving a goal from Gia Massari 7:15 into the closing period. Forty-nine seconds later, the Crimson, courtesy of Keegan Heher's goal, were up by three again and feeling much better. And, by game's end on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Morristown-Beard's players…

Detre goal snaps deadlock

MORRISTOWN _ The uninspired warmup and the lackluster first shift made Morristown-Beard defender Anna Bajak feel that things weren't going to go right. "I didn't think we were ready," Bajak said. "No one was pumped. Our warmup wasn't that great. Our first shift did OK, I guess. They set the tone but it definitely wasn't our best." By game's end, Bajak's opinion had changed. A hard-fought 8-7 win will have that effect. Bajak, a freshman, had the equalizer - one of the most important goals of her young career - with 8:13 remaining in the third period and junior center Ally…

Fine finale for Crimson seniors

MORRISTOWN _ Devin Blanchard began her final high school ice hockey game feeling anxious and excited. Those emotions lasted for the first period before Blanchard, assistant captain for Morristown-Beard, came to a realization.

Kurz sparkles in varsity debut

MORRISTOWN _ Keegan Heher found it "a little harder to hop the bench" when it was time for her to hit the ice. Heher didn't object to working her way around her Morristown-Beard teammates, though. The crowded bench area was very much welcome as was a packed locker room following a season in which the Crimson sometimes had to make do with six players.

Mo-Beard hockey still perfect

MORRISTOWN _ The Morristown-Beard ice hockey team's ride back from The Hill School last Friday was a raucous one as the Crimson reveled in their dramatic, come-from-behind win. A pair of third-period goals gave the Crimson their second it-was-this-close win. The rally thrilled them and the noise on the bus proved how much.

Crimson beat Kent Place

MORRISTOWN _ It wasn't unreasonable for coach Bruce Driver to expect another high-level outing from Morristown-Beard the minute it hit the ice. After all, the Crimson had turned in a stellar effort versus Portledge of Locust Valley, N.Y. two days earlier and Driver figured they'd pick up where they left off. Somehow, though, Morristown-Beard went from sublime to subpar.

Crimson finale is a thriller

MORRISTOWN _ The scoreboard read 5-4 in favor of The Lawrenceville School when time expired. Kendall Cornine's heart, however, told her that Morristown-Beard, which tied the score and took the lead before the Big Red's Hailey DenElzen connected for the decisive goal with 3:39 remaining, was a winner as well.

Late push boosts Crimson

MORRISTOWN _ Carolyn Chambers considered Morristown-Beard's game against Summit on Friday, Jan. 24 the "road to the rest of the season." With a difficult stretch of games on the horizon, Chambers, a senior defenseman, expected Morristown-Beard's play to be constantly improving and going into high gear in preparation for a title run. Instead, the Crimson were far from sharp and not very steady in their 7-1 victory over the Hilltoppers at Twin Oaks Rink. Don't be deceived by the score. Morristown-Beard, which received a hat trick and assist from Kelly Dolan, fell behind 1-0 after one period, tied the score…