Hillsborough's Late Surge Ends Cutters' Season

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Feb. 26 vs. Hillsborough (Round 1 of State Playoffs)

Fair Lawn senior Thomas Calderone tied the game with a clutch goal early in the third period -- his second in as many playoff games -- but Hillsborough answered less than two minutes later to retake the lead. The Raiders tacked on another two more scores before the final horn sounded to capture a 4-1 win and end the Cutters' season. Goaltender Ken Martorelli made 26 saves in net.

Feb. 19 vs. Ridgewood (Semifinals of Big North Gold League Playoffs)

Down 2-0, Cutters Thomas Calderone's early third period goal put Fair Lawn back within one, but Ridgewood answered with a quick goal of its own to recapture the momentum. The Maroons never looked back en route to a 5-1 victory. Ridgewood will face Paramus Catholic in the Big North Gold Cup Final.

Feb. 16 vs. Hackensack (Round 1 of Big North Gold League Playoffs)

Fair Lawn cruised against Hackensack in the first round of the league playoffs Saturday night. The Cutters' two leading scorers, Justin Ritter (3 goals, 1 assist) and Kevin Carney (2 goals, 1 assist), both had big nights. Goaltender Ken Martorelli stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced in net. The Cutters face rival Ridgewood in the semifinals on Tuesday night.

Feb. 11 vs. Clifton

After a scoreless first period, the Cutters exploded for five straight goals on their way to a 7-3 win in the team's final regular season game. Six different players scored for the Cutters. Senior Corey Boettcher was the only Fair Lawn skater to notch multiple goals, his first two of the season. Freshman Joey Ferrante finished with a goal and two assists.

Feb. 4 vs. Ridgewood

It wasn't a win, but the Cutters showed they could match up with the upper echelon of the Big North Gold Division Monday, playing Ridgewood to a 1-1 tie. The Cutters' lone score came in the first period when freshman Joey Ferrante netted a power play goal off a pass from senior Sean Milnes. Sophomore Ken Martorelli made his debut in goal for Fair Lawn, stopping 21 of 22 shots.

Jan. 27 @ Paramus Catholic

Paramus Catholic, ranked No. 6 in the Star Ledger's Top 20, was too tough for the Cutters on this night. Just over a week after eliminating Fair Lawn from the Bergen County Tournament, the Paladins topped the Cutters again, by a score of 5-1. Mark Williams scored Fair Lawn's lone goal.

Jan. 25 vs. Passaic Valley

Despite a whopping 37 saves by Hornets goalie Colin Byrne, Cutters managed to put 7 in the net in their 7-1 victory over Passaic Valley. Fair Lawn's Thomas Calderone and Mark Williams each scored twice, with Sean Milnes, Justin Ritter and Brian Galvin each getting in on the action with one goal apiece.

Jan. 21 vs. Hackensack

Three days after elimination from the Bergen County tournament, the Cutters beat Hackensack 5-1, with goals by Thomas Calderone, Justin Ritter, Sean Milnes, Mark Williams, and Brian Galvin. Goalie Garret Baldacci saved 17 shots, giving Fair Lawn the defensive edge.

Jan. 12 @ Ridgewood

Before heading into the Bergen County Tournament, where Fair Lawn beat Tenafly to advance to the quarterfinals to be eliminated in a 5-0 shutout against Paramus Catholic, Ridgewood beat the Cutters 3-2. Kevin Carney and Frankie Maneri scored for Fair Lawn.

Jan. 7 vs. Dumont-Demarest

A day after being shut out by River Dell, the Cutters rebounded with a 3-0 shutout victory of their own against Dumont-Demarest. Justin Ritter scored twice and Sean Milnes added a goal and an assist. Goaltender Garret Baldaccci stopped all 11 shots he faced.

Jan. 6 @ River Dell

Despite more than tripling River Dell's number of shots on goal, Fair Lawn failed to find the back of the net and were shut out 2-0. Goaltender Garret Baldacci made nine saves for the Cutters, who failed to register a goal for the first time all year.

Dec. 30 vs Northern Highlands (Montclair Invitational, semifinals)

The Cutters jumped out to an early lead against Northern Highlands in the Montclair Invitational semifinals and never looked back to register a 7-2 victory. By game's end, six different players had scored goals, including sophomore Mark Williams, who found the net twice. Senior Kevin Carney racked up a goal and three assists. With the win, the Cutters qualified for the Bergen County Tournament.

Dec. 28 vs. West Essex (Montclair Invitational, first round)

After falling behind early, junior Justin Ritter and sophomore Brian Galvin each notched second period goals to tie West Essex in the first round of the Montclair Invitational. Garret Baldacci made 21 saves.

Dec. 23 @ Wayne Valley

Justin Ritter had a hand in all six of Fair Lawn's goals (2 goals, 4 assists) in the Cutters' 6-1 victory over Wayne Valley in round-robin play of the Ice Vault Classic. Senior Kevin Carney and sophomore Frankie Maneri each added two goals apiece. 

Dec. 21 @ Bayonne

The Cutters spread the goals around in this one, with seven different players finding the net in a 7-0 rout of Bayonne. Senior Sean Milnes notched a goal and two assists and senior Ryan Linn scored his first goal of the year in the blowout.

Dec. 19 @ Passaic Valley

 Senior forward Kevin Carney led the Cutters with a hat trick and junior Justin Ritter added four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in a 6-1 win against Passaic Valley. Sophomore Garret Baldacci faced only five shots in net.

Dec. 17 vs. River Dell

Senior Kevin Carney and sophomore Mark Williams each scored goals for the Cutters and sophomore Garret Baldacci saved the only seven shots River Dell could muster all game, giving Fair Lawn a 2-0 victory.

Dec. 15 @ Paramus

The Cutters outshot Paramus 54-10, but wound up dropping the game 3-2. Freshman Joey Ferrante and sophomore Brian Galvin scored the Cutters' only two goals. Senior Sean Milnes added two assists.

Dec. 8 @ Hackensack:

Senior Kevin Carney scored with 7 seconds remaining to propel Fair Lawn to a 3-2 win over Hackensack at Ice House.

Dec. 7 @ Clifton:

Freshman Joey Ferrante had a hat trick and Thomas Calderone scored a pair of goals to lead Fair Lawn to a 7-4 victory over Clifton.

Dec. 3 vs. Paramus Catholic:

Sophomore goaltender Garret Baldacci stopped a season-high 28 shots, but Paramus Catholic pulled it out, 4-2. Senior Thomas Calderone and Sophomore Mark Williams scored for the Cutters.

Dec. 1 @ Dumont-Demarest:

The Cutters defeated Dumont 2-0 to open the season. Sophomore goalie Garret Baldacci posted the shutout in net and freshman Joey Ferrante scored his first career varsity goal. Senior Kevin Carney scored the game winner and Fair Lawn relied on a stingy defense that allowed only 10 shots on net. 

2012-2013 Fair Lawn Cutters Hockey Schedule

Team Record: 14-8-2 (10-4-1) 

Date Opponent Score (W/L) Dec. 1
2-0 (W) Dec. 3 Paramus Catholic 4-2 (L) Dec. 7 @Clifton 7-4 (W) Dec. 8
@ Hackensack
3-2 (W) Dec. 15 @ Paramus 3-2 (L) Dec. 17 River Dell 2-0 (W) Dec. 19
@Passaic Valley 6-1 (W) Dec. 21 @ Bayonne 7-0 (W) Dec. 23 @ Wayne Valley 6-1 (W) Dec. 28 West Essex 2-2 (T) Dec. 30 Northern Highlands

7-2 (W)

Jan. 6 @ River Dell 2-0 (L) Jan. 7 Dumont-Demarest 3-0 (W) Jan. 12 @Ridgewood 3-2 (L)
Jan. 16 Tenafly (Bergen County Tournament) 5-3 (W) Jan. 19 Paramus Catholic (Bergen County Tournament) 5-0 (L) Jan. 21 Hackensack 5-1 (W)
Jan. 25 Passaic Valley 7-1 (W)
Jan. 27 @ Paramus Catholic 5-1 (L) Feb. 4 Ridgewood 1-1 (T) Feb. 11 Clifton 7-3 (W) Big North Gold LEAGUE PLAYOFFS Feb. 16 Hackensack 6-2 (W) Feb. 19 Ridgewood 5-1 (L) STATE PLAYOFFS Feb. 26 Hillsborough  4-1 (L)

Big North Gold Division - Regular Season

Team Division  Overall  Paramus Catholic
15-0 25-1 Ridgewood   13-2-1 16-9-1 Fair Lawn
10-4-1 14-8-2 Clifton 6-7-3 10-13-3 River Dell 6-8-2 11-11-2 Hackensack 5-8-2 10-11-3 Dumont-Demarest
5-10-1 5-14-1 Passaic Valley 3-12-1 7-17-1 Bayonne 0-12-3 3-16-3

Season standings are a combination of Patch records, as well as NJHockey.org

Team Statistics

# First Last Year G A P 21 Corey Boettcher Senior 2 3 5 66 Thomas Calderone Senior 11 4 15 19 Kevin Carney Senior 16 15 30 8 Dmitry Danilchik Sophomore 4 Joey Ferrante Freshman 9 17 26 14 Brian Galvin Sophomore 6 6 12 62 Dan Garafano Senior 22 Scott Greco Sophomore 1
11 Sam Kanda Sophomore

5 Ryan Linn Senior 1 5 6 28 Frankie Maneri Sophomore 4 9 13 29 Sean Milnes Senior 5 14 19 2 Nick Perez Junior

12 Justin Ritter Junior 15 22 37 66 Josh Samels Senior 9 Noah Schevitz Sophomore 4 3 7 26 Mark Williams Sophomore 13 13 26 17 Matt Wilson Junior 1 9 10

Key: G - Goals; A - Assists; P - Points; 


# First Last Year Wins Losses Ties GAA Save % 34 Garret Baldacci Sophomore 12 6 1 2.00 88.0% 30 Ken Martorelli Sophomore 2 2 1 2.30 90.1% 1 Adam Erhart Freshman

Key: GAA - Goals Against Average; Save % -- Percentage of Shots Saved

Season statistics are provided by Fair Lawn High School Ice Hockey Coach Brack Healy

Experienced Cutters Hockey Team Aims High

2012-2013 Season Preview article, Dec. 5

Fair Lawn's hockey team may be just 1-1 after two games -- a shutout win over division doormat Dumont on Saturday and a 4-2 loss to powerhouse Paramus Catholic on Monday -- but coach Brack Healy thinks this might be the best squad he's had in his three years at the helm of the hockey program.

The Cutters boast a dynamic scorer in junior Justin Ritter, an up-and-coming goaltender in sophomore Garret Baldacci and a seasoned core of senior leaders at both ends of the ice, headlined by center Kevin Carney and defenseman Sean Milnes.

"This year's team has a lot of carry-overs from last year and I expect us to be very competitive within the division," Healy said Tuesday. "Ridgewood and PC seem to be the top two teams, but unlike previous years, I expect our team this season to be very competitive with them. I think a top three finish in the league is very much a reality."

At 7-8-1 in league play last year, Fair Lawn finished fifth of nine in their division, but failed to notch a victory against a winning team. The Cutters were dominated by a combined score of 44-8 against the division's top three finishers.

If they're going to remain competitive this year, Healy said he not only needs big things offensively from both Carney and Ritter, the team's two top point scorers from a year ago, but also from a few guys that played smaller roles last season.

"Senior Thomas Calderone, sophomore Mark Williams and sophomore Frankie Maneri are also guys we need to put the puck in the net this year if we plan on being successful," he said.

Perhaps the team's x-factor, however, is Baldacci, who minded the net for the junior varsity last year, but lacks any varsity experience.

"He has improved tremendously over the past two years," Healy said. "If he continues to get better, he could be the key to our success."

Fair Lawn will continue to sport a defense-first system this season, but Healy hopes an improved transition game will translate into more offensive opportunities for his scorers.

"We play very good defensively, our neutral zone trap works well, but we want to try and generate more offense from opponent turnovers," he said.

In their next game on Friday night, the Cutters face a much-improved Clifton team.


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Jim Dowd December 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Considering how great the Computer Science program isn't, its wonderful to see the money we spend on Hockey is so productive. With all the scholarships graduates have used to reduce college costs and all those Fair Lawn natives who pay professional hockey its good to see the money used to well. It's not like we have any computer professionals that have graduated from FLHS..... Wake up people, hockey is a complete waste of tax payer money and it makes it more expensive for ME to play at Ice House.
Mike Schevitz December 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Mr Dowd, My son is is on this team and my wife and I pay good $ - Fair Lawn Ice Hockey is Pay - to - play! You can donate a thousand dollar computer to your child's school if you like. Education comes first in my house and I teach my kids to Work hard and play hard.
K. December 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Way to go guys, great job! Dowd, you're a wacko; who cares about computer professionals, they are flooding the market and can get no useful jobs.
Mary C December 10, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Jim Dowd, do a little research you sound like a fool, unlike other sports the hockey team has to pay money to be on the team. extra cirricular activities are extremely important for kids. they provide life lessons, such as working hard to achieve a goal, team work, dealing with failure as most teams do not go undefeated, and how to balance there time with extracirricular activities and school. FLHS provides enough sports, clubs, theater groups, music clubs, etc for every student to find one that works for them. more importanly i find it very dis-tasteful when people write comments such as yours on articles about our local high school students. these are kids who put in time and hardwork to achieve success. we should be showing nothing but support and compliments to our local athletes, scholars, musicians, etc. if you have a problem with the way money is handled write a letter to the BOE or attend a meeting. you arent going to get anything done commenting on a patch article about a hockey team who has no control where your tax money goes.
Mary C December 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
"Considering how great the Computer Science program isn't, its wonderful to see the money we spend on Hockey is so productive... It's not like we have any computer professionals that have graduated from FLHS....." these comments show how you have no clue how the real world works.if someone wants to become a "computer professional" they chose that major in college. FLHS provides introduction classes for these types of professions. High schools are not supposed to train you for your chosen profession, they provide basic education that relates to all professions and introduce students to possible careers. ps- you know who usaully gets promoted to management posistion in careers such as computer science? The person who majored in computer science but also gained team work leadership skills while he was captain of his high school hockey team.
John Cosgrove December 11, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Congrats to the Cutters for the 2 big wins! Special shout out to my Godson Kevin Carney for scoring the winning goal against Hackensack with 7 seconds left in the game. Way to go Kevo!! You're making us proud!!
Mary C December 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Dowd clearly you are a fool, do some research, unlike just about everyother extra curricular activity hockey has to pay to play. High schools provide introduction classes to subjects like computer science, if a child is interested in such a career they pursue it in college or a technical school. i find comments like yours very distasteful. this is an article about local kids from town working hard to achieve their goals. there should be nothing but positive comments and support for our local athletes, musicains, artiists, scholars, etc. if you have a problem with the way money is spent write to the BOE or attend a meeting. youd have to be pretty dumb to think changes are going to be made because of your assanine comments on a patch article about a HS hockey team. ps- you know who usaully moves up to management posistions in computer science? the kid who majored in computer science and also was captain of his hockey team where he learned about team work and leadership. go cutters
Me December 18, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Where are these games played? At the Ice House in Hackensack? I'd like to see one of these games.
Stuart Pace December 19, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Fair Lawn should build an Ice Hockey Rink at Memorial. That would be a REAL moneymaker.
95Crash December 19, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I am proud that Fair Lawn High School fields an ice hockey team. It's such a great sport. I can't wait till my son is old enough to play. BTW, for those who didn't know, Jim Dowd was a star ice hockey player from Brick, N.J., who made it to the NHL and even helped the Devils win the Stanley Cup in 1995 -- the only Jersey native on the team. I'm proud of his career too!
Chris Antonelli December 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Zak Koeske December 19, 2012 at 05:36 PM
@Me Their homes games are played at Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls.
who makes these decisions December 20, 2012 at 04:56 PM
agreed, that or an indoor pool would have brought in money immediately.... think of all the club and high school swim teams and hockey teams that would have rented the space. would have been a much better investment than the 'conference" rooms and other wasted space/money at the rec center.
John Cosgrove December 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Way to go Cutters good job against Passaic Valley and Carney with the Hat Trick!!! Keep going Kevo your the man!!!
Barbara F. December 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Stuart, I agree with you. The roller hockey rink is just taking up space - use that area, the high school team will have their own ice to practice on, and we can make money by renting out remaining ice time to other districts/teams. Win-win!
SpecialEdTeacher December 27, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I'm very proud of my son and the entire team for their commitment to each other and their coach. Keep up the great work boys!
Flsports January 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Glad to see Fair Lawn hockey is back!!
JT January 09, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Stuart. That's a great idea. If I can add to it, please go raise the money and keep your hands out of the pocket of the tax payers. Considering the promises vs track of the Community Center, we have more than our fair share of politician created money pits that we the tax payers will be paying for decades to come.
Stuart Pace February 18, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Way to go Kevin
Me February 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
What's the time and place of the game??
Zak Koeske February 19, 2013 at 08:09 PM
7pm at the Ice Vault in Wayne
Me February 19, 2013 at 09:43 PM
This should be something they should broadcast on Public Access. I would watch this and the Rangers game, PIP (picture in picture).
Zak Koeske February 19, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The game is being live-streamed online starting at around 6:45pm, if you want to tune in. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/fair-lawn-cutters-hockey


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