Morristown High starts defense of hockey crown with win over Howell

Morristown High hockey team shares its trophy with fans at the Prudential Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown High hockey team shares its trophy with fans at the Prudential Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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'WE'RE NO 1!' MHS hockey team wins second title in thee years. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
‘WE’RE NO 1!’ MHS hockey team won its second title in three years in 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown High’s defense of last year’s state hockey crown got off to a good start on Monday, with a 2-0 victory over Howell at Mennen Arena.

The Colonials sealed the win with goals from freshman Conor Critchley and junior captain Nate DeFares, and solid goaltending from Harrison Brown, who stopped 16 shots en route to the shutout.

MHS received an at-large bid to the 2017 NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils Public A Tournament after an 8-10-3 season.

Next up for the 12th-seeded Colonials: Fifth-ranked Livingston, on Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m. at Mennen Arena, in Morris Township.

If Morristown progresses to the finals, it will enjoy a home-ice advantage.

Scheduling conflicts have moved this year’s finals– usually hosted at Newark’s Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils–to Mennen, on Monday, March 6.

Morristown blanked Randolph at the Rock last March for its second championship in three years. Here are video highlights:

Video: MHS blanks Randolph for 2016 NJ hockey crown

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