The Shore Conference is known for having some of the best hockey teams in the state of New Jersey. With Howell at 5-2 and Rumson-Fair Haven at 5-1 going into this game, this was one of the more anticipated Shore Conference games of the season. However, the final score proved to be far from expectations as Howell ran away with a 7-1 victory.
Howell did not waste any time with forward Anthony Gallicchio scoring a goal 1:16 into the game. That was far from the last time his name was called, considering that Gallichio had a hat-trick in the game. He scored a goal in both the second and third periods, adding an assist along with that.
“I thought I played well along with the team,” noted Gallicchio. “It was mostly my teammates getting the puck to me, getting up the ice, putting shots on net, and them going in.”
Gallicchio was not the only Howell player of note to score a goal. The last one of the game was scored by Mike Camaroto, which was noteworthy because it was his first goal scored on the varsity team.
Howell lived up to their nickname and rebelled past Rumson-Fair Haven fairly easily. They scored at least two goals in every period and limited Rumson-Fair Haven to just 15 shots on goal.
“They didn’t take them (Rumson-Fair Haven) for granted,” said Howell head coach Bill Daley. “Everybody did their job and as a team we dominated the game. We played the system we have.”
Coach Daley knew how talented Rumson-Fair Haven was and stressed to his players to take them seriously.
“They (Rumson-Fair Haven) are a solid team that if we take lightly, they could jump out to an early lead. They’re a team that never quits.”
With the win, Howell has not only shown they can compete with some of the best teams in their conference, but outclass them.
“We showed we are one of the top teams in the shore,” said Gallicchio. “We’ll come out a lot stronger against the better teams.”
“Our team is at their prime right now,” added Daley. “We just have to make sure we keep playing as a team and go into the bigger games with this type of team atmosphere and team play on the ice.”
Howell will get a chance to back up their words on Saturday against CBA at Howell Ice World at 4:15 pm.
Rumson-Fair Haven will look to bounce back against Point Pleasant Boro on Tuesday at 8 pm.