Legacy. This was what Morristown was after in the Public A State Championship after winning their first title in school history two years prior. Against a dynasty like Randolph, who has won a public title four of the last five years, it was a perfect test to see if the Colonials could join the club. They not only joined, but shut out the dynasty 2-0 to capture their second title in school history.
“It was very important for us to establish ourselves and our program,” said Morristown Head Coach Bobby Jones. “Winning our second championship puts us on the map as a program to beat.”
Morristown had an early goal from Jakob DeFares with 5:58 to go in the first period that put the pressure on Randolph. However, the Rams did not go away easily and goalie Luc Swedland kept them in the game stopping two big breakaways from the Colonials in the second period.
Despite the missed opportunities to put Randolph away in the second period, Morristown did not let that discourage them and Teddy Dolan provided the insurance goal with 13:27 to go in the third period.
“That goal lifted a huge weight off of our shoulders,” said Dolan.
“It was a motivation killer for Randolph,” added Jones. “They knew that we were winning the game and we knew we were winning the game at that point.”
While that was the last goal of the game, it was certainly not the last time Randolph made noise in this game. The Rams tried one last push in the last two minutes, getting six shots on goal during that stretch and 28 in the game, but Morristown goalie Evan Szary was able to maintain the shutout.
“A shutout in any game is huge but in the state championship game, it just makes the feeling ten times better,” said Szary.
“He was the team MVP this year,” added Jones.
Going into this game, Morristown was the top seed but despite beating Randolph in their two regular season outings, coach Jones still considered his team the underdog for the championship.
“Going in at number one, we had a lot of pressure,” noted Jones. “In this situation, beating a hard Randolph team three times is an underdog feat.”
Now that Morristown hockey is on the map, they look ahead to the future where they seem to be in capable hands to make another run, most notably Szary, who will only be a junior next season.
“It’ll be a re-building year losing key guys, but I have a feeling we’ll do good,” noted Szary.