It was a successful 2016-2017 campaign for Point Boro as they rebounded from an under .500 season to finish with a record of 13-7-2. While the Panthers came up just short in the division, they were able to win the Winding River Holiday Tournament as well advance to the Quarterfinals of the Public B bracket.
This season, the Panthers will have a bit of a new look as Point Boro alum and former Marlboro JV Coach Steve Plancey takes over for former Panther Head Coach Alex Depalma. Additionally, this will be the inaugural season for the Point Boro- Manchester Co-op. The Co-op allows for players from both schools to play on one team; something that has become popular in High School Ice Hockey.
” I can’t say enough about the Co-op, I am very excited,” Coach Plancey said. Coach Plancey talked about how the Co-op allows for better competition when it comes to fighting for a starting position.
“The more kids the better for our program. It makes it so everyone has to compete for their spot both on offense and on defense. We have a freshman goaltender in Andrew Pastor. Having three goalkeepers is something that this program has not seen in a while,” Coach Plancey said.
Pastor joins Junior John Meyer as well as Sophomore Kyle Jones on the Point Boro roster in net.
Point Boro will have several impact players returning on the offensive side of the puck. One of those players will be Senior Eric Dahl, who scored two goals in Point Boro’s final game against Middletown North in NJSIAA Public B Quarterfinals.
“Eric knows the role that he is going to be playing this season whether it’s on the power play or penalty kill or other special team units. He will be playing a lot of minutes, Coach Plancey said.
“I’m hoping to keep it going this year,” Dahl said. I know that I have to do my part and that we are going to have to play as a team if we want to be successful” Dahl added.
Additionally, John Callander, Tom Colorio, Corey Campbell, Will Herrington, Ryan Mccabe, Mason Prall, Aidan Zielaznicki, and Brett Nelson will return for the Panthers looking to contribute in the offensive zone.
Defensively, Point Boro will be lead by Jake Toner. The Panthers know that they will have to carry over their defensive efforts from last season if they wish to have another successful season.
“It can seem that we have small numbers,” Toner said. “However, every single person on this team works as hard as they can. We know that as long as we go into every single game thinking that we can get the win that anything is possible and we can get the victory,” Toner said.
Joining Toner in the defensive zone will be Sam Transue, Eddie Coyne, and Tyler Griffin.
Last season, the Panthers finished second in the division behind Southern Regional. Point Boro knows that the Rams will once again be a strong team that they will meet once again. In last years meeting, Southern Regional defeated Point Boro 3-0 early in the season. “Playing Southern will certainly be a battle,” Dahl explained.
“We know that every team will play us tough and we have to play our best hockey every time we take the ice,” Dahl said. Other teams that Point Boro will face within the division include Brick Township, Brick Memorial, Jackson Memorial, Jackson Liberty, and Toms River South-East.