Saturday, March 10, 2012
Hilltoppers earn a state championship title with a 2-1 OT win over Tenafly in the Public B finals.
After racing down the wing on the way to firing the game’s first goal, Mike Nyitray decided to switch it up when a similar opportunity faced him this time around. When his teammates came charging into the zone, the senior defenseman sent a crisp pass to forward Riley Flynn who was skating alone in front of the net. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to beat him,” said Nyitray. “So I put the brakes on, gave it to Riley and he put it away.” Flynn’s finish 9:59 into the overtime period gave Summit a 2-1 victory and their first ever New Jersey Public B championship. “Great pass, right on the tape,” said Flynn. “I saw the corner open, so I just let it go.” Flynn was one of the many scoring threats for an effective and balanced Summit attack …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Summit hockey team advances to the finals matchup at the Prudential Center.
Fourth-seeded Summit scored three unanswered power play goals in a 72-second span during the second period on their way to a 3-2 victory over ninth-seeded Ramsey. The scoring burst was all the offense that the Hilltoppers needed to secure their place in Friday's championship. "I've never seen that happen before," said senior defenseman Mike Nyitray about the scoring outburst. "It was a great feeling." The Hilltoppers first goal came on a 5-on-3 opportunity as Nyitray swung the puck to the right point onto the stick of Mike Santina who blasted the puck into the back of the net to knot the game at one with 9:08 to play in the second. Summit, still carrying a man advantage for about a minute, drew a third straight whistle with just seconds …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The fourth-seeded Summit Hilltoppers will face the ninth-seeded Ramsey Rams today at Mennen arena with a berth in the Public B finals on the line.
The No. 15 Summit Hilltoppers stand one win away from a trip to the Prudential Center to compete in the Public B state championship. The Hilltoppers' road to the championship has included teams from all over the state starting with a first round 10-1 win over Morris County neighbor Madison. The round of 16 brought in a familar foe from Essex County in Verona/Glen Ridge, the team that ended the Hilltoppers season a year ago. The roles would be reveresed this year as Summit sent them home packing with a 6-3 win. Most recently Point Pleasant Boro made the trip north from Ocean County to take on the Hilltoppers in a quarterfinals showdown at Union Sports Arena. After a scoreless first period, Summit exploded for four goals en route to the 4-…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Senior defenseman Mike Nyitray scored the opening goal in Summit's 4-0 Public B quarterfinals victory over Point Pleasant Boro.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Check out Mike Nyitray's impressive goal with 11:57 remanining in the second period to break a scoreless tie in the Public B quarterinals against Point Pleasant Boro. The defensman shows off his impressive stick skills and buries the backhand finish to open up the scoring barrage for Summit. Nyitray finished the game with two goals and Chris Zanelli and Jarrett Ross each added a tally. Next up for the Hilltoppers is the Public B semifinals at Mennen Arena on Wednesday at 4:30 pm against ninth-seeded Ramsey.
Monday, February 27, 2012
The Summit Hilltoppers earned a 5-1 victory over the Johnson Crusaders in the Union County Championship
Summit took a 2-0 lead over Johnson and never looked back on the way to earning the Union County championship on Saturday, defeating their opponent 5-1. The Hilltoppers victory was hard-fought despite the four goal margin. The majority of the opening period was controlled by the Crusaders who were able to possess the puck throughout their three extra man advantages. Johnson controlled play but was unable to come away with any goals. The opportunisitc Summit squad took advantage when Eric Stabler connected for the game's first goal with 2:28 left to play in the period. Summit built upon their first period momentum and came out of the locker room with an inspired effort on the offensive end, controlling the action and carrying the puck into…
Friday, January 20, 2012
Hockey player leads Hilltoppers to 4-game win streak. Visits Randolph at 5:30 p.m. and travels to Scotch-Plains Fanwood Sunday for 6:40 p.m. face off.
After dropping two straight games (one to close out the year and one to start the new year), the Summit Boys Hockey team needed a spark. They received one, from Athlete of the Week, sophomore Liam McLaughlin. This is McLaughlin's second time being recognized as an AotW. The 5-5, 130-pound forward has tallied six goals and five assists during the team's current four-game win streak, highlighted by a hat trick performance with an assist in an 8-2 home victory over Cranford on Jan. 9 to start the streak. During the streak, Summit has outscored its opponents, 30-7. "Liam is the epitome of the phrase: "If you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life," said Summit head coach Keith Nixon, who has been at the helm for 18 seasons. "…
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The defending 2011 Public B champion Chatham Cougars handed the Summit Hilltoppers their first loss of the 2011-12 season.
The Summit Hilltoppers (4-1-1) hockey team was handed its first loss of the season on Friday at the hands of the defending NJ Group 2 champion, Chatham by a score of 2-1. Despite a young roster, the Cougars found a way to hold off the Hilltoppers and steal the road victory in front of a raucous Summit crowd. Senior defenseman Mike Nyitray was the lone scorer for Summit. Senior forward Trip Burke scored both goals for Chatham. Summit controlled the action throughout much of the first period and was able to create plenty of scoring opportunities all of which were turned away by freshman goaltender C.J. Albenese, who was impressive all afternoon. The Hilltoppers struggled throughout much of the second period and had trouble with the physical…
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The Summit Hilltoppers are the 2011 Cron Tournament champions.
Jeff Wycoff’s finish off of Eric Stabler's assist from behind the net with 4:18 to play put Summit ahead 4-3 and served as the game-winning goal in the Hilltoppers’ 5-3 Cron Tournament finals victory over Cranford at Warinanco Park. The senior Stabler possessed the puck behind the net and fired a pass in front that found the stick of his senior line mate who sent the puck just past Cranford goalie Theo Ballas. The talented line of Wycoff, Stabler and Jarrett Ross were clearly the difference in this one for Summit. The group was responsible for three of the four Hilltopper goals with the other coming on a power play opportunity. Despite outshooting the Cougars 25-12 it was Summit who found themselves trailing for a good portion of the …