Hockey Preview: Ridgewood skates to strong start
DECEMBER 5, 2014 LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY JIM MCCONVILLE
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
Two games do not a season make, but for the Ridgewood High School ice hockey team, its first two outings did begin to paint a portrait of the 2014-15 campaign. And, judging by some of the base colors, the picture looks bright for the Maroons.
With the early November start, RHS got a pair of games in the books over Thanksgiving weekend. It opened with an 8-0 defeat of Passaic Valley/Cedar Grove on Saturday before falling to state power Ramsey, 5-2, on Sunday.
While the former result was somewhat expected, the game with Ramsey is the one that opened some eyes. The Maroons impressed many people with their effort against last season’s State Public B runner-up — including Rams head coach Bob Toy, who complimented his Ridgewood counterpart afterward.
“He [Toy] told me that he felt we’re capable of playing with the Mennen [Division] teams,” Maroon coach Mike Lucchesi said, referring to the top flight of the powerful Morris County Hockey League. “He was very complimentary, and that was really nice to hear coming from him.”
Ridgewood will get the chance to prove those words right later in the season when it plays Randolph and Morris Knolls, two Mennen Cup contenders, in non-conference games. Next up is tonight’s Big North Patriot (formerly Gold) Division meeting with River Dell/Westwood at the Ice House in Hackensack.