Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

NH Has Gold Cup Scores to Settle

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

NH Has Gold Cup Scores to Settle

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WAYNE – Jin Lee and James Cerepak had no problem using the word "revenge" after Tuesday night's Big North Gold Cup hockey semifinal at Ice Vault.

The Northern Highlands line mates teamed up for the game-winning goal with 7:10 to play against Mahwah. Cerepak fed a pass from behind the net to Lee, whose score lifted the top-seeded Highlanders to a 2-1 victory and a spot in Friday's championship final.

In Tuesday's other semifinal, St. Joseph edged defending champ Glen Rock to set up a championship game between division rivals. The Green Knights (19-6-1) dealt Northern Highlands (18-4-1) a 4-1 Big North Freedom loss one week ago.

No. 4 Mahwah (14-7-3) had a 20-13 shot advantage on the Highlanders through two periods but got out-shot, 14-6, in the third.

The Highlanders had beaten Mahwah in the Bergen County quarterfinals last month, but memories of how 2017 ended are still fresh. …

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