Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Millburn Hockey Defeats Cranford for First Kelly Cup

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Millburn Hockey Defeats Cranford for First Kelly Cup

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WEST ORANGE — For the second straight year, Millburn head coach Brandon Doria came off the ice at Codey Arena and went to the locker room to address his team after a Kelly Cup final. Last year, Doria joined a disappointed Millers team that fell to Governor Livingston in the final.

This time, Doria took valuables from his pockets, handing them to the team managers. When he entered the room, Doria was greeted with his players dousing him in water.

For the first time in team history, Millburn had a postseason cup in ice hockey, taking the Kelly Cup in a 6-3 victory over Cranford on Saturday.

"Unbelievable," said senior captain Spencer Brown, beaming with a smile while holding the Kelly Cup in his hands. "I don't know. Can't describe it."

The Millers had not been defeated in five straight matches, last losing to Cranford on Jan. 27. On the night, the Cougars scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the game in a 4-3 victory. So, a quick start was needed.

Millburn got just that as Brown scored just 56 seconds into the game to put the Millers up, 1-0. Brown shot the puck into the zone and it deflected into the goal.

"It's huge," said Doria. "I think their first two goals against us last time were during their first two shifts. We knew we had to come out strong."

Minutes later, Millburn had a power play and took advantage. Jack Williams scored during the power play for his 26th goal of the season. With not even five minutes passing in the game, Millburn had a quick 2-0 lead.

Cranford would score before the end of the first period, but Millburn would answer back halfway into the second period. Sophomore Matt Riskin scored his eighth of the season to make it a two-goal lead again for the Millers.

"It's something we have seen all year," said Doria about the sophomore. "We saw a lot of great things in him and not just scoring goals. He's continuing to do those things and getting those bounces as well now."

An eventful final three minutes of the second period saw Cranford score twice with a Sam Charlat goal in between, giving Millburn a 4-3 lead entering the third period. …

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