Bridgewater-Raritan 2, Ridge 1

December 2, 2005 on 11:30 pm | In game recap | 4 Comments

sunset at BSA

well, I saw a lot more penalties today than I would have liked, but I also saw two very competitive games. I started at Bridgewater, where Mountain Lakes rallied from a 3-0 deficit early in the second period for a 3-3 tie with Pingry. Half of the game’s goals were scored on power plays.

Bridgewater-Raritan 2, Ridge 1
This was my second trip to the Rock, and it once again made me think of what I imagine Indiana high school basketball to be like … everybody parking on residential streets, the bandbox-like arena packed 20 minutes before face-off, people squeezing themselves onto the balcony, local rivals exchanging cheers and jeers, a county championship banner … a great atmosphere, to be sure, even if the spotty wireless microphone and the banging on the balcony made life tough for the national-anthem singer.

on the balcony

But the game couldn’t quite match the hype, to be honest. The teams combined for 16 penalties, including 9 in the first period, which prevented the game from flowing and limited both coaches’ ability to use their depth.
The sloppiness started early, with Bridgewater taking a too-many-men penalty on its first line change of the season. Before the ensuing face-off, Ridge then had to call timeout for Jon Lyons to switch goalie masks. Bridgewater eventually took an early lead, with captain Kevin Tino winning a face-off for linemate Chris Caravanos to snap into the side netting on Lyons’ stick side. The Panthers failed to capitalize on two mid-period power plays, however, and Ridge started to creep back into the game late in the period. Matt Germann rang the crossbar on a power play, which was soon nullified for a penalty. Immediately after four-on-four action ended, Greg Zambon broke into the offensive zone and, from the left slot, whipped a wrist shot inside the right post, beating Panther starter Gary Biggs to tie the game 1-1.
The barrage of power plays continued in the second period, and Ridge even had about 30 seconds of six-on-four on a delayed penalty call. With the teams a combined 0-for-10 on the power play, Bridgewater finally snapped the tie at the 10:40 mark of the second period. With a power play winding down, Caravanos and Tino broke into the zone with a two-on-one, and Tino snapped a shot past Lyons from the right slot for the crucial goal, one second before the penalty expired.

crashing the net

Predictably, Ridge stepped up the pressure in the third period, and Biggs responded well, although the Red Devils did not get many good scoring opportunities and were forced to rely on long stretch passes late in the game. Biggs had to make only one save down the stretch, and when Caravanos cleared the zone for the last time, Bridgewater celebrated (with plenty of emotion) its first victory ever over Ridge in eight total meetings (1-6-1).

thanking the fans

The game was played like a season opener – sloppily – but the atmosphere made it absolutely worth the trip. The two teams are not scheduled to meet again until January 13, but both squads will hope to be in the Somerset County championship game December 28.


Rid 1 0 0 — 1
BR 1 1 0 — 2

Shots (my tally)
Rid 4 9 8 — 21
BR 9 8 8 — 25

4:14 BR #13 Chris Caravanos (#20 Kevin Tino)
13:04 Rid (sh) #13 Greg Zambon (#8 Scott Kiliyanski)
10:40 BR (pp) #20 Kevin Tino (#13 Chris Caravanos)

#45 Jon Lyons (Rid) 25-23
#23 Gary Biggs (BR) 21-10

Power plays: Rid 0-5, BR 1-7


  1. The pictures are a great addition…. looks good.

    Comment by Will — 3 December 2005 #

  2. Jon as always you do a great job each yr. I just have one correction to make in last nights game and that is that bridgewater got the penality for too many men on the ice
    Keep up the great work

    Comment by tracy — 3 December 2005 #

  3. great coverage. st joes-ridge should be another dandy like last nights game.

    Comment by george — 3 December 2005 #

  4. yeah. ridge’s season is really defined within this weekend. they lose today, 0-2 to start the season and 0-2 in conference.

    shots are really close. courier said that shots were even. br def. got outshot in 3rd though.

    great coverage, i was excited to hear that you were in the stands lastnight after the game.

    Comment by epik — 3 December 2005 #

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