by Andrew Garda

For the second time in a row, the Montclair Mounties hockey team topped 40 shots on net, but still fell short against Colonia-Woodbridge, losing in overtime, 4-3.

It was a hard way to exit the NJSIAA Public A tournament, and a harder way to end a season. The Patriots won with a very nice goal off a a faceoff in MHS' end, just a couple of minutes into overtime. It didn't seem like goaltender Gus Bylin got a clean look at the puck.

The Mounties had led the Patriots 3-1 when Colonia found the back of the net with 7:40 left in the third. MHS had several chances in the Patriots end, but couldn't quite find the goal. Then, with 2:38 left, Montclair tried to clear the puck out of the defensive zone along the boards, but it hit an officials skate. Colonia recovered it and dumped the puck towards the net, where it seemed to hit a MHS defender's skate and bounce into the goal.

The Patriots had some great chances at the end of regulation, but Bylin made some outstanding saves to keep the Mounties in it and send the game into overtime.

Unfortunately, the puck didn't seem to bounce Montclair's way in the extra frame, and the Mounties' season ended.

For the second game in a row, Montclair wildly out-shot their opponent, this time firing off 46 shots to Colinia's 23. Combined with the 54 shots they took against Mount Olive, Montclair held a 100 to 34 shot advantage over their opponents.

Against Mount Olive, it was huge. Against Colonia-Woodbridge, it wasn't enough.

For a complete breakdown of the Mounties NJSIAA Tournament games against Mount Olive and Colonia-Woodbridge, including quotes from Coach Pat Verney, check out the Montclair Local print edition and this website on Thursday.