|VIDEO: Montclair ices MKA to capture Montclair Cup|
Montclair won its first 11 games of the hockey season, but it was clear from the start that this contest meant more than any of the others. The Mounties fired up their enthusiastic crowd by defeating Montclair Kimberley 5-2 to win the Montclair Cup.
Remy Parker had a goal and two assists to lead Montclair. His assist on the Mounties' first goal was the 100th point of his high school career, and Parker later scored a shorthanded goal.
Coby Antinoro, Brock Bowers and Mike Gerne each contributed a goal and an assist for Montclair. Cliff Lindholm also scored for the Mounties.
Down 3-1 entering the third period, MKA stepped up its attack. The Cougars scored a power-play goal and had several good chances to tie the game. Montclair goalie Ondrej Smalec came up with the saves to keep his team in front.
Then with under three minutes left, Antinoro set up Lindholm for the goal that provided key breathing room for the Mounties. After MKA pulled its goalie, Antinoro's empty-net tally iced the win.
Smalec made 18 saves for Montclair.
Devin Pepe and Jason Gertz scored the goals for the Cougars. Goalie Alex Contey made 20 saves. MKA is now 7-5-2 overall this season, and 6-1 in NJIHL American Division play.
It's the second straight win in the Montclair Cup for Montclair after MKA won it the four previous seasons. The Mounties are 12-0 and also now hold the inside track on the league title.
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