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The highlight of the prep hockey season was Lawrenceville keeping the prestigious Lawrenceville Tournament trophy at home for the first time in the 74-year history of the event.
Princeton Day moved up to the American Division of the Gordon Conference and held its own.
Hun had an up-and-down year and yet finished strong by winning three of the last four.
Pennington had about a month off around the holidays and took a few games to get back on track. It had four one goal defeats and is a team that saw the younger players gain valuable experience.
Here is a look at the Prep All– team.
Player of the Year – Porter Byrd-Leitner, Lawrenceville – A player that did a bit of everything for the Big Red and was called a great 200-foot player by his coach. He was a key in the Big Red claiming its first-ever Lawrenceville Tournament. He had seven goals and 21 assists.
Defensive Player of the Year – Hans Shin, Princeton Day – A mainstay on the ice for the Panthers, Shin’s presence was felt on both ends of the ice. He recorded eight goals and had five assists.
Goalie of the Year – Kyle Ozgun, Lawrenceville – With a save percentage of 93.0, Ozgun always gave the Big Red a chance in every game. He was strong in the Lawrenceville tournament and many times was the difference.
Eric Vivinetto, Lawrenceville – A solid offensive player, Vivinetto battled through this season with seven goals and 11 assists, but was also there when called on by the Big Red.
Liam Matthews, Lawrenceville – If you’re looking for a gritty player that gives all he has, it’s Matthews. He had 10 goals and six assists for the Big Red and was a key on both ends.
Chris DeLellis, Pennington – A strong offensive player, DeLellis led Pennington in goals with 10 and was a constant threat. He scored 11 goals and he was the trigger man for the Pennington team.
Liam Jackson, Princeton Day – The leading scorer on the Panthers with 30 points and was their go-to guy. Just a junior, Jackson will continue to improve and be among the best in the area.
Brady Logue, Princeton Day – This freshman led the team in goals with 11 and right from the first game of the season showed he was ready for the Gordon Conference. He finished the season strong and added nine assists.
Justin LaPlante, Hun – He was the playmaker for the Raiders and a player that led by example. He scored 17 goals and had 21 assists. He was a solid player all season for Hun.
Eilian Estulin, Hun – Estulin capped off a great career at Hun with a strong offensive season, scoring 17 goals and adding 16 assists. He was a very dangerous player with the puck on his stick.
Vincent Gregiore, Hun – A staunch defender, he was a player that never backed away from a battle in the corners. He scored a pair of goals and added six helpers, but it was his defense that set the pace.
Wolfie Meinhart, Pennington – A steady veteran player, Meinhart was one of the top defensive players in the area. He had a team-high six assists and was a player that always rose to the occasion.
Harry Bylin, Lawrenceville – Bylin was the epitome of what a defensemen should be as he was the anchor of the Lawrenceville defense. He showed his versatility with seven goals and 21 assists.
Stephen Chen, Hun – The bigger the game the more it seemed Chen loved the challenge. Possessing a save percentage of 92.7 percent, he was a key to the Raiders’ success.
James Friedman, Pennington – This sophomore burst on the scene last season and this year was even better between the pipes. He had a 91.9 save percentage and recorded 372 saves.
Forward – Porter Byrd-Leitner – Junior – Lawrenceville
Forward – Eric Vivinetto – Senior – Lawrenceville
Forward – Liam Matthews – Senior – Lawrenceville
Forward – Chris DeLellis – Senior – Pennington
Forward – Liam Jackson – Junior – Princeton Day
Forward – Brady Logue – Freshman – Princeton Day
Forward – Justin LaPlante – Junior – Hun
Forward – Eilian Estulin – Senior – Hun
Defense – Vincent Gregoire – Senior – Hun
Defense – Wolfie Meinhart – Senior – Pennington
Defense – Hans Shin – Junior – Princeton Day
Defense – Harry Bylin – Senior – Lawrenceville
Goalie – Stephen Chen – Senior – Hun
Goalie – Kyle Ozgun – Junior – Lawrenceville
Goalie – James Friedman – Sophomore – Pennington
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