It was a fantastic season for the MBS boys ice hockey team, and the Crimson were recently honored by NJ.com as the Team of the Year in the MCSSIHL. In addition, Tommy Matthews ’20 was named Player of the Year and Scott Greene was named Coach of the Year.
The Crimson were ranked fifth in the state and finished the year with a 20-5-1 record, the second best record in School history. The season was highlighted by a 14-game unbeaten streak and included wins over Bergen Catholic (ranked #1 in the state at the time) and two wins against Randolph (ranked #9 in the state) including a 5-1 win to capture the 2020 Mennen Cup title. MBS played into the quarterfinals of the State Tournament before falling, 3-1, to State Champion Christian Brothers Academy.
Senior Tommy Matthews played a big role in a resurgent season for Morristown-Beard. After recording nine goals and 10 assists in his junior season, he erupted for 24 and 36 for 60 points this winter, all team-highs. Of those 24 goals, six of them were game-winners. Half of those game-winning goals came in the team’s final five games of the season and he closed the year out with a 10-game point streak.
Under second-year Head Coach Scott Greene, the team doubled its win total to 20. It was a bumpy start with consecutive losses to start but the team went 13-0-1 over its next 14 to build its confidence for a run in the playoffs.
The Crimson boasted the most prolific offense in the entire MCSSIHL with 138 goals, an average of 5.31 per game.
While Matthews was the driving force offensively, Morristown-Beard had big contributions from the likes of Seth Kaplan (17 goals, 24 assists), Andrew Low (15 goals, 20 assists), Nick Vantassell (16 goals, 19 assists), Hollis Humphries (18 goals, 23 assists), Cam Fernandes (15 goals, 26 assists), DJ Layden (six goals, 19 assists) and Billy Moloney (three goals, 22 assists).
That depth and mix of younger players to complement the veterans led the Crimson to a Mennen Cup title and a trip to the Non-Public quarterfinals. Go Crimson!