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Sophomore Reilly Hoagland looks for an opening against Brick Jan. 13. Photo by Allison Goodwin.

Battle for First Place Lives Up to Hype

Jan. 17, 2023-- In a game that NJ.com described as having a playoff atmosphere, Toms River South-East hockey fell to Brick, 3-2, Friday night in what proved to be a high-intensity thriller.

The game was a battle for sole possession of first place in the Shore South Division, and it lived up to its billing. A raucous crowd of students and families filled the upper stands that overlook the ice at Ocean Ice Palace in Brick, and were treated to a quality matchup between two Jersey Shore rivals.

Brick jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but a goal by SEAST's Joseph Taliercio cut the deficit to one. Brick was able to hold on after a late Toms River offensive attack, and improved their record to 11-1, moving into first place.

SEAST fell to 10-3 on the season, but knows that Friday's game only signals its potential moving forward. The program-- a co-op of players from High School South and High School East that formed in 2017-- has come a long way, becoming one of the strongest in the area.

Ryan Fortunato notched a goal and an assist for Toms River, and Chase Witt finished with 22 saves.

High School East teacher and photographer Allison Goodwin, who described the game as "completely electrifying," was on hand to document the matchup, and her incredible photos are featured below.

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It was an evenly-matched battle throughout, with both teams jockeying for possession and position. Photo by Allison Goodwin.