Mike Boyer of Hopewell Valley / Montgomery keeps the family tradition alive – Trentonian
Mike Boyer used to watch his older brother Jack skate for the Hopewell Valley ice hockey team, and now it’s his turn to carry on a family tradition.
Things are a little different now that Montgomery has teamed up with Hopewell to form a co-op, but Mike brings the same love of the game, he relishes his role as captain and most of all, he wants to teach the younger ones about the traditions of the program.
âI want to give the guys a good roadmap on Hopewell’s hockey traditions,â Boyer said. âMy brother was here (Jack) before me and we’ve always been Hopewell hockey guys and I learned from him and I want these guys to learn the lore too.
Young Boyer is certainly doing his part with six goals and two assists for eight points.
âI hope for great success for the rest of the season,â said Boyer. âI think it’s a no-brainer because we have a great team and there is a lot to come for us. Everyone in the locker room knows we can be a very strong team and everyone is playing that way, of course we still have work to do. ”
Hopewell Valley / Montgomery are looking to end a 1-3-1 slide in the last five games this week as they face Hamilton and Lawrence / Ewing / Hightstown Co-ops.
Boyer, who would love to play at least in club at the higher level, has been an inspiring leader on and off the ice for HV / M.
âBeing a captain means you’re a role model for the young guys,â Boyer said. âWe have a lot of younger guys. When I was in the freshman I admired my captain because he’s the leader in the locker room and always does what he’s supposed to do. So I’m trying to be the best leader I can be for these guys. ”
It simply carries on a family and a Hopewell tradition.
Renewal of the rivalry on Monday
If there was ever a game that helped ease the burden the pandemic has placed on high school sports, it was the Colonial Valley Conference tournament final last year won by Robbinsville / Allentown against Notre Dame. , 5-4, on a goal with one-tenth of a second left.
Well, the two will renew their battle on the ice at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the Mercer County Skating Center.
Both teams have a lot of players who remember this great game and the guys at R / A will be looking for a three game winning streak against the Irish.
R / A is 7-2 and has won only once in the last three games. The Irish are 4-2-1 and 1-1-1 in the last three.
ND, who holds a 7-2-1 advantage in the last 10 games over the R / A co-op, will look to regain its dominance.
âRobbinsville has been a big rivalry for us the last few seasons,â said ND coach Mike McVey. âI have a great relationship with Coach (Dan) Bergan. His teams are always ready to play. I think from a talent perspective our teams are very similar. ”
Both have a good mix of veterans who show leadership and rookies who make their own mark.
ND, who follows R / A with a Tuesday battle against Princeton, is led by senior Will Celli with 13 goals and four assists and rookie Gavin Frith with eight goals and a squad of six assists. The Irish are strong in the net with Nathan Mayer and Cole Werthman.
Bergan from Robbinsville / Allentown has a pretty good scouting report on the Irish.
âCelli is a great finisher,â said the R / A coach. “(Michael) McVey is so quick and skillful and elusive. Frith really added speed to their roster. I don’t want to leave anyone behind but we would be here all day. Coach McVey is as good a coach as you’ll see. in HVAC, so we have our work cut out for us. ”
There are also praises to be sung on Robbinsville / Allentown
JP Sferra was among the best in the state around the net with a record 18 goals and with Jack Battistelli Sferra had 11 assists. Charlie Pallitto, who is one of the best players in CVC, has 12 goals and nine assists.
Zander Wiley was the anchor of the defense in goal with a save percentage of .914.
âThe key to our game will be seeing if we can keep it low,â said Bergan. “We’re going to have to plot a bit and try to steal one with the defense and the goalies.”
Special teams are one of the key factors in this rivalry game.
âDue to the clashes, staying out if the area will be very important,â McVey said. âI am looking forward to playing an exciting game. “
It’ll be tough to beat the last one, but you never know when these two will hit the ice.
From this point
– Friday’s games at the Mercer County Skating Center had to be postponed due to a problem on the ice. Expect everything to be resolved for Monday’s game.
– Some coaches and hockey fans hoped that the NJSIAA would consolidate all the co-ops into one group. Public C is now all cooperatives. Princeton is in Public B; Princeton Day, Paul VI / Camden Catholic, and Notre Dame are in non-public mode; and Hamilton (Steinert, Nottingham and West), Hopewell Valley / Montgomery, Lawrence / Ewing, / Hightstown, Robbinsville / Allentown and West Windsor-Plainsboro are in Public C.
– There is noise so much that the Lawrenceville JVs are interested in playing in the Mercer County tournament again. They were in the tournament a few years ago, welcome back.
1. Princeton (8-1-1) – Have Notre-Dame on Tuesday
2. Robbinsville / Allentown (7-2) – Could be a reporting week
3. Notre Dame (4-2-1) – R / A, Princeton, Paul VI doesn’t sound funny
4. Hopewell Valley (4-3-1) – Need to stop the slide
5. Paul VI (4-4) – Good test with ND this week
6. West Windsor-Plainsboro (1-5) – R / A and Princeton add to the woes
7. Hamilton (2-5) – Need to end four game slippage
8. Lawrence (0-5) – Don’t take a break until the end of the month
1. Princeton Day (4-2-1) – Some tough Gordon games this week
2. Lawrenceville (4-4-1) – Come back against Delbarton Wednesday
3. Hun (5-5) – Hopefully back on the ice this week
4. Pennington (1-2-1) – We will have to get rid of the rust for 25 days