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Freehold Township ice hockey team shifts focus on state tournament

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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) skates the puck into the offensive zone at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kyle Nestepny (21) disrupts the momentum of his opponent at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) reaches out to grab the loose puck to stop play and win a faceoff at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) makes a save at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) tracks the puck after making a save at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) skates around his goal post at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) makes a glove side save at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) traps the puck against the net to have a whistle blown to call the play dead at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) comes face to face with a break away at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) makes a stick save against a break away attempt at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Niko Neron (6) skates in to make a defensive play at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) moves the puck along the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19,left) and Tyler DesRochers (11) jab at a loose puck in a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) dumps the puck into the offensive zone at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) attempts to win a faceoff at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's tyler Sanborn (19) competes in a faceoff at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Colin Sullo (22) brings the puck trying to create a scoring oppurtunity at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Colin Sullo (22) and Evan McNamara (24) trap their oppenent along the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Colin Sullo (22) takes a shot on goal off of a rebound at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Erik Borshchevsky (28) collects a defensive reboound at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kennan Alkoc (3) collects a rebound off of a save that (30) made at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kennan Alkoc (3) collects the puck by the blue line to keep it onsides at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kennan Alkoc (3, center) tries to keep the puck onside at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) takes a shot on goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Anthony Altini (17) skates the puck into the nuetral zone of the rink at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Anthony Altini (17) embrasses for a collision along the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Anthony Altini (17) takes a hit along the boards in the offensive end at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Erik Borshchevsky (28) zones in to feed a pass and create a scoring oppurtunity at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's kennan Alkoc (3) pins his opponent up against the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School celebrates a goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's hockey team congratulates Wall High School on their 6-1 victory at a game on Feb 13. The loss came in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler DesRochers (11) skates the puck into the offensive zone which lead to a goal scored at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler DesRochers (11) takes a shot on goal resulting in a goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Jacob Liebross (2) skates in low against his opponent trying to steal the puck at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Jacob Liebross (2) readies himself to block anything that Mike Ottone (30) is unable to protect at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Evan McNamara (24) tries to swipe the puck away from his opponent at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Evan McNamara (24) takes a shot on goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) skates the puck into the offensive zone at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kyle Nestepny (21) disrupts the momentum of his opponent at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) reaches out to grab the loose puck to stop play and win a faceoff at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) makes a save at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) tracks the puck after making a save at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) skates around his goal post at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) makes a glove side save at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) traps the puck against the net to have a whistle blown to call the play dead at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) comes face to face with a break away at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Mike Ottone (30) makes a stick save against a break away attempt at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Niko Neron (6) skates in to make a defensive play at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) moves the puck along the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19,left) and Tyler DesRochers (11) jab at a loose puck in a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) dumps the puck into the offensive zone at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) attempts to win a faceoff at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's tyler Sanborn (19) competes in a faceoff at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Colin Sullo (22) brings the puck trying to create a scoring oppurtunity at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Colin Sullo (22) and Evan McNamara (24) trap their oppenent along the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Colin Sullo (22) takes a shot on goal off of a rebound at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Erik Borshchevsky (28) collects a defensive reboound at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kennan Alkoc (3) collects a rebound off of a save that (30) made at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kennan Alkoc (3) collects the puck by the blue line to keep it onsides at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Kennan Alkoc (3, center) tries to keep the puck onside at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler Sanborn (19) takes a shot on goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Anthony Altini (17) skates the puck into the nuetral zone of the rink at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Anthony Altini (17) embrasses for a collision along the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Anthony Altini (17) takes a hit along the boards in the offensive end at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Erik Borshchevsky (28) zones in to feed a pass and create a scoring oppurtunity at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's kennan Alkoc (3) pins his opponent up against the boards at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School celebrates a goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's hockey team congratulates Wall High School on their 6-1 victory at a game on Feb 13. The loss came in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler DesRochers (11) skates the puck into the offensive zone which lead to a goal scored at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Tyler DesRochers (11) takes a shot on goal resulting in a goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Jacob Liebross (2) skates in low against his opponent trying to steal the puck at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Jacob Liebross (2) readies himself to block anything that Mike Ottone (30) is unable to protect at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Evan McNamara (24) tries to swipe the puck away from his opponent at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS
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Freehold Township High School's Evan McNamara (24) takes a shot on goal at a game against Wall in the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb 13. Freehold was on the loosing side of a 6-1 game.SCOTT JACOBS

The Freehold Township High School ice hockey team is moving on to the state tournament that opens this week.

The Patriots brought their 12-6-2 record into the NJSIAA Public A tournament that started for Freehold Township on Feb. 21. The Patriots, seeded fourth, were scheduled to face 13th-seeded South Brunswick High School at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township.

Freehold Township looks to bounce back from its elimination in the Shore Conference Tournament’s Dowd Cup tournament on Feb. 13 at the Jersey Shore Arena. The Patriots were defeated in the semifinals by Wall High School, 6-1.

“We played good as a team toward the end,” Freehold Township junior right wing Evan McNamara said. “We just need to take the puck and move some bodies more toward the beginning of the game to make it easier for us to win.”

McNamara scored a goal at the 7:05 mark of the first period to cut Wall’s lead at the time to 2-1.

The Patriots advanced to the semifinals when they knocked out Point Pleasant Borough High School, 4-1, on Feb. 7.

Wall fell in the championship game to Manasquan High School by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 15.

Freehold Township will rely on the lessons it learned from its defeat to Wall in the Dowd Cup.

“We played a good team, and it’s going to set the tone to play some other good teams around New Jersey,” McNamara said. “This will be a great way to prepare for that tournament.”

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