Veterans honored with annual ‘Salute to Service’ varsity hockey game

Salute to Service varsity hockey game ends in 2-2 tie

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Hopewell Valley-Montgomery High School varsity hockey team at 9th Annual Salute to Service game on Jan. 13. Photo courtesy of Mike Schwartz/www.mikeschwartz.photo

Local veterans and their service received the spotlight for the Hopewell Valley-Montgomery High School varsity hockey team’s annual Salute to Service game.

This year marks the 9th Annual Salute to Service game where the proceeds raised from the game are being donated to the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association and Montgomery Veterans Memorial Committee.

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The Salute to Service varsity hockey game featured the Hopewell Valley-Montgomery High School varsity hockey team against North Hunterdon Regional High School, which took place at the Tsai Field House on the Lawrenceville School campus in Lawrence Township on Jan. 13.

Photo courtesy of Mike Schwartz/www.mikeschwartz.photo
Hopewell Valley/Montgomery Captain Mathew Greenspoon (center No. 6) with the puck fends off North Hunterdon’s Ryan Melrose (right No. 22) and Josh Kelco (right No. 3).

The game went into overtime and resulted in a 2-2 tie. North Hunterdon scored in the first period from Vinny Massaro to make the game 1-0.

Hopewell Valley-Montgomery came back to tie in the second period off a score from Freshman Jack Riewe making the game 1-1. However, in the same period North Hunterdon took the lead again as Freshman Dylan Swon scored to have them leading the game 2-1.

In the third period, Hopewell-Valley Montgomery Junior Brenden Riewe tied the game up again with a score making the game 2-2.

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Hopewell Valley/Montgomery’s Wes Mitchell (center No. 19) makes a move with the hockey puck as North Hunterdon’s Dylan Swon (right No. 11) skates next to him.

The Hopewell Valley-Montgomery High School varsity hockey team is now 5-5-1 for the 2023-24 varsity hockey season.

The Salute to Service varsity hockey game was the idea of a former Hopewell Valley Central High School (HVCHS) senior Michael Cowhey and his fellow varsity hockey teammates, according to previous reports.

They organized and created the game and fundraised to raise money for veterans.

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