MONMOUTH JUNCTION - The Edison Township ice hockey team defeated South Brunswick on Friday for the first time in 15 years. On Wednesday afternoon, Edison did it again.
Edison defeated South Brunswick 6-5 for the second time in less than a week and with the win improved to 4-0. It's the best start in program history, according to second-year coach Vincent Mondano. The four wins match the win total from the 2016-17 season, and from there Edison went winless in 2017-18 and won one game last year.
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"Everyone is just working together as a team, they've been working in practice and they're doing what we did in practice in the game," Mondano said. "Last year we were slowly getting there towards the end of the season, and now they're all in. We're just grinding it out and everyone is working together."
Edison has seen a change of heart this season, which is a key reason for the turnaround. The team is comprised of players from three different schools - Edison, Metuchen and J.P. Stevens - so team chemistry has been something the team has struggled with.
"Everyone is together, which is kind of hard when you have three schools trying to get everyone together, but it's been working this year," Mondano said. "It took a few years, it's been gradually getting there and the winning definitely helps."
Mondano said that the team only lost five players to graduation last year, and this year's team is laden with upperclassmen, with nine seniors and 10 juniors. There's also a healthy mix of sophomores and freshmen.
"I came on the team last year, and we weren't so hot last year," sophomore forward Vincent Ciampi said. "We had a couple of ties and we got back on the ice this year, and I saw how we were playing and I was coming in and I was like, 'I don't know how this is going to go,' and then I got on the ice with these guys and a lot of them got so much better. It's actually crazy and it's really thanks to them that we're actually where we are right now."
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