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HS ICE HOCKEY: Gronowski Leads Jackson Liberty to First-Ever Playoff Win

Leszek Gronowski scored three goals and had two assists Wednesday as the fifth-seeded Jackson Liberty High School hockey team defeated visiting Freehold Township, 6-4, in the first round of the Handchen Cup bracket of the Shore Conference Tournament. It was the first playoff victory in the history of the Lions hockey program.

Joe Low had a goal and three assists and Nick Labianca had a goal and two assists for Jackson Liberty. Joe D’Andrea had two assists and goalie Chris Stefanowicz made 23 saves for the Lions.

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Julian Kislin scored all three goals for the 12th-seeded Patriots. Max Halvorsen and Erik Borshchevsky had one assist each and Nick Raiola made 30 saves for Freehold Township.

Jackson Liberty will face fourth-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven on Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Handchen Cup.

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