a busy Saturday

December 10, 2005 on 11:24 pm | In game recap | Comments Off on a busy Saturday

I had my first driving Saturday of the season, seeing most of three games at three different rinks. I started out at South Mountain for CBA-Seton Hall Prep, moved to Randolph for the last two periods of Pope John-Delbarton, and finished up at Mennen for Mendham-Jefferson.

Seton Hall Prep 1, CBA 0
It took me a bit to adjust to the new-look South Mountain Arena, which is under renovation. From what I could tell, it’s going to be awesome when finished. I’ve always been a fan of the airplane-hangar look, and if they can just get lighting to match the new seats and boards, it’ll be a gem.
Seton Hall Prep controlled the game throughout, playing with much more speed and confidence in the offensive zone. The Colts tired themselves out backchecking, but limited Seton Hall Prep’s odd-man rushes. Despite a 21-6 SHP shot advantage, the game was scoreless into the third period. CBA survived two lengthy 5-on-3 power plays for Seton Hall, while the Colts failed to take advantage of two breakaways.
Ryan Cuming was outstanding in net for CBA, including a brilliant three-save sequence three minutes into the game. After a 1-1 tie a week ago against St. Peter’s Prep with a big shot advantage, the difference for Seton Hall on this Saturday were senior stars Mike Cacciotti and Rem Vanderbeek, who both missed last week’s game. Early in the third period, Cacciotti’s deft pass from the left corner found Vanderbeek’s tape in the low slot for a one-timer through the legs of Cuming. The Pirates were never able to put the game away, but CBA, playing without transfer Mike Chilton as he sits out the required 30 days, had no offensive touch around the net.

Pope John 1, Delbarton 1
South Mountain to Aspen is not exactly a short trip, so we missed the first period of the Delbarton-Pope John game. We arrived with Delbarton leading 1-0 on a first-period goal from Dan Pressl. Pope John goalie Kevin Kobilinski (19 saves) kept the Lions in the game on three Green Wave power plays in the second and third periods. Although Pope John failed to generate many good chances, the Lions tied the game with 6:47 remaining in the third period on a point shot that Delbarton goalie John Leone (17 saves) never saw. Delbarton had pulled out a last-second victory over Don Bosco Prep earlier in the week, but Pope John was the more aggressive team down the stretch, finishing with an 8-4 shot advantage in the third period.

Mendham 5, Jefferson 2
I returned to Morristown in time to catch this game. The first two periods were a bit dull, with the only goal a fluke from the far blue line that gave Jefferson a 1-0 lead. But Mendham woke up in the third period on two early goals from the delightfully named Giovanni Marinelli. David Neves added two goals before Marinelli completed his hat trick into an empty net.



CBA 0 0 0 0
SHP 0 0 1 1


CBA 3 3 6 12
SHP 10 11 11 32

1:04 SHP #17 Rem Vanderbeek (#11 Mike Cacciotti)

#1 Ryan Cuming (CBA) 32-31
#30 Zach Truesdell (SHP) 12-12

Power plays: CBA 0-3, SHP 0-6

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