Beard drops Gordon foe

December 19, 2005 on 8:32 pm | In game recap | Comments Off on Beard drops Gordon foe

Morristown-Beard 5, Bergen Catholic 2
No. 5 Bergen Catholic became the first Gordon Conference team this year to lose a game to a non-Gordon opponent, dropping a 5-2 decision Monday to No. 18 Morristown-Beard at the Ice House in Hackensack. The Crimson played their best game of the year by using accurate shooting and superior goaltending to earn an important victory.

After a scoreless first period that saw only eight combined shots on goal, the offenses woke up in the second period. Crimson forward Greg Alberti deked around BC goalie Jesse Adler just 10 seconds into the period for a 1-0 lead, but the Crusaders’ Danny Picinic deflected in a back-post pass just eight seconds later to re-tie the game 1-1. Bergen Catholic went on the power play soon after, but Mikey Minskoff reached Corey Schneider’s clearance in the right face-off circle and snapped a low shot under Adler’s blocker to make it 2-1. Morristown-Beard (4-1) added to its lead just a minute later, when Alberti’s wraparound pass went through the crease and, with Adler unsure of where the puck was, Matt Kruvant wristed the puck into a virtually empty net.

After a mid-period series of odd-man rushes that entertained but produced no shots, Morristown-Beard took a commanding three-goal lead with just 2:18 left in the stanza. Curling behind the net, Alberti placed a perfect pass on the tape of cutting forward Turner Paine, who one-timed a shot into the top right corner. Things continued to happen in flurries, with a slashing penalty against Beard, and another Crimson player was given an unsportsmanlike conduct minor on the play. The Crusaders only needed 16 seconds to score with the 5-on-3 advantage, as Picinic scrambled home the rebound of Brian Giblin’s point shot, making the score 4-2.

Morristown-Beard essentially sealed the game 1:39 into the third period, as Greg Alberti beat Adler from the left corner with a power-play wrist shot. Bergen Catholic (1-3-1) upped its intensity for the rest of the period, but the outstanding form of John Yanchek (20 saves) kept the Crusaders at bay, and intensity finally turned into frustration toward the end of the period, as Morristown-Beard had four power plays in the period.

Morristown-Beard 5, Bergen Catholic 2


MB  0 4 1 5
BC  0 2 0 2


MB  2 10 11 23
BC  6 9 7 22

0:10 MB #19 Greg Alberti (#9 Sam Altiero)
0:18 BC #20 Danny Picinic (#31 Drew Arndt)
2:29 MB (sh) #4 Mikey Minskoff (#23 Corey Schneider)
3:26 MB #5 Matt Kruvant (#19 Greg Alberti, #21 Dan Shurts)
12:42 MB #3 Turner Paine (#19 Greg Alberti, #12 John Donnally)
13:42 BC (pp) #20 Danny Picinic (#16 Brian Giblin)
1:39 MB (pp) #19 Greg Alberti (#9 Sam Altiero)

#30 John Yanchek (MB) 22-20
#1 Jesse Adler (BC) 23-18

Power plays: MB 1-6, BC 1-5

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