Colts' lose shot at redemption

Colts' lose shot at redemption

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Colts' lose shot at redemption

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A big shoulder tossed by assistant captain Glenn Florczack to the chest of an advancing Delbarton winger early in the first period was a declaration that CBA was out for redemption.

The Colts had not forgotten a defeat at the hands of the Green Wave in last season’s Non-Public state final.

However, a pair of third period goals by Delbarton’s Johnny Baiocco and Josh Melnick with under six minutes left in regulation stopped the Colts from achieving their goal and Wednesday’s game ended in a 3-3 tie.

CBA carried a 2-1 lead into the third period after sophomore Connor Tierney and Florczak found the back of the net in the second period, taking advantage of a wavering Green Wave forecheck that saw its aggression vanish following Baiocco’s opening marker at 6:25.

Colts freshman Bobby Hampton extended the lead to 3-1 at 5:02 into the third, collecting a backhanded cross-crease pass from senior forward Matt Langlois and sliding a weak shot past Delbarton’s first-year goaltender, Brian Forness, that had just enough force to snake over the goal line.

In the waning minutes of the final period, Delbarton’s Ivy League-bound firstliners seized the moment as Baiocco (Yale) put his second goal of the game over the glove of CBA’s senior goalie Chris D’Alessio at 5:18 and Josh Melnick (Princeton) drove down the slot and put one past his outstretched right pad at 7:40.

“I was thinking about this game since I got into my first period class this morning,” said D’Alessio, who finished with 22 saves. “We knew they graduated a few seniors from last year’s team and we were excited to come out, to have a shot to compete, and we definitely did.”

Colts coach Bogan is eager for the next meeting with Delbarton, which is scheduled for Jan. 12 at Aspen Ice Arena, after having to play Wednesday without junior forward Anthony Cusanelli.

“Not to make any excuses,” Bogan said, “but we were missing Cusanelli so the outcome may have been different. This was a great early season matchup, and I don’t think it was anything more. That being said, I went into the locker and told the guys, ‘There’s no excuse not to win a state championship, because now you know you’re right there with the best.'”

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