The streak is officially over.
After playing to a pair of ties during the regular season in which they owned two and three-goal leads against Delbarton, Christian Brothers Academy finally found a way to hold off the Green Wave in the 54th Gordon Cup final on Saturday in posting a 5-2 victory at Codey Arena.
The Colts used a three-goal second period to earn their seventh Gordon Cup championship and in the process ended Delbarton’s 66-game unbeaten streak against New Jersey opponents. The last time the Green Wave lost to a New Jersey foe was Feb. 24, 2010, when they fell to St. Augustine in the Gordon Cup semifinals.
The top two teams in the state could meet for a fourth time at the Prudential Center on March 9 for the NJSIAA Non-Public schools championship in what would be a rematch of last year’s title game won by Delbarton.
The Colts took an early lead at 5:08 of the opening period when sophomore winger Brendan Murphy slipped a backhand shot from a bad angle past Delbarton goaltender Brian Forness. Bill Antonides and RJ Steer assisted on the goal. The Green Wave had a couple of quality scoring chances in the period and outshot the Colts 8-5 but couldn’t get the puck past Chris D’Alessio.
The Colts opened a three-goal lead by first striking for a pair of goals less than a minute apart midway through the period. Steer gave CBA the lead at 7:24 when the rebound of his breakaway shot that was stopped by Forness deflected off a Delbarton defenseman and into the net. Brenden van Riemsdyk then scored on the rebound of a Colin Kirkpatrick shot.