Less than two minutes into the third period and trailing by two goals, CBA’s Brandon van Riemsdyk received a two-line pass from Colin Kirkpatrick, chipped the puck past a defender and into the offensive end and dragged it past another before ringing a low-riding wrist shot off the post and in.
The effort epitomized No. 2 CBA’s dominance of third-seeded Don Bosco in Wednesday’s NJSIAA Non-Public semifinal at Codey Arena but the Colts couldn’t get any closer to the Ironmen and eventually lost the game 5-3.
“This team had the best leadership I’ve ever had in my time here at CBA,” coach Ryan Bogan said. “This game is a bump in the road for them, but, in my opinion, we dominated our opponents for three periods. The result just didn’t go our way.
“When you play a team four times in a season, games like this come down to will and bounces and they capitalized on those bounces. It was 3-0 at one point and they had eight shots. I’m proud of the way our guys played. And it hurts not getting back to (the Prudential Center). You play all season to get there. But hats off to Don Bosco, they worked their butts off and matched our intensity. I just think we outplayed them.”
CBA had a 33-21 shot advantage, however it was Don Bosco playing the role of opportunist, jumping to an early 2-0 first-period lead after capitalizing on a pair of charitable bounces.
The Ironment opened the scoring at 6:11 after a turnover in the neutral zone allowed Dylan Healy to rip a slap shot from the blue line off the end boards. A fortunate ricochet directed the puck out in front of Colts netminder Chris D’Alessio, who was met by a pair of Don Bosco forwards. Hunter Garlasco got there first and slipped a shot past D’Alessio’s pad for a 1-0 lead.
On Don Bosco’s first power play 9:14, a failed clearing attempt sent the puck behind D’Alessio. Tied up along the boards, Garlasco jarred the puck loose and sent it blindly toward the slot. Healy placed a shot on net that deflected out to the slot where a charging Marc Buermann chipped it into an empty net at 10:06.
Don Bosco’s Jared Liscio stopped all 13 shots he faced in the first period and 30 of 33 in the game.
Don Bosco increased its lead to 3-0 in the third, when Jim Rainey floated into the slot and took a tape-to-tape pass via Chris Carroll from behind the CBA net and scored over the glove at 9:48.
Colts captain Glen Florczak scored a a third-period goal that popped in and out of the net with under two-minutes remaining in regulation, making the score 4-3. Florczak also scored at 10:25 of the second period when he chipped in a rebound over Liscio to cut the score to 3-1.
Don Bosco 5, CBA 3
Don Bosco (18-9) 2 1 2 — 5
CBA (23-3-2) 0 1 2 — 3
GOALS/Assists: First period: (D) Garlasco (Healy) 6:11; (D) Buermann (Healy, Garlasco) 10:06 (PP); Second period: (D) Rainey (Carrroll) 9:48; (C) Florczak; Third period: (C) van Riemsdyk (Kirkpatrick) 1:43; (D) Rainey 5:13; (C) Florczak 13:11; (D) Luppinno 14:55 (EN); Saves: (D) Liscio 30; (C) D’Alessio 16; Shots: CBA 33-21.