WAYNE – Delbarton’s Harrison Newman scored the only goal of the game on Sunday night in his team’s 1-0 victory over rival Don Bosco Prep. In the locker room after the game, the senior was named as one of the Green Wave team captains along with defenseman Andrew Petrillo.
Not bad for a night’s work.
“Don Bosco is one of our biggest rivals and we remember losing twice to them last year,” said Newman, whose game-winner was his eighth of the season. “We knew we had to just keep working and get pucks to the net and we’d get one. That’s what I tried to do on the opening shift of the third period on a 2-on-1 with Tyler (Kobryn) and fortunately it went in.”
In a chippy game with limited scoring chances, Delbarton yielded just 14 shots, allowing sophomore netminder Troy Kobryn to pitch the shutout.
“We’re not real happy with how we played or our lack of discipline tonight,” said Delbarton head coach Bruce Shatel.
A high-tempo, physical but cautious opening period resulted in a total of just eight shots on goal combined for both teams and no scoring. The Ironmen had the only power-play chance in the opening 15 minutes of play and failed to register a shot on goal. The best scoring chance for either team came with 2:30 remaining Bosco’s Matt Brown had a partial breakaway but was caught from behind by the Delbarton defense prior to getting a clean shot.
The Green Wave began the second period with a full power play, their first of the game, but managed just one shot on goal despite carrying the play throughout the entire frame and finishing with a 12-3 shot advantage. Bosco goaltender Alexi Mansanko came up big with a save on Delbarton’s Jack Chatwin with 5:25 left off a 2-on-1 rush to keep the game scoreless. The Ironmen, in fact, did not record their first shot on goal in the period until the 3:11 mark, only their fourth of the game.
Delbarton ended the second period on the power play and came close to breaking the scoreless deadlock in the final minute but Mark Benemerito was denied on a rebound in the slot. Mansanko was shaken up near the end of the period in a goalmouth collision but stayed in the game.
The Green Wave finally broke the scoreless deadlock just 39 seconds into the third period when Newman scored an unassisted goal from low in the slot, his eighth of the season. While Delbarton came away with the lead, the Ironmen found themselves with a five-minute power play when the Green Wave’s Tyler Kobryn was whistled for a high sticking major.
Bosco fired five shots at Delbarton goalie Troy Kobryn but could not find the back of the net during the five-minute man advantage. Moments later, Mansanko kept it a one-goal game when he stoned Delbarton’s Kevin Obssuth on a breakaway.
“We tried to keep them on the parameter and limit their scoring chances during the five-minute penalty kill,” said Petrillo, who was outstanding all game long in his end and especially during the shorthanded situation. “Troy was great in goal and came up with the big save when we needed it.”
Delbarton 0 0 1 1
Don Bosco 0 0 0 0
Third period: 1. D, Harrison Newman, :39.
Shots on goal: Delbarton 5-12-7—24. Don Bosco 3-3-8—14. Goalies: D, Troy Kobryn (14-14). DB, Alexi Masanko (24-23).