RED BANK – Last year, Red Bank Catholic won the Shore Conference Tournament with a win over Howell. This year, they’ll get the chance to repeat.
The Caseys captured the Handchen Cup and advanced to the Shore Conference Tournament with a 5-3 win over Middletown North, despite being outshot 42-26.
“They outworked us and outshot us but (RBC goalie Brandon) Rozzi stood on his head tonight and made some great saves and kept us in the game,” RBC coach Ken Carlson said. “It’s good to have a good follow up season after a really good season, it gets contagious.”
Goalie Brandon Rozzi made 39 saves in the game to lead the Caseys.
“It’s really just take it one shot at a time and just focus on the puck and nothing else,” Rozzi said.
The Lions dominated most of the first period, outshooting the Caseys 14-4. However, John Gattuso got the Caseys on the board first after firing a one-timer past Corella to put RBC up 1-0.
The Caseys would strike again after Todd Goehring passed to Max Weber who fired a shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net at 4:25 of the second period.
Goehring finished the game with three assists for the Caseys.
“I got a couple of shots early but I couldn’t really find the back of the net, my line mates Max Weber and John Gattuso had the touch tonight and were picking corners so I started to dish the puck a little bit and it ended up working out,” Goehring said.
After the Lions cut the lead to 2-1 thanks to a Bobby Hampton goal, Lenny Caviello carried the puck all the way up the ice, fell down, but was still able to muscle off a shot that snuck into the net.
Hampton would then answer right back for the Lions after a scramble in front of the net to cut the score to 3-2 going into the third period.
Evan Hoey would score two goals in the third period for the Caseys while Hampton for score his third giving him a hat trick.
The Caseys will take on St. John Vianney in the Shore Conference Tournament Final on Saturday.
“They beat us the first game and we beat them the second game,” Carlson said. “We have to have a good practice tomorrow and work on a couple of things, we’re still not there yet we have some work to do and then Saturday we’ll come out firing on a cylinders again and we’ll go from there.”
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