WALL TOWNSHIP — Nic Lidondici scored the game-winning goal with 7:23 remaining in regulation and Will Seijas scored twice as Christian Brothers Academy, which fell out of the Hockey Night in Boston Top 10, pulled a 5-2 upset over No. 2 and Gordon Conference rival Delbarton at Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township.
Christian Brothers Academy awoken the offense after a slow start over the first 15 minutes that saw the Colts muster only five shots on net. The slow start was made worse when Delbarton found the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 advantage when Nick Siffringer attempted to throw a pass in front of the goal from behind the net that went off a CBA defenseman’s foot and past goalie Thomas Heaney.
Kyle Contessa capitalized early in the second period on a partial break from the neutral zone, sniping a shot past Delbarton goalie Kenny Burgess to tie the score 1-1 only 49 seconds into the second period.
Will Seijas gave CBA their first lead of the game with 5:45 remaining in the middle period. Dean DeFazio and Matt Herrick were given assists on the play.
The Green Wave took exception to playing from behind and they managed to tie the score up again just 90 seconds later when Jalen Kaplan scored his fifth goal of the season from Siffringer and Andrew Bosland.
The teams would hit the locker rooms tied, 2-2, after two periods with Delbarton holding a 20-13 advantage in shots.
Seijas scored his second goal of the game with 5:53 into the third period to give CBA the lead back, 3-2, but once again Delbarton quickly leveled the score, this time it was Ben Conrad collecting his second goal of the season. Siffringer collected the lone assist, his third point of the game.
Liondici than found the back of the net with 7:23 remaining to put the Colts ahead for good. Giovanni Crepaldi and Will Hilfiker were given assists. Pat McHugh added an empty-netter to seal the 5-3 victory. DeFazio tallied his third assist, which tied a career-high for points in a single game, while Seijas, who also was credited with an assist on the play, also recorded a career-best, three-point night.
Thomas Heaney made 28 saves for CBA, while Kenny Burgess made 18 for Delbarton.
These Gordon Conference rivals are no strangers to each other as they constantly find themselves meeting in the Gordon Cup playoffs or late in the NJSIAA Non-Public tournament. Last year, the Green Wave won two of the three meetings, including 6-3 finish in the state semifinals.
“It was our best team effort of the season so far,” Christian Brothers coach Ryan Bogan said. “Can’t think of just a couple of guys that had huge impacts — it was top to bottom for us.”
The next time these two foes meet will take place on January 30 at Aspen Ice in Randolph at 4:45 p.m.
Before that CBA will need to turn their attention to St. Peters Prep on January 23 when they take the trip to Jersey City.
Delbarton will look to rebound January 19, when they head out-of-state to meet Brunswick of Greenwich, CT.
Main Image: Delbarton’s Kenny Burgess makes the save on a shot from CBA forward Kyle Contessa. (Tom Smith/TSPImages)
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