Will Seijas snapped the tie in the third period and Garrett Silverman provided some breathing room as Christian Brothers, No. 5 in the Hockey Advantage Private Schools Top 10, survived a scare with a 5-3 triumph over Middletown South, No. 8 in the Public School rankings, on Wednesday night at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall.
Trailing 2-1 in the first period, Christian Brothers tied it with 7.4 seconds left to skate into the first intermission tied at two. The two Shore Conference rivals battled hard in the second period and entered the third and final frame still deadlocked at 3-3.
“Thought Middletown South matched our intensity from start to finish,” Christian Brothers coach Ryan Bogan said. “Both teams were unable to bury on the power play. Our veterans like Liam Noonan, Kyle Contessa and Garrett Silverman led the charge back after we fell behind 3-2 late in the second.”
Michael Hannigan, Nick Lioudakis and Robert Matthews scored for Middletown South, which received 24 saves from Adam Bloodgood in between the pipes.
Kyle Contessa, Giovanni Crepaldi and Liam Noonan also hit for for Christian Brothers of Lincroft, which got 22 saves from Brendan Behan.
Christian Brothers, which also skates in the heralded Gordon Conference made up of private schools, improves to 5-2. Middletown South is 4-2.
“Our captains — Liam Noonan and Dean DiFazio — answered the call tonight showing leadership on the ice in the third and in the locker room between periods,” Bogan said.
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