Christian Brothers Captures Gordon Cup with 2-0 Shutout over Don Bosco Prep

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — To the victor goes the spoils.

Chad Schneider’s opportune clear found a home 4:26 into the game and Kyle Contessa buried another into an empty net with 38 seconds remaining as second-seeded Christian Brothers Academy, No. 2 in The Hockey Night in Boston Top 10, turned the tables on top-seed and No. 3 Don Bosco Prep, 2-0, in the final of the 62nd Gordon Cup Friday night at Codey Arena.

With their backs against the wall, the hockey gods saw fit to reward Schneider on his clearing attempt when the senior defenseman’s shot caromed off the glass and directly on net cuing an uncharacteristic misplay of the puck by Don Bosco Prep freshman goaltender Ethan Marich giving CBA all it needed to stake claim to the most prestigious trophy in New Jersey high school hockey.

(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

“I’ve dreamed about this ever since freshman year and we finally got it,” Schneider said after the game, the ice littered with Colts’ helmets and gloves behind him. “The center called, ‘Glass and out,’ and that’s all I tried to do. I wasn’t focused on it going on net, I was just focused on getting it out of the zone. I was just hoping it wasn’t an icing.”

Schneider’s 200-foot goal gave Christian Brothers the lead it coveted and goalie John Donohoe did the rest as the sophomore standout recorded his second straight and fifth shutout of the season.

“I said to Schneider before the game, ‘Hey, get me one.’ — I didn’t say get one from the goal line — that was definitely a surprise but I loved it,” Donohoe, who stopped 34 shots in a 2-0 shutout over Bergen Catholic in the semifinals, said. “We did it. We knew we could do it and fought ’til the end.

(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

The Gordon Cup was the Colts’ ninth in team history and first since 2016.

Donohoe was nothing short of spectacular for CBA, putting up a wall in between the pipes while increasing his shutout streak to 114:52. The last goal he surrendered came in the second period in its first-round game against St. Augustine on Feb. 17.

“That’s all he says at every practice, ‘Just let me see the puck,’ and if he sees it he’s going to save it every time,” Schneider said. “He’s a fantastic goalie.

“We just know if we play our game they’re not going to score,” Schneider said. “Bosco has been one of our top competitors the last couple years. They were the reigning champs. They have a great offense but we have a better defense. We knew we had to put them down early and that’s what we did.”

In a game loaded with high-scorers, many of whom who will go on to play Division-I hockey at the collegiate level, no one believed Schneider’s wacky goal would hold up.

“No one did. We knew we needed more, but honestly, Donohoe played a hell of a game for us. He held us down,” CBA senior Giovanni Crepaldi said. “With us, whoever scores first usually wins the game and that’s what happened tonight.

“Gordon Cup champs going out as a a senior — we hadn’t been here in five years,” Crepaldi said. “It feels amazing — one of the best feelings.

(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

As the game reached its breaking point, Donohoe was at his best foiling Eric Vivinetto with 10:30 left, then denying Troy Clement with 4:33 remaining in regulation.

Don Bosco Prep pulled Marich with just over two minutes remaining in an effort to tie the game, but Contessa got free and sent another bomb down the ice with 38 seconds left.

Both goals in the game came from the opposite side of center ice.

“We’re down. We’re beat. We’ve got guys who played games in Massachusetts and Pittsburgh today who made it back for this game. They’re exhausted, so I figured offensive zone draw, that was our chance to make a push,” Don Bosco Prep coach Greg Toskos said. “We got a tip in front, if it had eyes it would have been in.

“(Marich) faced 25 shots and only gave up one goal. An unfortunate bounce on him, but we didn’t score,” Toskos said. “We need to put pucks in the back of the net, but (CBA) is an excellent, well-coached hockey team. It was a really good hockey game. Shots were dead even. They got a goal and we didn’t.

(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Christian Brothers improves to 3-0 against Don Bosco Prep in 2019-20 and 16-4-3 overall.

“We didn’t play that hard in the first period. They were in our zone a lot of the time,” Contessa said. “In between periods the coaches were like, ‘What are you guys doing? This is the Gordon Cup Finals. It took all year to get here and you’re playing like this right now?’

“In the second period, we came out and dominated,” Contessa said. “We got a lucky goal, we hung in there all game, but honestly I did not think it would have been the difference in this game.”

The Ironmen, the defending NJSIAA champions, are now 17-7-1.

“It was a good battle back and forth,” Don Bosco Prep junior winger Joe Caldiero said. “First period I think we had ’em. They were on their heels, but that first goal shocked us. It was kind of a light one from far. We had to battle back but it just didn’t come.”

Chad Schneider scored 4:26 into the game and Kyle Contessa connected again with 38 seconds remaining in support of goalie John Donohoe, who made 25 saves, as Christian Brothers Academy defeated Don Bosco Prep, 2-0, in the 2020 Gordon Cup Final at Codey Arena in West Orange on Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Andy Gojdycz won three Gordon Cups as a player from 1994-’96, but this was his first behind the bench.

“As the game went on we opened up a little bit, got a little more confident, but in the third period of a one-goal game anything can happen. We knew they were going to come after us and they did,” said Gojdycz. “As the game went on, a lot of errors and calculated mistakes. In a game like this it comes down to every faceoff and every whistle.

“Hats off, though, to Bosco. Huge respect to them,” Gojdycz said. “Hopefully, in the coming years we’ll enjoy some of the recent success they’ve had the last couple of years. We’re just trying to rebuild to where we were.”

Related: Christian Brothers Stymies Bergen Catholic, 2-0, to Advance to Gordon Finals

(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Donohoe, admittedly, had no idea what the Gordon Cup was all about when he first put on the pads for the Colts.

“I had no idea what a Gordon Cup was,” Donohoe said. “They said, ‘work for this,’ — we did as a team and got it. It’s awesome. Every single one of us from Day-1 wanted it — seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen — we all wanted it and we got the win.”

“We’re a pretty new team, a lot of young guys,” added Schneider. “We’ve tried to stick together and I think we have — it’s all we could think about. We’re just focused on the next game, no matter what the team is we’ll be ready to play.”

“It’s hard to beat Don Bosco three times in one year but we did,” added Crepaldi. “We’re making history right now and we’re ready for the state championship.”

(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)
(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)
(Photo by Mark Carosiello/HockeyClan)

Scoring

1-0 CBA Chad Schneider (John Donohoe, Colin Grable) 10:34-1st

2-0 CBA Kyle Contessa (unassisted) :38-3rd

Shots: 25-25; John Donohoe, CBA, 25 saves; Ethan Marich, DBP, 23 saves

 

 

Written by John Christian Hageny  @JCCSPORTS 

Special to HockeyClan

 

Photos by Mark Carosiello / @SnapthePicture6

 

 

GORDON CUP ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS

2019-Don Bosco Prep GAME STORY
2018-Delbarton GAME STORY
2017-Delbarton GAME STORY
2016-Christian Brothers GAME STORY
2015-Delbarton GAME STORY
2014-Don Bosco Prep GAME STORY
2013-Christian Brothers GAME STORY
2012-Delbarton BOX SCORE
2011-Delbarton and St. Augustine co-champs BOX SCORE
2010-Christian Brothers
2009-Delbarton
2008-Delbarton
2007-Christian Brothers
2006-Seton Hall Prep
2005-Delbarton
2004-Bergen Catholic
2003-Bergen Catholic
2002-Seton Hall Prep
2001-Seton Hall Prep
2000-Seton Hall Prep
1999-Brick Township
1998-Seton Hall Prep
1997-Seton Hall Prep
1996-Christian Brothers
1995-Christian Brothers
1994-Chrisitian Brothers
1993-Seton Hall Prep
1992-St. Joseph, Montvale
1991-Christian Brothers
1990-St. Joseph, Montvale
1989-Montclair
1988-Montclair
1987-Montclair
1986-St. Joseph Montvale
1985-Brick Township
1984-Brick Township
1983-Seton Hall Prep
1982-Montclair Kimberley
1981-Livingston
1980-Brick Township
1979-Brick Township
1978-Seton Hall Prep
1977-Livingston
1976-Brick Township
1975-Brick Township
1974-Brick Township
1973-Livingston
1972-Chatham
1971-West Essex
1970-Montclair
1969-Montclair
1968-Chatham
1967-Chatham
1966-Morristown-Beard
1965-Morristown-Beard
1964-Hanover Park
1963-West Essex
1962-Chatham
1961-Montclair and West Orange co-champs
1960-Livingston
1959-Livingston

 

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