Liam Noonan’s power-play goal, assisted by Garrett Silverman with 6:51 remaining in the second period, gave Christian Brothers Academy a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 3-1 triumph over Bishop Eustace at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall.
Noonan and Dean DiFazio set up Will Seijas just 1:28 into the game to give CBA a 1-0 lead it carried into the first intermission, but Bishop Eustace tied the game up at 1-1 when Dylan Saracino scored a power-play goal 2:21 into the second frame. Ryan Clear and Anthony Tropea drew assists on the game-tying goal.
“This is typical of a Gordon Conference game,” Bishop Eustace coach Mike Green said. “The pace was fast and it was a physical game. Both team’s goaltending was excellent. Both teams scored on the power play. You expect these games to come down to who puts together better third periods.”
Clinging to a one-goal lead after two, CBA got the insurance goal it was looking for in the third when Logan Heroux found the back of the net to make it 3-1 with 10:20 remaining in regulation. Silverman and Nic Lidondici assisted on the play.
Brendan Behan made 14 saves for Christian Brothers, which improves to 2-0 this season. Jeff Kovac kept his Pennsauken school in the game with 41 saves on 44 shots for Bishop Eustace (0-2).
“Our play was more consistent and improved from our opener versus St. Rose,” Christian Brothers coach Ryan Bogan said. “We were down a man or two for 14 of the first 19 minutes of the game (but) managed to survive shorthanded. Our goaltender, Behan, and strong defense had a lot to do with that.”
“Once we were even-strength, we regained momentum and held it for the rest of the game,” Bogan said. “Noonan scored our lone power play goal in the second on a sweet feed from Silverman. Thought we peppered their goalie with shots in the third period. Heroux, a freshman, recorded his first of the season and his career midway through the third period to put the game away.”
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