Don Bosco Prep Defeats St. Augustine, 11-5

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In what proved to be the second-highest scoring game in the state this season, Tyler Sedlak and Tsubasa Konishi each turned in hat tricks while Mickey Burns added two goals and six assists as Don Bosco Prep defeated St. Augustine, 11-5, at the Ice Vault in Wayne.

After being shut out in a 0-0 scoreless tie with Seton Hall Prep at Prudential Center last week, the offensive outburst was a relief for Don Bosco Prep coach Greg Toskos.

“It was a pretty wild game,” Toskos, in his 12th season at the prestigious school, said. “Our games are always close so an 11-5 score was not something I expected.”

Burns opened the scoring on the power play 5:32 into the game, assisted by Sedlak and George Weiner. Sedlak doubled his Ramsey school’s lead with 2:31 remaining in the opening frame as Don Bosco Prep skated into the first intermission up 2-0.

The tightly-contested first frame gave way to a high-flying, high-scoring second period which saw the two Gordon Conference foes combine for seven goals — two from Sedlak to complete the hat trick — and another from Burns and Konishi to hand Don Bosco Prep a 6-3 lead after two periods of play.

“At 3-3, we needed a spark,” Toskos said. “We were able to kill off the bench minor and a minute or two later you saw the skill of Burns, ‘T’ and Tyler. Tic-tac-toe passing and Sedlak getting that fourth goal for us — and then a minute later he scores again — that was great momentum swing for us.”

The 2016-17 NJSIAA Non-Public State Finalist went back to work in the third period with three goals in a span of 1:50 as Konishi, Robbie Greenleaf and Zach Hammond hit to put Don Bosco Prep up comfortably, 9-3.

St. Augustine never stopped attacking, however, and Brendon Shortall finished the play started by Josh Karnish to make it 9-4 with 9:59 remaining in regulation. The goal was the second of the game for Shortall. Anthony Carella also scored for the Richland school in the third but wave after wave of offense from Don Bosco Prep proved too much to overcome.

Cameron Briere and Tyler Booth also scored for St. Augustine (1-1), which received 28 saves from goaltender Ben Sheehan.

“We were very sloppy. At one point we had given up seven goals on 23 shots!” St. Augustine coach Tim Fingerhut said. “That can’t happen at any level of hockey. We were sloppy in all three zones.”

“When you score five goals against Don Bosco you better win the game because I assure you, they won’t give up a five-spot many times this year,” Fingerhut said. “Over the last four years I think every game we played against each other was a one-goal game.”

Tsubasa Konishi carries the puck up ice for Don Bosco Prep as the St. Augustine defense bears down on him. Don Bosco Prep defeated St. Augustine 11-5 at the Ice Vault in Wayne. (NJ Sports Media)

Burns had a hand in eight of his team’s goals as the Vermont-bound senior forward scored twice and assisted on six others in the game. Burns leads the team in scoring with five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in just five games played for Don Bosco Prep this season. With 20 goals and 34 points his entire junior season, Burns is already halfway to his totals from last winter.

Liam McLinskey also scored for Don Bosco Prep, which saw 12 different players find the scoresheet in some capacity. Goaltender Connor Callaghan finished with 22 saves in net for Don Bosco Prep, which improves to 4-0-1 this season. With victories over Pope John, Gloucester Catholic and Christian Brothers, the Ironmen have been nothing short of impressive this season.

“Our top line has been together for almost two years now. The way they play the game is awesome, high-paced with lots of skill and scoring chances. But with any group, sometimes you need to wake them up a little. That seemed to happen tonight at 3-3,” Toskos said.

With the eight-point performance, Burns passed assistant coach Sean Foye on the school’s all-time scoring list.

“Mick is up to 123 points with a lot more to come,” Toskos added. “Let’s hope this group keeps the momentum going into next week.”

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Don Bosco Prep will look to keep the ball rolling in a rematch of the 2016-17 NJSIAA State Final when it travels to Aspen Ice in Randolph for a game against defending champion, Delbarton, on December 12. The puck drops at 4:45 p.m.

St. Augustine hosts LaSalle of Pennsylvania on Thursday for a 4 p.m. tilt at The Igloo in Mount Laurel.



Main Image: Don Bosco Prep celebrates one of its season-high 11 goals in a triumph over St. Augustine at the Ice Vault in Wayne on December 3, 2017. (Photo Courtesy of NJ Sports Media)


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