ROSELLE — The Frisch School has not played many games this season, but those teams unlucky enough to get caught in its path have found out first-hand how big, fast and strong it is on skates.
One of three unbeaten teams left in the state, Frisch employed a heavy, balanced attack led by Ben Feintuch, Avery Bloom and Maury Bauer, who each scored twice, en route to a convincing, 7-0, triumph over Dayton-Brearley-Union at Warinanco Park in Roselle.
Feintuch brought the game to Dayton’s doorstep, opening the scoring just 48 seconds into the game before Jack Margolius doubled it 1:15 later as the third-year program quickly made up for lost time. Bloom sent Frisch into the first intermission up by three off a sweet setup from Bauer, who proceeded to score twice in the second — once shorthanded — as the Paramus school established a 5-0 lead at the end of two periods of play.
“I think we just needed to let off some steam,” said Bauer, who finished with two goals and two assists. “We have a great team in there.”
With his team down a man, Bauer got loose and scored on a nifty breakaway to record his team-leading 14th of the season with 5:25 left in the second period.
“I got a break and said, ‘This is my chance to get back in a groove,’ and felt no pressure,” the senior described his shorthanded goal. “I just came in, did a little forehand fake then went backhand and slid it in.”
Frisch maintained puck-possession and a steady forecheck firing a steady stream of 27 shots on Dayton goalie Nick Facchini through two frames before letting loose 19 more in the third. Facchini was steady if not spectacular in keeping the co-op close.
“They had a great break into the zone, a great forecheck and were able to get pucks to the net and finish,” Facchini, who stood tall with 39 saves, said. “My defense was helping out, making sure guys weren’t in front, but they helped me the best they could. We have some things we need to work on.”
Just 2:07 into the third, Feintuch intercepted an errant clearing pass at center ice, stepped across the blue line and unleashed a 30-foot slapshot to make it 6-0. Bloom converted from in close with 3.6 seconds remaining in regulation to cap the scoring.
With the victory, Frisch improves to 6-0-1. Along with Don Bosco Prep (19-0-1) and Marlboro (8-0-5), it is the last of three undefeated teams in the Garden State.
“A great team win,” Feintuch said. “One game at a game time. Every opponent is huge. We can’t underestimate anyone. We have to play our hearts out every game. With the playoffs coming up, every game counts. Tomorrow, we’ll get back to practice and work hard.”
“We’ve had a lot of cancellations,” Frisch head coach Ralph Abecassis said. “A good effort, moved the puck around more than we have the last couple of games, but we need to do it against upper-tier teams. With our schedule, we had a few cancellations so we haven’t had those games. The point is not to go undefeated, it’s to get better and we haven’t had any crossover games yet. I hope that doesn’t hurt us.”
Charlie Freilich turned aside all 10 shots he faced to record his first shutout of the season for Frisch, which will take on Newark East Side on Feb. 1 at 8:45 p.m. in its next bout at Mackay Park in Englewood.
Dayton-Brearley-Union drops to 3-8-2 but just being on the ice is a win for the co-op. A program with a rich history, Dayton was forced to field a JV team last season, ending a long run with and without David Brearley High School from Kenilworth and Johnson from Clark. This season, the co-op added Union High School to the mix.
“They’re definitely a good team. A lot more experience, a little bit bigger-bodied and know how to use it,” Dayton coach Matt Schachtel said.
“They know how to move the puck well, which is tough for us,” Schachtel added. “We didn’t have a great showing tonight. It’s a challenge. We’re just trying to grow, move in the right direction and gain experience… baptism by fire.”
“It’s cool. I get to meet and play with guys from all around,” Facchini said. “I like the co-op situation. It gives me a chance to play hockey and I love being out there.”
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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