Jake LaRusso scored twice and set up two more and John Gelatt, John Gutt and Brett Schneider each added a goal and two assists as St. John Vianney defeated Howell, 6-1, at the Jersey Shore Arena in Wall.
Kevyn Rigatti also hit for St. John Vianney, which built a 3-0 lead after one period of play. Sean Mylod put Howell on the board in the second period, assisted by James Fay and Dylan Kramer, but St. John Vianney never stopped attacking and added two more goals in the third.
Eight different players found the scoresheet for St. John Vianney, which also got points from Mike Frattaroli, John Kennedy and Dylan Raskin to improve to 2-0 after defeating Red Bank Catholic in its season-opener.
Goaltender Jeremy Connor once again looked strong, turning aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced in net for his Holmdel school. Dan McEvoy stood tall making 32 saves in between the pipes for Howell, which falls for the first time this season.
“We did some things right, need to improve on some other areas but overall a good performance,” St. John Vianney coach Mick Messemer said.
Howell had defeated Toms River East, Old Bridge, Freehold Boro and Robbinsville in succession before running into the buzzsaw that is the St. John Vianney top line of LaRusso, Gelatt and Gutt who combined for four goals and six assists. The unit matched the effort from its first bout with four goals and six assists in its 5-0 win over RBC on November 29.
St. John Vianney will take on Southern Regional of Manahawkin tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Winding River Rink in Toms River before going up against Middletown South at Middletown Ice World on Friday, December 8. The puck drops at 5:45 p.m.
Howell looks to get back on track against Gov. Livingston when it hosts the co-op also made up of players from New Providence on Friday at Howell Ice Arena at 6:40 p.m.
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