WALL TOWNSHIP — A total of 43 shots were fired but St. Rose-Donovan Catholic and Marlboro-Holmdel could not produce a winner as the two Shore Conference foes skated to a 4-4 draw Friday night at Jersey Shore Arena in Wall Township.
Nicholas Donnelly scored twice, including his game-tying goal with 13:16 remaining in regulation, as Marlboro surrendered a 3-1 lead only to come back and salvage a tie in a hard-fought battle that saw each team take the lead at some point in the contest.
One of four undefeated teams still standing in the state of New Jersey, Marlboro (9-0-4) saw its eight-game winning streak come to a halt but remain without a loss through 13 games, a feat only Frisch, Randolph and Don Bosco Prep, the top-ranked team in the state, can claim to this point in the season.
Celebrating “Senior Night,” St. Rose-Donovan Catholic (2-9-3) came out amped to play but quickly found itself down 1-0 after Anthony Galante netted his 17th goal of the season just 1:59 into the contest on a feed from Pat Lorusso, staking the Mustangs to an early lead. Galante – only a sophomore – leads Marlboro with 30 points on the season.
“Marlboro historically – coached by Wayne Anderson – is a hard-working team,” St. Rose head coach Dan Grothues said. “We expect a hard game out of them every time. They just kept coming.”
The Purple Roses would answer 1:22 later when Marc Sandomierski made a pass into the center of the ice that senior Will Lemonie was able to poke into the net to knot the score up at 1-1 before Jack Werther regained the lead for Marlboro minutes later from Donnelly and Joe Solovey.
Donnelly would extend the Marlboro lead to 3-1 just 50 seconds into the second period when he sniped home his 6th tally of the year skating in from the left circle. Solovey was given another assist while Galante also notched his second point of the night.
“Senior night is tough – there is so much going on and you can easily lose focus,” Grothues said. “It’s a trap game. We came out a little sluggish in the first. The message (when down 3-1) was to keep pressuring the puck and hope we got a mistake or two.”
St. Rose would erase the two-goal deficit by answering with a pair of goals from freshman Tim Regan and sophomore Sean Grant in the next 4:21. Lemonie assisted Regan’s goal while Charlie Armstrong and Shane Force aided Grant’s tally to make it 3-3 after two periods of play.
The teams once again came out on to the ice ready to go and traded goals within the first 1:44 of the final period.
Regan deposited the 13th goal of his freshman season – and second on the night – into the twine to give St. Rose its first lead of the game at 4-3 before Donnelly tied it back up only 71 seconds later. Lorusso and Solovey were given helpers on the equalizer.
Solovey and and Donnelly led the way for Marlboro-Holmdel, offensively, with each tallying three points. Donnelly scored twice while setting up a third and Solovey helped set up three assists. Goaltender Jason Williams stopped 17 of 21 shots for Marlboro.
St. Rose was led by Regan, who scored two goals. Lemonie added a goal and an assist, while senior goalie Andrew Vinca turned aside 18 of the 22 shots he faced in between the pipes for the Purple Roses.
St. Rose-Donovan Catholic will take the ice again Tuesday, Jan. 30 when the co-op takes on Shore Conference-North Division rival St. John Vianney at 5:45 p.m. at Jersey Shore Arena.
Marlboro-Holmdel will have a full week before they look to remain undefeated on Friday, Feb. 2 against Manalapan at 7 p.m. at Jersey Shore Arena.
Written by Casey J. Krish / @CaseyKrish
Special to HockeyClan
Photos by Jessica Rabstein / @JRabstein
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