ALLSTON, Mass. -- The defending New Jersey state champion Delbarton Green Wave knocked off the defending Massachusetts state champion Malden Catholic, 2-1, on Saturday in a defensive battle.
“That was a super team we played tonight,” said Delbarton head coach Bruce Shatel. “We knew that we were going to have a great performance to beat them tonight. I though it was a good sign of character to hang in there and be patient and not get frustrated.”
The first period was a sloppy one for Malden Catholic (1-1). The Lancers committed three penalties and didn’t register there first shot until 4:15 remaining in the period. But the game will still scoreless at the first intermission.
“The P.K. unit did well,” said Malden Catholic Head Coach John McLean. “But the problem with killing that many penalties early on is that it kills our first and second lines.”
Despite the first period struggles, the Lancers scored the game's first goal at 8:42 in the second period. Junior defensemen Andrew Cross ripped a shot from just inside the Delbarton blue line, and the puck deflected off the back boards right to Lancers captain Brendan Collier, who slotted it home for a 1-0 lead.
Delbarton (5-0) could have tied the game under a minute later on John Melnickc’s one-timed shot, but MC goalie Connor Maloney (20 saves) slid across his crease to make an impressive stop.
The Green Wave, however, continued to apply the pressure and found the equalizing goal with 2:34 remaining in the second period, thanks to a two-on-one break where Drew Melanson crossed the puck over to Johnny Baiocco ,who stuck the puck into the Malden Catholic net passed a diving Maloney.
Just 2:27 into the third period, Delbarton scored the winning goal on a mad scramble in front of the MC net, when Trevor Agostino blasted home a loose puck from close range.
Delbarton was able to kill off a late power play opportunity for the Lancers with 2:33 remaining and hang on for a 2-1 victory.
“I told them I’m disappointed, I don’t like losing,” said McLean of his post game team talk. “But sometimes it’s a good learning experience.”
Early Season Silverware: The win gave Delbarton “The Frozen Catholic Cup” as part of a new tradition between the two schools. The cup was resented to Green Wave captains Tommy Davis and Tommy Muratore in an on ice post game presentation.
“Malden Catholic deserves a great deal of credit for putting on an event like this,” said Shatel. “It’s a first class operation, and we look forward to coming back every year.