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Dominance at Delbarton

Monday, 03.26.2012
by Rob Hoffman

With their win over Christian Brothers Academy in the Non-Public finals at the Prudential Center, the Delbarton Green Wave secured their fifth consecutive state championship and their ninth in the school’s 36 years of ice hockey history.

Head coach Bruce Shatel credited CBA for their effort in the title game. “CBA did a great job. They played with a lot of passion and did a good job stretching a forward through the middle to get scoring opportunities,” he said.

“We were fortunate to wear them down. We played four lines through the course of the first two periods. We were paying attention to matchups. They were only playing seven forwards for a majority of the game,” he explained, looking to take advantage of a tired team later in the game.

“We just had to remind ourselves of what we were capable of doing. Being down by two goals at that moment and coming back is a real difficult task,” Shatel stated. “Once we scored our first goal, the guys were really motivated and emotionally felt much better about situation.”

“It’s something that made the win much more enjoyable for us to have to come back the way we did.”

For Shatel, though, the program’s impact goes beyond winning on both a personal level and for the students.

“The winning is nice, but to be honest with you, what I really enjoy is the relationships with my coaches and the kids that play for me. Coaching is in my blood. My dad was a baseball coach at Morristown high for 37 or 38 years,” he explained. “Growing up with a coach as your father makes it easier to see the rewards of coaching,”

The coaches try to craft the athletes into the better people as well. “We’re big believers in the idea that everything matters. Not only with the aspects of the game, but with everything outside the rink. ‘How do you conduct yourself in school? What’s your appearance? How are your manners?’” Shatel asks his players.

“To be able to somehow impact their lives in a positive way, whether it’s a small or large amount, is what’s really rewarding,” he said.

“How you relate to people in society is a big point of emphasis for us. We want to make sure wherever they are and wherever they go, they are a positive influence on other people,” he concluded.

Overall on the season, the Green Wave went 28-1, not including a scrimmage against Massachusetts’s Catholic Memorial, which is perhaps the best high school hockey team in the state. Their 28 wins were more than any other team in New Jersey high school hockey.

Shatel attributed his team’s success to their depth. “The reason why [we won 28 games] is because you couldn’t lock down on one or two guys and take our offense away. Through the course of three and a half months, it was a different guy on every night coming through for us.”

One prime example is senior Chad Heal, who spent most of the season on the fourth line. After first team All-State forward Drew Melanson injured his wrist in the quarterfinals, Heal got the start in the semifinals and scored a goal and an assist.

“That’s what happened all year long. Our production came from a different guy each and every night. In terms of leadership, we have had a bunch of guys that stepped up and did some great things for this team.”


Delbarton entered the Non-Public finals having trailed another New Jersey team once this season, and they hadn't lost to another team from New Jersey in 25 months. Needless to say, it was shocking to see them trail Christian Brothers for nearly 22 minutes throughout the course of the game, including a stretch of over seven minutes where they were two goals behind.

That all came to an end when junior forward Alex Hagerty scored his second goal of the third period on a one-timer from John Baicco with 3:20 left in the game to tie it up at 2-2. Hagerty's goal was the middle goal of three in the final 9:18 of the game.

The game-winner was scored by junior forward Josh Melnick after a scramble in front of CBA goalie Chris D'Alessio. Melnick was able to take the loose puck and put it in the net as he was falling to the ice.

Melnick's goal gave the Green Wave their fifth consecutive Non-Public title, a stretch of winning that has not been mirrored in New Jersey high school hockey history.

The CBA Colts saw goals from Brenden van Riemsdyk and Anthony Cusanelli, the former coming on the powerplay and the latter coming less than a minute removed of a disallowed Delbarton goal. Davis Agostino appeared to have scored for the Green Wave, but the officials called a crease violation and ruled no goal. The decision allowed CBA to take a two goal lead instead of heading into the final intermission possibly tied.


Non-Public finals underway: Live updates

Friday, 03.09.2012
by Rob Hoffman


The puck has been dropped for the third period. CBA shocking everyone, carrying a 2 goal lead into the period. 

At about the 3:00 mark, Anthony Cusanelli laid a crushing blowing a Delbarton player along the benches. No penalty called. Delbarton sustaining a lot of pressure early in the third period.

Cusanelli just had a scoring chance before Colton Phinney pushed it away.

Brenden van Riemsdyk gets a two-minute minor for hooking at 4:34. Delbarton on the powerplay down by 2.

It's a powerplay goal for Delbarton! Tommy Muratore dumped it off to Tommy Davis, who left it for Alex Hagerty to deposit in the net. The Delbarton deficit is now one goal with 9:19 left on the clock. 

The Green Wave have come out strong this period and maintained strong, consistent power. 6:00 remains in the game, with shots 22-14 in favor of the Green Wave as they trail by one goal. 

Delbarton had just set up a nice play at the 10:00 minute mark, but the puck slipped past their shooters and out of the zone.

The puck is iced with 4:21 left to play. CBA calls a time out as coach Ryan Bogan gathers the team. 

Matt Langlois had an opportunity to put it over Phinney's right shoulder, but he was able to position himself for the save. 3:58 remaining in the game. 

Scramble in front of the net but D'Alessio covers up. 3:38 remaining. 

Delbarton goal! It's a tie game with 3:20 left! After a period's worth of pressure during even strength play, Delbarton has finally cashed in. Alex Hagerty with his second goal of the period at 11:40. Assists to John Baiocco and Tommy Muratore. 

Colin Kirkpatrick of CBA takes a 10-minute misconduct after the goal. 

DELBARTON GOAL! 1:36 remaining in the game! Third goal of the period puts Delbarton ahead 3-2!

Josh Melnick with the goal from Chad Otterman and Jordan Lederman.

The puck is iced with 43 seconds left in the game. Faceoff in the CBA zone. Timeout, Delbarton. 

Final shots Delbarton 27, CBA 15. CBA never gets the opportunity to pull their goalie.

Delbarton wins their fifth consecutive Non-Public NJSIAA state championship!

Second period underway as CBA wins the opening faceoff and starts to move the puck up ice. 

Penalty called on Delbarton defenseman Tommy Muratore at 2:57. CBA Colts back to the powerplay.

Colts score! CBA takes a 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal from Brenden van Riemsdyk! The goal comes at 4:43 with the assists going to Daniel Malafronte and James Martello.

Delbarton tried to answer back with a quick goal but goalie Chris D'Alessio makes a fantastic save and receives a pat on the back from his teammates.

Anthony Cusanelli of CBA had a breakway chance and beat Phinney, but he hit metal. CBA still up 1-0 after icing at 7:59.

Delbarton is applying a lot of pressure but D'Alession is making some nice saves. The Green Wave haven't been able to cash in even though they're outshooting CBA 14-8. 

Delbarton appeared to have scored but the goal is waved off by the officials! A crease violation is called!

And the Colts respond immediately with another goal! It's a 2-0 lead for Christian Brothers Academy! Anthony Cusanelli cashes in his scoring opportunity this time. Matt Langlois with the assist. 

The second period draws to an end after a lot of excitement and some controversey. Shots were even at 8 for the period, but the Colts score twice!

We are underway at the Rock for the third time tonight as the Delbarton Green Wave take on the Christian Brothers Academy Colts. Delbarton is 28-1 on the season while the Colts are 22-4-5. Both teams with large student sections tonight to support their teams.

RJ Steer had an early breakaway opportunity for CBA but Delbarton defenseman Jordan Lederman was able to slide down to the ice and swat the puck away before Steer got the shot off. 

The Colts ice the puck at 1:48 of the first period. They lead in shots 1-0.

Delbarton is doing a great job of possessing the puck in the offensive zone, but CBA has had their chances, too. Shots are even at one apiece. 

8:39 remaining in the first period. Shots are 3 to 2 in favor of Delbarton. There's a good flow to the game going on. Stoppage was for a two-minute holding penatly against CBA. Delbarton to the powerplay. 

Colton Phinney gloves the puck at 10:02 of the third period. Shots are 6-3 in favor of Delbarton in a pretty even game so far. Still tied at zero.

Delbarton senior Chad Heal called for tripping 12:12 of the first period. CBA to the powerplay late in the first period. 

1:32 into the powerplay and CBA hasn't really had a chance to set up a play. Delbarton doing a fantastic job on the penalty kill. 

The first period comes to an end with Delbarton outshooting Christian Brothers Academy 9-3. Delbarton started to take over the game in the latter half of the first period.

Delbarton, CBA to meet in Non-Public state finals

Thursday, 03.08.2012
by Rob Hoffman

The first 2012 NJSIAA State Tournament finals have been set: No. 1 Delbarton will take on No. 3 Christian Brothers Academy in the Non-Public finals. The game will take place this Friday, March 9 in Newark at the Prudential Center. Face off is at 9 PM. The Green Wave carry a 20-game winning streak into the Championship match as they look for their fifth consecutive title.

“Over the next 24 hours, it’s a part of our preparation to take it all in,” Delbarton coach Bruce Shatel said. “Our veteran guys talked in the team meeting about what to expect in terms of the pre-game atmosphere, the pictures and all of the stuff [the freshmen] might not be familiar with so they’re not blindsided on game day.”

To reach the finals, Delbarton beat No. 4 Morristown-Beard by a score of 6-1 on Tuesday night at the Mennen Arena. The Green Wave saw a goal and an assist each from linemates Chad Heal and John Baiocco, while goalie Colton Phinney stopped 11 of the 12 shots he saw. Delbarton outshot the Crimson by a tally of 48 to 12.

Christian Brothers Academy coach Ryan Bogan is preparing his team for the experience of playing in the championship at the Prudential Center. “I told my guys that it’s something you will never forget. I guarantee you will look back on this, win or lose, and remember it forever,” he said. “I have guys coming back from the [championship] ’05 team, seven years removed, who still talk about and relive that game.”

Earlier in the night, Christian Brothers defeated No. 7 St. Peter’s Prep 4-1 to advance to the finals just 24 hours after their 7-2 victory over No. 6 Gloucester Catholic. Captain Daniel Malafronte scored late in the first period to put the Colts up 1-0, and RJ Steer’s goal early in the second for the 2-0 lead became the eventual game winner. Glenn Florczak iced the game with an empty-net goal at 13:32 of the third period.

Delbarton and Christian Brothers Academy have played each other two other times this season. They first met on December 3 for the first game of the season, an 8-0 win for Delbarton. Their second meeting was another shutout win for Delbarton, 6-0 on January 18.

“They are, without a doubt, the best team in the state,” Bogan said. “Coach Shatel has an awesome team. He has everyone in the state envious,” he said. Delbarton, 28-1 on the season, has won the last four Non-Public Championships, including a 7-0 win over Christian Brothers in 2009.

“When it comes to sports, you have to play the game. I really think the character in our room is good enough that we can pull an upset. We’re taking the game like we have nothing to lose.”

Delbarton skates past Notre Dame into semifinals

Monday, 03.05.2012
by Rob Hoffman

Top-seeded Delbarton took on No. 8 Notre Dame on Sunday and made it look easy in their 8-0 win. Davis Agostino netted a matching pair of goals and assists while his brother Trevor scored two goals of his own. The Green Wave are trying to win their fifth consecutive Non-Public title.

Delbarton’s next opponent, No. 4 Morristown-Beard, defeated No. 5 St. Augustine Prep 6-2. Senior Jake Lessick scored a hat trick for the Crimson while fellow senior TomDePoalo scored his 100th career point. The two teams will face off on Tuesday for the right to play at the Prudential Center for the title.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 7 St. Peter’s Prep stunned No. 2 Don Bosco Prep as the Marauders outscored the Ironmen 4-2. Vincent Addeo scored twice while teammate Will Simson had three assists in the upset. St. Peter’s Prep will face the winner of Monday’s matchup between No.3 Christian Brother’s Academy and No. 6 Gloucester Catholic in the semifinals.

St. Peter's Prep rallies for a four-goal third period, advances to quarterfinals

Thursday, 03.01.2012
by Rob Hoffman

Wednesday saw four match-ups in the 2012 NJSIAA Non-Public bracket as No. 1 Delbarton took on No. 17 Bishop Eustace.

Delbarton, 25-1 on the season, held Bishop Eustace scoreless as they put up 8 goals of their own. Junior forward John Baiocco put up two goals and two assists while defenseman Tommy Davis also put up four points on a goal and three assists. Delbarton will face the winner of Thursday’s matchup between No. 9 Montclair Kimberly and No.8 Notre Dame.

In other Non-Public action, No. 3 Christian Brothers Academy rolled over St. John Vianney, 7-1. They will take on the victor of No. 11 Pingry and No. 6 Gloucester Catholic.

No. 5 St. Augustine Prep advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating No. 12 St. Joseph Montvale by a score of 8-2. The Hermits saw two goals apiece from Trevor Gooch and Austin Rann, while Connor Crowe, Dalton O’Connor, Robert White, and Tyler Wyatt also scored in their 63-shot barrage of St. Joseph’s Erik Frasca.

The fourth game of the day saw No. 7 St. Peter’s Prep rally with a four-goal third period to top No. 10 St. Joseph Metuchen by a score of 6-4. Connor Collier clinched the win for the Marauders with an empty net goal in the third after Dan Perez gave his team the lead when he converted on a power play goal. St. Peter’s Prep will now face No. 2 Don Bosco Prep in the quarterfinals on Sunday. 

Pingry blanks St. Joseph Hammonton 10-0

Wednesday, 02.29.2012
by Rob Hoffman

The Non-Public bracket in the 2012 NJSIAA Tournament kicked off in exciting fashion as No.17 Bishop Eustace upset No. 16 Seton Hall Prep in an overtime thriller. Forward Derrick Jester scored the game-winning goal 10:38 into the first overtime period, giving the Crusaders a 2 to 1 win.

In other matchups, No. 11 Pingry shut out No. 22 St. Joseph Hammonton 10-0, No. 19 St. John Vianney upset No. 14 Paramus Catholic 3-1, and No. 13 Red Bank Catholic defeated No. 20 St. Rose 3-0.

The Round of 16 begins February 29 as No. 1 Delbarton hosts No.17 Bishop Eustace fresh off their overtime thriller while No. 5 St. Augustine Prep takes on No. 12 St. Joseph Montvale.