No. 1 Don Bosco strikes early, holds on in physical game against No. 3 Christian Brothers

Fast starts have been a staple for Don Bosco Prep over the course of this past week. It was those same fast starts that put the Ironmen, No. 1 in the Top 20, that gave Don Bosco an early edge, one that it would hold on to in a physical game against No. 3 Christian Brothers in a 5-2 victory Sunday night. Don Bosco would score the game's first two goals in the opening four-plus minutes and would go into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead. The Ironmen exacted some revenge on the Colts after Christian Brothers won the first meeting between the two teams this season, 3-2, in what has been Don Bosco's only loss so far this year. "We came out fast on them last time and their goalie was great," Don Bosco coach Greg Toskos said. "We wanted the same first period that we had down there. I think we were able to do that early. The game got away from everyone about halfway through that game but the first period was a pretty fast period for us." In its last four games in wins over Gloucester Catholic, St. Augustine, Ramsey (in the Bergen County Tournament quarterfinals) and now Christian Brothers, Don Bosco has scored at least two goals in the first period and has won each game by at least three goals. It's been a stretch, that also includes a shutout win over previously top-ranked Delbarton, that has Don Bosco playing its best hockey to date with much more in mind after a disappointing end to last season where the Ironmen lost just twice, both to Delbarton in the Gordon Cup and the Non-Public final. "During the break, we said that this is the second half of the season and we have to step it up," Senior captain TJ Schweighardt said. "The past few years haven't gone our way and we have to make sure that it goes our way in our senior year." Tyler Sedlak would post a hat trick, completing it three minutes into the second period. Schweighardt led the Ironmen with four assists as Max Schwarz allowed two goals, both on power plays, while stopping 23 shots on net. Matt Herrick and Ray Cartigiano found the back of the cage for Christian Brothers with Zachary Wagnon and Garett Silverman recording an assist each. Jake Brown made 36 saves in the loss. Sedlak and Zach Hammond netted the first two goals to give Don Bosco the early edge with Herrick getting Christian Brothers on the board as he netted a goal on a 5-on-4 advantage with five minutes left in the opening frame. Sedlak would get No. 2 with 1:26 with Schweighardt and Liam McLinskey assisting on both Sedlak scores. Sedlak would finish the hat trick three minutes into the second period. After that score, both teams spent a considerable amount in the penalty box. The two sides combined for a total of 20 penalties and 46 penalty minutes, including two five-minute majors and seven different instances of roughing. Much of the second period was played with one or more players in the penalty box "The only thing you can do is take ice time away and that's what we did. We started running out of guys," Toskos said. Amid the multiple marches to the box, McLinskey would net Don Bosco's fifth goal five minutes into the second period. Carligiano would take advantage of a power play and get a puck past Schwarz with 12 minutes on the clock in the third....


Ramsey (0) at Don Bosco Prep (10)

Tyler Sedlak scored three goals and notched two assists as Don Bosco Prep, No. 1 in the Top 20, defeated Ramsey, 10-0, at Ice Vault in Wayne. With the win, Ironmen head coach Greg Toskos earned his 200th career victory. Liam McLinskey and Robbie Greenleaf both added two goals and an assist while Thomaos Schweighardt recorded a goal and four assists. Jake Geraci chipped in with three helpers on the night as well. Prep goalie Kevin Rose made 17 saves for the shutout. Prep improved to 13-1 with the win....


No. 10 Don Bosco Prep gets hot from perimeter, takes down No. 3 Bergen Catholic

Don Bosco Prep's Myles Ruth wasn't fazed by the sold-out crowd or electric atmosphere. The junior guard didn't shy away from Bergen Catholic's pair of intimidating bigs down low. The transfer from Linden only had one thought on his mind as he flew through the lane trying to secure a key rebound with four minutes left in the fourth. "Just go get a bucket," he said. After a rare missed corner 3 from teammate Kyle Maurer (Bosco hit 10 of them Thursday night) and Don Bosco Prep clinging to a four-point lead, Ruth soared into the paint and secured the offensive rebound, with one hand, and deftly scored on the putback all in one motion. "Phenomenal," Don Bosco coach Kevin Diverio said. "That's just instinctual and athletic ability." "I didn't know I could get that high," Ruth, who likened the Bergen-Bosco rivalry to that of Linden-Newark East Side and finished with 12 points, said with a laugh. "I did not know at all." The Ironmen, ranked No. 10 in the latest Top 20 poll, went up six on Ruth's highlight-reel play and sealed the home victory over No. 3 Bergen Catholic by hitting 5-of-7 free throws in the final minute -- likely securing the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Jamboree (meeting is Jan. 23). "These games... they always go like this," said Maurer (team-high 16 points), who connected on four 3s -- all in the first half as Don Bosco Prep took a 30-28 lead into the break. "They come down to who works harder. It's not about Xs and Os. It's who wants to work harder and be more aggressive." Don Bosco Prep's depth was on display, too, with the new-look Ironmen having to battle early foul trouble with two of their biggest stars -- Victor Konopka and Owen Maglashan -- both who picked up two quick ones in the game's opening five minutes. Its defense also limited only three players from Bergen Catholic to make a mark on the box score, as only Zach Freemantle (19 points), Matt Zona (18 points) and Doug Edert (17 points) scored for the Crusaders. "I was really happy with our bench in the first half," said Diverio, who has taken Don Bosco to back-to-back Tournament of Champions finals but features a roster largely lacking in the big-game experience department. "We were able to weather the storm when those two guys had to sit. Being able to go 13-14 minutes with those guys in foul trouble and what the bench did in their place was tremendous." Don Bosco Prep, which moved to 9-1 on the year, maintained a lead for the majority of the night. It led, 19-13, at the end of the first, 30-28, at halftime and 40-38 at the end of three. The Ironmen held a seven-point lead, 53-46, with 44 seconds left before Zach Freemantle scored a bucket and Matt Zona drained two threes in the final 14 seconds to make things interesting late. But in the end, it was Don Bosco Prep picking up its fourth straight win of the Crusaders, including three straight last season after falling to Bergen Catholic in the two team's first regular season meeting. "We still need to get better," Diverio said. "We are a more perimeter-oriented team this year and we need to make the shots we made tonight in order to win big games like this. We just beat a really good BC team, but we were at home and it's like, how many points does that count for over the course of a game? We don't get caught up in the rankings or the seeds or any of that. The ultimate goal is at the end of year. We're still got a lot to improve on. But where we are, with a ton of new faces, I'm pretty pleased with where we are."...


St. Augustine (2) at Don Bosco Prep (7)

Matt Esquerre and Jake Geraci each scored their first career goal as Don Bosco Prep, No. 1 in the Top 20, beat No. 4 St. Augustine, 7-2, at Ice Vault in Wayne. Liam McLinskey, Connor Sedlak, Jake Howard, Hunter McGee, and Thomas Schweighardt also scored for the Ironmen, which improved to 12-1 on the year....


Don Bosco Prep (59) at Passaic Tech (47)

Victor Konopka scored 15 points to push Don Bosco Prep, No. 10 in the Top 20, past Passaic Tech, 59-47, in Wayne. Owen McGlashan and Myles Ruth added 10 points each for Ironmen, which led 48-27 after three quarters. For Passaic Tech, Josh Combs recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds....


Gloucester Catholic (4) at Don Bosco Prep (7)

Thomas Schweighardt tallied four goals and two assists to lead Don Bosco Prep, No. 1 in the Top 20, to a 7-4 win over No. 5 Gloucester Catholic at the Hollydell Ice Arena in Sewell. Tyler Sedlak notched four points for Don Bosco Prep with one goal and three assists, while Damien Carfagna recorded a goal and an assist. Will Fortescue, Hunter McGee and Michael Forgione added on one goal each to the win. Max Schwarz turned away 29 shots for the Ironmen. The outcome extends Don Bosco Prep's winning streak to seven, which moves the team's' season record to 10-2, while Gloucester Catholic falls to 8-7....


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