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MORRISTOWN, NJ-Forced to the brink in Wayne by Pope John on Monday night and held in relative check by Gloucester Catholic, the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen built major momentum for potential revenge next week in the third period on Thursday night.
The Ironmen torched the hapless Rams for five goals over the final 15 minutes, furiously capping a 7-0 victory at Mennen Arena in the New Jersey Non-Public tournament semifinals. Leading the way was Mickey Burns, who tallied five points on the evening, including two goals, as the Vermont-bound forward ensured his Bosco career would end at Prudential Center next Monday afternoon.
The Ironmen struggled in the early going to maintain pressure on Gloucester, who had dispatched St. Augustine Prep earlier in the week. Burns and the top line were able to keep Bosco momentum alive, as the center assisted on Tsubasa Konishi’s tally that opened the scoring, while putting his own puck in the net in the middle frame.
After Bosco went up 3-0, courtesy of John Camponesi’s ninth score of the year, the desperate Rams began to get chippy, particularly during a sequence in the Ironmen zone midway through the period. After Max Schwarz, saver of all 21 shots he faced, covered the puck up to freeze play, Gloucester attackers continued to swipe at him, causing extracurricular to break out. After each team was forced to send a man to the penalty box, Bosco began a ruthless tear. 23 seconds after the mini-brawl, Tyler Sedlak put one in the back of the net to ignite a run of four Bosco goals over the final half of the third period. Burns earned the primary assist, and later added the penultimate goal.
Though Bosco took four penalties, escaping the quartet with solid kills each time, they did not allow the antagonizing Rams to goad them into absurd penalties, infractions that could have potentially kept players out of the Newark-based finale. Head coach Greg Toskos let his players know that reciprocated chippiness would not be tolerated.
With the win, the Ironmen’s season will wrap up at Prudential Center, as they seek revenge against the Delbarton Green Wave, who punched their Newark ticket with a shutout of their own over Christian Brothers Academy on Mennen’s ice immediately after. Victors of the Gordon Cup showdown on February 16, Delbarton handed Bosco their lone defeat of the season.