CRUSADERS FINISH SEASON WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE IN STATE SEMI-FINAL
February 28 – West Orange, NJ – We’re BAAACK! The rest of the state was put on notice, that although BC’s first season under coach, Tommy Keough, came to an end, this is a very tough team to beat and will be a program to be reckoned with in years to come. The Crusaders season ended as one of the Frozen Four in the Non-Public Tournament at the hands of 2-time defending champion Delbarton School by a score of 2-0.
It was a similar recipe of ferocious fore-checking, sound defense and exceptional goal keeping by Chris Branch that kept everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the evening. After two scoreless periods, Delbarton finally converted with 2 seconds remaining on a power play with 8:03 remaining. They would add an insurance goal later in the game, but the story was in the Crusaders confident play and remarkably courageous run.
So many great playoff runs are led by exceptional seniors who demonstrate the will to win. This year’s Crusaders were loaded with them including Branch, Cam Monteverdi, Tommy Kleinman, Will Frasetto, Ryan Moloughney and Billy Salerno.
CRUSADERS TAKE DOWN CBA IN STATE QUARTERFINALS
February 25 - Toms River, NJ - Senior Goalie Chris Branch played arguably his best game between the pipes for the Crusaders in the Non-Public State Quarterfinals vs. CBA on Monday. Minute-by-minute, more and more pressure was put on the experienced tender who turned away shot after shot and positioned himself well so that the Colts striving to make perfect shots, at times were just off the mark at just the right time. It seemed the state's #3 team was going to be especially difficult to beat as they relentlessly attacked the goal. Rush after rush, they could not find the back of the net.
Things did not seem to improve for BC in the second period as the Colts continued to pour on the pressure. Then a funny thing happened. A flurry of shots and an incredible sequence of rapid-fire saves by Branch completely changed the momentum of the game. The Crusaders started rushing the goal. Antonio Arcaroli, Cam Monteverdi and Nick Chiurazzi were relentless attacking and were backed up by Tommy Kleinman, Jake Antonucci, Brenden Kelly and Buddy O'Donnell.
By the start of the third period, CBA did not have the same elastic in its legs and the Crusaders were riding the Colts hard. Just then Ryan Moloughney wrapped a feed around from the back right side of the goal to Will Frasetto who scored what would turn out to be the game-winning goal.
The next 10:32 seemed like an eternity. Every possession was critical. This was the last 10 minutes and 32 seconds of one senior group's hockey career. Branch and company were committed to ensuring it wasn't going to be the end of theirs. BC played inspired hockey, continuing to forecheck, attack and put pressure on the home Colts. With 2:02, CBA pulled their goalie. Now skating 6v5 for the remainder of the game, BC needed to play with even more determination. Play they did. Finish, they did! Final score: BC 1 - CBA 0.
Next game will be on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 PM at the Codey Arena vs. the state's #2 ranked team, Delbarton.
Crusader Hockey Takes Out Pope John XXIII 3-2 in Second Round of State Tourney
February 21 – Stockholm, NJ –
Ryan Moloughney scored with 2:13 remaining off a Tommy Kleinman feed to defeat Pope John XXIII of Sparta in the NJSIAA Tournament. Tommy Olson opened the scoring for the game midway through the first period off a Will Frassetto feed, but Pope John tied the score about 4 minutes later.
Following a scoreless second period highlighted by a number of tremendous saves by Brendan McCaskey (28 Saves, .933 Save Average). Frassetto got things going just 45 seconds into the third, assisted by Tyler Ugliono and Devon Kelly. The Lions would not go away without a fight, tying the score on a power play with 7:15 remaining.
Salerno Scores Two as BC Hockey Advances in States
February 17 – Hackensack, NJ – BC outshot the Frisch School in the first round of the NJSIAA Tournament 61-9 on the way to a 10-0 victory at the Ice House. Billy Salerno, Nick Stoebling and Antonio Arcaroli each scored two goals. Will Frasetto, Nick Chiurazzi, Tommy Olsen and, Devon Kelly each scored one goal in the victory.
Senior Night for Varsity Hockey
January 11 – Hackensack, NJ – It would be hard not to be proud of the varsity hockey team on Friday night and the effort they gave vs. #14 ranked St. Peter’s Prep of Jersey City.
The Crusaders took over the start of the game with their seniors leading the way. Jake Antonucci opened with a beautiful power play goal, crashing the backside pipe and rebounding a Tommy Kleinman shot into the top shelf, giving BC a 1-0 advantage. Will Frasetto earned the second assist on the play. Billy O’Connor scored the second goal, assisted by Billy Salerno and Kleinman.
St. Peter’s made a strong run in the second period, knotting the score at two. It wasn’t until 2:32 remaining in the period that the Crusaders were again able to unknot the tie as Nick Stoebling converted on assists from Antonucci and Nick Chiurazzi.
The tension mounted throughout the third period, as BC maintained their lead about halfway through the period. St. Peter’s then tied the score at 7:45 remaining. The Marauders took the lead at with 3:52 remaining despite BC pushing the tempo. BC did not relent and tied the score off a beautiful shot by Cam Monteverdi, assisted by Olson and Frasetto with 2:08 remaining.
But as quickly as the tie came, the tie went, just five seconds later, SPP scored what would be the game winner at the 2:03 mark. BC continued skating and pushing the action and executed a 6v4 when they pulled goalie, Chris Branch for an additional skater while they had a power play with 1:22 remaining, but there was just too little time to finish.
Thank you to all the parents and fans for their enthusiasm supporting the team throughout the year. Now, onto the Counties!
Varsity Hockey Falls to #10 SJR
January 10 – Monsey, NY – The Crusader Hockey team dropped a tough decision to St. Joseph Regional 6-2 at Sport-O-Rama. Devon Kelly netted BC’s first goal of the night, assisted by Will Frasetto and Nick Stoebling was BC’s second goal scorer. Chris Branch and Brendan McCaskey split time in the net.
Will Frasetto Named Gordon Conference POTW
January 7 – Newark, NJ –
Senior forward, Will Frasetto was named the Gordon Conference Player of the Week for the Week ending January 4, 2019 by the Star Ledger. His two goals and an assist helped to defeat then fifth-ranked Pope John XXIII of Sparta. For more, read here: https://tinyurl.com/frasetto
BC Ties SHP 2-2
January 5 – Hackensack, NJ – The saying goes, “A tie is like kissing your sister.” While that might normally be true, the varsity hockey team’s 2-2 tie with Seton Hall Prep on Friday night demonstrated much more than that. It was a mid-term exam of sorts which showed the progress of a team jelling and growth from an opening day 7-3 loss to that same Pirate squad. Certainly this is not the same Crusader squad that started the season. It is clear attention to detail and quality of smart play has improved. Players are recognizing the coaching staff’s expectations and playing at a higher and higher level each game. After a scoreless first period, Tommy Olson sounded the alarm with a goal assisted by Ryan Moloughney at the 13:21. SHP tied the score 2 minutes later, but Nick Chiurazzi, assisted by who else, Ryan Moloughney, would give the Crusaders the lead with 2:08 remaining in the second.
Hockey Tames #5 Pope John with Ferocious Third Period
January 2 – Augusta, NJ –
The Crusader Hockey Team won a major victory on Wednesday, taking down the state’s fifth-ranked team, Pope John XXIII of Sparta. Ryan Moloughney opened the scoring at the 10:41 mark off a feed from 16 Nicholas Chiurazzi and second assist from Nick Stoebling. Two minutes later, the Lions would knot the score, but BC took back the lead on a William Frasetto goal assisted by Devon Kelly and Tyler Ugliono. The only goal scored in the second period was another tying goal by Pope John.
Frasetto’s Hat Trick Not Enough for Crusaders
December 30 – Wayne, NJ – Will Frasetto scored three goals and was assisted by Devon Kelly to open and close the scoring of the game for BC in the final contest of the Ice Vault Pepsi Tournament on Monday night as the Crusaders fell to Summit’s Hilltoppers 8-5. The Hilltoppers scored 6 goals from the 10:15 mark of the first period through 5:39 of the second when Frasetto netted his second of the night, assisted by Kelly again and Ryan Moloughney. Nick Stoebling extended BC’s early lead to 2-0, assisted by Jake Antonucci and Matthew O’Donnell at the 11:56 mark of the first period. Devon Kelly finished the night with one goal and three assists and Tommy Olson added an assist as well for BC.
Hockey Celebrates Start of Christmas Season with Win over St. Joe’s Metuchen
December 26 – Wayne, NJ – In one of its most complete games of the season, the Crusader Hockey Team defeated St. Joseph of Metuchen 3-1 in the Pepsi Tournament at the Ice Vault. Will Frassetto, Tommy Kleinman and Cam Monteverdi each had a goal and Devon Kelly had two assists, while Tommy Olson and Stephen Dempsey each had one. Brendan McCaskey made 25 saves.
Crusaders Show Heart and Competitiveness vs. Don Bosco Prep
December 17 - Hackensack, NJ -
In one of their finest performances of the season, BC skated with one of NJ's top-ranked teams. Strong goal tending and sound defense limited the potent Ironman offense to just one goal in each of hte first two periods. The effort to get to third period was evident as Bosco scored two goals, quickly, but Coach Tom Keough called a timeout and refocused the squad. They shut out their opponent for the remaining 10 minutes, despite not being able to mount much offense.
It wasn't for a lack of trying, or creating opportunities. The Don Bosco goalie was very much in a zone turning away a couple of one-timers off tremendous feeds to the back door which you would expect are normally goals.
Fierce 3rd Period Comeback Effort Comes Up Just Short
December 14 – Hackensack, NJ – The Crusaders found themselves in a 2-0 hole after two period vs. Pope John XXIII of Sparta on Friday night. The team started the third explosively on a Tommy Kleinman power-play goal, just 2:04 into the period. He was assisted by Jake Antonucci and Ryan Moloughney. Fifty seconds later, the red-hot Nick Stoebling knotted the score at two on a short-handed goal. Despite a strong goaltending effort by Brendan McCaskey (22 saves), the Crusaders could not hold the lead and fell to the Lions 3-2.
St. Peter’s Prep Outscores Crusaders 7-4
December 11 – Newark, NJ – A day following its first victory of 2018-2019, the Varsity hockey team showed signs of sluggishness as St. Peter’s Prep built a 3-0 lead through the first period and a half. Junior Daniel Negron found Nick Chiurazzi to get BC started and Ryan Moloughney scored a power play goal with 2:44 remaining in the second to cut the Marauder lead to 1. But just 44 seconds later, St. Peter’s scored to head into the second intermission up 4-2. They reclaimed their 3 goal lead 3:55 into the third period before Nick Stoebling converted on a Brenden Kelly feed at the 5:39 mark to keep BC’s hopes alive. It was not to be, however, as SPP put the finishing touches on the afternoon with two late goals. Brendan McCaskey turned away 21 of St. Peter’s shots on the day.
Frassetto’s Hat Trick Powers Crusaders to First Victory
December 10 – Hackensack, NJ – Monday will be memorable afternoon for BC’s head coach and senior captain. For Coach Keough, it marked win #1 in his young career and for Will Frassetto, his first Hat Trick in 2018. He was involved in all four goals, assisting Devon Kelly who opened the scoring in BC’s 4-1 win over
From that point forward, the two reversed roles with Kelly setting up Frassetto on a beautiful give-and-go with 6:30 remaining in the first period. Frassetto would score twice more off feeds from Kelly in the third period. Billy O’Connor added two assists and Tommy Kleinman had one as well. Chris Branch recorded 23 saves, yielding only one goal against, midway through the third period on a power play.
Stoebling Deposits a Pair vs. Hun
December 3 – Hackensack, NJ – Junior center, Nick Stoebling, was BC’s first multiple goal-scorer of the young season. BC’s extraordinarily challenging start to the season welcomed the Hun School of Princeton to Hackensack’s Ice House. BC fell to the Raiders 6-2.
Varsity Hockey Drops Home Opener to Christian Brothers
November 30 – Hackensack, NJ – Once again, the young Crusader hockey team skated well for a majority of the game, but were one period away from putting together a complete performance. Coach Tom Keough is happy with the progress the team is making and confident in the future of the program, which is being forced to raise its level of play in order to compete with New Jersey’s strongest programs.
Junior Forward, Nick Chiaruzzi cut an early CBA lead in half as he scored with 2:29 remaining in the first on a power play for the Crusaders.
The second period was all CBA as the Colts scored 3 goals, the last coming at the 0:05 remaining. The Crusaders did receive solid play from both of their goalies, Chris Branch and Brendan McCaskey. Sophomore transfer defender Matt “Buddy” O’Donnell and line mate William Walsh were effective on the defensive end as well.
Crusaders Open 2018-19 with Seton Hall Prep
Senior Forward, Cam Monteverdi, provided physical leadership and gave the team a spark in the third period, recording his first goal of the season. The Crusaders would win the period, but it was not enough to overcome the 4 goal lead built up by the Colts who went on to a 5-2 victory.
Varsity Hockey Falls To State’s Top-Ranked Team
November 27 – Randolph, NJ – The Crusaders skated a very strong first and third periods against top-ranked, Delbarton, but the Green Wave shut out BC 6-0. According to Coach Tom Keough, it was the strongest the team has skated this season, minus an eight minute stretch when the defending state champions reeled off four goals. Tommy Kleinman, Brenden Kelly, Antonio Arcaroli and Daniel Negron gave strong efforts for the Crusaders.
November 25 - West Orange, NJ - The Varsity Hockey Team opened 2018-2019 with the 6th ranked team in NJ, Seton Hall Prep at Codey Arena on Sunday.
The team lost a tough game 6-2 to the Pirates. Devon Kelly recorded the first goal of the season for his new coach and Jake Antonucci provided the first assist. William Frasetto closed out the scoring on the game. Chris Branch recorded 12 saves, yielding 4 goals and Brendan McCaskey turned away 24 shots on goal, allowing 2 goals.
This game will be broadcast on the Verizon Fios Cable System NJ on November 28 at 7:30 PM on channels 1 & 501 HD.
Crusaders Welcome Back Keough!
Bergen Catholic has announced its new Head Hockey Coach and was forturnate to find one of the finest to ever walk the halls of Forest and Oradell. It is Thomas Keough, Class of 2004. Tom was an outstanding player back in the turn of the century and helped lead the Crusaders to a Tournament of Champions Title in 2003.
Good luck, Coach Keough! You know Crusader Nation is behind you!