January 18 – Sewell, NJ – After scheduling two scrimmages and a game all cancelled due to Covid-19, the Crusaders finally had an opportunity to open their season in a Gordon Conference Game.
The opener demanded a long bus ride to Sewell and the Hollydell Arena where a motivated Gloucester Catholic team was awaiting the Crusaders. The Rams took an early advantage, scoring just 2:11 into the young season and putting BC down 1-0.
After a tightly contested remainder of the period, Coach Keough hoped his team would be able to get the first score of the second period to even the score. Once again, the Rams scored early, however, netting their second goal just 3:30 into the period and putting BC in a 2-0 hole.
Just 1:36 later, BC would score its first goal of the season, a power-play goal fired by Antonio Arcaroli ’22 on a pass from Mick Thompson ’22 and just like that, BC cut the Ram lead in half, and was in striking range. Sadly, that lead was extended as a Gloucester Catholic attacker was able to sneak a puck past sophomore goal keeper, Ryan Henry ’23, who played a very solid game in his varsity debut. Henry stopped .921 of the shots faced in 44:20 minutes of play, holding the Rams scoreless throughout the third period.
The Crusaders out-shot their opponents 40-35, but were unable to beat the Rams keeper until just 1:22 remained in the game. It was at that point that super-soph, Aram Minnetian ’23, fired a shot to give BC its second power-play goal. Thompson and Bryceon Lago ’23 each recorded assists on the score and the Crusaders hoped for a fantastic finish.
BC put extreme pressure on the Rams’ net, in the waning seconds as a flurry of activity happened on the crease, but it was not enough and BC dropped its opening game 3-2.
This is a resilient group of players and despite Friday’s rescheduled game with Don Bosco Prep, cancelled due to Covid; and their next game, cancelled due to Covid; they look forward to getting back on the ice and making a run at defending their Bergen County title.