January 27 – Hackensack, NJ – There’s no place like home. That was especially true for our Crusaders who defeated a very solid St. Augustine team 3-0 at the Ice House. The scoreless first period was reminiscent of the season opener against Gloucester Catholic as the Crusaders dominated possession, but the Rams got some excellent scoring opportunities in transition. Once again, BC did everything but score in the first period, firing 17 shots to the Hermits four. Those four, seemed especially dangerous as none were settled situation, but BC defense and goalie, Ryan Henry, came up big all four times.
The second period was a different story. With 7:27 remaining in the second period, the Crusaders broke through and took their first lead of the season. Junior, Matt Hughes scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Leonard Carlucci and BC was on the board 1-0.
Just two minutes later, Antonio Arcaroli carried the puck, sweeping behind the Hermit goal. He found a wide-open Aram Minnetian on the crease who placed the one-timer in the back of the net before the St. Augie goalie could react and BC led 2-0 with 5:20 remaining.
With a 2-0 second period lead, BC was looking for an insurance goal to finish off their opponents. Harvard-bound Mick Thompson was just the guy to do it. Thompson scored his first goal of the season just 1:06 into the third period, giving BC a 3-0 lead which they defended and finished with. As the final period played out it was clear the Hermits were losing their legs. Brenden Kelly, Tim Kelly, Bryceon Lago, Jacob Carver, Steve Saxton, John Mustard and Matt Maglio provided solid defense and pressure on the puck to wear their opponent down.
BC is now 1-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Gordon Conference.