By: JJ MICHALSKI
Photos/Videos: Kathy Leister
PHILADELPHIA – We have all experienced cancelled or postponed meetings over the last 11 months since shutdowns began due to COVID-19. Last week’s high school hockey schedule was put on hold for something different… Snow.
It’s February, but the Snow Miser has pulled out his bag of tricks later than expected and left us all looking at snowflakes falling from the sky almost every day. That remained true last week as more than four games were postponed across both the ICSHL and APAC. Father Judge was the only team to get in two games and picked up its first win of the 2021 campaign. Here’s a recap of last week’s Game of the Week as Bux-Mont Catholic travelled to Grundy to take on Father Judge on Friday night.
Father Judge (1-1-1) entered Friday night with a couple of tough losses on the season, both to Roman Catholic. First, there was the Gavin Yeager game winner with 10 seconds left on Feb. 8 and a week later Roman struck again defeating Father Judge 3-2 in OT. The Crusaders were looking to bounce back Friday with a full lineup for the first time in 2021.
Bux-Mont Catholic (0-4) opened up the scoring in the game with a tally from Benjamin Schimony and the assist from Simon DiDomenico. The goal came in the first two minutes of play but was the lone Bux-Mont shot of nine total in the game to find the back of the net.
Father Judge didn’t waste time getting the game tied at 1. Franklin Black scored an even strength goal 37 seconds later. Mike Fontaine got an assist from Robert Cattalo six minutes into the action and Father Judge took the lead at 2-1, a lead the Crusaders wouldn’t give back.
Goals from Joe Lombardo, Matt Moser, Anthony Casper, and Colin Howell in the latter half of the first period resulted in a 6-1 Father Judge lead after sixteen minutes of play. Captain of the Crusaders, Sean Ford had an assist on Moser’s goal.
“I think we really needed that win,” Ford said. “We had Moser and DeVine back too. Moser has been big for us this year but now with a full lineup I think we’re looking good, especially for Monday against O’Hara.”
Colin Walsh, who finished the day with a goal and three assists, emerged as the player of the game for Father Judge. His goal 5:27 into the second period gave Father Judge a 7-1 lead. Colin Howell, who scored twice on the night, picked up his second goal midway through the second period, a goal that would close out the scoresheet for both teams in the game.
Bux-Month Catholic’s goal tender, Carson Schroding, made 39 saves on a remarkable 47 Father Judge shots. Acting head coach of Father Judge, Steve Meade, noted that Schroding played exceptionally well despite the high scoring game.
Overall, Meade was happy with the result of Friday’s game and the progress the team has made in 2021.
“Our team was moving the puck very well,” Meade said. “They were moving the puck, they were communicating and they were getting to the right spots. We had a lot of fun and the team is getting a little bit looser.”
“It has been difficult to get a game plan this year because we have had practice cancelled due to snow. It’s also tough because we can’t really talk to the team pregame because we only enter the rink ten minutes before a game. So it’s really tough from that aspect but we’re making do and it’s been a great life lesson for the kids.”
- Steve Meade, Father Judge
APAC League Results Week of 2/15
2/18 – St. Joes Prep, Malvern Prep PPD(Rescheduled 2/22 Ice Line 3:30 PM)
2/19 – LaSalle College High School, Holy Ghost Prep PPD (Rescheduled 3/8 Grundy 3:30 PM)
ICSHL League Results Week of 2/15
2/15 – Roman Catholic 3, Father Judge 2 OT (Grundy)
Roman Catholic Goals: Brennan Whittaker (Gavin Yeager, Benjamin Baer), Evan Rauch (Francis Scales), Brennan Whittaker (Tyree Petteway)
Father Judge Goals: Joe Lombardo (Colin Walsh), Joe Lombardo (Unassisted)
2/15 – Archbishop Carroll, Salesianum PPD
2/18 – Archbishop Ryan, Cardinal O’Hara PPD (Rescheduled 3/11 Skatium 9:45 PM)
2/19 – Bux-Mont Catholic 1, Father Judge 8 (Grundy)
Bux-Mont Goals: Benjamin Schimony (Simon DiDomenico)
Father Judge Goals: Franklin Black (Unassisted), Mike Fontaine (Robert Cattalo), Joe Lombardo (Colin Walsh), Matt Moser (Colin Walsh, Sean Ford), Anthony Casper (Gavin Ammlung), Colin Howell (Anthony Casper), Colin Walsh (Matt Moser), Colin Howell (Colin Walsh)
APAC Schedule Week of 2/22
2/22 St. Joe’s Prep @ Malvern Prep (Rescheduled 3/15)
2/24 Holy Ghost Prep @ Malvern Prep (Ice Line 8:00 PM)
2/26 Holy Ghost Prep @ St. Joe’s Prep (Skatium 7:00 PM)
ICSHL Schedule Week of 2/22
2/22 Cardinal O’Hara @ Father Judge (Grundy 7:10 PM)
2/22 Archbishop Carroll @ Radnor (Skatium 8:00 PM)
2/22 Salesianum @ Archbishop Ryan (Grundy 8:50 PM)
2/26 Cardinal O’Hara @ Salesianum (Patriot Ice 7:40 PM)
2/26 DMA – Tatnall @ Roman Catholic (Grundy 8:15 PM)
2/26 Bux- Mont Catholic @ Archbishop Ryan (Grundy 6:30 PM)
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