Don Bosco Hockey started 2023 right where 2022 ended, notching back to back wins and capturing the Harry Rulon Miller Tournament for the second time. Despite the start of the season being pushed back this year by the NJSIAA, the Ironmen opened up with three straight wins, defeating Seton Hall Prep, St Peter’s Prep and Pope John. Following the three in state wins, the Ironmen then made their annual trip up to Boston to take on Xaverian Brothers and BC High.
The first matchup against Xaverian Brothers, took place at famed Matthews Arena on the campus of Northeastern. Junior goaltender, James Tarabocchia (1.00 GA, 96.5%) stole the show, putting up a 38 save shutout against #8 Xaverian, while Junior defenseman, Luca Chiaese (2g, 7a) scored the games only goal to give DBP a 1-0 win. In the second matchup, Bosco took on #3 BC High at Babson. The Ironmen jumped out to a 3-1 lead, with two goals by Junior Captain Dean Toskos (7g, 12a) and one from Senior Captain Ty Oller (9g, 8a), but BC High battled back to tie the game in the final minutes.
Junior Defenseman Luca Chiaese
As 2022 began to wind down, Bosco continued its hot play, notching three more Gordon Conference wins, defeating Gloucester Catholic 5-1 and Bergen Catholic twice in two days. Following the New Years break, Don Bosco faced off against the HRM tournament host and Gordon Conference opponent Princeton Day. Once again, Bosco jumped out to a lead on goals by Toskos, two by Oller and Freshman Ryan Murphy notched his first varsity goal in a 4-2 win. The following day, DBP took on Lawrenceville School for the HRM title. In what proved to be a back and forth affair, Bosco had a 2-1 lead through two periods, but allowed the equalizer in the third. As the game went into OT, the Ironmen capitalized on a power play opportunity and once again, Senior Ty Oller delivered the game winner.
Don Bosco Hockey is proud to announce that Seniors Liam St. Pierre, Ty Oller, Ethan Marich and Junior Dean Toskos will serve as team captains for the 2022-23 campaign. “All four players have been key contributors throughout their time as Ironmen and we look forward to an exciting year ahead. Playing one of the toughest schedules in the state, they will be counted on to bring leadership qualities on and off the ice,” said Head Coach Greg Toskos.
Senior Ethan Marich
Playing in his first Varsity season in 2021-22, Defenseman Liam St. Pierre (1g, 13a) appeared in all 28 games, leading all defensemen in plus/minus (30). “Liam really gave us stability on the backend all year and we look forward to seeing his offensive game continue to grow,” said Toskos. Also joining Liam from the defensive side of the puck, Senior Goaltender Ethan Marich (21-14-3, 90.7% Sv%, 2.16GAA) a four year varsity player, “Ethan has been a huge part of our success since his Freshman season, he’s a strong voice in our locker room that the players respect and the coaching staff felt he’d be a great piece to the leadership group.”
Joining Ethan and Liam are forwards Senior Ty Oller (23g, 30a) and Junior Dean Toskos (8g, 9a) who both will be counted on to lead the Ironmen scoring attack. “Both Ty and Dean have grown up playing together, they’ve been teammates at Bosco for three years now and we expect them to be key contributors like they have been in the past,” said Toskos.
Junior Dean Toskos
Senior Liam St. Pierre
Don Bosco will play one of the toughest schedules in New Jersey high school hockey starting opening night, December 9th vs Seton Hall Prep. Along with the grueling Gordon Conference schedule, DBP will also take on Non-Conference opponents, Morristown Beard, Suffern and will travel up to Boston for games against Xaverian High School and BC High.
The Ironmen Hockey team closed out their regular season campaign in historic fashion this past Tuesday afternoon, playing the first ever high school hockey game at the new UBS Arena, home of the NHL’s NY Islanders. Don Bosco faced off against Long Island’s own, Portledge High School, while the Islanders and UBS Arena staff rolled out the red carpet for both teams, everyone in attendance was treated to a back and forth hockey game between two of the top ranked high school teams in the NJ/NY area.
Vice Chairman – UBS Americas, Brian Hull, drops the puck in the first ever high school game at UBS Arena
Senior Captain, Nick Milmore (10g, 6a) gave Bosco the early lead, finishing off a scrum in front of the Portledge net to open the scoring. However, the Ironmen would give Portledge some life late in the opening frame as they converted on an odd man rush to knot the game at one apiece after the first period.
After regrouping in the locker room following the first period, Bosco came out and dominated play with 15 second period shots on net, but couldn’t break through as the Portledge goaltender made several point blank saves. “After the first we talked about getting stronger in offensive zone, grinding out possessions and working for those greasy goals that we’ve gotten all year,” Coach Toskos said.
DBP celebrates Senior Capt. Matt Imbriano’s game winner
Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Junior Goalie Ethan Marich (7-5, 2.23 GAA) kept the Ironmen in it the entire game, stopping 25 of 26 shots and spoiling Portledge’s attack on several occasions, making key saves to keep the game tied at one.
With under a minute to go in the third period, Portledge earned an offensive zone faceoff. Senior Captain Matt Imbriano (15g, 9a) took the draw and won it cleanly, pushing it forward between both Portledge defenseman and then it was off to the races. “When I got in the faceoff, I looked up and saw their defensemen spread out and I thought if there was a chance to do it, now was the time,” said Imbriano. Out skating both defenseman and with the game on his stick, Imbriano finished off the breakaway short side to give the Ironmen a 2-1 lead, scoring with 14 seconds remaining to seal Don Bosco’s 16th win of the season and finish with a 16-5-1 regular season record.
Next up #3 seed Don Bosco will host #6 seed Seton Hall Prep, Friday (2/11) at 8:00 pm in the Quarterfinals of the Gordon Cup at the Ice Vault.
After a year long hiatus, the Bergen County Coaches Association Ice Hockey Tournament returned in 2022 and the Ironmen made sure to bring the trophy back to Ramsey. Facing a talented Northern Highlands team
Senior Gio Russo had a goal and an assist in the BCCA Finals
that knocked off Ramapo and Mahwah to reach the finals, the Highlanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. “We made a few mistakes in the first, but there was no panic in the locker room after that first period,” Head Coach Greg Toskos said, “We know you can’t win the game after the first period, which is something we’ve discussed all year, playing a full 45 minutes.” Bosco came right out on the power play to start the second period, but managed only one shot, then got called for a five minute major boarding penalty.
“Something we’ve always taken pride in is our penalty killing, its a chance to swing momentum and change the course of the game,” said Coach Toskos. And the
Senior Nick Milmore led the Ironmen with 2 goals and an assist in the BCCA Finals
Ironmen didn’t disappoint. On the ensuing penalty kill, Bosco scored 3 short handed goals, courtesy of Seniors Gio Russo (5g, 2a), Matt Imbriano (11g, 7a) and Junior Kris Krumins (13g, 4a), erasing the two goal deficit and adding a fourth straight shorthanded tally later in the second period by Senior Nick Milmore (5g, 6a) to regain the lead 4-2 after two frames of play.
Tournament MVP, Junior Ty Oller
In the final period, Nick Milmore, once again added an insurance goal and the celebration was on, as the Ironmen regained the BCCA title for the 9th time. Ethan Marich was outstanding in net stopping 18 of 20 shots and keeping the Highlanders off the scoreboard after the first period and Junior Ty Oller was named tournament MVP.
Bosco faces off next versus rival Delbarton on Sunday (1/23) 6:15 pm at the Ice Vault.
Check out the highlights of the 2022 BCCA Final, courtesy of our friends at Jersey Sports Zone
Goalie James Tarrabocchia ’24, plays the puck vs St. Augusitne’s Prep
Despite an opening night loss to Gordon Conference rival and NJ’s top ranked team, CBA, Don Bosco has bounced right back winning five straight games against Gordon Conference foes. During the win streak, the Ironmen defense has been stout, holding opponents to less than one goal in 4 of the 5 games and posting a shut out versus St. Augustine Prep. Strong goaltending from the duo of Junior Ethan Marich (3-2, 2.00 GAA, 92.5%) and Sophomore James Tarrabocchia (3-0, 1.00 GAA, 95.7%) have kept opponents off the scoreboard, allowing the Bosco offense to flourish.
Led by Senior Captain Matt Imbriano (5G, 2A), Juniors Ty Oller (2G, 5A), Kris Krumins (5G, 1A) and Sophomore Massimo Monteleone (5G, 1A) the Ironmen offense has been relentless in knocking off Seton Hall Prep, St. Augustines, St Peters, St Joe’s and Delbarton, outscoring opponents 17-4 during the five game win streak.
Forward Massimo Monteleone ’24 looks to make a play vs SPP
This past weekend, the team returned to Boston and earned a split on the trip, dropping the first game 4-2 to #2 ranked Xaverian Brothers High at Bentley University. The following afternoon, Don Bosco rebounded and defeated #5 ranked BC High, 7-2 at the famed Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University.
The Ironmen will play one final time before the Christmas and New Year break, hosting bergen catholic on December 23rd, 6:15 pm at the Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ on rivalry night.