Despite all the challenges that the Ironmen faced in the shortened season of 2020-21, Bosco was exactly where they wanted to be at the end of the season, playing in the final game for a chance at a championship. Facing the top team in the state, Gloucester Catholic, the Ironmen looked to continue their hot post season play. Having only allowed one goal in their previous two Gordon Cup playoff games, a 4-1 win over Delbarton and a 9-0 whitewashing of bergen catholic, Bosco was firing on all cylinders and looking to add to the trophy collection and lock up the top spot in the state.
Once again, goaltending would lead the way, as Senior Kevin Rose (7-1, 0.75 GAA) would keep the score tied at zero as Gloucester Catholic would outshoot the Ironmen in the first period. “Kevin played great and really kept us in the game in that first period,” said Head Coach Greg Toskos. With the score tied at zero, Bosco headed into the intermission looking to reset and get back to what they do best. “We wanted to get back to what we talked about before the game and pretend we’re starting over,” said Toskos, and the team responded in a big way.
Senior Captain and Gordon Conference MVP Connor Sedlak (18g, 11a) would once again spark the Ironmen and get the scoring started, as Lukas Klemm (4g, 7a) would spring Ryan Fine (8g, 9a) and Sedlak on a two on none break to take the lead. Minutes later, Sophomore defenseman Drew Fortescue (3g, 9a) would circle the entire offensive zone and deposit a point blank shot for the first of his three points on the night, and the Ironmen were up two nothing. After a Gloucester Catholic penalty, the Bosco power play would go to work, as Freshman Dean Toskos (6g, 6a) would net the first of his two power play goals on the night, finishing off a rebound both times and the Ironmen were up four nothing after the end of two.
With the Gordon Cup waiting for the victors, Bosco wouldn’t surrender any
ground in the third period, as Connor Sedlak would cap off his stellar career and complete the scoring, netting his 111th point (59g, 52a) as an Ironmen finishing off a Drew Fortescue assist to put Bosco up 5-0 and claim their third ever Gordon Cup title. In addition to winning its second Gordon Cup in three years, Don Bosco also secured the top ranking in the state and their claim to 2021 NJ State Champions.
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