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 Kevin Rose stood tall for his second playoff shutout
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
2021 Gordon Cup Champions
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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The 56th season of Don Bosco Hockey finally opens this Friday vs rival Bergen Catholic. Looking to start the season off on the right foot, the Ironmen come into the season led by Senior Captains Connor Sedlak (83 GP 41g-41a), Zach Hammond (57 GP 17g, 12a) and Junior Lukas Klemm (16 GP 6g, 11a).
In addition to the three Captains, Seniors Brendan Flaherty (29 GP 4g, 6a), Joe Caldiero (26 GP 3g, 5a), Jack Noel (9 GP 1g, 1a) and Michael Papachristou anchor an offense that returns Juniors Matt Imbriano (44 GP 11g, 7a) and Nick Milmore (3 GP 1g). Joining the offensive attack, Sophomores Sal Guzzo (23 GP 10g, 15a), Ryan Fine (15 GP 10g, 13a) and Ty Oller (16 GP 3g, 1a) all return after a fantastic rookie campaign. Looking to help the team continue its run of success and contribute on the score sheet are Freshman Matthew Bossolina and Dean Toskos.
Senior Captain Zach Hammond
On the blueline, the Ironmen return Sophomore Drew Fortescue (20 GP 1g, 11a) to go along with Hammond and Klemm. Joining the three returning defenseman are newcomers, Juniors Joe Bossolina, Tyler Alesso and Marian Mosko, as well as Sophomore Andrew Chanfrau and Freshman Lukas Peterson and Kenny Kalman. Backstopping the Ironmen, both Senior Kevin Rose and Sophomore Ethan Marich return and will be joined by Senior Damien Blando and Freshman James Tarabacchia.
Entering his 15th season at the helm for Don Bosco, Head Coach Greg Toskos (234-107-26) will look to guide the Ironmen to once again claim post season success. “Look, we know this season is going to be different, its going to be fluid from day to day with what is happening, but we want to give our Seniors a great year, they deserve it,” said Toskos. “We return a strong core and expect to compete for a championship, the expectations remain the same.”
Despite the shortened season, Don Bosco will still play one of the toughest schedules in the state. Along with playing each of the Gordon teams, Bosco will play a home and home with Princeton Day School as well as a non-conference matchup against Morristown Beard.
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Don Bosco Hockey is proud to announce that Seniors Zach Hammond and Connor Sedlak along with Junior Lukas Klemm have been named team captains for the 2020-21 season. Head Coach Greg Toskos is excited to get started in this unusual year, “We have a great core group coming back that we’re really excited about and we couldn’t be prouder as a program to feature these three players as our captains. Their leadership will be tested right away as we will play one of the toughest schedules in the state.”
The Ironmen open the season on the road, December 21st, in a State Semi-Finals re-match vs Seton Hall Prep, followed by Bergen Catholic two days before Christmas.
Bosco will close out 2020 with two more games against Gloucester Catholic on the 27th and Morristown Beard School on the 29th, before breaking for the new year. “It’s a different year for sure,” said Coach Toskos, “but our goal remains the same and we’re looking forward to getting the 2020-21 campaign under way.”
Coming off the an 8-3 quarterfinal win over Pingry, the Ironmen looked to keep their offensive momentum rolling into Mennen Arena for an NJSIAA Semi-finals showdown against six seeded Seton Hall Prep. The Pirates, fresh off their 3-2 win over three seed Bergen Catholic, were all that stood in Bosco’s way for a return trip to the Prudential Center and a chance to defend their 2019 State Title crown.
Merrimack College commit Michael Rubin with 3 assists vs SHP in Semi-Final action
After a scoreless opening few minutes, that saw each team trade scoring chances, Seton Hall Prep got on the board first to take a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, leading scorer, Junior Connor Sedlak (20g, 22a) found a loose puck behind the SHP goal tender off a Lukas Klemm (6g, 11a) shot to even the score.
Coming out of the break, Bosco struck first, six minutes in as Freshman Sal Guzzo (10g, 15a) cashed in on the power play off a nice feed from Lukas Klemm and Junior Michael Rubin (7g, 18a) to put the Ironmen up 2-1. Shortly thereafter, Senior Arthur Tsimerman (4g, 4a) scored his second goal in as many games, taking a pass from Rubin to give Bosco a 3-2 lead. However, Seton Hall continued to play tough all night and answered right back two minutes later to pull within one going into the final period.
Jr. Connor Sedlak, 2 goals vs SHP, leads the rush
In the third, with the season on the line, the Ironmen rallied for two goals as Sedlak found the back of the net on the power play, for his second of the game. But the Pirates would continue to hang around, getting their third of the game a minute and a half later, to pull within one again. A minute later however, Bosco would strike again, as Freshman Ryan Fine (10g, 13) took a Drew Fortescue (1g, 9a) pass and went five hole, to secure a 5-3 win and the Ironmen were off to the Rock for the fourth straight year to defend their 2019 title.
Don Bosco looks to defend their title and repeat as NJSIAA Non-Public Champions against number one seed CBA, Monday March 9th, 6:30 pm at the Prudential Center. Please come out and support the Ironmen!
After facing off with a tough Pope John team in the first round of the state playoffs, the Ironmen faced upstart Pingry School. Coming off a win against St. Augustine Prep, Pingry brought in plenty of fire power looking to knock off the defending champions.
Soph Lukas Klemm chipped in with 3 assists
Right away, the Ironmen would go to the power play and cash in as Merrimack College commit, Michael Rubin (7g, 15a) took a feed from Lukas Klemm and rifled home a point shot to put Bosco up 1-0. Less than two minutes later, Senior Arthur Tsimerman (3g, 4a) found the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. However, Pingry would answer right back to get on the board. Bosco found the net two more times in the opening frame on goals by Will Fortescue (5g, 18a) and Boston University commit Freshman, Ryan Fine (9g, 12a) to take a 4-1 lead into the locker room.
Following the ice cut, the Ironmen wasted little time, putting another three goals on the board in the second period, as Senior Hunter McGee (6g, 14a) and Junior Jake Geraci (1g, 10a) each netted a goal, while Ryan Fine added his second of the game. Despite the offensive outburst from DBP, Pingry added a second goal to close out the second period scoring.
Jr. defenseman Jake Geraci notched his first goal of the year
Senior Captain Robbie Greenleaf (2g, 2a) finished off the scoring for the Ironmen in the third period, while Freshman Goalie Ethan Marich made 16 saves on the night as the Ironmen advanced by a score of 8-3. Lukas Klemm (6g, 8a), Sal Guzzo (9g, 15a) and Connor Sedlack (18g, 22a) had three assists apiece to lead the team in scoring on the night.
Sr. Captain Robbie Greenleaf tallied a goal and an assist
Don Bosco returns to action Thursday night, March 5th with a chance to go to the Prudential Center and play for its second consecutive state title against Seton Hall Prep, who defeated Bergen Catholic 3-2 earlier. Please come out and support the Ironmen as they continue to defend their state title, 8:30 pm at Mennen Arena in Morristown.
Freshman Eric Vivinetto fires a shot on goal in NJSIAA first round play
Coming off a tough loss in the Gordon Cup finals, Don Bosco entered the NJSIAA round of 16 as the number two seed. Taking on a familiar Gordon Conference foe Pope John for the third time on the season, their first round game would not be easy. “Pope John is well coached and there is a familiarity level with both teams,” said Head Coach Greg Toskos. “Brownie does a great job with his guys and we’ve played some nail biting state playoff games the past few years against them to say the least. We don’t ever over look an opponent, but that is even more the case tonight, because we know what they’re capable of,” said Toskos.
Junior Kevin Rose stopped 14 of 15 shots in NJSIAA first round match up vs Pope John
The Ironmen came out firing in the first period, peppering Pope John with 18 shots, but only managed one goal. Freshman Ryan Fine (7g, 12a) buried a chance off a nice feed from Junior Connor Sedlak (18g, 19a) and Sophomore defenseman Lukas Klemm (6g, 5a). Bosco would continue the offensive display, adding another 26 shots in the second period, but were denied each time. However, Junior goaltender Kevin Rose, was just as good for the Ironmen, stopping all 10 shots he faced through two periods. Making his 12th start of the year, while posting a 93.2% save percentage and a 1.2 GAA, Rose kept the Lions off the scoreboard until a power play opportunity in the third, found the back of the net to tie the game at one.
But the Ironmen would not be out done on this night. Answering with two goals twenty seconds apart as two Freshman led the way for Bosco. Eric Vivinetto (3g, 17a) ripped a shot from the left circle off a pass from Senior Captains Hunter McGee (5g, 13a) and Will Fortescue (4g, 18a) to give Don Bosco the lead. Moments later, Sal Guzzo (9g, 12a) would add an insurance goal, putting Bosco up for good off a feed from McGee and Junior Drew Hansen (1g, 8a).
Don Bosco continues its NJSIAA Non-Public title defense on Monday March 2, 8:15 pm vs Pingry at the Ice Vault