It were the goalies who stole the show on the big stage as the Ironmen and Seton Hall Prep Pirates fought their way to a scoreless deadlock after 45 minutes of play at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, home of the New Jersey Devils.

“It was a pretty good hockey game out there,”  Bosco coach Greg Toskos said. “I thought Seton Hall came out pretty hard. We knew they were going to be a good hockey team, a much improved hockey team. We controlled a good portion of the play there. The last eight or nine minutes, we were really pressing to get that goal. Their goaltender made some really good saves and he played outstanding.

“But overall, it was a well-fought Gordon Conference game in a fantastic venue.”

The Ionmen hope to find themselves returning to the Prudential Center in the early spring, not to attend a Devil’s game, but for a shot at the state title on March 5th.

“It was a real special night,” Toskos said. “I think the kids really enjoyed it. They enjoyed everything from warming up and kicking the ball around, doing the soccer thing, to having fun. We dressed in the visitor’s locker room here which was awesome. Look, the Devils won three Stanley Cups, none of them were here but it’s still a really special place.”

Tristian Reese during the game at the Pru Center