from today's Waukesha Freeman --
PREP BOYS HOCKEY
Crusading Popes finding more players to score
Team stays unbeaten in conference
By Daniel Mike Freeman Staff
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – Entering this season, the Catholic Memorial/Pius coop boys hockey team knew its front line was a force. But as the season has worn on, CMP is starting to see the rest of its lineup stepping into the mix. That showed Friday, as Crusading Popes got contributions from each line and cruised to a 7-1 Classic 8 Conference victory over the Greendale/Martin Luther/Franklin/Oak Creek co-op at Eble Park Ice Arena.
“Before we did have one powerful line, but as our year continues, our second and third lines are stepping up,” senior defender Cody Dixon said. “We’re not just a oneline team anymore.”
The Crusaders’ No. 1 line of seniors Kyle Fink, Anthony Soo Hoo and Kieran Gilbert scored three goals, while the No. 2 line of senior Dominic Zanoni, junior Sam Chapin and sophomore Nate Gentile added three goals.
“Our first line, the goal line ... those guys are more skill players,” CMP coach Steve Chapin said. “Our second line ... those guys are kind of the hard-hat workers. They have a little less skill but more determination. “They all bring different things.”
Soo Hoo and Zanoni each scored twice for CMP (7-3 overall, 3-0 Classic 8), while Gilbert, Sam Chapin and junior Nick Mikelonis each scored once. “As more games go on, we’re connecting and getting more opportunities,” Zanoni said. “Our coaches tell us to move the puck and things will open up, opportunities will come and from opportunities will come goals.”
Memorial/Pius scored three first-period goals – from Mikelonis, Soo Hoo and Zanoni. Sam Chapin scored five minutes into the second period for a 4-0 advantage. Greendale scored its first goal at 9:19 of the second period, but Gilbert answered with a goal 14 seconds later for a 5-1 advantage. Soo Hoo and Zanoni each added thirdperiod goals.
“We had seven penalties to their two,” Steve Chapin said. “We started getting those five-on-three (disadvantages) and had to defend that, which kind of wrecked the momentum. “The first period, we were really clicking and we didn’t have any penalties. We slowed down a little in the second.”
But the Crusading Popes continued to move the puck around, and Dixon finished with five assists. “Cody was definitely a playmaker today,” Steve Chapin said. “He was putting the puck right on the stick.”
“Some games he likes to shoot, some days he likes to pass,” Zanoni said of Dixon. “Today was one of his passing days. He has a way of finding guys.” That was the case for the entire team, as the Crusaders kept attacking the Ice Force throughout.
“It was clicking for all of us; it wasn’t just me,” Dixon said. “We played well as a team. “We knew Greendale wasn’t the best opponent, but we wanted to keep the same mind-set we would against a stronger team.”