Friday, February 18, 2011

Crusading Popes keep dream alive

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

PREP HOCKEY REGIONAL

CMP 5
Waukesha 2

Crusading Popes keep dream alive
Wild run leads CMP past Waukesha
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent



TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – The dream continues for the senior-laden Catholic Memorial-Pius co-op boys hockey team.

A stunning second period in which Memorial-Pius scored three goals in just under three minutes and five goals in a 9:55 span resulted in a 5-2 WIAA regionalchampionship victory over the Waukesha co-op team at the Eble Park Ice Arena on Thursday.

Classic 8 Conference champion CMP actually had another goal waved off in the first 18 seconds of the second period due to a penalty, but the shock was that the explosion came after a scoreless first period and in such a short amount of time.

“I told them after the first period to get the puck to the net and to go hard after the rebound,” CMP coach Steve Chapin said. “They obviously took the advice because they banged a few rebounds in. Sometimes we have a tendency to try to score the pretty goal, but those are not the ones that win games. In the first period we had shots but they were from the outside and we weren’t going for the rebound.”

Anthony Soo Hoo, one of the 12 seniors on the Memorial-Pius team, didn’t waste much time in the second period, scoring on an assist from junior Sam Chapin just 1:29 into the period.

Just 1:13 later, Soo Hoo had a second goal with an assist from senior Kieran Gilbert. Then Chapin, the coach’s son, scored the next two goals with assists from sophomore Nate Gentile and seniors Kyle Fink and Dominic Zanoni.

“We talked about getting the puck on net and getting the rebounds. It was an on-night for me,” Chapin said. “But the other guys were shooting. All I was doing is standing in front of the net and trying to knock it in.”

Coach Chapin called his son a “thumper” and a “grinder” and added, “He’s big and strong and scores his goals around the net. He’ll never score a pretty goal, but you’ll see him on his butt after a lot of his goals.”

Soo Hoo said coach Chapin didn’t really have to remind anyone of what was happening in the first period, when they forced 14 saves by Waukesha – compared to just four for CMP – but were still tied.

“We knew what we were doing with the way-out shooting and part of it in the second period was lucky bounces,” Soo Hoo said. “I didn’t foresee a scoreless game after the first period, but we knew goals would be coming and winning is awesome. This is further than we went last year already and now we get to play another game our senior year.”

Zanoni finished the Memorial-Pius flurry with a shorthanded goal – two of the first four were on power plays – and the team then “got a little lazy” in coach Chapin’s words, yielding two goals to Waukesha in the final 3:20 with seniors Tyler Vermey and Dexter Paige scoring with assists from seniors Bryan Long and Jack Hoffman.

Waukesha played without Classic 8 Player of the Year Zed Dietrich, a freshman, for most of the game after he suffered a concussion at the 8:18 mark in the first period. The Wings failed to produce a flurry of shots in his absense.

Memorial-Pius sophomore goaltender Chris Nelson made 13 saves, while Waukesha senior goalie David Nelson stopped 44 shots.

“No. 1, they’re a good team with talented skaters and they can put it on you quick,” Waukesha coach Raja Aylsworth said. “There’s a reason they were undefeated in conference. Then, when you lose the Player of the Year – other guys picked it up but we didn’t do a good enough job clearing the puck from in front of the net in the second period.

“I’m not disappointed from the sense of the way the guys played, but I’m always disappointed to have a season end. We’re developed a close relationship with the seniors on the team, and it’s tough knowing that the next time we go onto the ice they won’t be there.”


Some pics from last night's game compliments of CMH alum, Billy Seidel --









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