Friday, February 11, 2011

Hot on the ice -- CMP Hockey are Conference Champs

from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Catholic Memorial/Pius 6
Brookfield 2

Crusading Popes regain conference championship
Dixon leads balanced attack for victors
By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

BROOKFIELD – It’s been a long time, but the Catholic Memorial/Pius high school co-op boys hockey team is again Classic 8 Conference champion. The Memorial/Pius team completed its ascent to the top for the first time in a decade – an ascent that began with a 3-1 victory over defending champion Waukesha – with a 6-2 victory over the Brookfield co-op team at the Ponds of Brookfield on Wednesday.

“Everything is clicking for us right now,” said senior defender Cody Dixon, who had a goal and two assists. “We had a couple of injuries early in the season, but I’m so excited right now.” The excitement derived from a great second period in which Memorial/Pius broke a 2-2 tie with three goals, and the defense took over with sophomore goalie Chris Nelson registering 33 total saves.

“I told the players after the first period to move their feet,” Memorial/Pius coach Steve Chapin said. “We were just reacting for everything in the first period. We weren’t pro-active and were just waiting for things to happen. But’s that’s the kind of team we are: We have to work hard to win.”

Nine different players had either a goal or an assist with seniors Dominic Zanoni, Anthony Soo Hoo and Kyle Fink and juniors Sam Chapin and Will Radke adding goals. Sophomore Nate Gentile had two assists, while seniors Joe Heckes, Kieran Gilbert, Zanoni and Fink each had an assist.

“The last three or four games we’ve been on a roll and have been scoring a lot of goals,” Steve Chapin said. “Winning the championship was our main goal. When we started the year. that’s the one thing we wanted to do. The (WIAA) state tournament is really a gamble because it’s oneand-done, but now we can refocus and look ahead.”

Brookfield scored first with junior P.J. Corbett getting the goal with an assist from freshman Robbie Fosdick just one minute and 12 seconds into the contest. But, as was the case all the way in the first period, it didn’t take long for an answer. Just 2:23 later, Zanoni tied the game after a deflection in front of the net.

Memorial/Pius went ahead on a goal by Soo Hoo with 4:46 left in the period, but Brookfield answered 52 seconds later with a goal by senior Sam Myrold with senior T. Ryan Hicks assisting. But Chapin had his talk with the players. “We felt a little shaky after the first period,” Dixon admitted. “But then we were able to regroup. Coach told us he wasn’t too worried. He just told us we all knew what we had to do.”

It took a few minutes, but 6:14 into the second period, Memorial/Pius took the lead for good on a goal by Radke and two more goals followed in three-minute intervals – the goals by Dixon on a power play and by Chapin. Fink scored the last goal late in the third period on an assist from Dixon.

Brookfield had some excellent scoring chances in the third period, but Nelson helped keep the Stars off the board by notching 12 saves in the period. “Chris has done real well and he’s battle tested,” Steve Chapin said. “In the seven games we’ve lost overall, six of the losses have been to teams who are the No. 1 seed in their respective sectionals and the other is to a No. 2 seed. We knew the experience gained in those games would be helpful at the end. “This is a hard place to play and the game was kind of ugly at times, but all we wanted was the win.” Memorial improved to 7-0 in league and 15-7 overall, while Brookfield dropped to 5-3 in league and 13-8-1 overall with its second loss in as many days – the other to Arrowhead on Wednesday night.

“We were on top two days ago and yesterday’s loss hurt real bad or we could have taken the conference,” Brookfield coach Chris Frantz said. “They just outplayed us today, and we didn’t show up in the second period. We lost track of what we had been doing in the first period when we played a passing game. “Overall, I thought we played OK, but that second period really got away from us.”

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