Skating Out the Gate: Varsity Hockey Routs Monsignor Farrell 9-1 to Open Season

TBy Russell Macias ’19

The Chaminade varsity hockey team kicked off its season on the right foot by cruising past Monsignor Farrell on Friday, December 2.  This game was the first of many tough contests on the schedule this year, which includes three meetings with archrival and toughest competition, the St. Anthony’s Friars.   

The Flyers started off the first period playing rather aggressively, as evidenced by senior Alek Squeri’s monstrous hit on Msgr. Farrell’s Nicholas Pallis.  Pallis retaliated by slashing Squeri, earning a trip to the penalty box in the process.  Chaminade capitalized on the ensuing power play with Squeri feeding Stephen Falgoust ’17 the puck at center ice.  Falgoust snuck the shot past the Farrell goalie, giving the Flyers their first goal of the season and an early 1-0 lead.  But the Flyers refused to take their foot off the gas pedal, managing to score four goals within a span of 1:42. These goals were scored by Michael Cerrone ’18, Timothy Landolphi ’18, Kevin Donnelly ’18, and Connor Norton ’17. Chaminade totaled 11 shots in the first period while amassing five goals in the first frame.  Just before the period ended, junior Daniel Castles delivered a hit to an opposing player to cap off a nearly perfect period for the Flyers. 

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Joe Dunn ’17 stick handles the puck as he flies down the ice.

  In the second period, the Flyers continued their dominant performance.  They managed to bait Farrell into another penalty, earning them another power play.  The Flyers capitalized on the numbers advantage, working the puck around the zone with good crisp passing while tiring out the opposition.  The puck eventually found its way to Christopher Parisi ’17 along the boards, and he fired off a picturesque slapshot that put the Flyers up 6-0.  Later in the period, the Flyers continued to apply pressure to the Farrell defense.  Zach Morin ’17 sent a shot through a crowd of defenders that made its way to the net.  Clearly frustrated, Msgr. Farrell started to play a little more aggressively, leading to yet another power play opportunity for the Flyers.  They did not manage to cash this one in, though.  Monsignor Farrell did take a few good shots this period, but goaltender Trevor Corsello ’19 managed to deny them all.  At the end of the period, Chaminade was up 7-0.

    The third period was much of the same.  The Flyers dictated the flow of the game and gave their opponents no room to breathe offensively.  Just 1:19 into the frame, Jeff McCormick ’17 scored on a rebound from senior Joseph Dunn’s errant shot.  After Dunn scored to push the lead to 9-0, Farrell finally managed to put a dent in the lead.  Paul Ariola ’17 got his second penalty of the game and in effect set up a chance for Msgr. Farrell that they did not pass up.  After Farrell’s breakaway goal to make the score 9-1, Chaminade decided to play conservatively and maintained its lead with ease.

  Overall, Chaminade played very well as a whole, as Coach Ed Smith would attest after the game.  He said, “Our guys all played their hearts out.  They distributed the puck well, which led to nine different players scoring on all of Chaminade’s goals.”  He went on to cite how proud he was of all the lines for keeping their emotions in check, as blowouts can get physical.  In a post-game interview, Christopher Parisi ’17 spoke about he thought the team played as a solid unit.   He went on to say, “We will be able to win a lot of games this year.  Two tough teams on our schedule are Iona Prep and St. Anthony’s, but I know we are capable of defeating them both.”  If Friday was any indication, the Flyers are  well-equipped to dominate the field this upcoming season.