DARIEN — Thursday night in Darien hockey fans got quite the treat as two of the Tri-State area’s premier teams went at it.

Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey defeated the Blue Wave 5-2 with both teams showing why they’re among the best in their respective states.

The game got started with the Ironmen having a clear edge over Darien, using their speed to get off to a 1-0 lead just three minutes in on a wrister from Tyler Sedlak.

That goal woke up Darien (13-2), which tied the game at one when Thomas Sulger batted in a loose puck in front of the net.

Bosco would again tally in the first when, after logging heavy ice time in the offensive zone, Luke Macmillan finally connected.

Darien came out in the second and took advantage of a power play when Riley Mullin cleaned up a Scott Voigt shot to tie it at 2-2.

Special teams would prove to be the difference, however, as Darien twice nullified its own power plays with penalties of its own.

The first time, Bosco capitalized with a goal from Marcus Gurega and the second killed the Wave’s momentum in the opening minutes of the final period.

“The one thing I have to say that I’m not happy with is a lack of discipline,” Darien coach Mac Budd said. “We’ve had patches of that this year where we haven’t had discipline and it’s cost us; we’ve been lucky in the past we haven’t been playing teams like Don Bosco and there’s no doubt it hurt us a lot.”

Aside from the few lapses that eventually cost Darien the game Budd was happy with how his team performed on a big stage.

“I was happy with almost everything that we did,” Budd said. “That’s a team that comes hard at you — they skate very well, they’re a really skilled team and they play faster than what were used to, so there’s no doubt that that was an adjustment and we had to rise the level of our game and for the most part we did a good job.”

Bosco would tally twice in the third off the sticks of Chris Mazzella and Mickey Burns.

The Ironmen are used to playing in Connecticut against Fairfield Prep, and were more than happy to visit another team.

“Budd and I have known each other for a couple years and I told him, ‘If you guys get the horses I’ll be happy to play you,’ ” Bosco coach Greg Toskos said. “I know they had a great year last year and he called me up and said, ‘Look we got players,’ and you can see they hung with us they played a great game, for both teams this was an excellent hockey game, gets us ready for playoffs and them ready for their stretch run.”

Getting into the late stretch was a key for Budd, who said his message from this game will be all positive.

“Without a doubt,” Budd said. “I thought we played very well; you’re playing a very, very good team and if you make a few mistakes you’re going to pay for it so from our perspective that’s a good thing as we head into the stretch.”

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DARIEN 1 1 0—2

Records: Don Bosco Prep 17-4-2; Darien 13-2.

Goals: DBP—Tyler Sedlak, Luke Macmillan, Marcus Gurega. Mickey Burns, Chris Mazzella; D—Thomas Sulger, Riley Mullin. Assists: DBP—Mazzella, Burns, John Campomenosi; D—Jake Kirby, Ben Brown. Goalies: DBJ—Dante Durante (18); D—David Voigt (20). Shots: DBJ—25; D—20.