Darien routs St. Joseph for trip to Division I semifinals
WEST HAVEN — In playoff hockey you’re supposed to have a short memory.
Unfortunately for St. Joseph Saturday, Darien did not.
After being upset a week and a half ago by the Cadets, No. 3 Darien flexed its muscles in the Division I quarterfinals, beating No. 11 St. Joseph 6-0 at Bennett Rink in West Haven.
“All we were thinking about was what happened in FCIACs and we wanted to come out hard and take it to them and not let them hang around like last time,” Darien senior Herbie Hazelton said. “We wanted to get pucks on net and test the goalie, we know how good he is and we did a good job with that.”
In the semifinals on Wednesday Darien will get another chance to avenge an earlier loss, this time against No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven which defeated the Blue Wave 3-1 on Jan. 4.
“It’s always a good game,” Darien coach Mac Budd said of the semifinal matchup. “They’re two well coached teams that like to play hard and have been pretty good teams the last few years; we’re certainly prepared for another big battle.”
“Honestly we competed with them for maybe the first seven minutes of the game and after that they really took off,” St. Joseph coach JR Bria said. “I’ve said all along I think they’re the best team in the state, best that we’ve played definitely, and if they keep paying like that they’ll be very difficult to beat. There’s no difference between their first and third line or first and sixth defenseman.”
The teams played fairly even for the second period with Darien tacking on one more off the stick of Max DeBeradinis who also had an assist in the contest.
In the third, Darien‘s depth continued to prove too much with Hazelton adding two of his own.
“I think the one thing is they don’t have a lot of depth,” Budd said. “Both times we played them we said lets come at them hard and be aggressive which is the style we tend to play anyways, we did more of that and didn’t let them hang around.”
Budd went on to commend the job Bria did with the Cadets, who have plenty of talent but were short on bodies. With star sophomore goalie Ryan Wilson in net St. Joe was able to make the most of what it had, advancing to the FCIAC finals and Division I quarters.
“They definitely exceeded my expectations,” Bria said. “A lot of coaches were real nice at the handshakes, always had good things to say about the guys. I had great leadership from DiSabella and Gilbert and Hurley, my three seniors did a great job leading the team.”
DARIEN 6, ST. JOSPEH 0
ST. JOSEPH 0 0 0—0
DARIEN 3 1 2—6
Goals: D—Jay Dickson, Ed Glassmeyer, Sam Knowlton, Max DeBeradinis, Herbert Hazelton 2. Assists: D—DeBeradinis, Scott Voigt 2, Jake Kirby, Harry Congdon, Riley Mullin. Goalies: SJ-Ryan Wilson (35 saves); D—David Voigt (28). Shots: SJ—28; D—41.