Recap: Delbarton (N.J.) 2, No. 2 Malden Catholic 1

MALDEN, Mass. -- The Delbarton School was a terrible guest Saturday at the Valley Forum.

The Green Wave, of Morristown, N.J., controlled the tempo and disrupted Malden Catholic’s offense for most of the game to escape with a 2-1 win over the host Lancers.

“Delbarton's a good team,” Malden Catholic assistant coach Pat Driscoll said. “They beat us to a lot of pucks. I thought in the third period we picked it up a bit, but the bottom line is that when you play a team like that you got to play three periods.”

The Lancers had scored at least three goals in every game they had played this season before being shut down by the Delbarton defense. The Lancers top line of Ara Nazarian, Tyler Sifferlen and John McLean was responsible for MC's lone goal -- a McLean tally in the third -- but were silenced for the bulk of the 45 minutes otherwise.

The Delbarton defensive pairs of Sean Petrie-Andrew Petrillo and Matt Savarese-Will McCarthy shined. They held their lanes on the back check and poke checked successfully throughout the game.

“I thought our gap control was exceptional,” Delbarton coach Bruce Shatel said. “MC's got some real talented players up front, and we took away their space a little bit in the neutral zone. Our back pressure was good, but I've got to credit my defensemen for keeping those high-powered forwards in check for the most part.”

Petrillo stepped up to the moment on both ends of the ice. The sophomore scored on a wrist shot from the point on the power play with 2:40 to go to put the Green Wave ahead for good. Tyler Kobryn put Delbarton ahead with a goal early in the second period.

“He's been our shutdown guy all year,” Shatel said of Petrillo. “We tried to match him against [Nazarian] and [Sifferlen] all game. I think for the most part he did a real good job against them.

“It's funny in hockey, you draw things up and 99 percent of the time it doesn't work. We talked about Andrew getting his hips around the puck in the middle of the ice because they were butting us with the aggressive rotation on our shooters. It worked out.”

These two squads met last year with Malden Catholic cruising to a 5-1 win. Petrillo said the biggest differences in this year's game was determination and physicality.

“I think it was just focus,” Petrillo said. “They got a lot of talented, physical guys on that team, but we do as well. We're tough. We're physical. So I think we were able to keep with them.”

The Lancers had their chances but were unable to convert. A pair of shots clanged off the post, including one from Sifferlen in the third period.

YOUTH SERVED IN GOAL: Both goalies yesterday were freshman and both played up to the occasion. Delbarton's Troy Kobryn turned aside 23 shots while Malden Catholic's Kyle Casey stopped 18.

“Kyle came out with a couple of big saves,” Driscoll said of Casey. “They had a couple of power plays, and he came up with a couple of doorstop saves. He had a great day.”

Kobryn showed his mettle in the second period when the Lancers were able to put 10 shots on cage.

“He was fabulous,” Shatel said of Kobryn. “He's been terrific for us all year. He's a young pup, but he's getting older every time out because we're throwing him into some pressure situations and he's responded every time.”