The Delbarton Green Wave hockey team took on the Morristown Beard Crimson at Mennen Arena on Wednesday, December 23, and beat them soundly 8-1.
Packed student sections and aggression on the ice marked the tension between these two highly ranked teams. Morristown Beard junior Ryan Savarese, formerly a player for the Delbarton team who transferred to MoBeard one year ago, touches on the history between the two teams. “The last time they played it was my brother’s senior year at Delbarton , and that was in the state semifinals, and Morristown Beard actually beat Delbarton,” he explains.
In addition to the rivalry-fueled play, the Crimson went into the game with only one loss on their record this season, against an undefeated Delbarton that aimed to keep their streak alive.
About his team’s chances to win the big matchup, Savarese says, “I think personally just whoever gets the momentum and can ride off of it because we’re both, obviously, really good teams and it’s a pretty evenly matched game. So I think whoever gets the first goal, I think that may be the deciding factor in the game.”
After a one-hour delay due to a lack of officials, the game finally got underway.
MoBeard sophmore Brayden Patricia started off the night with a powerplay goal for the Crimson at 3:37 in the first period with assists from Alex Borowiec and Gavin Puskar.
Despite the promising start for MoBeard, the Green Wave came back strong, scoring 3 goals in the span of 1:23, the first net hit by junior Mark Benemerito, assisted by Jalen Kaplan and Tyler Kobryn. Freshman Jack Malone followed with a Delbarton second goal assisted by Andrew Longo and Danny Colon. The final goal of the period came from Delbarton senior Anthony Farinacci with an assist from Danny Farr.
The second period, Delbarton continued its domination. Farinacci, once again assisted by Farr and Hunter Macy, had his second goal of the game and the only score of the second period.
The Green Wave led the Crimson 4-1 going into the 3rd period, but didn’t slow their attack. Malone scored his second goal of the night on the Delbarton powerplay at 2:05, with assists from Farr and Michael Gordon. Senior Andrew Longo brought in another goal for the Green Wave, with an assist from team captain and UVM commit Andrew Petrillo. Farinacci followed with another Delbarton powerplay goal, assisted by Kaplan, making it his third of the night and earning him a hat trick. At 12:00 in the 3rd period, Junior Jack Maguire had the third Delbarton powerplay goal of the night, with assists from Colon and Zach Brenner.
Seniors Farinacci and Farr led the night in points, Farinacci with 3 goals and Farr with 3 assists. The Green Wave ended the game with 31 shots on goal, almost doubling Morristown Beard’s 16, and dominated the game offensively, scoring on every Morristown Beard powerplay.
Delbarton showcased their depth of talent while maintaining their undefeated record, keeping them ranked at No. 1, with an impressive 8-1 win.
Delbarton 3 1 4 8
Morristown-Beard 1 0 0 1
1st: Morristown-Beard: Brayden Patricia (Alex Borowiec, Gavin Puskar) 11:23 pp
1st: Delbarton: Mark Benemerito (Jalen Kaplan, Tyler Kobryn) 7:46
1st: Delbarton: Jack Malone (Andrew Longo, Danny Colon) 6:08
1st: Delbarton: Anthony Farinacci (Danny Farr) 6:23
2nd: Delbarton: Anthony Farinacci (Danny Farr, Hunter Macy) 5:08
3rd: Delbarton: Jack Malone (Danny Farr, Michael Gordon) 13:55 pp
3rd: Delbarton: Andrew Longo (Andrew Petrillo) 8:19
3rd: Delbarton: Anthony Farinacci (Jalen Kaplan) 6:21 pp
3rd: Delbarton: Jack Maguire (Zach Brenner, Danny Colon) 3:00 pp
PLAYER SA SV% GA SAVES
Troy Kobryn 13 0.923 1 12
Kyle Riegler 3 1 – 3
PLAYER SA SV% GA SAVES
Dan Porth 31 0.742 8 23
PLAYER G A PTS
Mark Benemerito 1 – 1
Zach Brenner – 1 1
Danny Colon – 2 2
Anthony Farinacci 3 – 3
Danny Farr – 3 3
Michael Gordon – 1 1
Jalen Kaplan – 2 2
Tyler Kobryn – 1 1
Andrew Longo 1 1 2
Hunter Macy – 1 1
Jack Maguire 1 – 1
Jack Malone 2 – 2
Andrew Petrillo – 1 1
PLAYER G A PTS
Alex Borowiec – 1 1
Brayden Patricia 1 – 1
Gavin Puskar – 1 1