Eustace powers its way past Hun

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Special to the Times

HAMILTON -- Bishop Eustace skated into a Mercer County rink for the second time in a week and once again rode back home to Pennsauken with a win.

Six days after winning at Princeton Day School, the Crusaders scored the last three goals in a 4-1 win over The Hun School yesterday at Ice Land.

To be sure, Hun had a tough task in front of it. Bishop Eustace is part of the loaded Gordon Conference and had a bye into the round of 16 of last year's NJSIAA Non-Public Tournament before losing to Gor don foe Bergen Catholic. This year, the Crusaders' only loss against four wins is to Delbarton, a Non-Public state semifinalist a year ago.

Bishop Eustace was dominant at the start, hardly letting the puck leave Hun's defensive zone before breaking through five minutes in on a goal by Chris Tracy that somehow slowly slithered its way just inside the right post.

"They played the body more than we did and they were more physical," Hun coach Francois Borbeau said. "We didn't play the body when we needed to and we didn't do it correctly."

Hun answered eight minutes later with 2:20 left in the first period when Stephen Norman squirted a shot between the pads of Bishop Eustace goaltender Kyle Van Osten. Unfortunately for the Raiders, Hun would go scoreless for the game's last 32 minutes.

"Their defense played really well. Usually we are able to get a dominant forecheck," Hun goalie Travis Potts said.

It wasn't as though Hun didn't have chances. Five of the eight visitors to the penalty boxes were Crusader players, and Hun had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:41 in the third period following two quick penalties on the visitors. But Hun was already down by three goals at that point and came up empty, finishing the game 0-for-5 on the power play.

"We have to go back to (working on the power play). I have to put more emphasis on it. I got away from it more in practice be cause we were doing well," Bor beau said. "On the 5-on-3, I think the guys weren't sure what to do because we usually practice 5-on-4."

It could have been worse for the Raiders had Potts not stopped 50 of 54 shots. Hun had 15 shots on goal, 14 of which Van Osten stopped.

"That's a lot of saves," Potts said. "But I would like to have won the game."

Instead, the Crusaders scored twice in the second period to take a 3-1 lead into the second intermission, adding its last goal in the third. One of the second-period goals came on the power play as Bishop Eustace had three chances at the man advantage.

"They moved the puck really well. They always had a guy back- door for the rebound," Potts said. "They're a good team. They're disciplined and fast."

The loss dropped Hun to 3-2 and snapped the Raiders' three- game win streak heading into Thursday's game with PDS.

Bishop Eustace (4-1-1)121--4

Hun (3-2-0)100--1 First Period--BE: Chris Tracy (Andrew Tegler, Zach Green); H: Stephen Norman (Jeffery Starr). Second Period--BE: Al Wooley (Jamie Hill), Tegler (Connall Guchin, Green). Third Period--BE: Hill (Guchin).

Shots--BE: 54; H: 15. Saves--BE: Kyle Van Osten 50; H: Travis Potts 14.