'03 - '04 Varsity Ice Hockey Game Summaries
DATE: December 7, 2003
OPPONENT: Don Bosco Prep (Away)
The Pirates start off the season with a bang by shutting out
Don Bosco Prep 5-0. Dustin Kennedy led the Blue and White in
scoring with two goals; Nick Lampson, Mike Cacciotti, and
Bryan Haczyk chipped in with a goal apiece. Terry Robinson
stopped all 27 shots he faced.
DATE: December 13, 2003
OPPONENT: Meadville High School (Home)
The Blue and White showed that they can tame the top team in
Pennsylvania by skating to a 3-3 tie with Meadville High.
Seton Hall was led by freshman John Passantino, who notched
two goals, and senior Bryan Haczyk, who tallied one.
DATE: December 20, 2003
OPPONENT: Brick (Home)
The Pirates of Seton Hall Prep trampled the Green Dragons of
Brick by the final score of 6-0. Bryan Haczyk led the Blue and
White with four points, all of which were assists. Sophomore
Nick Lampson notched three points, two on assists and one on
a goal. Sophomore Mike Cacciotti tallied two goals while
fellow classmate, Rem Vanderbeek, scored one goal. Senior
Captain Ryan Sokerka chipped in with an assist and freshmen
John Passantino and Mike Tahan added a goal apiece. For Tahan,
it was his first goal in a Seton Hall uniform. In net, Terry
Robinson stopped all 10 shots he faced.
DATE: December 22, 2003
OPPONENT: Bergen Catholic (Home)
Flexing its muscles, the Pirates of Seton Hall Prep disposed of
the #1 team in the state, Bergen Catholic, by the final score
of 2-1. It was a closely fought game throughout, but the Blue
and White came out victorious behind the strength of Kevin
Bendel in net, who stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced. The first
goal by Seton Hall was a beautiful end to end sprint by Bryan
Haczyk that he roofed over the opposing goaltender's shoulder.
The game-winning goal was scored late in the third period by
junior Phil Kropoth. Sophomore Matt Anderson assisted on the goal.
DATE: January 3, 2004
OPPONENT: St. Joe's Metuchen (Home)
In a very one-sided affair, Seton Hall Prep topped St. Joseph's
of Metuchen 8-2. Mike Cacciotti recorded a hat trick for The
Prep and Nick Lampson notched three assists. Mike Tahan scored a
goal and an assist while Ryan Sokerka, Matt Janos, Bryan Haczyk,
and John Passantino tallied one goal apiece. Nick Geraci, Dustin
Kennedy, Jason Adams, and Matt Markovich each added an assist for
the Pirates. In net, through two periods, Terry Robinson stopped
eight shots and Billy Graul, who relieved Robinson at the start of
the third period, halted all three shots he faced.
DATE: January 7, 2004
OPPONENT: Bergen Catholic (Away)
The Pirates rolled over the Crusaders of Bergen Catholic 5-2. The
game was close in the first period, but after that, the Blue and
White took over. Bryan Haczyk and Nick Lampson led the Pirates
with three points apiece: two goals and one assist for each. Mike
Cacciotti also had three points for Seton Hall, one coming from a
goal in the first period and two coming from assists on both of
Lampson's goals. Defensemen Ryan Sokerka and Matt Kufta each
added an assist. Kevin Bendel was very impressive in net stopping
34 of 36 shots he faced.
DATE: January 14, 2004
OPPONENT: St. Joe's Metuchen (Away)
Defeating St. Joseph's for the second time this season, Seton Hall Prep won the game by the final score of 6-1. Phil Kropoth
tallied four points: two on goals and two on assists. Bryan Haczyk, John Passantino, Nick Lampson, and Matt Janos each scored
once for The Hall. Terry Robinson was solid in between the pipes
making 22 saves.
DATE: January 24, 2004
OPPONENT: LaSalle High School (Away)
In a closely fought game, Seton Hall Prep finished the contest
ahead of out-of-state rival LaSalle by the final score of 3-1.
Sophomores Matt Anderson, Jason Adams, and Nick Lampson each
scored for The Hall and senior Ryan Sokerka added two assists.
Mike Cacciotti, Bryan Haczyk, Phil Kropoth, and Rem Vanderbeek
also chipped in with an assist apiece. Terry Robinson halted 22
shots in net.
DATE: February 9, 2004
OPPONENT: Hudson Catholic (Home)
Shots on goal: Seton Hall Prep 70, Hudson Catholic 10. Final
Score: Seton Hall Prep 8, Hudson Catholic 0. As these stats dictate,
the game was lopsided and very much in favor of Seton Hall. Matt
Markovich, John Passantino, and Matt Janos had three points apiece
for The Hall; Markovich and Passantino scoring twice and adding one assist and Janos scoring once and chipping in with two assists.
Bryan Haczyk netted two goals and Nick Geraci scored one goal and
one assist. Ryan Sokerka, Jason Adams, and Rem Vanderbeek each had
two assists. Tim Margiotta, Matt Anderson, and Mike Cullen added
an assist apiece. Terry Robinson stopped all 10 shots he faced in
DATE: February 11, 2004
OPPONENT: Fairfield Prep (Away)
Earlier in the season, the Pirates skated to a tie with the top team
in Pennsylvania, and this time The Hall proved, yet again, that they
rise to the occasion against out-of-state foes by defeating
Connecticut's top-ranked team, Fairfield Prep, 2-1. Nick Lampson
and Rem Vanderbeek scored for Seton Hall and Bryan Haczyk assisted
on both goals. Kevin Bendel was superlative in net stopping 28
DATE: February 25, 2004
OPPONENT: Christian Brothers Academy (Home - Gordon Cup Semifinals)
Wow! This very tight, nail-biting game, which could have gone
either way, went in favor of the Pirates as they defeated the Colts
of Christian Brothers Academy, 2-1. Bryan Haczyk ignited the Blue
and White with a goal in the first period; he was assisted by Rem
Vanderbeek and Ryan Sokerka. In the third stanza, John Passantino
netted a beautiful wrist shot which beat the opposing goalie high on
the stick side. Passantino was assisted by Nick Lampson and Mike
Cacciotti. Terry Robinson was nothing short of phenomenal between
the pipes for The Hall; he halted 27 shots.
DATE: March 6, 2004
OPPONENT: St. Joe's Metuchen (Home - State Tournament Parochial
The Pirates breezed through the first round of the parochial bracket
of the NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils State Tournament by defeating St.
Joseph's Metuchen 7-0. The scoring did not begin until the second
period, but once the Blue and White started, they couldn't be
stopped. Mike Cacciotti notched three points on one goal and two
assists while Nick Lampson recorded two assists. The other goal
scorers for Seton Hall were Bryan Haczyk, Rem Vanderbeek, Phil
Kropoth, Jason Adams, and senior Mike Cullen, who netted his first
goal of the season. Terry Robinson earned his sixth shutout of the
year by making 20 saves.
DATE: March 8, 2004
OPPONENT: Bergen Catholic (Home - State Tournament Parochial
Games don't get much closer than this! Seton Hall edged out a
victory over the Crusaders, avenging the setback that Bergen
Catholic handed the Pirates in the Gordon Cup Finals. The top
stars of the game were goalie Terry Robinson and forward Bryan
Haczyk. Robinson stood on his head, halting 30 shots, while
Haczyk scored a beautiful breakaway goal with 2:44 left in the
third period to lift the Blue and White to a 2-1 triumph. Rem
Vanderbeek started the scoring for The Hall early in the first
period when he netted a goal on the power play. That goal was
assisted by Bryan Haczyk and Mike Cacciotti. Vanderbeek had an
assist on Haczyk's game-winning goal, and so did Ryan Sokerka.
DATE: March 12, 2004
OPPONENT: Christian Brothers Academy (State Tournament
There have been a couple nail-biting games this year, but so far,
this tilt against CBA takes the cake! Despite allowing the first
goal of the contest, the Pirates kept chugging away, and it
eventually paid off on a power play goal by Mike Cacciotti in the
third period. With the two teams locked at 1-1 at the end of
regulation, the stage for overtime was set, and for Cacciotti,
that meant a chance to score not only the game-tying goal, which he
did during regulation, but also an opportunity to score the
game-winning goal. Not long into the overtime session, senior
defenseman Adrian Wirt flung the puck toward the net, hoping to
create a scoring chance. Well, he did more than create just a
chance, he created the shot that won the game for Seton Hall Prep!
Cacciotti redirected Wirt's shot into the back of the net.
Rejoicing ensued and The Hall now moves on to the State Tournament
Parochial Finals at the Meadowlands. Against CBA, the Pirates
fought hard and triumphed as a team. Cacciotti stood out with his
two goals, and so did senior goaltender Terry Robinson, stopping
shot after shot. Even though there were a few standouts in the game,
it was a solid team effort by everyone at Seton Hall.
DATE: March 20, 2004
OPPONENT: St. Peter's Prep (State Tournament
Simply...amazing! After, what could be considered, an up and down
season, by Seton Hall Prep Hockey standards, the Pirates really
pulled together and exacted revenge against the St. Peter's Prep
Marauders in the NJSIAA/New Jersey Devils Parochial Finals. Bryan
Haczyk scored all three goals for The Hall, one of which was an
empty net goal. Ryan Sokerka, Rem Vanderbeek, Nick Lampson, and
Mike Cacciotti all had one assist apiece. And, perhaps most truly
deserving of the trophy, senior goaltender Terry Robinson halted 29
out of 30 shots he faced to seal the victory for Seton Hall. Final
score: SHP 3, SPP 1.
DATE: March 22, 2004
OPPONENT: West Essex (State Tournament
Champions! The Pirates win the Overall State Finals defeating
the Knights of West Essex 8-0. This marks the third time in Seton
Hall Prep's history that the school has won the Overall Ice Hockey
State Finals. Dustin Kennedy started the scoring 12 seconds into
the game, and that's all the Prep needed to remain on top. Rem
Vanderbeek registered the hat trick and also added an assist.
Bryan Haczyk scored one goal and four assists while Nick
Lampson notched one goal and two assists. Forwards Mike Cacciotti
and John Passantino contributed with a goal and assist apiece. To
go along with his opening goal, Dustin Kennedy added four assists.
The entire squad of defensemen played very well to preserve the
shutout for goalie Terry Robinson, who registered his first point
of the year by assisting on Lampson's goal. This truly was a great
end to a super season by the Pirates of Seton Hall!