MINEOLA, NY -- The game plan was simple for Chaminade: let the offense take over first, and let the defense take care of the rest.
MSG Varsity’s No. 6-ranked team, the Flyers, were boosted by a pair of goals by Brendan Caputo and Paul Urbank, as well as strong goaltending by Dan Fowler topped New Jersey’s Delbarton, 5-3.
Fowler, who made 12 saves between the pipes for the Flyers, stressed the importance of the win despite it having no consequence on his team's postseason position.
"It was very important," Fowler, the Duke-bound keeper said following the game. "We had a shaky game against St. Anthony’s, we played strong but we got the win, but we wanted to make a statement (this afternoon) and we did."
The Chaminade (16-1) win was its fourth straight in the ongoing annual meeting between these cross-region schools.
Despite the loss on the scoreboard, it would be the Green Wave of Delbarton (11-6) that would get on the scoreboard first in the opening frame. With Delbarton providing pressure on a man-up situation, John Scaffer stepped in from ten yards out with an overhand rocket from ten yards out for his 20th tally of the season at 4:22.
Chaminade would get the equalizer with 50 seconds left inthe first quarter as the Brown-bound Caputo would sneak an overhander in between the legs of Delbarton goaltender John Schisler to even things up at 1-1.
In what was a tight-checking first quarter, things would prove to be quite the opposite in the second frame as the offense would open up greatly.
Bran Pratt would put Chaminade up a goal at 4:56 of the second quarter to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. The Yale-bound junior had to work for it, having to leap for what looked like an errant pass and scoring a low rocket similar to Schaffer's tally for his fifth goal of the year.
Just 36 seconds later, Urbank would score his first of his two goals on the game with another low off-side shot to give Chaminade a 3-1 lead.
Delbarton would cut Chaminade's lead in half a little under two minutes later as Dillon Confalone would talliy his 11th of the season. Confalone exectured a right-handed dodge while outrunning two Chaminade defenders with a shot from about seven yards out.
It would be the closest Delbarton would get to its cross-state rival.
Urbank notched his second goal of the contest with 2:25 left in the half, while Caputo would add his second as well - capitalizing on a Delbarton failure to advance turnover - just over a minute later from ten yards out for a 5-2 Chaminade lead.
Both teams played a scoreless third quarter with the Chaminade defense and Fowler making big saves in the frame to preserve the victory.
"Our offense got it done the first half and they really needed us to get it done in the second half, so we did," Fowler said. "We stepped it up with great defense. They were giving me a lot of outside shots all day and I’ll take those."
Connor Bilby would add a goal for Delbarton midway through the fourth quarter to cut the eventual decision to two goals.
Chaminade will look ahead to Thursday night for the third of three meetings against St. Anthony's for the NSCHSAA Class 'AAA' title at Hofstra.