Centurions breeze by Falcons, 10-0
The Greensburg Central Catholic hockey team looked determined to pick up a win at Connellsville on Monday, as the Centurions got to work quickly, scoring their first goal just over two minutes into the game on the way to a 10-0 victory. Matt Ward sparked Greensburg Central Catholic with a hat trick, also earning an assist.
"We didn't do too many things right tonight, that's all," Connellsville coach Mark Romesburg said. "The power play looked good. We showed a lot of patience and got a few quality shots on that. But they just outworked us. They beat us to every loose puck, they beat us on the check, and the score is a clear indication of it."
Ward would make his mark in the first period, but it wasn't until two other Centurions had found the net. Josh Chaido scored an unassisted goal at 12:53, and Joe Kennedy tapped in a pass from Ward about 30 seconds later. Ward scored an unassisted goal for a 3-0 Greensburg Central Catholic lead.
The Falcons had a couple of scoring chances, as Nate Romesburg got a shot off while falling to the ice. Dave Basinger also took a shot, but goalie Jake Genes turned them both away.
At the other end of the ice, Connellsville goalie Craig Cordaro did the same to Casey Shoub, but Josh Chaido fed Cole Foust, who managed to get the puck behind Craig Cordaro. John Kennedy netted a goal to put the Centurions up 5-0 at the end of the first period.
Less than a minute into the second frame, Chaido made it 6-0 on a pass from Colin Ludwig. Then, Maunee George and Matt Wright double-teamed a Connellsville player, forcing a giveaway and setting up Ward's second goal of the night. Ward completed the hat trick a few minutes later, and Greensburg Central Catholic headed into the third period with an 8-0 lead.
The Falcons kept the Centurions out of the net for the first six minutes of the final period before Mike Bigi broke through for a goal.
Connellsville had an opportunity to get on the board themselves when Keith Cordaro and Jake Shelkey created a two-on-one situation heading toward Greensburg Central Catholic's net. But the Centurion defense caught up in time to deflect the puck. Both Keith Cordaro and Shelkey regrouped to get shots off later in the period, but Genes covered the puck.
Tom Talamo capped the Centurions' night by scoring an unassisted goal with 18 seconds to play.
Connellsville will host Indiana next week, and Mark Romesburg is hoping the Falcons don't repeat their performance against GCC.
"They are strong," he said of Connellsville's upcoming opponent. "If (the Falcons) play Indiana next week like they played Greensburg tonight, it's going to be another long night next Monday as well."