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Paramus Catholic tops PV in now-raging rivalry

Monday, December 23, 2002

By Cory K. Doviak
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Chris Lisi had a goal and two assists as Paramus Catholic notched its second win of the season.

HACKENSACK - Now it is a full-blown, knock-'em-down, drag-'em-out rivalry. Paramus Catholic and Pascack Valley met once in the preseason, once already in the regular season and again on Sunday night in Holiday Tournament action at the Ice House. The familiarity has certainly bred contempt.

In a game that would have to be put in the category that comes after chippy, Pascack Valley lost its cool and an 8-4 decision after 45 minutes worth of hockey took more than 130 penalty-marred minutes to complete.

"We all have an accountability and a responsibility and that is not the way I want my team to play," said Paramus Catholic head coach Ed Scarpa, whose team took 17 penalties in the game, 16 of them in the final two periods while holding a comfortable lead. "And I am sure that (Pascack Valley) coach (Bruce) Palmieri doesn't want his players playing that way either."

The aftermath of one of Pascack Valley's 29 penalties.

But most of the Paramus Catholic
(2-4-1) penalties were of the two minute minor variety and came in bunches. On the other, side Pascack Valley was called for 29 penalties in the game, 12 in the second period when the Indians spent most of the 15 minutes playing with just three skaters, and 14 more in the third. In that second period, when PC turned a 4-0 lead into an 8-1 spread, the Paladins scored four times on the power play.

Thrown in amongst Pascack Valley's 29 penalties, most of them obvious, were five five minute majors, two 10 minute majors, five game misconducts and three disqualifications, meaning that three players are facing NJSIAA-mandated suspension.

But the extra-curricular stuff didn't bother Paramus Catholic goalie Chris Ceransky, who has seen it before.

"I just played in a club game last week and there was a big brawl. I picked up 19 minutes (of penalties) and got thrown out," said Ceransky, who made 19 saves and kept his focus through all of the stickwork in front of his net. "It is the same thing as a game where I am not getting a lot of shots. You just have to keep your mind on the hockey."

Chris Ceransky played well in the Paramus Catholic net.

A week after Pascack Valley took a 4-0 lead against PC in the first period of a what turned into a 5-5 tie, the Paladins turned the tables on Sunday night when they came out flying. Just one minute into the game Eric Morin beat PV goalie Eric Levin low on the stick side. Only a pretty defensive play by PV's Chris Salvatore, on which he broke up a centering pass against an odd-man rush, kept PC off the board one minute later. But it was only a temporary reprieve.

At 4:07 of the opening period, Jason Fortino slammed home a rebound of freshman Jesse Phillips' shot on which Levin made the tough first save. PC went up 3-0 at 10:23 when Mike DeLamater took a pass from Chris Lisi and put it home from the slot. Lisi, a transfer from Bergen Catholic, assisted on two of PC's first three goals and added a goal of his own in the second period.

Jason Fortino (right) had a goal and an assist for Paramus Catholic.

PV's first goal of the game came four minutes into the second period when Andrew Redvanly got the Indians back to within 4-1 as he wristed one from the wing through a screen and past Ceransky. Paramus Catholic scored the next four goals with Chris Minda, Lisi, Jim Antoine and Sean Loftus all finding the back of the net. For Minda, a freshman, it was his first varsity goal.

Mike DeLamater and Tom Romano each had a goal and an assist, Jared Canastrale chipped in with an assist and Loftus, who finished with a goal and an assist, was on the ice for seven of PC's eight goals.

"I think we did a good job of staying focused in that second period and that was the difference," said Loftus, who was a plus three on the night. "They were taking all of those stupid penalties and we were 5-on-4 or 5-on-3 for like five or six minutes at a time."

Sean Loftus was on the ice for seven of PC's eight goals and finished with a plus three.

Pascack Valley threatened to make a game of it in the final period as PC started to take part in the parade to the penalty box. Mike Hodgman got the first goal of the third period to make the score 8-2, then Redvanly, who finished with a hat trick, scored at 5:10 and 7:45 of the final period close the scoring.
The Indians will play Kinnelon in the Holiday Tournament on Monday night while Paramus Catholic has a Northern Conference Red Division game against Don Bosco Prep on Monday before returning to the tournament on Tuesday against Kinnelon.

"This was a big win for us," said Ceransky. "We were 1-4-1 now we got another (win) that we needed because we are in a tough part of the schedule now."


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