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St. Francis Prep ices Stepinac in opener

Varsity vs St. Francis Prep on 12/2/2013 5:30:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, December 03, 2013 by Dylan Butler - MSG Varsity

St. Francis Prep ices Stepinac in opener

 

by Dylan Butler on
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 12:45 AM — @Dylan_Butler

Updated Tue, Dec 3, 2013 9:38 AM

With archrival Holy Cross moving up to the ‘A’ division, St. Francis Prep isn’t looking for redemption this year after losing to the Knights in the CHSHL Class B finals.

But that’s not to say the Terriers don’t have championship hopes.

“It’s a good chance to be our year so we’re going to try to make it happen,” Anthony DiPerri said.

Their first step came Monday night at World Ice Arena with a 6-5 victory over Archbishop Stepinac.

DiPerri and Tyler Murphy each netted a hat trick and had one assist apiece, while Austin Acosta and Matthew Castillo added assists for the Terriers in their season opener.

The game was also Giancarlo Racanelli’s first as head coach. After playing for the Terriers from 2001-04 and serving as an assistant coach for five years, Racanelli is now at the helm.

“I’m happy to take it over,” Racanelli said. “The program needed a bit of a change and I feel like Mike [Guerra] and I were the right people to take it over and handle everything.”

The Terriers opener was a mixed back for Racinelli. He liked what he saw late in the first period when his team scored twice in the final 4:11 to take a 3-1 lead.

But a parade to the penalty box early in the second period stifled St. Francis Prep’s offensive flow.

“Even though we didn’t get scored on during the PK, it killed the offense a little bit,” DiPerri said.

The Terriers killed off a pair of 5-on-3 disadvantages, but Archbishop Stepinac (2-2) clawed back into the game thanks to stellar goaltending by Raymond Guerriero and the tandem of Wyatt Zuk (2 assists) and Rob Sanders, who scored one goal apiece to tie the game at five 22 seconds into the third period.

“I’m a big advocate of establishing pressure early and letting them play up to our game instead of sitting back and seeing what they did,” Racanelli said. “Once we got that lead, we got lax and we allowed them to come back into the game.”

Guerriero’s most impressive save came midway through the second period when he dived back across the goal during a scramble in front to get a glove on a point-blank attempt.

“He was probably one of the best players, if not the best player on their team,” Murphy said. “He was big and he was able to move around.”

With the Crusaders seemingly in control and applying a ton of pressure, DiPerri came up with the winner with 6:32 remaining in the third.

“That was huge,” Murphy said. “There were six minutes left, the whole game was going their way and for him to score, that was a huge goal for us.”

Still, there was no quit in Stepinac. With Guerriero on the bench for the extra attacker, Zuk snuck in and had a quality chance to equalize with three seconds left in the game. But Dan Lettrie came up with a huge save to seal the win for the Terriers.

“Danny always keeps us in the games,” DiPerri said. “He stopped a bunch, especially at the end. They were trying to slam the puck home and he was playing real good.”

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With archrival Holy Cross moving up to the ‘A’ division, St. Francis Prep isn’t looking for redemption this year after losing to the Knights in the CHSHL Class B finals.

But that’s not to say the Terriers don’t have championship hopes.

“It’s a good chance to be our year so we’re going to try to make it happen,” Anthony DiPerri said.

Their first step came Monday night at World Ice Arena with a 6-5 victory over Archbishop Stepinac.

DiPerri and Tyler Murphy each netted a hat trick and had one assist apiece, while Austin Acosta and Matthew Castillo added assists for the Terriers in their season opener.

The game was also Giancarlo Racanelli’s first as head coach. After playing for the Terriers from 2001-04 and serving as an assistant coach for five years, Racanelli is now at the helm.

“I’m happy to take it over,” Racanelli said. “The program needed a bit of a change and I feel like Mike [Guerra] and I were the right people to take it over and handle everything.”

The Terriers opener was a mixed back for Racinelli. He liked what he saw late in the first period when his team scored twice in the final 4:11 to take a 3-1 lead.

But a parade to the penalty box early in the second period stifled St. Francis Prep’s offensive flow.

“Even though we didn’t get scored on during the PK, it killed the offense a little bit,” DiPerri said.

The Terriers killed off a pair of 5-on-3 disadvantages, but Archbishop Stepinac (2-2) clawed back into the game thanks to stellar goaltending by Raymond Guerriero and the tandem of Wyatt Zuk (2 assists) and Rob Sanders, who scored one goal apiece to tie the game at five 22 seconds into the third period.

“I’m a big advocate of establishing pressure early and letting them play up to our game instead of sitting back and seeing what they did,” Racanelli said. “Once we got that lead, we got lax and we allowed them to come back into the game.”

Guerriero’s most impressive save came midway through the second period when he dived back across the goal during a scramble in front to get a glove on a point-blank attempt.

“He was probably one of the best players, if not the best player on their team,” Murphy said. “He was big and he was able to move around.”

With the Crusaders seemingly in control and applying a ton of pressure, DiPerri came up with the winner with 6:32 remaining in the third.

“That was huge,” Murphy said. “There were six minutes left, the whole game was going their way and for him to score, that was a huge goal for us.”

Still, there was no quit in Stepinac. With Guerriero on the bench for the extra attacker, Zuk snuck in and had a quality chance to equalize with three seconds left in the game. But Dan Lettrie came up with a huge save to seal the win for the Terriers.

“Danny always keeps us in the games,” DiPerri said. “He stopped a bunch, especially at the end. They were trying to slam the puck home and he was playing real good.”

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