Varsity Hockey CHSHL Championship

Lions vs. Xavier



Vincent Bronzo (44) is one of several key players for the Lions. (Kara Buzga for Staten Island Advance).

The Lions are heading to the CHSHL AA championship game following a dramatic semifinal win over Iona Prep, sweeping the series 2-0.

The varsity hockey team (the #2 seed) will face  #4 Xavier in the championship round of the Catholic High School Hockey League's premier AA Division. 
 
The puck drops on Monday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the first game of the best-of-three championship series at the Staten Island Skating Pavilion.  The Lions look to capture our first Catholic High School Hockey League (CHSHL) “AA” title since the 2008-09 season.  Go Lions!
 
From SIlive.com - Joe D'Amodio

The Lions, coming off a semifinal sweep of No. 3 Iona Prep, was 8-2-4 during the regular season, while Xavier (Manhattan) swept No. 1 Chaminade in the semis, and was 6-5-3.

Farrell faced Xavier three times during the regular season and remarkably all three games ended in ties -- 2-2, 3-3, and 4-4.

“Both teams are evenly matched,” said Farrell coach Steven DeFranco. “Xavier plays a fast and physical style. They are also very structured and strong along the boards. We are also fundamentally strong and we rely on good team defense.

 



"And this time around, there will be no ties."


- Joe D'Amodio, Staten Island Advance

 


“With a city championship on the line, emotions will be high and team discipline and composure will be a key in the series.”

Farrell has a balanced and deep offensive attack and a strong defensive core in players Jason Anzaolone, Joe Burzumato, Jimmy Sparacio, Anthony Pizirusso, Vin Bronzo, Joe Davis, Matt Spano and Jason Lonczynski.

Matty Beach and Richie Leonardo give the Lions a solid tandem between the pipes.

“It should be a hard-fought finals,” said DeFranco.

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NOTES: Game 2 of the CHSHL championship will be played on Wednesday, February 14th at 5:00 p.m. at  Abe Stark Rink in Brooklyn.  The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 15th. 

Game 3, if needed, will be back at the Pavilion.  Date and time TBD. The CHSHL champion will travel to Buffalo to play for the state championship the weekend of March 3rd.