Hill and Constantine power No. 2 Eustace by No. 11 DBP

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

BY PAUL BRUNO

For the Star-Ledger

Jamie Hill of Bishop Eustace was recruited heavily by Division 1 New Hampshire for his playmaking acumen, on-ice vision and ability to elevate the performance of his teammates.

The junior forward, who committed to the Hockey East power over the weekend, displayed each of those traits, as well as a nifty scoring touch, when he scored once and passed for two assists to lead Bishop Eustace, No. 2 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Don Bosco Prep yesterday in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA/Devils Non-Public tournament before 300 at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

Hill now has 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points this winter and pushed his career point total to 104, two shy of the Pennsauken school's all-time record of 106 set by Tyler Hancock in 2007.

Bishop Eustace (22-5), which defeated Don Bosco (10-11-3) in all three meetings this season, will play Christian Brothers in the semifinals at Mennen Arena on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Hill worked free from a check near the right post and redirected a cross-slot pass from Mark Constantine for a power-play goal with 7:51 left in the second period as Bishop Eustace erased a 1-0 deficit. The South Jersey power capitalized for two power-play goals and also struck for a shorthanded tally.

Hill set up that pretty goal with Don Bosco on the power-play, breaking up ice quickly with Constantine, who finished the nifty give-and-go pass from Hill and snapped in a low shot past Don Wosbrock (28 saves) from the low right circle at 9:19 of the second to make it 2-1.

"Mark gave me a nice pass on the first goal and I went to the net and took the shot," Hill said. "On the second goal, I just gave him the puck and he buried it. I thought we were a little flat in the first period, but we picked it up after that."

Don Bosco outhit its opponent 10-4 and won nine faceoffs to five in the first period and came out with a 1-0 lead on Jim Trenkle's wrister at 8:12.

"We played well in the first," Don Bosco coach Greg Toskos said, "but they regrouped and the penalties killed us. We felt this was a game we could win, but killing the penalties, we just ran out of gas and Jamie Hill is a very good player."

There were 23 minor penalties assessed and a 10-minute misconduct and disqualification at the end in the 45 minutes of intense hockey.

"It's playoff hockey," said Bishop Eustace's 6-0, 205-pound senior defenseman Connor O'Kane, who had a strong game paired with classmate Zach Green. "They were very physical and battled and things get rough. It took us a while to get going and Don Bosco played well in the first. We didn't want this to be the end of our season."

Conall Guckin capitalized on a clearing attempt that caromed off the half-boards, tapping in a pass from Chris Gentile with just 45 seconds left in the second to make it 3-1.

Bishop Eustace picked up the pace in the third, using its speed and crisp passing to manufacture consistent breakouts that killed time. Andrew Tegeler scored the team's second power-play goal with 3:25 showing as Hill and Constantine assisted for the 4-1 margin.

"We have some special players," Bishop Eustace coach Mike Green said, "and you hope they pick up the play in big games. Ours did tonight. Jamie Hill had a tremendous game. It's playoff hockey."

                                1st     2nd     3rd     Final
Don Bosco Prep                  1       0       0       1
Bishop Eustace                  0       3       1       4

First Period: Don Bosco Prep - James Trenkle (Michael Conte, John Mitts) 8:12

Second Period: Bishop Eustace - Jamie Hill (Mark Constantine, Chris Gentile) 7:11 pp. Bishop Eustace - Mark Constantine (Jamie Hill) 5:41 sh. Bishop Eustace - Conall Guckin (Mike Dietrich, Chris Gentile) 00:45

Third Period: Bishop Eustace - Andrew Tegeler (Mark Constantine) 03:25 pp

Goalies:   BE Kyle Van Osten (22 shots, 21 saves)

           DBP Dan Wosbrock (32 shots, 28 saves)

 

 

Hill and Constantine power No. 2 Eustace by No. 11 DBP

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

BY PAUL BRUNO

For the Star-Ledger

Jamie Hill of Bishop Eustace was recruited heavily by Division 1 New Hampshire for his playmaking acumen, on-ice vision and ability to elevate the performance of his teammates.

The junior forward, who committed to the Hockey East power over the weekend, displayed each of those traits, as well as a nifty scoring touch, when he scored once and passed for two assists to lead Bishop Eustace, No. 2 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Don Bosco Prep yesterday in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA/Devils Non-Public tournament before 300 at Mennen Arena in Morris Township.

Hill now has 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points this winter and pushed his career point total to 104, two shy of the Pennsauken school's all-time record of 106 set by Tyler Hancock in 2007.

Bishop Eustace (22-5), which defeated Don Bosco (10-11-3) in all three meetings this season, will play Christian Brothers in the semifinals at Mennen Arena on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Hill worked free from a check near the right post and redirected a cross-slot pass from Mark Constantine for a power-play goal with 7:51 left in the second period as Bishop Eustace erased a 1-0 deficit. The South Jersey power capitalized for two power-play goals and also struck for a shorthanded tally.

Hill set up that pretty goal with Don Bosco on the power-play, breaking up ice quickly with Constantine, who finished the nifty give-and-go pass from Hill and snapped in a low shot past Don Wosbrock (28 saves) from the low right circle at 9:19 of the second to make it 2-1.

"Mark gave me a nice pass on the first goal and I went to the net and took the shot," Hill said. "On the second goal, I just gave him the puck and he buried it. I thought we were a little flat in the first period, but we picked it up after that."

Don Bosco outhit its opponent 10-4 and won nine faceoffs to five in the first period and came out with a 1-0 lead on Jim Trenkle's wrister at 8:12.

"We played well in the first," Don Bosco coach Greg Toskos said, "but they regrouped and the penalties killed us. We felt this was a game we could win, but killing the penalties, we just ran out of gas and Jamie Hill is a very good player."

There were 23 minor penalties assessed and a 10-minute misconduct and disqualification at the end in the 45 minutes of intense hockey.

"It's playoff hockey," said Bishop Eustace's 6-0, 205-pound senior defenseman Connor O'Kane, who had a strong game paired with classmate Zach Green. "They were very physical and battled and things get rough. It took us a while to get going and Don Bosco played well in the first. We didn't want this to be the end of our season."

Conall Guckin capitalized on a clearing attempt that caromed off the half-boards, tapping in a pass from Chris Gentile with just 45 seconds left in the second to make it 3-1.

Bishop Eustace picked up the pace in the third, using its speed and crisp passing to manufacture consistent breakouts that killed time. Andrew Tegeler scored the team's second power-play goal with 3:25 showing as Hill and Constantine assisted for the 4-1 margin.

"We have some special players," Bishop Eustace coach Mike Green said, "and you hope they pick up the play in big games. Ours did tonight. Jamie Hill had a tremendous game. It's playoff hockey."

                                1st     2nd     3rd     Final
Don Bosco Prep                  1       0       0       1
Bishop Eustace                  0       3       1       4

First Period: Don Bosco Prep - James Trenkle (Michael Conte, John Mitts) 8:12

Second Period: Bishop Eustace - Jamie Hill (Mark Constantine, Chris Gentile) 7:11 pp. Bishop Eustace - Mark Constantine (Jamie Hill) 5:41 sh. Bishop Eustace - Conall Guckin (Mike Dietrich, Chris Gentile) 00:45

Third Period: Bishop Eustace - Andrew Tegeler (Mark Constantine) 03:25 pp

Goalies:   BE Kyle Van Osten (22 shots, 21 saves)

           DBP Dan Wosbrock (32 shots, 28 saves)