Monsignor McClancy ices Christ the King

By Dylan Butler

After shutting out St. Francis Prep, 3-0 last Thursday in Great Neck, the Crusaders edged Christ the King, 4-3 Friday at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon to avenge a pair of early season losses.McClancy dropped a 4-2 decision to St. Francis Prep and fell 3-0 to Christ the King earlier in the season.”We knew it was two important points to get us back in playoff contention again,” McClancy coach Mike Brenneis said. “The kids get up for these games.”Less than two minutes into the game, Christ the King (3-4) took the lead on a fluke goal when Lionel Guerrero's dump-in caromed off the corner boards and into the net. A little more than five minutes later McClancy (3-6) tied it up on an unassisted goal by Stephen Ferguson. The sophomore, who has had eight goals in the last four games, scored back-to-back goals and Anthony Vennitti added a power play goal with 16 seconds left in the second period to give the Crusaders a 4-1 lead heading into the third period. “We needed to put our foot down and Stephen Ferguson went out and scored two goals,” Brenneis said. “Vennitti's goal was great, it gave us a three-goal cushion heading into the third period.”And McClancy needed it. Cory McGrath and Johnny Andjelovic scored for the Royals late in the third period to get within one. But as was the case against St. Francis Prep, goaltender Sean Rock came up big down the stretch for McClancy, which is in a three-way tie for third place in the CHSHL 'B' division.McClancy 2, St. Francis Prep 0. Ferguson and Vennitti scored for McClancy last Thursday at Parkwood Rink in Great Neck. St. Francis Prep fell to 2-7. Molloy 8, Xaverian 5. Chris Francaviglia and Bryan Elfant each scored a hat trick and Matt Davino and James Shea added goals for Molloy (5-7 CHSHL 'A') Saturday at Abe Stark Rink on Coney Island. Molloy 6, Chaminade 3. Elfant and Shea scored 2 goals apiece and Mike Carney and Francaviglia added goals for the Stanners Friday at Abe Stark Rink.Holy Cross 5, St. Peter's 4. Tom Backman scored four goals, including a wrap-around with 46 seconds left to give Holy Cross (9-1 CHSHL 'B') the win last Thursday at Murray Rink in Yonkers.Reach Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 143.

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