Revenge. This was what Delbarton was waiting for all season after last year’s heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss in the state championship to CBA. All year, the Green Wave had their eyes on this game and struck back against the Colts this year 3-1 to capture their eleventh state championship.
“It was huge for us,” said Delbarton player Danny Farr. “A lot of them felt the sting from last year’s game and we’ve been waiting a year for this moment.
Farr was one of the keys as to why the Green Wave came out on top by getting an insurance goal and a huge momentum shift with 6:14 to go in the second period. He was set up with a cross-ice pass by Nick Siffringer that gave Delbarton their third goal of the game less than a minute after getting an assist on the second goal scored by John Farinacci.
“Nick Siffringer gave a great pass across the ice and luckily I was able to put it over the goalie’s (Michael Cernaro) shoulder,” added Farr.
Of course, Delbarton was in the same spot last year when they were up 3-0 against CBA before blowing that lead. However, these are different teams than last year and the Colts could not repeat history.
“We didn’t have the energy in our bodies to get back from a 3-1 deficit today,” said CBA Head Coach Ryan Bogan. “They (Delbarton) were hungry.”
Part of that was because CBA had to go through a battle just to get to the non-public state championship by defeating powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in the semi-finals before they even got to Delbarton.
“It’s like trying to win the Super Bowl twice,” noted Bogan. “I think they (Delbarton) had a little more in the tank than we did coming into the game.”
CBA came into this game as the two-time defending non-public state champions but even though they came up short this year, coach Bogan still thinks this was a season to remember.
“This was the best year I’ve had as a head coach,” noted Bogan. “I enjoyed every second with these guys this year.”
As for Delbarton, the seniors recognize how special of a group this team had to finally win a state title together in their last game.
“This group of guys is the best team I have ever been a part of,” said Farr. “I’m really happy stepping away from this team and leaving it in the hands of guys that will keep up the legacy and Delbarton tradition.”