MORRISTOWN, NJ - One Curry brother had his arm in a sling and couldn't play. Luckily for Chatham coach Brendon Herr, he still had two Curry brothers to work with on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Mennen Cup at Mennen Sports Arena.
Freshman Doyle Curry broke open a scoreless game with his goal 3:17 into the third period and junior Declan Curry connected at 7:22 for a two-goal lead before Chatham finished off a 2-1 ice hockey win behind 22 saves from senior goalie Jen Olnowich.
Chatham (10-8-2) meets top-seeded Morristown-Beard in the Mennen Cup semifinals on Thursday.
"I'm proud of the team for closing out the game," Herr said. "Even with their goalie pulled, we tried to stay aggressive on pucks, tried to win races on loose pucks. We didn't let them get possession.
"Jen made some really, really good saves in the last two minutes of play, especially one there with seven seconds to go (see video below). Once again she was our best player tonight."
Chatham broke open the scoreless battle in the third when Doyle Curry connected with a shot from the point (see video below). Declan Curry and Sordillo were each credited with an assist on the goal.
Declan Curry fired in a pick that Sordillo dropped for him off of a faceoff, making it a 2-0 game for the Cougars.
Doyle and Declan Curry, and Ryan Sordillo talk about the Chatham win
But Morristown (10-10-4) made Chatham sweat to the end when it got a goal from senior Conor Critchley with 2:11 showing. The Colonials called timeout and went with six skaters and no goalie for the final 2:03, with Olnowich making her final save with seven seconds to go.
Olnowich is the only one who knows what happened on her best save of the night in the waning seconds of the second period when a Morristown player drove a puck that deflected off her goalie stick and off the crossbar. Olnowich talks about her game in the video below.