Hockey: Naperville Central rolls over St. Rita at Holiday Hockey Classic
By Angie Wiatrowski For Sun-Times Media December 28, 2013 8:06PM
Naperville Central head coach Jeff Nelson said the Redhawks had a slow start coming out of the Christmas break but proved otherwise after advancing to the semifinals in the Holiday Hockey Classic after a 5-1 over St. Rita Saturday afternoon in Bensenville.
“We’ve been working on our speed and finally tonight we put a good game together,” said Nelson. “Our speed level was a problem for them tonight. We had some good energy and we were just trying to get the forecheck going and once we do that, we get some good goals.”
Darren Soneson got things moving a few minutes into the first half with a shot to the back of the net. St. Rita’s Brian Knighlty tied it up but that was all the Mustangs could deliver.
Troy Nelson broke the tie followed by a shot from Drake Williams to make it 3-1 heading into the second. Christopher Zajac and Kyle Wujciga each added a goal in the second half.
“We knew they wanted some payback on us,” said Troy. “They wanted some revenge, we beat them twice before this season and our mentality was get the puck deep and force it hard because we know they’re going to cough it up.”
Naperville Central will face Providence, who recorded two shutouts in its past three games of the tournament, in the semifinals Sunday and for the Redhawks, it’s all about payback.
“We want revenge on them,” Troy said. “We got to an early lead on them the last time we played and they took it from us in a preseason championship. We want a chance to win the tournament.”