Dillon Radin got his first significant amount of ice time Wednesday night at Iceland rink against Iona and he made the most out of it, getting the eventual game-wining goal and two assists as part of the 4-2 win.
“He was on the puck, all over the puck; we noticed it early in the game,” Chaminade head coach Frank Bendl said. “He got a little bit more ice time too. Based on that, we put him out and I think he made a great pass for an assist too coming across.”
Radin proved himself a master of out-maneuvering the media after his success, a feat usually not accomplished until the professional level, but that did not stop his teammates from talking about No. 14.
“He hit a beautiful shot,” forward James Henry on Radin. “He’s a great offense for our team so whenever he’s out there, he makes stuff happen.”
Iona had jumped out first 46 seconds into the second period before Michael Minarczyk evened it on Radin’s first assist 10 minutes later. With 4:01 left, Radin then sent the shot past the Gaels goaltender on a feed from Joseph Anile. Just for good measure, Henry added his two in the third, with Radin giving him the feed for the second shot.
“I told him I need two from him in this game,” Bendl said, putting on his prophetic hat. “I said to the boys we needed four goals to win the game because I thought they’d come back a little bit stronger – they lost their last two games.”
Chaminade had 40 shots on goal while keeper Brandon DeStasio stopped 24 shots.
“We were talking about it on the bench, from our goaltender out, we were strong. It starts with our goaltender,” Bendl said.
“He’s a very strong goalie and we’re lucky to have him, he plays well day in and day out every single game so we’re very fortunate to have him; probably the best goaltender in the league,” added Henry. “It definitely gives us some momentum going into the game coming off a nice win but we can’t get too complacent with our victory because they’re a really good team and we’ve got to bring everything we have.”
The Flyers will need that momentum as they head out to face St. Anthony’s on Friday, so far the only team they have lost to this season.
“I think (we were) playing really well so far,” Henry said. “This was a good team because they beat St. Anthony’s and they’re one of the best in the league.”
However, they will do so without Andrew Veglucci and John Stevenson, the latter of which will still be serving his suspension for fighting during the previous game against Msgr. Farrell.
“You can’t go into a game against St. Anthony’s without your top players,” Bendl said.
You can’t, but this time, Chaminade will have to.1 2 3 F Iona Prep 0 1 0 1 Chaminade 0 2 2 4
Chaminade Scoring Statistics Player Goals Assts. James Henry 2 0 Dillon Radin 1 2 Michael Minarczyk 1 1 Joseph Anile 0 1 Alex Balbo 0 1 John Oddo 0 1
Chaminade Goalkeeping Goalie Shots Brandon DeStasio 24
Iona Prep Scoring Statistics Player Goals Assts. Evan Ferraro 1 0 Nick Barile 0 1 Matt Donaghy 0 1