Dan Peterson leads St. Anthony's in Game 1 of CHSHL finals

St. Anthony's goalie Daniel Peterson drops for a St. Anthony's goalie Daniel Peterson drops for a save as James Gobetz fights off St. Francis' Matt Higgins. (March 4, 2012) Photo Credit: Dan Neri

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MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Just when you thought it couldn't get any more intense, the St. Anthony's-Chaminade rivalry reached new heights Thursday night.

After playing for a football title last fall and finishing first and second in the state CHSAA wrestling championships last weekend, the two schools were at it again, this time on the ice, meeting for the first time in the CHSHL finals.

Friars goaltender Dan Peterson made 27 saves and Joey Slevin had a goal and an assist as No. 1 St. Anthony's defeated No. 2 Chaminade, 4-2, in Game 1 of a best-of-three final series at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Game 2 is at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in Coney Island.

"The rivalry is huge and they beat us in football, so it's a little bit of revenge now," St. Anthony's forward Joey Loaicano said. "It's a good win to have."

St. Anthony's (16-2-1) controlled the puck for most of the first period and was rewarded with two goals in the final 1:20 to take a 2-0 lead.

Jason Morello scored a power-play goal as he picked up a loose puck in front of Chaminade goalie Brandon Destasio and tipped it past him to make it 1-0.

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The Friars scored again with 12 seconds left in the period when Michael Vaino fired a wrist shot from the right circle that got through Destasio, who was screened on the play.

"That was huge," St. Anthony's coach Jeff Stelmok said. "You can afford to do things that you don't have to do when you're chasing a team from a deficit . . . Getting the first two goals is huge."

After a scoreless second period, the Friars went up 3-0 early in the third when Bryan Whelan scored on a rebound on a power play.

James Henry scored for Chaminade (14-4-2) at the end of a power play after the Flyers failed to score on a five-on-three midway through the period. Henry fired a slap shot from the slot on an odd-man rush that went off the left post and into the net.

Slevin scored to make it 4-1 with 2:12 left and Chaminade's Michael Minarczyk scored with 1:48 left. The Flyers pulled their goalie with 1:06 to go but were unable to get any closer.

"There's great defense in front of me," Peterson said. "It was a great game and the win is the big thing. That's what we're always going for."

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