Providence made quick work of Mount Carmel on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their best-of-3 Kennedy Cup quarterfinal series.
The Celtics scored five times within a span of 19 minutes, 40 seconds and cruised to a 9-1 win at Homewood-Flossmoor Ice Arena.
Providence (51-4-4) advances to play Fenwick, which swept St. Rita in their quarterfinal series.
“Not a lot to complain about,” Providence coach Nick Iaciacio said of Tuesday’s performance. “We were rolling four lines and the guys just kept on coming. That’s what championship teams do.”
Offense, defense, goaltending, the Celtics dominated in every facet over the Caravan — just like a No. 1 seed should vs. No. 8
Most impressive about Tuesday’s performance was the amount of scoring depth Providence displayed. Ben Brandau netted a hat trick, while Gant Orloff added two goals. Mike Vennetti Jr., Dan Ricker, Rich Yusa and Matt Iaciancio lit the lamp once apiece.
“Definitely huge,” Brandau said of the Celtics’ fast start. “In the back of your head, a team like this is not going to be the hardest game, but coming out fast it makes our job a lot easier.”
Ricker, Yusa and Orloff scored first-period goals for a 3-0 advantage.
The Celtics scored two goals in the opening 2:40 of the second period. Vennetti buried a sweet pass from Matt Payton, and 11 seconds later, Brandau scored on a rebound to make it 5-0.
By the time the middle period ended, Brandau scored two more goals and Iaciancio another for an 8-0 lead.
“We were focused and we played smart,” said Matt Iaciancio, who added three assists. “We knew they were going to play physical and were going to be gunning for us.”
One of the few highlights for the Caravan came in the third period, when Richard Fordon unleashed a howitzer from the left faceoff circle that eluded Celtics goalie Justin Salazar.
A few minutes later, Orloff produced the prettiest goal of the night, undressing a Caravan defenseman with a nifty move before going top shelf for a 9-1 margin.
Gant, a sophomore, spent most of the season with the junior varsity.
“Gant played the first game and we had another player get sick so he dressed again tonight,” Nick Iaciancio said. “He played well.”
Andy Guth racked up three assists, while Michael Bonaguro, Vince Kesic, Eric Mounce and Payton all had two helpers for Providence.