Amity kept fans on their feet with a 9-3 victory against Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven Thursday night with most of the action taking place at the beginning of the third period.
Brett McNeil #8 and Adam Shea #5 each had two goals and an assist to lead the Spartans to the SCC interdivison win. Amity is now 6-1 for the season.
Kaden Batzinger had two goals and an assist for Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth
Amity Coach Gary Lindren said in the first two periods his team just didn’t play their type of hockey. “I call it ‘B’ hockey. We played to the level, and no disrespect to Lyman Hall because they worked hard and they’ve got some nice players … they just don’t have a lot of depth.”
“We got out of our rhythm and were playing as individuals — we weren’t playing as a team. We were all frustrated, even though we were winning 4-2 going into the third period, and I think the kids realized that this is a team that we had to look at how to put away, which fortunately we did,” Lindgren said. “We had to play with more intensity.”
“It was nice to see guys that hadn’t gotten in to play as much, and our back-up goalie Brian Mosher got in and did a good job. Zach Shelnitz got his first goal, which is nice,” he said. “It was nice to see Justin Proto (#13) got in tonight and played pretty good defense. We’re pleased with that.”
Lindgren added, “We did what we had to do, obviously we put the game away in the third period, but it was a tricky game for a while. We’ll take it with 6-1 for now and move on.”
“The road gets tough for us now. We’ve got a tough game on Saturday with Fermi and another tough game on Monday with Glastonbury and we’ll have to play a lot better than we did today,” he said.
“We did have an injury with John Crocker (#19) who may have a slight concussion. We’ll have him checked out and evaluated and hope he’s okay.” Lindren said.
Locker room talk
In the locker room after the second period, Lindgren sat the team down and had a talk.
“I told them, ‘take the pressure off yourselves because you know it’s a game you’re supposed to win. You’re playing a division 3 team that isn’t that strong this year. You’re putting a lot of pressure on yourselves, so relax, we’re winning 4-2, just go out and keep playing hard and good things will happen.'” he said, “And it did, we got five goals in the last period which was nice. It was a good team win, even though we didn’t play great at times, it was a good team thing. The kids were rooting for one another and helping each other.”
“They’re a good bunch to coach,” he said.
Play by Play
Batzinger got the first goal of the game for Lyman Hall at 1:59 in the first period.
Amity’s John Pignataro #6 had an unassisted goal at 4:46, followed by McNeil, assisted by Dalton Luciani #28 and Zach Shelnitz #14 at 7:01.
The second period started off with an unassisted goal by Amity’s Kevin Ryan #9 at 5:50
Lyman’s Batzinger made his second unassisted goal at 8:41
Amity’s Keating Seymour #23, assisted by Ryan Hauser #2 scored at 11:07
In the third period Amity hit the ice with a vengeance with three goals in less than two minutes which began with Eric Dykun #17 assisted by Seymour at :54; Shelnitz got his first goal of the season at 1:07; followed by Shea assisted by Graham Hughes #18 at 1:22
Shea, assisted by McNeil scored again at 4:07
Lyman’s Derek Lyon assisted by Boomer DeMorro and Batzinger got one in at 8:04
And Amity’s McNeil assisted by Shea and John Uscilla #15 wrapped it up with their final goal at 12:58
Lyman had 21 shots to Amity’s 27
Amity Goalies Nick Nuzzolo #31 had 16 saves, and Brian Mosher #30, who played the third period had 2
Lyman Goalie Jason Culmone had 18 saves.
The Spartans play Fermi (Enfield) today at 3:30 in West Haven — Should be a good game.