Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren looked out at the ice at the Edward L. Bennett Rink after Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Fermi/Enfield. He knew the game was going to be a challenge but still, the end result was unacceptable. Had Amity won the game it would have been tied for No. 2 in Division II.
“We played hard the first ten minutes of the game, and then we played hard in the third (period),” Lindgren said. “In the second we played atrocious. We just didn’t play well at all. This team just doesn’t have that talent to think they can take a period off and expect to win.
“The bottom line is, we had our chances early, we had them late, but the goalie (Fermi’s Aaron Lickwar) is good,” he said. “When you play half a game that’s what happens. That’s what I’m upset about. I feel we got cheated tonight — Fermi wanted it more than we did — they wanted the game more than we did.
Lindgren said the team didn’t try hard enough in the second period, but came out and gave their all in the third, but it wasn’t enough. “They should have played the whole game like they did in the third.”
He noted that the team’s third line of Brenden Ferrer (#22), Zach Schelnitz (#14) and Kevin Ryan (9) worked hard throughout the game. Schelnitz got Amity’s only goal with an assist from Ferrar with 9:11 left in the game, cutting the deficit in half.
Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo (#31) finished the game with 24 saves.
Lickwar had 32 saves for Fermi.
“Overall we played hard in the third period,” Lindgren said. “Fermi outplayed us. Monday we play Glastonbury, which will be another tough game, they’re Division I and then we play West Haven, another Division I team. We’ve got our work cut out for us — good challenges though, it’s good for us.”
With this loss, Amity lowers its record to 6-2.
Amity plays Division I Glastonbury at the Edward L. Bennett Rink today at 2:30 p.m. Come out and make some noise!
NOTE: Spectators said the rink felt a little warmer on Saturday which may have accounted for a little softer ice and explained why so many players from both teams kept falling during this game.