Amity went up against yet another Division 1 team, the Westies (West Haven) on Thursday and thanks to Brett McNeil’s breakaway goal with just 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the game, the Spartans came away with another win at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, qualifying them for the SCC Championship play offs
McNeil was the first to score in the game with an unassisted goal at 5:42. Then, 44 seconds later Keating Seymour, assisted by Patrick Flynn and John Uscilla brought the first period score to 2-0.
Amity goalie Nick Nuzzolo stopped three attempts for the Westies to score then they picked up a goal with Amity’s Seymour responding with an unassisted goal a minute later, and with just 3:42 the Westies scored again finishing the first third of the game 3-2 (Amity’s favor)
In the second period, There was plenty of action, but West Haven scored the only goal and evened things up with only five minutes left in the period.
There was a close call in the third period when a goal was waived after refs ruled that the puck was kicked into the net with less than 4 minutes left in the period. Two minutes later, McNeil’s goal won the game for Amity 4-3.
Nuzzolo finished with 31 saves, the Westies’ Savino had 22.
Records: Amity 8-2, West Haven 4-7
Coach Gary Lindgren said, “I feel that we didn’t play our best game, but we played hard and we made adjustments that we needed to make. After the first period we knew that we had to get better with the coverage in front of the net — and we did that in the second and third periods, which was key. We had way too many chances in the first period.
“Nick Nuzullo played very well, but he did let up a couple of goals that he thought he should have stopped,” Lindgren said. “What I love about Nick is that he bounces right back and he’s solid. He came up with a few huge stops in this game which was key for us to pull off the victory. We caught a big break in the third period with a minute 50 to go and Brett McNeil getting that breakaway. But you keep working hard for those breaks and take advantage of them.
“The breakaway was nice, the goal was nice, we just gutted it out — it’s one of those games when we just gutted it out,” he said. “West Haven is a good team, they work hard, they really wanted this game bad for their playoff chances, even though it’s still early, they’re 4-7 now but it was a game that they probably thought they were going to get.
“We played hard and we caught some breaks. They kicked in a goal that was disallowed, which was a break, but it definitely got kicked in,” he said.
Lindgren added, “We won all four of the games against Division 1 teams — Notre Dame of Fairfield, West Haven, Glastonbury and North Haven — all by 1 goal and two of them in overtime. This game qualifies us for the state championship play offs in March,” he said. “We’re excited about that. We’re happy for the boys, they’ve worked hard for it. We’ve got a long way to go, we’ve got 10 games and hopefully we can be on of the top seeds in the SCC tournament. That’s our next goal to capture the league and then prepare for the playoffs, we have 10 tough games left.”