The Amity Spartans have 9 seniors and 5 juniors on its 22-man hockey team this year and their experience is enough to make for an exciting season.
On Wednesday, the team hosted North Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Both teams looked strong in the beginning and with just 2:26 left in the first period, the Spartans Senior Brett McNeil (#8) scored the first goal of the season with an assist from Zach Shelnitz (#14)
Less than 1.5 minutes later, North Haven’s Chris Lion, with assists from Phil Gauvin and Tyler Luedee, evened the score before the break.
North Haven came out with a winning attitude and within the first 42 seconds, Cameron Owens scored his first of two goals, with an assist from Mike Tantorski; 4 minutes later, Vin Falsulo, scored his first of three goals, assisted by Gauvin and Lion; then Owens, again assisted by Tantorski, scored his second goal; followed by Falsulo rounding out the second period with his second goal with an assist by Kyle Van Bramer.
After a pressure-filled period, McNeil came through with his second goal with just 56 seconds remaining in the second period, bringing the score to 5-2 North Haven.
The third period saw another quick goal by the Indians, this time Tantorski scored with an assist from Owens in the first 57 seconds after returning to the ice.
Coming on strong, Spartans Captain Keating Seymour (#23) slapped one in past Indians goalie Andrew Graziano, unassisted; less than a minute later, Seymour was at it again scoring with an assist by co-captain Adam Shea (#5), bringing the score to 6-4.
But Fasulo wanted more and got one by Spartans goalie Brian Mosher (#30) at the end of the third period, sealing the victory 7-4
North Haven 1 4 2 — 7
Amity 1 1 2 — 4
Amity outshot North Haven 32-31
Amity’s Mosher made 24 saves; North Haven’s Graziano had 28 saves.
Records—Amity 0-1; North Haven 1-0