The Amity Spartans Varsity Hockey team was on fire Saturday afternoon at the Edward L Bennett Rink.
After hitting the ice in the first period, Senior Captain Keating Seymour (23), assisted by Freshman Mac Deane (22) and co-captain Adam Shea (5 made the first goal in the first 2:05. Not to be outdone, Brett McNeil (8), assisted by Seymour and captain John Uscilla followed that up with the second goal for the Spartans just 10 seconds later.
Hand’s Danny Braumann (17) put the Tigers on the board 8 minutes later with an unassisted goal.
End of the first: A-2; H-1
Hand goalie Chase Briggs (30) made 11 saves; Amity’s goal tender Brian Mosher (30) made 6 saves.
The second period saw Amity come out strong again. At 7:52 Uscilla, assisted by Junior Dalton Luciani (28) got one past Briggs. Less than a minute later, the two Zachary’s made a move. Senior Zachary DeCola (21), assisted by Junior Zachary Shelnitz (14) gave the Spartans their fourth point.
Hand got hold of the puck and played fast and furious, with a lot of good team play and at 13:36 Senior Dan Healey (20), assisted by Junior Ben Solin (25) shot one by Mosher, ending the second period with a score of 4-2.
Briggs had 8 saves in the second period; Mosher had 5.
The Tigers switched things up in the third period by scoring first. At 2:43 Solin got one in, assisted by two sophomores Mike Belliveau (26) and Jeff Rider (12).
With the score at 4-3, Amity moved quickly to get a bigger point spread. At 2:57 Shea came through, assisted by Luciani.
At 10:17 McNeil scored his second goal, with an assist from Shea.
Briggs had 13 saves in the third; Mosher had 5.
Amity outshot Hand 33- 16
Assistant Coach Michael Richetelli said the Spartans are still striving to play in the tournament.
“This was a conference game, and we knew coming in that we’re still on the outside looking in for the SCC tournament. This game helps us get there,” Richetelli said. “We’ve got 2 more SCC games out of the 3 we have left. Hand has a solid team, and we worked hard, especially in the third period again. We went into the third with 4-2 and scored on a power play … we’re just working to try and see something happen.”
He added that the team was solid and had great senior leadership and goalie Brian Mosher played another good game.
Amity plays again next Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Bridgeport against Fairfield-Warde at 6:30 p.m.
Senior Day is Saturday, March 1 at Bennett Rink, West Haven at 1 p.m.