Captain Adam Shea took control of the puck and set it the length of the ice into the empty goal to seal the victory.
This real sports story on Orange Live courtesy of Amity Assistant Coach Mike Richetelli (enjoy)
The Amity Spartans boys ice hockey team took a little while to get it in gear Tuesday night at the Northford Ice Pavillion, but once they did they earned their 13th victory of the season, a 3-1 win over the North Branford Thunderbirds.
The victory moved the Spartans into the unofficial number two seed for the upcoming CIAC Division II state tournament. (Final pairing will be out on Saturday after 11:00am)
After a scoreless first period, the T-Birds got on the board on a defensive zone steal by Tanner Opie. Opie beat Spartan netminder Brian Mosher (22 saves) to give the T-Birds the 1-0 lead at the 10:04 mark. That goal appeared to wake up the slumbering Spartans and just four minutes later Jr. Zach Shelnitz drove to the T-Bird goal and slipped a backhand over the shoulder of Will McEwen (22 saves) to tie the score. John Crocker and Mac Deane assisted on the Shelnitz goal.
The Spartans were not finished yet, with just 2:08 remaining in the second period Sr. Brett McNeil poked in a loose puck to put Amity ahead 2-1. John Uscilla and Dalton Luciani assisted on the goal.
The teams traded opportunities in the third, but both goaltenders held off their opponents, and with time winding down in the period T-Bird coach Ralph Shaw pulled his goalie in a last-ditch effort to tie the game. With the extra attacker on for North Haven Spartan captain Adam Shea, after blocking a shot, took control of the puck and set it the length of the ice into the empty goal to seal the victory.
Richetelli said he was proud of his team’s effort, “We received contributions from every line tonight and that is what you need coming into the end of the season and heading into the playoffs, a total team effort.”
The Spartans play again Thursday night at Bennett Rink in West Haven at 6 p.m.