The Amity Spartans had their eye on the prize — an opportunity to play Hockey at Yale in the Semifinals — when they skated onto the ice at the sold out CIAC quarterfinal tournament game in Milford on Friday night.
The opposing team, the New Milford Wave played hard, firing on Amity’s goalkeeper Brian Mosher (30) with every chance they got.
But Amity dominated this game, starting with Brett McNeil’s (8) unassisted goal at 2:19 in the first period. and they never let go of that lead.
In the second period, John Pignataro (6) assisted by Kevin Ryan (9) scored at 9:30.
The third period was more of the same, with Ryan scoring off an assist from Adam Shea (5) and McNeil at 8:49.
Then, with 1:38 left in the game the Wave’s Logan Doud (20) got one by Mosher on assists from Harrison O’Connell (17) and Cole Case (7). Just 42 seconds later after New Milford goalie was pulled in order to get extra men on the ice, Shea, assisted by Ryan shot one into the empty net at 14:04.
Final Score 4-1
New Milford outshot Amity 26-17 in this matchup.
Mosher made 25 saves for Amity and New Milford’s Nick Capriglione made 13 for his team.
Interim Coach Mike Richetelli said Mosher is the best kept secret around, “He’s been like that all season and he was awesome tonight. We worked hard all week in practice. We had a game plan and stuck to it. We make sure our goaltender can see what’s coming, make the right play and take advantage of our chances.”
Of New Milford, he said, “Hats off to these guys. They played hard. They were very respectful, and had a great season. They did a fantastic job.”
As his team celebrated in the locker room “We’re going to Yale!” — Richetelli said, “I hear we’re going up against Milford. It’s anybody’s game. We want to get there and we want to play our game.”
Coming out of this game, Amity’s record is now 15-8; New Milford 15-6-1
(Fun Fact – All Four Teams going to the semifinals won their quarterfinal game with 4 points)
SemiFinals at Ingalls Rink
#2 Amity will play #11 Milford in the semifinals at Ingalls Rink at Yale on Monday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Ingalls Rink 73 Sachem St., New Haven
From all points:
Take I-95 to I-91. Take Exit 3 (Trumbull Street). Continue down Trumbull to Prospect St. At Prospect Street, take a right and continue to Sachem Street. Turn left at Sachem St. to arrive at the main entrance to Ingalls Rink OR continue straight through the intersection and turn left to access the Prospect-Sachem Parking Garage.
This is going to be a hot game, don’t arrive on time, get there early!