It took the Amity Spartans less than one minute to show the Milford Indians Coop that they were serious about getting into the CIAC Championship Game on Friday.
Adam Shea (5) assisted by Brett McNeil (8) and Kevin Ryan (9) got the party started at :47 after getting onto the ice at Yale.
McNeil assisted Shea again at 9:16 making the score 2-0
Just as it looked like smooth sailing for Amity until Milford’s Zach White (5) assisted by Tommy Sampson (18) and Danny Cyr (22) got on the board less than a minute later at 10:08.
Then it was McNeil’s turn to score assisted by Shea at 12:51.
They left the ice with a 3-1 lead and in the locker room Interim Coach Mike Richetelli reminded them that it’s not over till it’s over. It’s still anyone’s game, don’t lay back or take anything for granted.
Early in the second period Amity was first to score again.
Ryan got one in past Milford goalie John DePalma on an assist from McNeil and Shea at 3:51.
Milford came on strong with a goal by Ben Lavallee (19) assisted by Will Vitelli (2) and David McLenithan (20) at 5:00.
White followed it up with his second goal at 11:29, assisted by Lavallee and Vitale.
Amity usually comes on strong in the third period, and even though they had a 4-3 lead on Milford. Neither team was taking anything for granted. The indians fired non-stop at Amity Goalie Brian Mosher (30) every chance they had.
Then, at 5:28 Amity’s (14) assisted by (15) pulled ahead to a comfortable 5-3 lead.
With less than a minute left, Milford pulls DePalma from the goal to get an extra defenseman on the ice and Andrew Gobany (8) assisted by White and sophomore Nash Ericson (6) scores at 14:01, bringing the score to 5-4.
Seconds later Amity makes an attempt at the empty net, but the puck slides just inches from the goal.
Richetelli said the team had a plan and the boys stuck to it. There were some mistakes made and they will go through them during practice before the championship game. As always Brian Mosher kept his eye on the puck and worked his tail off with more than 30 saves.
To their credit both teams showed excellent sportsmanship during this semifinal game. Even though they were highly competitive and hungry for the victory they were helping one another up, patting each other on the back, joking between plays and just enjoying the game.
With this win, #2 Amity (16-7-0) goes up against #13 Daniel Hand (13-10-0) at Ingalls Rink (Yale) Friday, March 21 at 7:30 pm.
This is the first time since 2010 that Amity has made it to the finals and 8 years since Hand has gone this far.