The Amity Spartans Hockey Team is starting to get itself together. After playing hard against the powerful Cheshire team on Saturday and holding their own until the third period when Cheshire pulled ahead, they were denied a tie in the last 2 minutes.
On Tuesday, Dec. 23, with “the other Tyler” Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net, Amity took on Guilford.
As in past games the opponent was first to score with Guilford’s Ryan Brand getting a goal, assisted by Jack Petrick and Chris Cafiero, just 2:27 into the first period.
Not to be outdone, Amity answered less than 2 minutes later, tying things up with Adam Moscato’s goal, assisted by Captain Kevin Ryan.
At 4:51 Ryan assisted Co-Capt. Zach Shelnitz in the tie breaking goal.
With Amity ahead by one, the Spartans came out for the second period meaning business.
Moscato scored an unassisted goal at 10:34, pulling the Spartans up further 3-1
Guilford’s Kevin Gaudio, assisted by Joe Neleber, got one past Johnston at 13:25.
The Spartans would have none of that, and less than 30 seconds later, Shelnitz, assisted by Ryan and Charlie Csejka scored his second goal of the game, bringing the score to 4-2.
In the third period, the Spartans dominated the ice, bringing in three goals: Ryan, unassisted at 5:55; Anthony Uscilla, assisted by Liam Caraciolo at 7:28; and Graham Hughes, assisted by Nick Gallucci at 8:15 – wrapping up the victory at 7-2
Amity outshot Guilford 27-26
Johnston made 24 saves while Guilford’s Kyle Dwyer had 20.
Records: Amity 1-1-1; Guilford 0-3
Coach Gary Lindgren is back this year after taking a break last season due to illness, but he is enjoying working with this young team and watching them grow with each passing game.
So far we’ve seen two goalies, Freshman, Tyler Cole (#30) and Sophomore Tyler Johnston (#31) in the net.
Lindgren said both are young and are gaining experience this year with the coaches flip-flopping them between games.
He said Cole did a great job against Cheshire on Saturday, Dec. 20. “They’re a tough team, they’re really good and we battled hard with them.”
Of Johnston’s performance against Guilford, Lindgren said, “Tyler played extremely well, he made some big stops.”
Of the team as a whole, Lindgren said, “Our schedule is tough, we have to come ready to play. Today (Tuesday Dec. 23) I don’t think we played our best. It was good in spots, but we struggled for the first couple of periods, It’s a good thing we were ahead 4-2 after the first 2 periods. We need to play better. Guilford battled, they have some good players, their goalie is a little inexperienced and we took advantage of that but, I thought it was a pretty even game even though we won 7-2.”