The Amity Boys Hockey Team showed us last week (Jan. 23) that they really knew how to play the game. They came alive in the third period and gave fans hope for the season.
On Saturday, Jan. 31 they started strong against Guilford and kept it going until the final second.
In this matchup, Amity was first to post in the first period at 2:44 with Zach Shelnitz (#8) scoring on an assist from Liam Caraciolo (#17).
First period score: 1-0 Amity
4:33 into the second period, Guilford’s Ryan Brand (#17) tied things up with an unassisted goal.
But the Spartans would have none of that, and at 7:00 Shelnitz and Caraciolo repeated the first period play, pulling Amity to a 2-1 lead.
Nearly two and a half minutes later at 9:27 Guilford’s Rick Sardella (#9) tied the game at 2-2 on an assist from Matt Clifford (#12).
Amity’s Kevin Ryan (#9) made the tie-breaking and game-winning goal at 12:38.
Neither team scored in the third period, but the puck was passed and smacked and skates were flying across the ice as shots were made, making it an exciting 15 minutes for spectators.
This may be the first game that Amity outshot its opponent, with 26 to 20.
Goalies (both #30) Tyler Cole for Amity and Kyle Dwyer for Guilford worked hard in this game, and deserve a lot of credit.
Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli and the other coaches were smiling as they came off the ice after the game.
“We played a solid game today, and the boys needed that,” Richetelli said. “We still have an outside shot at making the tournament and that’s what our goal is, that’s our focus.”
“We came out and had a very good first period. Guilford is very strong, they played two lines, so we wanted to try and wear them out,” he said. “In the second period Guilford had a little bit of an edge. The third period we battled and (Goalie) Tyler Cole (a Freshman) had the first win of his High School career today, which is a big moment for him.”
Richetelli said the boys will continue to practice hard and play to win.
“Collectively as a group that’s how we’re going to do things. We had a good solid effort today,” he said. “We’re not quitting. Every team has an identity and this team’s is a ‘stick-to-itiveness’. They don’t quit, they practice and they play hard at every game. So if we can string a couple more together, which we have a shot to do, the opportunity is there.”
The Spartans next three games will be against tough opponents.
• On Tuesday, Feb. 3, they play Cheshire at Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 7, New Milford at Canterbury School at 12:45 p.m.
• Then Wednesday, Feb. 11, against West Haven at 6:30 p.m.