For many years Brian Gonsalves worked alongside Mike “Scooter” Richetelli assisting Gary Lindgren coach the Amity Spartans Hockey Team. This year, he brought that experience with him as he took the helm at Daniel Hand, coaching the Tigers.
Daniel Hand was the one team on Amity’s season game schedule whose record most closely mirrored their own. So with those two factors the “away” game on Wednesday, Jan. 23 promised to be interesting.
Both teams came out ready to win, but Amity shocked everyone with its first goal in the first 10 seconds on the ice, thanks to Ryan Miller.
Halfway through the period Hand tied the game with a goal by Ethan Massey, assisted by Logan Massey. Just 90 seconds later, Griffin Fitzmaurice added a point assisted by Michael McKeon.
First Period Score: 2-1 Hand.
Amity came out strong in the second period with Cody White tying the game just 5:16 after returning to the ice.
Six minutes later, Hand struck back and reclaimed the lead with E. Massey’s second goal of the game.
Well, Amity Captain Jason Csejka would have none of that, and tied it up again in 23 seconds, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau.
With 27 seconds remaining Holden Prestash, assisted by Tatum Fitzmaurice, pulled Hand back into the lead.
Second Period Score: 4-3 Hand.
The final period belonged to the Tigers and included two Hat Tricks.
It wasn’t the most exciting action we’d seen on the rink, but Hand came alive 11:35 in with T Fitzmaurice’s goal, assisted by John Gagliardi and G Fitzmaurice.
Just 46 seconds later E Massey earned his Hat Trick, assisted by L Massey.
As the clock ticked down to one minute remaining, T Fitzmaurice scored again and got his Hat Trick.
Final Score: 7-3 Hand.
Records: Hand 10-1-1 ; Amity 7-4