Amity Hockey Coach Gary Lindgren has a challenge before him in 2015, trying to make a young team into a force to be reckoned with on the ice.
With only 6 seniors on the roster this year, Amity is made up primarily of equal amounts of sophomores and freshmen (7 each) and just 4 juniors to carry over to the next season.
As a spectator at Monday’s game it was disheartening to hear the players from the opposing Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe team leave the ice after the first period laughing and trash talking our Spartans.
But, realistically, the Fairfield kids played hard and kept Amity’s goalie, Freshman Tyler Cole on his toes all three periods, while for Fairfield’s goalie, sophomore Mike Grace, it was pretty much a stress-free game.
Lindgren could throw in his hat at this point and just say, “there’s always next year.” but he simply states, “We didn’t play well, we didn’t do as good as we could, but with each game they learn from their mistakes and they’ll get better as time goes by.”
In the first period, Fairfield’s Jake Fuss got an unassisted goal by Cole at 5:17.
Soon after the start of the second period, Fairfield scored again with a goal by PJ O’Reilly, assisted by Wade Petro and Fuss at 1:22.
Then, with just 46 seconds left in the period Fairfield senior Matthew Roberts, assisted by Kevin Boldrighini and Zach Weinstein brought the score to 3-0.
With their confidence in overdrive, Fairfield came out in the final period with a vengeance and just :25 seconds in, Fuss made his second goal of the night, this time assisted by O’Reilly and Trevor Demitt.
Thanks to a nice move by Amity captain Zach Shelnitz who made an unassisted goal at 3:23 in the third period, the Spartans did not suffer a shut out.
The final score was 4-1 Fairfield.
Lindgren clearly was not happy with his team’s performance in this game, but did take a moment to comment on the freshman goalie who made 33 saves during the game. (Fairfield’s Grace made 13 saves). “Tyler worked real hard in this game. He had some nice saves,” Lindgren said.
The Spartans will play Milford at the Milford Ice Pavillion Saturday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.