The Amity Spartans Boys Ice Hockey Team hosted Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe (D1) in West Haven on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
Amity knew that this was going to be a tough game, and they were ready to fight their hardest for a win.
Everyone entered the ice with confidence, but the game went sideways rather quickly. In 3:10, Fairfield’s Rhys Davis shot one into the net, assisted by Kyle Mazza. And with barely enough time to get back into position, Fairfield struck again six seconds later as Brendan Carney struck like a cobra, assisted by Ashton Lewis and Finn Hoey.
Amity made 22 shots, all of which were deflected by FWL’s goalie, Will Capalbo.
First Period Score: 2-0 Fairfield
The beginning of the second period gave us a glimmer of hope. Just 4:33 after entering the rink, Amity’s Jason Csejka smacked one in past Capalbo, assisted by Nelson Bordeleau and Caleb Marcin.
Almost five minutes later, Fairfield’s James Pisciotta scored, assisted by Carney and Lewis.
Both teams kept shooting furiously, yet no more goals were posted until, 20.9 seconds before the buzzer, when Kevin Quinn got one past Amity goal tender Malachi Zurolo, assisted by Bobby Winter and Sam Swanson.
Second Period Score: 4-1 Fairfield
We know that the Spartans often have a very strong third period, and even though six minutes passed before anything happened, Bordeleau scored on an assist from Csejka, and Amity had 9 minutes to tie or win the game, and boy, did they work at it.
But, Fairfield pulled ahead even further at 9:32 with Carney’s goal, assisted by Lewis and Hoey.
Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe handed Amity its second loss of the season (5-2).
Head Coach Michael Richetelli said Fairfield has a really strong team.
“We played hard tonight, 22 shots in the first period, that shows how hard we worked,” he said. Even with the loss, he added, “We’re okay. The reason we put tough opponents in our schedule is so we can get better. We’ll be fine.”
Saves: Zurolo, 42 stops for Amity; Capalbo 32 for FWL.
Records: Amity 7-2, Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe 6-1-2
Next Up For The Spartans: Amity is on the road on Saturday for a matchup against Westhill-Stamford (5-4) in Stamford at 4 p.m.
NOTE: I believe the coach. I believe in this team. I KNOW they will come back, just as strong as they were at the beginning of the season. Their schedule isn’t going to get any easier, they still have West Haven, Hand, Guilford, and Cheshire to face (and second to Hand, Amity has most victories this season than any of them). Amity has what it takes to play in the State Championship Game. All we have to do … is Believe.