Spartans Captain Adam Shea (5) thrilled Amity Hockey fans with a hat trick [a hat trick is the scoring of three goals in one hockey game by one player] with two of those goals and an assist in the last 41 seconds of the third period.
Amity skated away with the West Haven Holiday Tournament trophy at Bennett Rink Friday Night after defeating the Cheshire Rams 6-4 in a real nail-biter of a game.
The Spartans came on strong with Zach Shelnitz (14) scoring off an assist from Captain Keating Seymour (23) in the first 37 seconds.
Cheshire’s Jonathan Hauser evened the score with 2:04 into the first period. With 1:25 left in the first Luke Vendetto, assisted by Anthony Vitale and Kyle Frederick put the Rams ahead 2-1.
The second period was all Amity with Brett McNeil (8) evening the score with a quick goal in just 24 seconds, Shea followed that up with an unassisted goal at 1:29.
The rest of the period had some furious back and forth as Cheshire battled for the lead again, but Amity kept them in check ending the period at 3-2.
Rams Fans were feeling confident in the third period after Matt Jordan scored in the first 16 seconds assisted by Griffin Cunningham and Vendetto, quickly followed by another goal at 1:37 by Joseph D’Errico, assisted again by Vendetto along with Greg Zovas.
Cheshire owned most of the third period, leading Amity 4-3.
Amity fans were feeling the pressure when suddenly, with just 41 seconds left in the period, Shea, assisted by McNeil tied the score.
Both teams battled hard for the win, then with 8 seconds remaining, Shelnitz, with an assist by Seymour and Shea, slapped one past Rams goalie Joe Solla, putting Amity ahead 5-4.
Just when you thought it was over, with 2 seconds left, Shea scored his third goal, leaving the coaches, fans and players elated.
Spartans coach Gary Lindgren handed his team the tournament trophy and Shea proudly held it high as he skated off the ice.
Coach Mike Richetelli* said one of the best match-ups and great rivalries that Amity has is with Cheshire. “We respect their coaches, we’re good friends, so it’s always great having a rivalry with them, and it’s a solid game. We knew coming in what to expect from these guys, and it was going to be a hard one, they worked hard and at the end of the first period when we were down 2-1, we knew we had to regroup a little bit,” he said.
“The guys came around, came on strong in the second period and got one in early,” Richetelli said. “Our thing with our team is ‘never give up, work hard, work all 45 minutes.’ We came into the third period and we got down a little bit and then we just stuck to our game plan, we had a great work ethic and we’re very proud of that.”
Richetelli said “Cheshire is a great team with excellent coaching we just got the better of them today. We will see them again, they are definitely a team that will be contending in the play-offs.”
He also praised the seniors for their leadership this season, stating that they really step things up and keep the entire team solid.
Amity narrowly outshot Cheshire 32-31
Amity goalie Brian Mosher (30) had 27 saves and Cheshire’s goal keeper Joe Solla had 26 saves.
Records—Amity 3-1; Cheshire 1-3