WEST HAVEN >> The Amity hockey team has become accustomed to making comebacks this season. Looking for consistency and bettter starts, the Spartans took a big step towards accomplishing both Saturday afternoon.
Scoring three goals in the first 3 minutes, 37 seconds of the game, Amity picked up a much needed and comfortable win, defeating Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury 6-1 at Bennett Rink.
“We were off for a week and we had good practices all week,” Amity assistant coach Mike Richetelli said after the Spartans improved to 5-3. “We came out to compete today. We got off to a quick start which helped.
“Obviously, we have not peaked yet. We have a lot of guys playing different roles. The guys understand their roles. Today was a nice win for us.”
Adam Shea and Brett McNeil sparked the Amity offense as Shea had one goal and three assists and McNeil finished with one goal and two assists.
Shea helped get the Spartans going when he fed Ryan Hauser 44 seconds into the game. Hauser’s blast from the point eluded BBD goaltender James Van Tronk for a 1-0 lead.
Just 1:17 later, Shea gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead, picking up a loose puck and beating Van Tronk for an unassisted goal.
The Spartans, who scored on three of their first four shots in the game, then increased the lead when McNeil positioned himself in front and quickly beat Van Tronk for a 3-0 lead just 3:37 into the contest.
“We got off to a good start today,” McNeil said. “We are usually a third period team. It was good. We were ready to go early today. We have been up and down all year. Today was big for us.”
Leading by three goals, Amity continued the pressure and had 15 shots in the opening period. Van Tronk denied Hauser from the point and McGovern Deane seconds later, keeping the Ice Cats in the game.
Van Tronk’s saves paid off as BBD cut into the deficit with 8:29 left in the opening period. Eric Stoeckle’s point shot was denied by Amity goaltender Brian Mosher, but the rebound went to Doug Alfidi who beat Mosher with the Ice Cats’ only goal of the game.
Despite seeing only 12 shots, Mosher was outstanding in goal for the Spartans. Mosher’s biggest save came 2:18 into the middle period when he denied Justin Simko on a breakaway with a glove save.
“I did not face as many shots and that’s when you have to be the most focused,” Mosher said after making 11 saves. “My defense did a great job. They had the breakaway and I just read him going to the left side.”
Mosher made another big save with 6:50 left in the period, denying John Vitti’s shot with a pad save. Just 33 seconds later, Amity stole the momentum back for good when Shea set up Deane for a 4-1 lead.
“We talked to Brian after the first period about not seeing as many shots,” Richetelli said. “It is harder to maintain your focus. He was really focused today. He did not see a lot of shots, but he made some big saves.”
The Spartans iced the game with two goals in the third period.
Just 50 seconds in, McNeil fed John Pignataro off the faceoff and Pignataro did the rest for a 5-1 lead. McNeil and Shea set up John Uscilla with 3:09 left for the 6-1 final.
Van Tronk made 35 saves for BBD as Amity held a 41-12 shot advantage in the game. The Ice Cats dropped their eighth straight contest and fell to 1-8.
Amity 6, Brookfield 1
(at West Haven)
Brookfield 1 0 0 — 1
Amity 3 1 2 — 6
First period—AM: Ryan Hauser (Adam Shea) :44; Adam Shea 2:01; Brett McNeil (Kevin Ryan, Jeremy Cable) 3:37; BK: Doug Alfidi (Austin Natale, Eric Stoeckle) 6:31; Second period—AM: Mac Deane (Adam Shea) 8:47; Third period—AM: John Pignataro (Brett McNeil) :50; Johnny Uscilla (Adam Shea, Brett McNeil) 11:51;
Shots—BK: 12; AM: 41;
Saves—AM: Brian Mosher 11; BK: James Van Tronk 35;
Records—Amity 5-3; Brookfield 1-8.