EAST HAVEN >> The East Haven boys hockey team has enjoyed a solid season thanks to its high-powered offense led by Nick Capone (19 goals, 23 assists) and brothers Jake Aloi (nine goals, 18 assists) and Joe Aloi (12 goals, 15 assists).
The West Haven boys hockey team has enjoyed a solid start to the season thanks to its solid defense led by alternating goalies Logan Cole and Brendan Serenson.
Something had to give when the two teams faced off on Monday at DiLungo Rink.
Joe Aloi set the tone early with a goal 32 seconds into the game and ended up a with a hat trick to lead No. 9 East Haven to a 7-4 SCC-SWC interdivision win over No. 10 West Haven. Jake Aloi added two goals and an assist, Capone had three assists and Logan Hamilton had 30 saves for the Easties who improve to 10-1.
The Easties scored the first five goals of the game and the Blue Devils (8-4) never recovered.
“West Haven is such a good team that we felt we had to come out hard and start off with a quick goal,” East Haven coach Lou Pane said. “The first goal was big. But I think it was the second and third goals that put them on their heels and it gave us confidence the rest of the game.
“We led 3-0 after the first period and that ended up being the margin of victory for us. When we went ahead 5-0, we thought it would be tough to overcome. But you have to give West Haven credit, they battled back. When it was 5-2, the next goal was key. If they scored they would have the momentum. Fortunately we made it 6-2 and that helped us.”
After Joe Aloi’s quick goal, Joe Lorello gave the Easties a 2-0 lead 50 seconds later and Zack Paquin made it 3-0 at 8:30 of the first period. After the third goal was scored, Cole, who started in goal for the Blue Devils, was replaced by Serenson.
The Aloi brothers scored the first two goals of the second period with Jake making it 4-0 at 4:20 and Joe giving the Easties a 5-0 lead at 5:48.
“It’s always a great feeling when you contribute in a win, but it feels even better when you get a hat trick,” Joe Aloi said. “Taking a 3-0 lead after the first period was important, but we still had to keep it going against a good team like West Haven. Getting another two goals for a 5-0 lead was big for us.”
The Blue Devils would make it interesting, scoring four of the next five goals.
Kevin Moriarty’s goal at 8:35 of the second period and Pete Richetelli’s power-play goal at 9:20 cut the lead to 5-2.
Jake Aloi opened the third period by giving the Easties a 6-2 lead at 4:00. Richetelli added another power-play goal for the Blue Devils at 7:03 and West Haven’s Max Lynch would cut the East Haven lead to 6-4 with 2:58 left in the game.
West Haven coach Joe Morrell pulled Serenson to get the man-advantage after the ensuing face off. But Joe Aloi would complete his hat trick, scoring an empty-net goal with 8 seconds left in the game for the 7-4 final.
“We’ve had some issues coming off the bus and giving up some early goals in our last three games,” Morrell said. “We knew we had to shut down their high-scoring first line. But when they scored quick with the first and second goals, and that was a turning point in the game.
“We didn’t quit and battled back. We just couldn’t finish off a lot of the other opportunities we had, especially in the first period.”
East Haven 7, West Haven 4
(at East Haven)
West Haven 0 2 2 – 4
East Haven 3 2 2 – 7
First period- EH: joe aloi (jake aloi, Nick Capone) :32; joe lorello 1:22; zack paquin (mike dogolo, joe lorello) 6:30; Second period- EH: jake aloi (Nick Capone) 4:20; joe aloi 5:48; WH: Kevin Moriarty (Max Lynch, Peter Richetelli) 8:35; Peter Richetelli (Alex Lynch, Robbie Forleo) 9:20; Third period- EH: jake aloi (Nick Capone) 4:00; WH: Peter Richetelli (Max Lynch, Kevin Moriarty) 7:03; Max Lynch (Collin Braziel) 12:02; EH: joe aloi (matt lattella) 14:52; Shots- WH: 34; EH: 31; Saves- EH: Logan Hamilton 30; WH: Brendan Serenson 22; Logan Cole 5.
Records- East Haven 8-4; West Haven 10-1.