By Dan Nowak
@NHRDanNowak on Twitter
WEST HAVEN >> When a team goes 0-for-6 on the power play and allows three short-handed goals, their chances of winning are slim to none.
That’s what Hamden coach Bill Verneris and his eighth-ranked Green Dragons had to endure in Saturday’s 6-0 loss to No. 1 Notre Dame-West Haven. Matt Dumas had two goals and two assists and goalie Wade Conlan made 28 saves to lead the Green Knights to the lopsided SCC-SWC Division I victory at Bennett Rink.
Verneris couldn’t wait for the final seconds to tick off the clock in the third period.
“I won’t try to make any excuses for what just happened, but I will say the best part of this game was when that buzzer went off to end the game,” Verneris said. “Our team is not this bad. But we got rolled by the better team today. They manhandled us.
“As a coach, I have never had a game when my team gave up three short-handed goals, until now. We’ve been playing well, we had our chances, but we kept shooting over the net. It’s just one game and hopefully we can learn from our mistakes.”
Hamden falls to 4-4-1 and Notre Dame improves to 10-1-1.
“Hamden is a good, well-coached team and you can never be comfortable with any lead,” Notre Dame coach Tim Belcher said. “But we were actually able to use our speed to take advantage of the open ice when they had the man-advantage.
“I was unhappy with how we played undisciplined hockey and gave them six power plays, but we were able to kill those penalties. And to get three short-handed goals was something special. To do it three times in one game is a first for me as a coach.”
Notre Dame got scoring from its three lines with four of the goals coming from the top line of Dumas and brothers Ryan and Kyle Lynch.
Notre Dame set the tone early when it came to penalties when Colin O’Conner was nabbed for hooking 6 seconds into the game. But it wasn’t until Notre Dame’s James Davins was serving a cross-checking penalty that the Green Knights scored their first goal.
Dumas scored at 5:12 of the first period off a rebound and the short-handed goal made it 1-0.
The Green Knights took command of the game when their next two goals were scored 8 seconds apart. Third-line forward Joe Ansaldo made it 2-0 at 13:09 and second-line forward Casey Hoban pushed it to 3-0 at 13:17.
In the second period, Dumas made it 4-0 on another short-handed goal off a 2-on-2 breakaway down center ice at 2:19.
“Hamden is a big rival for us and they’re always tough, so we wanted to come out strong in the first period,” Dumas said. “We knew we couldn’t let up and those two quick goals by Casey and Joe took away any momentum for Hamden.”
Ryan Lynch made it 5-0 on another short-handed goal at 8:51 of the second period and Kyle Lynch finished the scoring at 6:08 of the third period.
Goalie Logan Cathey made 28 saves for the Green Dragons.
Notre Dame-West Haven 6, Hamden 0
(at Notre Dame-West Haven)
Hamden 0 0 0 — 0
Notre Dame-West Haven 3 2 1 — 6
First period—NDWH: Matt Dumas (Kyle Lynch, Ryan Lynch) 5:12; Joe Ansaldo (Ryan Lynch) 13:09; Casey Hoban (Eric Austin) 13:17; Second period—NDWH: Matt Dumas (Kyle Lynch) 2:19; Ryan Lynch (Matt Dumas) 8:51; Third period—NDWH: Kyle Lynch (Matt Dumas, Ryan Lynch) 6:08;
Shots—HA: 28; NDWH: 34;
Saves—HA: Logan Cathey 28; NDWH: Wade Conlan 28;
Records—Notre Dame-West Haven 10-1-1; Hamden 4-4-1