WEST HAVEN — Trailing less than a minute into Wednesday night’s game against Amity, the Notre Dame-Fairfield hockey team knew not to panic. Instead, the Lancers put on a show.
Scoring six times in the opening period, including three in a span of 55 seconds and four in 2 minutes, 56 seconds, the Lancers rolled to a 7-3 victory over the Spartans at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.
With the scoring explosion, Notre Dame has scored 16 goals in its last two games and improved to 6-3-1. With the loss, Amity fell to 6-6.
“The kids played well,” Notre Dame coach Steve Hetherman said. “We responded after they scored that first goal. The boys played hard and responded. It’s how you respond.
“They have been sharing the puck. We have moved the puck and that creates scoring opportunities. We saw that in the first period. We want them to think about moving the puck and shot selection.”
The Lancers moved the puck pretty well in the first period and led 6-2 after 15 minutes of hockey. Keating Seymour scored the first of his two goals just 41 seconds into the game for a 1-0 Amity lead, but Notre Dame soon took over.
Just 2:08 after Seymour’s goal, Garrett Gintoli started his road to a hat trick when he beat Amity goaltender Brian Mosher from in front to even the game.
Just 1:45 later, the scoring barrage began for the Lancers. Nick Carloto scored the first of his two goals by tipping in Craig Hessenius’ point shot for a 2-1 lead and Gintoli made it 3-1 when he tucked a shot past Mosher 17 seconds later.
The Lancers made it 4-1 just 38 seconds later when Carloto scored his second of the game. When Mark Russo scored 2:01 after Carloto, Notre Dame led 5-1 and Amity called for a timeout.
“We were just trying to calm things down a bit,” Amity assistant coach Michael Richetelli said. “We know they are one of the top teams in Division I. They have a lot of depth and a lot of skill.
“We got that first goal and felt good about ourselves, but we were caught sitting on our heels. You cannot take a break against a team with that talent.”
Amity responded immediately after the timeout as Adam Shea scored an unassisted goal 17 seconds later to cut the deficit to 5-2.
That spark for the Spartans was quick to pass. The Lancers, who had 17 shots in the opening period and finished with 44, scored again with 5:57 remaining in the opening period when Seamus O’Rourke set up Gintoli for the hat trick and a 6-2 lead.
Lost in the shuffle of the first period was the play of Notre Dame goaltender Zach Bouve, who made nine saves, several in stellar fashion.
“What you need from any goaltender is to provide stabilization,” Hetherman said. “When that anxiety takes over, you need that.”
The Lancers scored the only goal of the middle period when Jonny Suporn ripped a shot off the glove of Mosher with 6:53 left for a 7-2 lead.
One bright spot for the Spartans came in the third period when freshman Tyler Johnston relieved Mosher. Johnston stopped all 16 shots he faced.
“We had to see what Tyler Johnston was all about,” Richetelli said. “They came at him the whole time.”
Amity scored the lone goal of the final period when Shea and Brett McNeil set up Seymour.
Notre Dame-Fairfield 7, Amity 3
(at West Haven)
Notre Dame-Ffld 6 1 0 — 7
Amity 2 0 1 — 3
First period—AM: Keating Seymour 0:21; NDF: Garrett Gintoli (Justin Dupuis) 2:49; Nick Carloto (Craig Hessenius) 4:34; Garrett Gintoli (Cooper Demchak) 4;51; Nick Carloto (Dan Walsh) 5:29; Mark Russo (Christian La Croix, Tyler Henchcliffe) 7:30; AM: Adam Shea 7:43; NDF: Garrett Gintoli (Peter LeMere, Seamus Orourke) 9:03; Second period—NDF: Jon Suporn 8:07; Third period—AM: Keating Seymour (Brett McNeil, Adam Shea) 5:12;
Shots—NDF: 43; AM: 28;
Saves—AM: Brian Mosher 36; NDF: Zak Bouve 25;
Records—Notre Dame-Fairfield 6-3-1