STAMFORD—By any standard it was definitely a good night’s work.
Trinity Catholic junior goalie Jeff Reda was unofficially credited with 75 saves in net during Sheehan’s 4-0 triumph over the Crusaders Wednesday night at Choate Rosemary Hall Ice Rink.
Two statisticians at the contest between Division III opponents had Sheehan taking either 78 or 79 shots on goal.
A video of the complete game has been sent to Hudl. Hudl’s official tally on shots and saves will probably be available late Friday.
That Reda put together a superb performance against the state’s No. 1 ranked team in Division III in Sheehan (4-1-1) is not surprising.
Reda, who considers Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers as his goalie idol, has put together an amazing resume in his two seasons with Trinity Catholic hockey.
In 2018-19, the Crusaders had a 12-player roster besides Reda with a percentage of boys new to hockey.
This season, Trinity Catholic has six returnees, a talented newcomer in senior Martin Salantay and a trio of freshmen joining forces with Reda.
“Nobody complains about getting enough ice time,” said TC coach Pete Pinto, who served as goaltender coach for the Crusaders last season.
Perhaps the best measure of Reda’s effectiveness is the fact Trinity Catholic is 2-3 overall, including losses to the state’s No. 1 (Sheehan) and No. 2 (New Milford) ranked squads in Division III heading into Saturday night’s home contest with Milford Co-op.
The Crusaders have defeated Newtown and Northeastern thus far.
“I told the kids before the season started ‘This is the group we have. Either we’re all in it together or not at all.’ ” Pinto said. “The kids have bought in. And there has been no negativity from anywhere in the program.
“I must say that our opponents have been fair about playing us,” Pinto continued. “They are understanding of our situation. And they are sympathetic.”
Pinto, who is joined on his staff by assistant Rob Nelson and conditioning expert Dave Jonas, has adjusted his philosophies to the Crusaders’ circumstances.
“We do play a more European defensive style. A lot of focus on clearing the puck out and shooting pucks in after crossing center ice,” Pinto said. “It doesn’t always show on the scoresheet but the kids have improved on blocking shots in our end. I did sense some frustration from the Sheehan forwards Wednesday night. A 4-0 loss is a win in our book.”
The benefit for Reda is the videos of the Trinity Catholic games on Hudl, which serve as a showcase for the junior going forward.
“Jeff is a workhorse. He loves the competition,” Pinto said. “He appreciates the efforts of all his teammates. He never wants to let them down. He’s a great kid.”