Cadets cruise in showdown with Spartans
WEST HAVEN — Amity hockey coach Gary Lindgren was concerned his team may have suffered a blow to its confidence after losing three straight contests. Looking to use the rivalry against St. Joseph-Trumbull to right the ship, the Spartans suffered yet another blow.
Paced by Sandor Boroczky’s two goals and Zach Carrano’s 24 saves, the Cadets cruised past the Spartans 5-0 Thursday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
The Cadets, ranked No. 8 in the New Haven Register Top 10 poll, were in control from the start, outshooting the Spartans 44-24 in the contest.
“I think our confidence may have gotten hit,” Lindgren said after his team fell to 2-4. “It is unfamiliar territory for us, losing three in a row, now four.
“We battled hard against Hamden and did not play so well in Maine. I thought we played pretty well in the first period and (Amity goaltender) Alec (Mansfield) had a big game for us. But, I thought (St. Joseph goaltender Zach) Carrano made some big stops. He got the shutout and he deserved it.”
Following a scoreless first period where both Amity goaltender Alec Mansfield and St. Joseph goaltender Zach Carrano made big saves, the Cadets used a power-play goal to start the scoring in the second period.
Boroczky found himself alone in the slot and ripped a slapshot that went over the right shoulder of Mansfield with 23 seconds left in the man-advantage for a 1-0 lead. Boroczky’s tally 6 minutes, 21 seconds into the second period turned out to be the only goal the Cadets needed.
The Cadets (4-2) then took advantage of a pair of Spartan miscues to take a 3-0 lead in the final 4:10 of the middle period.
Conor Crouse, who also had two assists in the game, beat Mansfield on a breakaway with a perfect deke for a 2-0 lead.
With the way Carrano was playing in goal for St. Joseph, the Spartans knew it would be hard to come back if the Cadets scored again.
Unfortunately for Amity, the Cadets did just that with 1:19 remaining in the period when John Ferguson’s wrist shot from the slot sailed over Mansfield’s shoulder for a 3-0 lead.
“They are a strong offensive team,” Lindgren said of the Cadets. “They handle the puck well. We struggled in the defensive end. We made some mistakes and they capitalized.”
The Spartans had their share of opportunities against Carrano but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Amity’s best opportunity of the second period came when both Corey Shea and Joe Bianchi each missed on opportunities in front of the net in the final seconds.
“We know Amity is a strong team,” St. Joseph coach Marty Crouse said. “We knew we had to play our best game. Today, everything just went our way.
“We know we can compete with anyone. We can beat anyone on our schedule but we know we have to play our game or we can be beaten.”
The Spartans looked for a quick start to the third period and had the pressure they needed.
Carrano, however, was the difference.
Carrano caught a break when Bianchi fed a wide-open Zak Dykun in front with an open net but Dykun could not get a shot off. Bianchi then blasted a shot over the net 7:16 into the period and was denied on a breakaway 39 seconds later.
With Carrano keeping the Spartans off the scoreboard, St. Joseph iced the game with a pair of goals in the final 3:41 of the game.
Pat Corcoran scored a power-play goal off assists from Crouse and Chris McCormack before Boroczky, a transfer from Norway, scored his second goal of the game 56 seconds later for a 5-0 lead.
“This was a big game for us,” Boroczky said. “We needed to win. Everybody played well. The forwards and everyone did a nice job with the fore-checking and back-checking.
“They are a good team. We needed a big effort and we kept playing like we did all game.”
Carrano made 24 saves in the shutout victory. Mansfield finished with 39 saves.