Green Knights blast Blue Wave in dominant performance
DARIEN — Notre Dame senior forward James Redman, one of the Green Knights’ captains, is pleased with the way his team has been playing.
There was a given amount of reason for glee following Notre Dame’s impressive 8-1 victory over Darien last Wednesday at the Darien Ice Center.
Four different players, including Redman, contributed two goals each and nine other players got in the scoring column with assists.
Notre Dame peppered two Darien goalies with 31 shots.
In addition to Redman, Greg Zullo, Brandon Martone and Matt Kolakowski had two goals each.
Ed Sherman and Bobby Dutton had two assists apiece.
“We’re playing well right now,” Redman said. “Tonight was just another example of that. This team is very close knit.
“Our mentality in each game is to come out hard and to do the job — to get it done. We never planned to let them get back in the game. So we kept going at them.”
Notre Dame took a 3-1 first-period lead and scored three more times in the middle session before adding two more in the third.
“At times, I thought we were sloppy,” Notre Dame coach Bill Gerosa said. “We were crisp in the first period, but not crisp in the second.
“We managed to get this win because we have depth.”
Gerosa skated four lines and used seven defensemen.
Meanwhile former Branford coach Larry Vieira, who took over the Darien program this season, was not pleased with his team’s effort.
“Even though we’re young (the Blue Wave have only four seniors), I’m very disappointed with our work ethic and our discipline,” Vieira said. “They (Notre Dame) beat us in every aspect of the game, from forechecking, to scoring, to hitting. They have a talented team and it showed tonight. We were outmatched.”
Notre Dame improved to 3-0 with the win, while Darien fell to 0-4.
The Knights’ three-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday when Notre Dame returned to the Darien Ice Rink and dropped a 4-2 decision to New Canaan.
A pair of third-period goals (from Tim Robustelli and Jake Granito) led New Canaan to victory.
Notre Dame got a first-period goal from Ryan Bishop (with assists going to Redman and Alex Stevens) and a third-period score from Zullo (assisted by Dutton and Kolakowski).
The Rams (3-2) dominated play, outshooting the Green Knights 39-12.
Mike Federico had 35 saves for Notre Dame.