Bargiello's hat trick spurs Fairfield Prep hockey past Hamden
Updated 3:09 pm, Tuesday, March 12, 2013
For 16 minutes, the Fairfield Prep ice hockey team saw a different Hamden squad than it had during the teams' two regular-season meetings.
But led by their top two scoring lines, the Jesuits answered the Green Dragons' push and took their game to another level.
The top-seeded Jesuits scored the last seven goals in their 8-3 win over No. 8 Hamden in Saturday's Division I state quarterfinals at Ingalls Rink.
"It's just great," Bargiello said. "It's really nice to get the win for the team."
The Jesuits reached the state semis for the fourth straight year, ending Hamden's season for the third straight season. Prep will meet fourth-seeded Ridgefield on Wednesday at Ingalls. Prep beat the Tigers 6-1 on Dec. 12 in Bridgeport.
"We've got to pick up our pace," Bargiello said.
Prep, which had not played since Feb. 27, had outscored Hamden 14-3 in their two regular-season meetings. Yet just 60 seconds into the second period, Andrew Calabrese's goal put the Green Dragons up 3-1.
"I thought we looked a little rusty," Prep coach Matt Sather said. "And Hamden came with a purpose. We played them twice before, and I hadn't seen them play that hard."
But after Michael Regan was penalized for cross-checking, second-line center Matt Wikman scored, cutting Hamden's lead to 3-2. Wikman then assisted on linemate Kenny Kochiss' game-tying goal 94 seconds later.
"Those two were such energy goals," Sather said. "I thought that was the game for us."
Bargiello's power-play goal -- in which he re-directed Billy D'Amore's point shot -- gave the Jesuits the lead for good at 9:30.
"I came out of the corner and saw (D'Amore) winding up," Bargiello said. "It was a really nice shot by him, and I just got the credit for it."
"We took a couple of costly penalties," Hamden coach Bill Verneris said.
White and Henry combined for a highlight-reel goal at 14:07 -- White saucered a pass to Henry, who fed it back to his linemate at the net mouth -- giving Prep a 5-3 lead. Bargiello capped his hat trick at 4:06 of the third, lifting Prep's lead to 6-3.
"The better team took over," Verneris said. "I'm proud of my kids; they did the best they could."
After Bargiello scored Prep's first goal just 4:06 in, the Green Dragons responded, scoring the next three. Tyler Carangelo tied the game at 5:47.
"We thought they'd be a little off in the beginning," Verneris said. "And they were; that was as sloppy as I've seen Prep."
The Jesuits took three first-period penalties, including Bargiello's hook, which left Prep down 5-on-3. Two seconds into the two-man advantage, Stephen Pantera's point shot beat Prep goalie Matt Beck, giving Hamden its first lead, 2-1.
"I thought we were really nervous," Sather said. "Nerves manifest themselves in a lot of ways, and today it was us taking bad penalties."
At Ingalls Rink, New Haven
HAMDEN 2 1 0-- 3
FAIRFIELD PREP 1 4 3-- 8
Records: Hamden 9-9-3; Fairfield Prep 21-1; Goals: H--Tyler Carangelo, Stephen Pantera, Andrew Calabrese; FP--Nick Bargiello 3, David White, Connor Henry, Matt Wikman, Tim Edmonds, Kenny Kochiss; Assists: H--Joe O'Connor, Michael Regan, Billy Reilly; FP--Henry 2, Mike Ventricelli 2, White, Wikman, Kevin Brown, Matt McKinney, Billy D'Amore; Goalies: H--Michael Hoff (20 saves); FP--Matt Beck (22); Shots: H--25; FP--28.