Co-op hockey falls at Branford
Updated 3:26 pm, Tuesday, January 10, 2012
When a hockey team puts more than 40 shots on goal, there is usually a good chance that said team will win the game.
But that did not happen on Saturday afternoon for the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe varsity hockey team dropped to 2-3 on the season as the club lost 4-2 to the Branford Hornets (5-2) at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
Fairfield fired 44 shots on the Hornets' freshman netminder Alessandro Sarno, who made 42 saves in the game.
"We did not have enough quality shots in the hockey game," co-op hockey head coach Mark Pettorini said after the game. "We did not put enough low shots on their netminder and that caused a lot of frustration."
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That frustration hurt Fairfield in the second period when the Hornets scored four goals, three of them by senior Robert Celentano. Celentano earned a natural hat trick in a span of 2:50, including one at the buzzer to end the period.
"We definitely had a letdown in the second period," Pettorini said. "That goal at the buzzer was really frustrating."
Fairfield got off to a good start in this game and scored the first goal in the first period. Fairfield worked the puck down low and junior Mathieu Larouche was able to slip a short backhand pass to junior Tom Kryspin, who put the puck past Sarno.
It was the second period that took Fairfield out of the game. The team failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play even though it had several scoring opportunities, all of which were denied by Sarno.
"We worked hard all game long," Pettorini said. "Our team took it to heart and as a failure that we were not able to hit the back of the net."
Unfortunately for Fairfield, its frustration led to penalties and two power play goals against in a span of 3:21.
The first of the two power play goals came with 3:21 to go in the second period. Hornets' senior Robbie Klouda put in a rebound off Hornets' sophomore Tyler Hackett's slap shot after it was stopped by Fairfield junior goaltender Connor Frawley, who made 16 saves in the game.
The second Hornets' power play goal came at the buzzer. Frawley made two saves down low in his crease before Celentano completed his natural hat trick by putting in the third shot to give the Hornets a 4-1 lead.
Fairfield would add their second goal of the night late in the third period. Kryspin scored his second of the afternoon by beating Sarno with a wrist shot between the legs.
Fairfield will be back in action on home ice at Wonderland of Ice on Wednesday to take on Stamford. Before doing so, Pettorini wants his team to work on a few things.
"There is nothing bigger than working on the little things in hockey," Pettorini. "Time to start working on low shots and generating more quality scoring chances."