Amity stunned Notre Dame-Fairfield with a goal 41 seconds into their SCC cross-divisional game Wednesday night at Bennett Rink in West Haven. But 128 seconds later, the Lancers throttled the Spartans with the start of a four-goal barrage within a span of 2 minutes and 50 seconds. And 121 seconds after the fourth goal, Amity was facing a 5-1 deficit.
That was the cushion Notre Dame needed to gain a 7-3 win over Amity that featured a hat-trick by a Lancers forward for the second game in a row. Garrett Gintoli got their first, third and fifth goals. Danny Walsh netted three goals last Saturday in a 9-2 win over Hamden.
Notre Dame, rated No. 6 in the latest statewide poll, improved to 6-3-1 overall after its 5-1 lead turned into a 6-2 advantage entering the second period. Notre Dame, which is 3-0-1 in its last four games, made it 7-2 in the second period, and the Spartans had the third period's only goal. Amity's overall record dropped to 6-6-0.
"When you've got a talented team, as they are, with a lot of skill and depth, when you are caught sleeping, they'll make you pay for it," said Amity assistant coach Mike Richetelli, filling in for head coach Gary Lindgren, who was ill. "We came out and got the first goal and we had some momentum, then we got caught on our heels a little bit. They get one, then it's boom, boom, boom. That's going to cause any team to take a step back."
Taking a moment is what Richetelli did after Mark Russo gave Notre Dame a 5-1 lead. Russo converted a pass from behind by Tyler Henchcliffe, one of six Lancers to record an assist, and rifled one past Amity starting goalie Brian Mosher from midway in the slot. Richetelli called time out. Thirteen seconds after Russo's goal, Adam Shea beat Notre Dame goalie Zach Bouve to make it 5-2 with half of the first period still to play. Gintoli completed his hat-trick, Notre Dame's second power play goal of the period, with 5:57 remaining.
"We responded well after their first goal," Notre Dame coach Steve Hetherman said. "We played hard. That's what it's about -- how do you respond to adversity? We were moving the puck. When you do that, it creates opportunities. It's hard to defend when you move the puck. You need the goalie to provide the stabilization when you are facing adversity.
"The (Lancers') boys applied a lot of pressure tonight," Hetherman said. "We took away their time and space, which creates turnovers and creates scoring opportunities. We did a nice job of distributing the puck."
Amity's defensive coverage improved in the second period. Notre Dame's advantages in all three zones diminished but the large cushion reduced their urgency to buzz all over the ice. By the third period, when Richetelli inserted freshman Tyler Johnston for his first varsity action in goal, the flow might have been in Amity's favor.
During the Lancers' first-period spree, Nick Carloto scored the second and fourth goals. His goal that made it 2-1 Notre Dame came on the power play by converting on a rebound from Craig Hessenius's shot that clanked off the crossbar.
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Notre Dame 7, Amity 3
NOTRE DAME 6 1 0--7
AMITY 2 0 1--3
Records: ND--6-3-1; A--6-6-0. Goals: ND--Garrett Gintoli 3, Nick Carloto 2, Mark Russo, Jonny Suporn; A--Keating Seymour 2, Adam Shea. Assists: ND--Justin Dupuis, Craig Hessenius, Cooper Demchak, Danny Walsh, Tyler Henchcliffe, Seamus O'Rourke; A--Shea, Brett McNeil.
Goalies: ND¬--Zach Bouve (25 saves); A--Brian Mosher (21), Tyler Johnston (16). Shots: ND--44; A--28.