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Lodato's 4 goals lifts Greenwich boys hockey over Westhill

Updated 11:26 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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STAMFORD -- Last season the Greenwich boys hockey team struggled through a 3-win rebuilding season that saw the team miss the FCIAC and state playoffs while playing five freshmen.

Now sporting a roster full of the most experienced group of sophomores in the league, the Cardinals are above .500 and secured themselves a FCIAC playoff spot with an 8-3 win over Westhill at Terry Conners Ice Rink Wednesday.

It was fitting that sophomore forward Matt Lodato led the way for Greenwich, scoring four goals en route to the blowout victory.

Greenwich (9-7, 5-4 FCIAC) scored 1:20 into the game when senior William Waesche put home a rebound.

The fast start was key to the Cardinals confidence.

"We're young and when you are young sometimes confidence is a big factor," Greenwich coach Bob Russel said. "Scoring on the first shift and then following it up with another one soon thereafter and then guys start to loosen up and make passes and get their head up and make some plays."

After the Cardinals killed a penalty -- holding the Vikings to just one shot on the man advantage -- Lodato lit the lamp for the first time on a soft shot that trickled through the five hole of Westhill goalie Tyler Phillipson.

Lodato fired a shot into the upper corner stick side two minutes later and the rout was on as the Cardinals led 3-0 after one period.

Westhill coach John Santagata said his team had not been on the ice for a few days after the recent snow storm, but that did not excuse the lackadaisical play of his team

"We just didn't come out and play physical tonight," said Santagata, whose team fell to 4-9-2. "We gave our goaltender no support and just had a lack of effort. I can't figure it out. This is the worst beating we took all year. Some nights it's on, some nights it's off and this was just one of those off nights."

The Cardinals scored four more times in the second period with Lodato completing the hat trick and Waesche picking up his second goal.

For the senior, Waesche, the turnaround from last year is a pleasant change and a point of pride as one of the few upperclassmen on a young team.

"We are trying to win as many games as we can here for FCIAC seedings and hopefully we can get some momentum from this one," Waesche said. "This is actually the first time in a few years we have a winning record at this point in the year, so, that is something to be excited about. It is pretty amazing with 10 sophomores on the roster what we have been able to accomplish."

Greenwich entered the evening in a three-way tie for the fifth spot in the FCIAC with Fairfield and Stamford but just three points ahead of Westhill making the win crucial for locking down a spot in the tournament.

scott.ericson@scni.com; 203-625-4458

Greenwich 8, Westhill 3

GREENWICH 3 4 1--8

WESTHILL 0 0 3--3

Scoring: G--Matt Lodato 4g; William Waesche 2g; Alex Bastone 1g; Luke Finneran 1g; Ian Fulton 1a; Andrew Mitchell 1a; Brian Silard 1a. W--Evan Shaulson 2g; Ryan Silk 1g

Goalies: G Bryan Archino 10 saves; WH Tyler Phillipson 22 saves; Brad Smith 6 saves

Records: G 9-7 (5-4 FCIAC); WH 4-9-2 (3-6-1) FCIAC

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