DiMasi's 6 goals, Paolini's 50 saves lead Trumbull past Fairfield
Fortunately for Trumbull, A.J. DiMasi authored one of those.
DiMasi potted six goals, leading the Eagles to a 7-4 win over Fairfield on Wednesday night at Wonderland of Ice.
"I was just plugging away each shift, to try to get the puck to the net," DiMasi said. "I was just trying to get the win for my team."
Nate Walker potted a goal and registered assists on four of DiMasi's goals. Trumbull goalie Matt Paolini also stopped 50 shots as the Eagles gained their second straight win.
"(Paolini) was a real big piece of our championship team last year," Trumbull coach Greg Maxey said. "We have to really rely on him."
Kevin Robinson recorded three assists, and Conor Scharlop had two as Fairfield had its five-game win streak snapped.
"I think we underestimated a good team," Fairfield coach Mark Pettorini said.
Frawley, who had pitched three consecutive shutouts entering Wednesday, surrendered five goals on just 11 shots before being pulled with 4:55 left in the second.
"He wasn't having the greatest game," Pettorini said, "but we weren't helping them one bit."
Frawley's replacement, Kyle Greenhut, didn't fare much better. Fairfield goaltenders allowed seven goals on only 15 shots.
"Defensively, we played terrible," Pettorini said. "And the mistakes we made, Trumbull capitalized on."
Three of DiMasi's goals came in Trumbull's four-goal second period. The senior forward batted one out of the air to beat Frawley for a power-play goal, lifting the Eagles' advantage to 4-2. Twice he pounced on loose pucks on the goal-line to score, including his goal at 9:52 of the second, which gave Trumbull a 5-2 advantage.
"Trumbull hockey is just crashing the net and finding those rebounds," DiMasi said. "I've been doing that for four years, that's how I've scored most of my goals."
"Bang, bang, two goals, because we didn't make good decisions," Maxey said. "That's what happens when you have a lot of inexperienced kids."
Fairfield beat Paolini three times on re-directions, but Trumbull's senior goalie did not allow a third-period goal. Paolini stopped all 18 he faced in the third.
"We threw everything we could at him," Pettorini said. "He made some great saves. That's why he's got a `C' on his jersey."
After the teams were deadlocked at 1 after one, DiMasi and Walker scored just 17 seconds apart to boost Trumbull's lead to 3-1.
"It's nice to get a win against a good team," Maxey said. "I thought it was a quality win for us."
TRUMBULL 1 4 2--7
FAIRFIELD 1 3 0--4
Records: Trumbull 4-9; Fairfield 7-5. Goals: T--A.J. DiMasi 6, Nate Walker; F--Timothy Grace, Paul Barlow, Tom Kryspin, Zach Weinstein; Assists: T--Walker 4, Alex Pierre 2, Luke Bolton, Brendan McGill, Michael Antoniou; F--Kevin Robinson 3, Conor Scharlop 2, Mike Aquila, Kryspin; Goalies: T--Matthew Paolini (50 saves); F--Connor Frawley (6 saves), Kyle Greenhut (3); Shots: T--16; F--54.