Fairfield hockey rallies to beat Stamford
The electricity may have gone out in parts of Bridgeport and Fairfield on Wednesday evening, but the Fairfield High School co-op team's power play had no such trouble.
The team scored three goals with the extra attacker, including a pair by Dan Silvestri as Fairfield came from three goals down to get a 5-4 win over Stamford at Wonderland of Ice.
"They jumped out ahead of us," Fairfield coach Mark Pettorini said. "I'm proud of these guys, they didn't quit and worked hard."
Kevin Robinson and Peter Simonds scored goals and Tom Kryspin broke a 3-3 tie with a power play goal at 6:41 of the third, that put Fairfield ahead for good. Kryspin battled at the front of the net, jamming the puck past Stamford goalie Hunter Alderman.
Zach Fornaciari netted a natural hat trick, scoring two in the first and one on the power play early in the second as Stamford built a 3-0 lead. The Black Knights fell to 2-5-1 this year.
"At some point we're going to have to win a game here that we should win," Stamford coach Doug Robinson said. "We seem to shut down and we give up goals quick."
The Black Knights' lead could have grown if not for Frawley, he stopped Stamford's Brian Powers with a stick save that kept Fairfield only down by three.
"That's a game-changer," Pettorini said. "I told him that those types of saves are what make good goaltenders great goaltenders."
"He caught me going the wrong way," Frawley said. "But I just caught it."
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Then Simonds and Robinson scored two goals in 3:04 and Silvestri's goal, while Fairfield was on a 5-on-3 power play tied the game at 3. His point shot was tipped, but sailed off Alderman and into the net to tie the game.
"I took two shots and they went in," Silvestri said. "It felt good."
Robinson's goal come on a banked pass from Tyler DeMit, and he blasted a shot past Alderman to cut Stamford's lead to 3-2. Kevin's dad-- Doug-- could sense trouble when his son approached the net.
"When he went in like that, I knew they'd have a good opportunity," Stamford's coach said.
Silvestri's second power-play came when he carried the puck to the high slot, then ripped a shot by Alderman, to put Fairfield up 5-3 with 3:11 left.
"It gave us a little breathing room," Silvestri said. "Coach tells me to keep my shot low, every once in a while I try to put it upstairs and try to score."
Cole Savona scored for Stamford to cut the Mustangs' lead to 5-4, but Fairfield's defense ran out the final 18 seconds to seal its second win in three games.
"They work hard to the buzzer," Robinson said. "But we ran out of time."
Pettorini admitted he'd like to see his club gain some consistency. Fairfield has alternated wins and losses thus far this season, building a 3-3 record.
"We're like a roller coaster," he said.
But the club has no small task ahead of it, Fairfield will host Division I East Haven Saturday at 8 p.m. at Wonderland of Ice. East Haven is 6-1-1.
"East Haven is a good team," Pettorini said. "They have a lot of good hockey history too."