New Canaan boys hockey team cruises past Norwalk/McMahon for second straight win
DARIEN -- It took a little while for the New Canaan boys hockey team to hit its stride against Norwalk/McMahon, but the Rams eventually began to light the lamp seemingly at will, en route to the 9-1 win Monday night at the Darien Ice Rink.
After defeating St. Joseph 6-1 on Wednesday, New Canaan's second straight lopsided win pushed the Rams (4-3) north of the .500 mark for the first time this season.
"We're feeling pretty good. We started off the season kind of shaky and that loss to Darien really killed us, so it feels good to bounce back," New Canaan's Paul Clemente said. "[Being over .500] is a good benchmark for the season and we're looking to extend the win margin."
"Dylan Hart and I were working it down low. I saw a lane to the net, I moved to the net, Dylan gave me a behind-the-back pass and I put it up over his shoulder," Granito said. "We played all the lines today, and that was good, so hopefully we can rotate them into our lineup for the next couple of weeks. We're finally getting to know our team a lot better, and we're starting to win a lot more."
The early 1-0 New Canaan lead also represented the score at the end of the first period, as Chiaramonte kept his team in the game by turning aside 27 first period shots.
"[The record] means a lot because it's the first start I've ever had," Chiaramonte said. "We go into every game believing we can win. We never back down and we always want to shock the world, as Coach says."
New Canaan doubled its lead three and half minutes into the middle stanza when Ryan Christie sent a pass from behind the Norwalk/McMahon net to Peter Reinhardt, who one-timed it for the goal. Three minutes later, Granito got the puck to Harry Stanton, who increased the lead to 3-0.
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The third period was more of the same, as New Canaan eventually increased its lead to 8-0 on goals by Granito, Ben Patch and Clemente. Hart and Parker Dennis collected assists on Granito's goal, while the other two were unassisted.
Norwalk/McMahon likely would have been down by even more had it not been for the goaltending of Chiaramonte combined with the strong defensive play of Wil Ayles and Anthony Arena.
With Norwalk/McMahon on the power play and trailing 8-0 in the third period, Mike McRoy rang a snap shot off the right post. Not to be denied, McRoy scored less than a minute later to put the Bears on the board, less than 30 seconds before the power play was due to expire.
"We were 2-2 going into tonight, and we know anything can happen on any given night against any given team," Norwalk/McMahon coach Dan Feighan said. "I tip my hat to New Canaan and their coaching staff; Bo Hickey and company are a class organization."
New Canaan's Danny Newman closed out the scoring with 11 seconds remaining, as Grant Hehman and Dennis assisted on the play.