Greenwich, New Canaan skate to a tie
Published 8:50 pm, Saturday, February 14, 2015
DARIEN -- The longer the Greenwich boys hockey team sits atop the polls as the No. 1 team in the state the larger the bull's eye on its back grows and the harder opponents come at them each night.
One game after winning in overtime against Notre Dame-West Haven, the Cardinals again escaped with a point, this time a 2-2 tie with FCIAC-rival New Canaan at Darien Ice Rink Saturday afternoon.
"When you are (Fairfield) Prep or Notre Dame of West Haven you are always up there and they are used to it," Greenwich coach Bob Russel said. "At this point nobody is going to take us lightly, everybody is coming for you. New Canaan is a team you could see in the first round of states and they are obviously not a push over, so, we are going to have to come out and work hard because every game is going to be a battle."
It was the second time this season the two teams played overtime with Greenwich winning the previous contest.
Greenwich (14-1-2, 7-0-2 FCIAC) got tying goals from Brian Silard in the second period and Matt Lodato in the third period. Lodato's tying goal came with 6:57 to play.
New Canaan (9-4-3, 7-1-2) got two go-ahead goals from Kyle Mettler, one in the first period and another in the second making it 2-1 after two periods.
New Canaan coach Patrick Gore said his team played better as the game went on, especially in overtime where the Rams controlled the majority of play.
"There were times where we were inconsistent and Greenwich carried the play but overall it was a normal, good FCIAC hockey game," Gore said. "I thought in overtime we played maybe our best hockey of the year. For six of the eight minutes in overtime we controlled it and got some good offensive opportunities but we are fighting the puck right now and we are struggling to score goals."
Regardless of the outcome, Gore said he loves seeing his team in tight games against quality opponents this time of year.
"This was our first D-I game since January 17th," Gore said. "Anytime you play the D-II and D-III teams they are coming to play and it is tough to motivate your kids sometimes. This is the start of a stretch where every game from here is D-I, regular season and playoffs. It is good to prepare that way but at the end of the day we need to come out with some victories. I think we took a step in the right direction today. This is the best we felt as a team since the first week of January and hopefully our best is yet to come."
Russel said not getting another overtime win may ultimately be the best thing for his team.
"Sometimes it is hard for your team not to believe their ranking," Russel said. "You have to realize pucks can bounce either way. We've had a couple close wins and things went our way and it might be better off for us that it ended in a tie. If we scored again in overtime then people start to think it is going to happen every time."
New Canaan 2, Greenwich 2 (OT)
NEW CANAAN 1 1 0 0--2
GREENWICH 0 1 1 0--2
Scoring: NC -- Kyle Mettler 2g; Patrick Hompe 2a. G -- Matt Lodato 1g; Brian Silard 1g; Decker Curran 1a
Goalies: NC -- Liam Mooney 16 saves; G -- Bryan Archino 29 saves
Records: NC - 9-4-3; 7-1-2 FCIAC. G - 14-1-2, 7-0-2 FCIAC