Eagles take it to W-P

The Trumbull High boys hockey team got off to a good start on Dec. 21 in its home game at The Rinks in Shelton against Watertown-Pomperaug, and this time, the Eagles sustained it for a 4-0 victory.

Junior goalie Fran Fromageot made 18 saves to record the shutout.

Head coach Greg Maxie and his team opened the season on Dec. 18 against East Haven, and grabbed a 3-0 first-period lead before the Yellow Jackets came alive, eventually winning, 5-4.

“We thought we were going to steal one there (against East Haven),” Maxie said. “It’s important for us to play a challenging schedule because we know, if not right away, somewhere down the road it’s going to help us.”

Trumbull’s first-line senior forward Alex Pierne did the damage in the opening period. He scored on a high-rising shot past WP goalie Carl LaRosa at 5:41, before netting his second goal of the game (and third of the season) at 11:22 while his team was on a power play.

Pierne’s linemate Mike Antoniou fed him the puck from behind the net, and Pierne, who was sitting on the doorstep, simply flipped it past LaRosa.

Even though the shot margin (9-8 in favor of the Eagles) was close in the first period, Trumbull held a 2-0 lead.

“I thought we were able to skate with them for awhile,” said Panthers’ coach Vic Vicenzo, whose team dropped its second game of the season (the first was a 3-2 loss to Division III Stamford). We even took the play to them a little.

“After that, the wheels fell off for us. We couldn’t capitalize on either of those early penalties (on Antoniou or Pierne) on them. That made a big difference.”

Trumbull ramped up additional pressure in the second period, and took a 3-0 lead when freshman forward Reece Sowka netted a short-handed goal at 7:33 while Jake Crowe, was serving an interference penalty (6:48).

The Eagles got their second power-play score of the game when Matt Sarosky, on assists from Sam Watson and Andrew Charlton, beat LaRosa from in close at 9:36.

In all, Trumbull converted on 2-of-3 one-man advantages, and the Eagles killed off six penalties.

Seven players had points for the Eagles.

“We passed the puck well and our defenseman were a little more physical than they were against East Haven,” Maxie said. “I really like the way our first two lines have been playing. Alex Pierne had a great game tonight. He was moving his feet well.”

Pierne usually makes up the first line with Brady Jensen (another freshman) and Sarosky.

On Saturday night, Sowka skated with Antoniou and Cirino, while Sean Hopper, Michael Cullen and senior Luke Bolton comprised the third line.

Trumbull outshot WP, 28-18. LaRosa finished with 24 saves.

The Eagles will be off until Saturday, Dec. 28 when they meet the Milford Co-op team at 2:30 p.m. at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Then comes the big 8 p.m. match-up with Branford on Monday, Dec. 30 at The Rinks.

Trumbull defeated Branford (4-3 in overtime) in a New Year’s Eve afternoon game season at the Webster Bank Arena. They also beat the Hornets, 5-3, at Yale’s Ingalls Rink in March, 2012 to claim the Division II state title.