Boys hockey: St. Joseph defeats Wilton High, 6-3
It was a team hat-trick of sorts.
A trio of Cadets recorded their first high school goals, and two of them notched their second before all was said and done, when St. Joseph doubled up Wilton 6-3 at The Rinks at Shelton on Wednesday night.
It was St. Joseph’s second win in a row.
It had defeated McMahon-Norwalk, 2-1 on Saturday.
The Cadets are 2-10. Wilton fell to 7-2-1.
Andrew Eisenman broke a 2-2 tie 4:42 into the second period with his first high school net-finder.
“It was a great boost of confidence,” Eisenman said.
The sophomore applied that newfound confidence instantly. The centerman didn’t have time to savor his first tally, adding his second on the same shift — just nine seconds later as a matter of fact — for what proved to be the game-winner.
Eisenman, who was assisted by wings Patrick Henry and Peter Sandri on his first goal, logged his second in unassisted fashion.
Sophomore Kyle Marcinko opened the scoring assisted by Christian Scinto and Brandon Roselli.
Marcinko and Sandri, a senior, scored less than three minutes apart midway through the first period, as the Cadets skated into the middle stanza with a 2-0 lead. The goals were both career firsts.
Sandri added a breakaway goal late, after Wilton had cut the Eisenman-made 4-2 lead in half.
After Sandri’s tally took the score to 5-3 at 13:16 of the third, Thomas Schietinger redirected a shot from the point by Marcinko that deflected high into the air and off Wilton goaltender Logan Motyka and across the goal line at 13:34. Roselli had the secondary assist.
Wilton had tied the game at 2-2 in the second period and it stayed that way for a while thanks to solid Cadet goaltending by Will Brady (33 saves).
“They showed a lot of heart,” Brady said. “Especially the young guys. In the last two minutes they proved they belong here and they can play with everyone. That’s how we do things, as a group.”
St. Joe’s was outshot 36-22, but St. Joseph coach Eddy LeMaire liked a lot of what he saw.
“Our forecheck was on fire,” he said. “We were all over them in the first period. They didn’t have big numbers on the bench so we wanted to outskate them and beat them to the puck.”
LeMaire credited his players for stepping up — not only on the score sheet.
With defensemen Liam Gelston and James McLaughlin both out of action for the tilt, freshman defenseman Trevor Kellogg came through on the blue line and senior forward Charlie Chagnon moved back to give the defense a lift.
“They stepped up big time today,” LeMaire said. “We’ve had to fight to win, so it feels even better.”
TEAM 1 2 3 TOTAL
St. Joseph 2 0 4 6
Wilton 0 2 1 3
1st Period: 7:13 - SJ - Kyle Marcinko (Christian Scinto & Brandon Roselli)
10:00 - SJ - Peter Sandri (Andrew Eisenman)
2nd Period: 5:45 - WIL - David Overbeeke
9:16 - WIL - Brandon Jonsson (Tommy McHugh & Niko Kouvaris)
3rd Period: 4:42 - SJ - Andrew Eisenman (Patrick Henry & Peter Sandri)
4:51 - SJ - Andrew Eisenman
9:51 - WIL - Dean DiNanno
13:16 - SJ - Peter Sandri
13:34 - SJ - Thomas Schietinger (Kyle MArcinko & Brandon Roselli)
Shots on Goal: St. Joseph - 22
Wilton - 36
Goalies: St. Joseph - Will Brady Saves: 33
Wilton - Logan Motyka Saves: 16