Boys hockey: Trumbull Eagles blank Brien McMahon

Trumbull High blanked Brien McMahon-Norwalk, 5-0, at The Rinks At Shelton on Saturday evening.

Trumbull improved to 5-6, having won two of three contests heading into Wednesday’s game with Ridgefield in Shelton at 8:30.

McMahon-Norwalk fell to 1-8.

Alex Jackel scored the first two goals, both in the opening period, and both assisted by John Therriault and Nick Marinos.

Alex Chopsie had the lone second period tally, assisted by John McCarthy.

In the third, McCarthy and Nick Letizia both netted their first goals of the season.

Offense, namely puck possession and time spent in the attacking zone, was Trumbull’s best defense as the McMahon-Norwalk team’s chances were limited.

The Eagles outshot McMahon, 47-8.

Trumbull goaltender Alex Tsymbaluk made eight saves for the shutout.

Marco Minopoli had a solid game on defense.

Trumbull coach Greg Maxey pointed out that Minopoli was aggressive and played the body.

The Eagles set out to capitalize on rebounds — and did so on the first two goals and three of their five tallies.

“We got a lot of traffic and worked hard around the net,” Maxey said. “I think we moved up the ice and did a better job working around the net.”

Although they did have some time with an advantage in manpower, it was as if the Eagles had a power play despite being at even strength throughout much of the game.

The second period featured entire shifts in the attacking zone.

Marinos, Therriault and Jackel worked together to create several chances down low.

Emmanuel Bellios took a shot that deflected off the crossbar and Owen Finnegan redirected another shot that was denied during a busy middle stanza in McMahon-Norwalk’s defensive end.

Collin Mallozzi, Donny Ryan and Letizia had solid shifts on offense, with John McLean and John Guerrera creating chances with hard work along the boards.

The Eagles passed the puck well and set up shots from the point from Minopoli and Luke Feretti.

In the third, players from the top two lines saw limited ice time, killing penalties, as the Trumbull bench got regular shifts.

Luca Minopoli took a long cross ice pass from Ryan and rang a shot off the post that led to Letizia’s goal.

Freshman Eli Jackel, who had several strong shifts, and Chopskie assisted McCarthy's goal.

“The kids got their opportunities and made the most of it,” Maxey said.