Netting its third win in four games, the Greenwich High School boys ice hockey team is putting on a late surge towards the end of the regular season.
Tonight’s victim was Westhill High School. Scoring three goals in the first period, as well as feeding off Matt Lodato’s four-goal performance, the Cardinals upended the Vikings 8-3 earlier tonight at the Terry Connors Rink in Stamford.
Lodato netted the second and third goals of the first period and added another goal in each of the next two periods. After Alex Bastone took the pass from Tommy Rogan and started the scoring with a goal at the 1:20 mark of the game, Lodato took over. Lodato found the back of the net at the 10:30 mark of the period and again nearly two minutes later. While the goal to make the score 3-0 was unassisted, Ian Fulton and William Waesche assisted on the second goal of the period.
From there, it was all Greenwich, as the Cards ended the second period with a 7-0 lead.
After Bastone did a repeat performance of his goal to start the first period and scored 1:30 to start the second, Luke Finneran took the pass from Brian Silard and found the back of the net at the 6:56 mark to make the score 5-0. This time Waesche was on the scoring side of the scoresheet, as he got the puck from Paul Macken and beat Westhill goalie Tyler Phillipson to make the score 6-0 at the 12:54 mark.
With only 34 seconds to play in the second, Lodato netted the hat trick and Decker Curran was awarded the assist on the play. Off the pass from Reed Brady, Lodato netted the final goal for Greenwich at the 2:56 mark of the third period.
With the victory, Greenwich upped its record to 10-7 overall and is securely in the CIAC Division I postseason tournament. Currently Greenwich is 5-4 in the FCIAC and is the fifth seed in the eight-seed postseason tournament. Big Red will be back in action tomorrow night when they host Stamford High School at 4:45 p.m. On Saturday it’s back on the road for the Cards, as they travel to East Haven for a game that gets underway at 1 p.m.