Greenwich High boys hockey ends season with CIAC tourney loss to Tigers

Although the Greenwich High School boys ice hockey team was able to keep Ridgefield on its toes throughout most of the game, it was the Tigers that were able to take advantage of scoring opportunities as they came away with the 6-1 victory over Big Red in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I opener.

“You look at the score, see 6-1 and it sounds like ¬†they handily defeated us, yet I think that we played one of our best game of the year,” Greenwich High head coach Bob Russel said. “We created a lot of chances. They finished on a lot of their chances. Every time they were in and had a good chance, they put it in the net. I think we are a shade away. Our defense handled the puck well and used each other and we didn’t get trapped in our zone often.We came through the neutral ice well and executed better than we have on the power play.”

Greenwich’s lone goal of the game was scored by Decker Curran, who netted a power play goal with less than a minute to play in the opening period. With the Tigers leading 2-0, Curran took the pass from Matt Lodato and blasted a shot three feet away from the goalie that hit the top corner of the net.

Big Red had a few scoring chances midway through the second, as they were on a 5-on-3 power play twice in the period. However Ridgefield stood tall and scored one of its two goals in the second short-handed.

Ridgefield spread the wealth around in the game, as six different Tigers found the back of the net. Christopher Morrow, Liam Smith, Vinny Rella, Andrew DeLalla, Jack Tregurtha and Sam Sarath all tied goals.

Greenwich was outshot in the game 46-32, while Big Red’s Bryan Archino made 36 saves in net. His counterpart, Ridgefield’s Dustin Rausa, finished with 25 saves. With the loss, Greenwich finished its season 12-10, while Ridgefield upped its overall record to 19-5.

For a complete recap on the game, including more quotes from players and Russel, as well as a wrap-up on Greenwich’s successful season, check out Thursday’s Greenwich Post.

 

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