Greenwich hockey continues charge to playoffs with win over Cadets

Greenwich High School forward Makenzie Larson looks to put the puck past Iona Prep goalie Nick Buongiorno during a recent game. — John Ferris Robben photo

Greenwich High School forward Makenzie Larson looks to put the puck past Iona Prep goalie Nick Buongiorno during a recent game. — John Ferris Robben photo

With the regular season winding down, the Greenwich High School boys ice hockey team got a much-needed boost last night in their make-up game against St. Joseph High School.

Trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period, Big Red dominated the second, scoring twice and never looking back. Adding two more goals in the third, the Cardinals went on to upend the Cadets 4-2 at the Shelton Rinks.

After Landon Gabriele took the pass from Colin Powell to give SJHS the 1-0 lead midway through the opening frame, Greenwich came back in a big way. Only 2:08 into the second, Tommy Feda got the puck from Ian Fulton and beat St. Joe’s goalie Christian Furce for the 1-1 tie.

About five minutes later, Luke Finneran started his stellar evening with a goal to give Greenwich the 2-1 lead. Makenzie Larson and Fulton were credited assists. From there, Finneran couldn’t be stopped, as he netted a hat trick on the day.

After Adam Usinger took the pass from Dom Sidorczuk and Ryan Corcoran to help St. Joseph tie the game at 2-2, with 2:04 gone by in the third, Finneran stretched the lead out 1:05 later, as he took another assist from Fulton and found the back of the net.

Finneran added an empty net goal with 14:14 gone by in the final period.

Although Greenwich came away with the victory, it was St. Joe’s that outshot GHS 39-28. Big Red’s Bryan Archino finished with 37 saves, while his counterpart Furce added 24 saves.

With the victory, Greenwich upped its overall record to 7-9-1 on the season while St. Joseph fell to 4-12-1.

With two games left in the regular season, Greenwich currently has a 5-5-0 FCIAC record and sits sixth in the upcoming conference tournament. If the season ended today, the Cards would face off against New Canaan High School in the opening round of FCIACs, as the Rams currently sit at the third seed with an 8-1-1 record.

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