Cardinals cool off FCIAC-leading Tigers, 5-1

In a week that saw the top team in state polls lose twice, Greenwich staked its claim to a place atop Connecticut high school ice hockey, beating Ridgefield 5-1 at the Winter Garden.

The Tigers (11-3 overall) hold the top seed in the FCIAC boys hockey standings with 16 points (8-1), one point ahead of the Cardinals (7-0-1) and New Canaan (7-1-1).

Darien, which tied Greenwich 3-3 Monday, beat top-rated Fairfield Prep 4-1 Tuesday and routed Wilton 7-3 Saturday to improve to 6-1-1 in the FCIAC (13 points).

KC Cunningham got the Cardinals (13-1-1 overall) on the board Saturday, with an assist to Montana Larson, scoring from the slot at 4:24 of the first period.

They flipped roles, with Montana Larson scoring off an assist from Cunningham, on a virtually identical play at 7:15 of the second period, giving Greenwich a 2-0 lead.

Just over two minutes later, off a hit in the corner, Colin Kelly of Greenwich was assessed a 5-minute major for hitting from behind, plus a 10-minute misconduct. Ridgefield capitalized early in its 5-minute man advantage, with Matt Keegans throwing a shot through traffic and past Greenwich goalie Bryan Archino, cutting the Cardinal lead to 2-1.

An interference call against Jimmy Wilkinson cut short the major, and shortly after Greenwich started a brief power play Kevin Piotrzkowski tried to stuff the puck in from behind the Ridgefield net, then picked up the loose puck in front and fired past goalie Alec Schneider to re-establish a 2-goal lead for Greenwich, 3-1.

Matt Lodato scored a short-handed goal, assisted by Cal , to make it 4-1 with just over seven minutes left in the contest

Montana Larson, set up by Brian Silard and Cunningham, made it 5-1 with 1:21 left in the contest.

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