Greenwich hockey loses heartbreaker to Darien in D1 hockey final

For the first time since 1969, the Darien Blue Wave is the state champion in boys ice hockey.

Jack Pardue’s unassisted goal at the 5:36 mark of the second period was the only scoring, as Darien defeated Greenwich, 1-0, in the CIAC Div. I boys ice hockey final Saturday ay Yale’s Ingalls Rink.

Wave goalie Will Massie had an unbelievable day, saving all 23 of Greenwich’s shots. Darien had 18 shots, and Greenwich goalie Bryan Archino made 17 saves.

In the first period, Darien had a 10-9 edge in shots, with a 7-4 advantage during the first eight minutes, but came up empty.

For Greenwich, Brian Silard had the best chance, but his shot sailed just over the crossbar.

Darien had a great opportunity late in the period when  Pardue got the puck in front to Jake Kirby, but the defense played a loose puck away to end the threat.

Pardue finally broke the ice when he netted the game’s lone goal 5:36 into the second. Pardue settled the puck in the zone, squared his body and then fired a shot high over Archino’s left shoulder.

Greenwich outshot the Wave, 8-5, in the second period, and has a 17-15 edge overall, but Massie was blistering and turned away all attempts.

Greenwich nearly tied the game during a scrum involving Matt Lodato, Montana Larson and Brian Silard with five minutes to play in the second, but Massie and the Wave defense protected the net.

The Cardinals had another good chance with 4:15 to play, but again the puck was kept from the net.

Kristian Cunningham had a great chance during a rush with under 30 seconds to play, but his shot to the far post was s topped on a beautiful glove save by Massie.

In the third period, Greenwich didn’t generate many attempts on net.

Massie did give up a rebound on a wrist shot by Cunningham at the six-minute mark of the third, but Ian Fulton couldn’t get it back in and the puck was cleared by defenseman Nic Tuzinkiweicz.

Massie came up huge one final time as Colin Kelly fired a shot from the left circle with under 10 seconds to play. Massie blocked the shot and then covered it up to get the whistle with three seconds remaining.

After the ensuing faceoff, Darien prevented any shots, as the Wave began its state title celebration.

Greenwich goalie Bryan Archino, shown making a stop during the FCIAC playoffs, had a solid day on Saturday, but Greenwich came out on the short end of a 1-0 loss. (Dave Stewart Photo)

Greenwich goalie Bryan Archino, shown making a stop during the FCIAC playoffs, had a solid day on Saturday, but Greenwich came out on the short end of a 1-0 loss. (Dave Stewart Photo)

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