Ridgefield tops Greenwich, 6-4, for FCIAC boys ice hockey crown

Despite receiving a surprise home game for the FCIAC boys ice hockey final, the Greenwich Cardinals were unable to overcome the Ridgefield Tigers, who repeated as conference champions with a 6-4 victory Saturday night at Hamill Rink.

Ridgefield received back-to-back goals from Matt Walker late in the second period and Will Forrest early in the third to bust open a tie game, and the Cards were not able to draw even.

The league championship was the seventh in program history for the Tigers, who are 17-4 this season. Greenwich, which is 19-3, has 11 FCIAC championships to rank second behind New Canaan’s 18. Darien is third with eight.

The game had been scheduled to be held at the Darien Ice House, but that rink was without power due to last Friday’s nor’easter. The league was able to get ice time at Hamill Rink, also the Cardinals’ home rink, but the advantage didn’t work out in Greenwich’s favor.

Greenwich had goals from four different players, but led just once at 1-0 on a goal by JT Lawrence, assisted by Alex Mozian, less than three minutes after the opening drop.

For Ridgefield, Walker and Forrest each scored twice, with Forrest adding three assists, and Nick Cullina dished out four assists. Liam Galloway and Del Irving also scored.

For Greenwich, Matt davey had a goal and an assist, while Lawrence, Ryan Columno and Nikita Kovalev each scored once. Mozian, Connor Santry and Nic Pelletier-Martinelli each had one assist.

In the goal, Ridgefield keeper Sean Gordon had 28 saves, and Greenwich goalie Ben Nash had 36 saves.

The game was riddled with penalties, as the two had 14 players in the box — Greenwich had eight penalties — and four of the 10 goals came on power plays.

The turning point came with the game tied 3-3 late in the second period when Greenwich was called for two penalties, giving Ridgefield a 5-on-3 advantage.

The Tigers cashed in as Cullinan slipped the puck in front to Walker, who fired it past Nash for a 4-3 lead with 1:30 remaining in the second period.

Ridgefield made it 5-3 just 2:19 into the third period, as Cullinan again sent a pass in front, this time to Forrest, who one-timed the puck into the back of the net.

Greenwich answered with a power play goal from Kovalev, assisted by Pelletier-Martinelli, to draw within one at 5-4 with 7:41 remaining.

The Tigers, however, iced the championship with another power play goal from Forrest with 1:19 on the clock.

FCIAC Boys Ice Hockey Championship – Ridgefield 6, Greenwich 4

Sat., March 3, at Hamill Rink

Ridgefield 2-2-2 6

Greenwich 2-1-1 4

Ridgefield: Will Forrest 2 goals, 3 assists; Nick Cullinan 4 assist; Matt Walker 2 goals; Liam Galloway 1 goal; Del Irving 1 goal

Greenwich: Matt Davey 1 goal, 1 assist; JT Lawrence 1 goal; Ryan Columbo 1 goal; Nikita Kovalev 1 goal; Alex Mozian 1 assist; Connor Santry 1 assist; Nic Pelletier-Martinelli 1 assist


R – Sean Gordon 28 saves

G – Ben Nash 36 saves


R – 42; G – 32

Greenwich’s Matt Davey gets the puck ahead of a Ridgefield Tiger during the FCIAC boys ice hockey final Saturday at Hamill Rink. — Scott Mullin photo

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