Boys hockey: DiNanno's hat trick leads WHS past Trinity, 6-4

Dean DiNanno scored three goals and the Wilton High boys hockey team outscored Trinity Catholic 3-0 in the third period for a come-from-behind 6-4 win in Wednesday night’s season opener in Stamford.

It was an encouraging start for a team that won only four games a year ago.

“It was a great way to start, especially when teams are making the state tournament with four or five wins. It’s good to get one early,” said head coach John Miserendino.

Trinity had taken a 4-3 lead into the final period, before DiNanno, who scored only one goal last season, notched his third goal of the night when he finished off a two-on-one break on a pass from fellow junior captain Connor Drake.

Junior Brandon Jonsson put Wilton on top, 5-4, when he tipped in a pass from sophomore Lucas Thelen, and sophomore defenseman Tommy McHugh made it 6-4 with about seven minutes left on a slap shot from the point.

The Crusaders took the initial lead early in the first period but the Warriors answered when freshman Jackson Kelly knocked a rebound in to tie the score.

Late in the period, DiNanno took the puck end to end and sniped a shot from 25 feet to give Wilton a 2-1 lead.

Trinity came out on fire to start the second period, scoring two goals to take a 3-2 lead. Miserendino called a time-out to refocus the Warriors, who came out of the time-out and scored right away when DiNanno knocked in a rebound.

Trinity scored late in the period to take a 4-3 lead.

Freshman Logan Motyka got the win in his varsity debut, finishing with 23 saves. Given that Motyka didn’t play during the off-season, it was a good start, said Miserendino.

“He played great. He’s still shaking off the rust,” he said. “He gave us the chance to win.”

Miserendino was also encouraged by the fact that the Warriors’ seconds line of Dean DiNanno, Drake and Kelly scored four the six goals.