Boys hockey: New Canaan pulls away to beat Wilton, 8-0

A four-goal second period helped New Canaan rout Wilton, 8-0, in an FCIAC boys hockey game Wednesday night at the Winter Garden in Ridgefield.

The Division II Warriors (4-6) hung with New Canaan through the first period, but the Rams’ depth and skill ultimately proved to be too much for Wilton to handle.

“New Canaan’s a very good Division I team; they move the puck well,” said Wilton coach Brett Amero after the game. “I thought we had a very nice first period, but they’re running four or five lines at us, and they are a really deep team.”

New Canaan's Kyle Mettler got the lone goal in the opening period, capitalizing on a rebound after teammates Ted O’Rourke and Tyler Ferraro both had attempts on net.

Though the puck was in its zone for most of the opening period, Wilton did a good job defensively to prevent the Rams from getting too many quality chances. Goalie Kyle Buckley was strong early on for the Warriors, making several nice saves to keep the deficit at just one. Tri-captain Kyle Jonas was Wilton’s most dangerous player offensively, forcing New Canaan goalie Liam Mooney into action on multiple occasions.

Right from the start of the second period it was clear that New Canaan had raised its game. Peter Katz made it 2-0 at 10:56 of the period, firing a wrist shot from the right face-off circle over Buckley’s glove.

Buckley put together a great sequence of saves with Wilton on a penalty kill a few minutes later, but James Franzis scored for the Rams before the power play was over with 7:27 left in the period. Not long after hitting the crossbar following Franzis’ goal, Tyler Hill made it 4-0 for New Canaan, flipping the puck on his backhand behind Buckley from in close at 6:46 of the second period. Ferraro finished New Canaan’s scoring in the period, blasting a slap shot past Buckley’s blocker.

“They got a few quick ones and that gave them the momentum,” said Amero about the second period. “Hockey is a game of momentum and they certainly had it in that period.”

After Buckley made a few tough saves, including one on a breakaway, early in the third period, Anthony Marciano made it 6-0 for the Rams, reacting first to a big rebound that popped up in the air in front of Wilton’s net.

Meanwhile, Wilton forward Ned Zawislak came the closest to getting the Warriors on the board in the final period, but his shot from in close just barely missed the net. The Warriors put more pressure on New Canaan in the final period than they had earlier, but generating consistent offense was a struggle for Wilton throughout the game.

Ryan Hart and Franzis added two more goals for the Rams with 7:39 and 6:38 left in the game, respectively, finishing off New Canaan's 8-0 victory.