“He’s a beast,” Schriber said. “He’s been doing that since third grade. It’s definitely a morale booster. It gives everyone a little pump on the sideline, gets all the subs going, it gets the players going… it’s unreal when he does that.
As for the affect on Glastonbury, coach Scott Hinchey thought his team might have started hearing footsteps.
“I was a goalie myself. I see how he plays. He’s tough out there,” said Hinchey, whose sixth-ranked team’s season ended with a 14-4 record. “I think after that hit it made it tough for us catching inside, thinking a guy’s coming to hit us. It gets you thinking a little bit in there.
“This one stinks. It hurts.”
Calabrese’s teammates wasted no time putting the game out of reach as the fourth quarter began. Dean DiNanno and then Liam Sullivan scored to make it a three-goal advantage.
“It’s a game of runs and they kind of got the one that mattered,” Hinchey said.
But as even Calabrese admits, his aggressiveness can sometimes backfire. Turi got a little payback when he caught Calabrese out of the net and scored easily to pull the Tomahawks within 9-7 with 9:50 remaining.
“Yeah, you always know that you definitely could end up on the other side of the stick and look like an idiot,” said Calabrese, who also picked up a procedure penalty in the fourth quarter. “But you’ve got to take that risk. It comes with experience.”
Regardless, Schriber, Calabrese and the rest of the vaunted Wilton defense didn’t allow another goal until there was just 1:36 left.
By then, Wilton had enough cushion to assure itself of a date with New Canaan, which has beaten the Warriors by a goal twice this season.
“We have New Canaan again for the third time this year, now,” Schriber said. “You know what they say: Third time’s the charm. We’re looking to make it count this time.”
“We know what to expect,” Calabrese added. “We definitely have more of a chip on our shoulder this time.”