Overbeeke leads Wilton boys hockey team to win in opener
In his first game for the Wilton High boys hockey team, David Overbeeke made a six-point debut.
Overbeeke, a sophomore center who played for the Mid Fairfield program last winter, scored four goals and added two assists as the Warriors began the season with a 7-4 victory over JWBA (Joel Barlow/Weston/Abbott Tech) on Wednesday night at the Danbury Ice Arena.
"It was a nice win to start the year," said Wilton head coach John Miserendino, whose team went 4-17 in 2017-18. "I think we're going to be pretty improved this season, and this was a good way to begin against a team (JBWA) that is also going to be better."
Following a scoreless first period, Overbeeke scored two goals in 30 seconds to put Wilton ahead 2-0 early in the second period. Linemate Jackson Kelly then converted on an assist from Overbeeke to give the Warriors a three-goal lead.
But JWBA got the next two goals to close within 3-2 at the end of the period and then scored the first goal of the third period to tie the game.
Tyler Everitt's breakaway goal gave Wilton a 4-3 lead, but JWBA responded one minute later to tie the game at 4-4.
The turning point came when a JBWA player took a costly five-minute penalty. Dean DiNanno scored with three minutes left to put Wilton in front, 5-4, and Overbeeke added two more power-play goals, including an empty-netter with 40 seconds remaining.
"We got the 5-on-4 advantage for five minutes and really capitalized," Miserendino said."We made the most of the long power play."
Miserendino was also impressed with Overbeeke's effort.
"He's an excellent player," Miserendino said. "He's super coachable and works hard. He's a smooth skater who's deceptively fast and has a great shot. He's also strong and hard to knock off the puck."
Notes:Wilton goalie Logan Motyka finished with 34 saves. "He played well," Miserendino said. "The only goals he allowed came on defensive breakdowns."
Tom McHugh, Kevin Fung, and Kelly added one assist apiece for the Warriors.
Overbeeke, Kelly, and DiNanno played on Wilton's first line. Brandon Jonsson, Colin Lenskold, and Everitt were on the second line, with Luke O'Neill, Nico Kouvaris, and Charlie Hastings on the third line.
Lucas Thelen and McHugh formed Wilton's top defensive pairing, and Nick Furst, Ryan Sorbo, and Fun rotated into the second pairing.
Wilton was without sophomore defensemen Shane McCaghey, who is out for the season with an injury.