The Spartans entered the rink at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Tuesday night for the opening round of the tourney against No. 17 Newtown with all the confidence and drive as ever.
After 10 minutes of intense play in the first period Amity’s Dane Simone scored the first goal of the game assisted by Keating Seymour and Adam Shea.
The Spartans held their 1-0 lead throughout the second period, that is, until the very last moment when Newtown’s Evan Isaacs scored with less than one second left in the period.
With the second round of the tournament on the line, both teams entered the ice in the third period with playing their A game on their minds. But it was Newtown’s Hayden Savoia who picked up a rebound and shot one in past goalie Nick Nuzzolo at 3:34, besting the Spartans 2-1 and holding that lead in spite of Amity’s best efforts.
In the last few seconds of the game it seemed as though Amity had tied things up with a second goal … but it didn’t count. The clock ran out, Amity’s season was over and Newtown advanced to the second round.
Amity Coach Gary Lindgren was understandably “down” after the game. “I’m just in disbelief. I thought we had a lot of control, we just couldn’t get another goal we needed in this game,” he said. “The kids played hard – there were a couple of breaks that Newtown took advantage of, I give them credit they fought hard. We outshot them 30-15, I thought we had a lot of good chances, just had a hard time scoring.”
Of the state tournament, he said, “It’s unfortunate to end this way, we had high hopes of getting on a roll and at least getting to Yale and making it exciting for the boys. I’m very proud of them.”
Amity had a 31-17 shot advantage.
Newtown goaltender Patrick Mcloughlin made 30 saves, Amity’s Nick Nuzzolo finished with 15 saves.
Amity finished the season 13-8; Newtown is 12-10 and is scheduled to play the second round on Friday.