HARTFORD — In hockey, goalies can get exposed, for better or worse. On Thursday night, in the CIAC Division III quarterfinals at Trinity College, the tried-and-true tale unfolded yet again
“Their goalie outplayed our goalie tonight,” Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug coach Rich Minnix said. “That’s basically what it comes down to.”
Junior Peyton Emrick was better for Tri-Town, out-dueling freshman Andrew Sacco of the Lyman Hall Co-op as the No. 3-seeded Knights beat the No. 6-seeded Trojans, 5-1
Tri-Town (14-7-1) advances to next Tuesday’s semifinals at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink to face the winner of Thursday’s second quarterfinal at Trinity between No. 2 Enfield-East Granby-Stafford and No. 7 WMRP.
The Lyman Hall Co-op, considered a D-III contender during the regular season, especially after beating No. 1 Staples, saw its season end at 15-8.
Against Tri-Town, the Trojans actually drew first blood. Josh Martinez got Lyman Hall on the board with 5:12 left in the first period off assists from Matt Pettit and Scott Bradley. The 1-0 lead held to the first intermission.
The game turned in the second period. Tri-Town tied it 1-1 on a slap shot from Dan Bell not three minutes into the period, then took the lead on a Zach Roy goal on a sloppy clear in front of Sacco.
A top-shelf laser from Michael Shuman from the right point on the power play with 1:32 left in the second put a cap on the demoralizing period for the Trojans.
“We came out good in the first period and they kind of grinded us down,” said Minnix.
The Trojans had a power-play opportunity early in the third period. The chance to close to within one goal went by the boards.
Tri-Town finished the Trojans with two late third-period goals. In net, Emrick stood tall, while Sacco showed his youth.
“He’s a freshman,” Minnix said with a shrug. “He’s got to make some saves.”
The Lyman-Hall Co-op now heads into the offseason in which its graduates five players, including senior captain Scott Bradley. A strong returning class is led by junior forward Kyle Roberts, this season’s area scoring leader.