ICE HOCKEY: Shorthanded goals carry surging LH Co-op to third straight win

ICE HOCKEY: Shorthanded goals carry surging LH Co-op to third straight win

NORTHFORD — The Lyman Hall Co-op hockey team won its third straight game to reach the .500 mark Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Milford Co-op 2-1 at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

The Trojans pulled off this win in unusual fashion, scoring both of their goals shorthanded amid putting more than 30 shots on the net.

Matt Pettit sparked Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug to a 1-0 lead in the first period and, after Milford evened things up in the second, T.J. Arduini potted the game-winner just under five minutes into the third.

The Division II Trojans, 1-4-1 two weeks ago, skated off at 4-4-1. Division III Milford fell to 3-6-0.

“I give credit to Milford,” said Lyman Hall head coach Dave Sagnella. “They clogged up the middle very well those first two periods when we had a bunch of shots.

“We came out a little sluggish, but coming out in the third period, killing off that major, really boosted our energy and, hey, we’ll take any W’s we can. That finally got us back to .500.”

Lyman Hall dominated the time of possession throughout the first period and put steady pressure on the Milford net. The Trojans struck on a Milford power play when Pettit wrapped a goal around the left side of the net 10:31 into the game.

In the second period, Milford scored on a power play to tie it up. Evan White sniped the goal with 4:53 left in the period and it shifted the momentum of the game.

Milford was in a great position heading into the third period. The visitors started off the period with a 5-on-3 power play, with the second penalty being a five-minute major for boarding, and they were aggressive early on trying to attack the net. 

After being unsuccessful throughout the power play, in its waning minutes Milford turned the puck over and it sprang Lyman Hall’s T.J. Arduini on a breakaway. Arduini rushed up the ice and wrapped the puck around the goaltender to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead.

Arduini’s goal was enough as Milford couldn’t answer a second time.

“We’ll take anything we can right now,” said Sagnella. “Part of our schedule should help us out right now. Those two shorties will definitely give us a morale boost and eventually everything is going to fall into place.”

The Trojans return to Northford to host E.O. Smith/Tolland in a non-conference game this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


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