Boys ice hockey: Greenwich jumps all over St. Joe’s

December 17, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH — One goal after another.

That was the theme of the first period of Saturday’s high school boys hockey game between Greenwich and St. Joseph, with the Cardinals enjoying such a pattern.

Showcasing its speed, capitalizing on most if its opportunities and displaying its depth up front, Greenwich scored five goals the first 6:26 of the first period en route to rolling to a resounding 10-2 win over St. Joseph in the season-opener for both teams at crowded Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.

The Cardinals stormed out to a 7-0 first-period lead, then continued their onslaught, seizing a 10-0 advantage less than three minutes into the second period.

Greenwich coach Chris Rurak spoke of his squad’s potential scoring depth prior to the season and his words held true in the Cardinals’ season-opening game.

Of Greenwich’s first 10 goals, mine were scored by different players. Junior defenseman Nic Pelletier-Martinelli’s unassisted goal with 12:10 left in the first period began the Cards’ scoring surge.

On a power play, GHS tallied again at the 11:18 mark, as senior captain/forward Alex Mozian converted a one-timer off a pass from junior forward Sean Pratley.

Mozian is back on the ice after missing most of last season. He sustained his injury against St. Joseph on Dec. 19 last season and has overcome a couple more injuries to make his way back.

Again on a power play, the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead when senior Connor Santry stuffed a rebound past Cadets junior goalie Bill Brady with 10:20 to go in the first period.

Following the ensuing faceoff, Greenwich tallied again with freshman Thatcher Danielson scoring on a rush up the ice, making it 4-0 at the 9:58 mark of the opening period.

Sophomore defenseman Ryan Columbo beat Brady to his glove side with a snap shot from the left face-off circle with GHS on another power play, putting his team up, 5-0, with 8:34 still left in the first period.

Santry and senior forward/captain Oliver Fulton added first-period goals for the Cardinals, who exhibited crisp puck movement up the ice and in St. Joseph’s zone.

The second period began with Columbo going top shelf with a backhanded shot and Charlie Graves and Chris Cataldo adding goals.

Sophomore Ben Nash got the start in goal for Greenwich and played well before being replaced by senior Robert Bray.

Sophomore forward Sam Bracchi had the Cadets’ first goal off an assist from Brandon Roselli in the second period.

Columbo and Santry had two goals apiece for the victors.