Bar­low-We­ston-Ab­bott Tech tops short-handed Trin­ity

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sports - By Rich DePreta

STAM­FORD — Health is im­por­tant to most high school teams.

For the Trin­ity Catholic High School boys ice hockey, health is a crit­i­cal fac­tor.

The flu bug side­lined Cru­saders lead­ing scorer Jack Ki­na­han and for­ward Matt Di­martino for Satur­day’s home con­test against Joel Bar­low-We­ston-Ab­bott Tech (JBWA).

The re­main­ing 10 Trin­ity Catholic skaters and sopho­more goalie Jeff Reda put forth a heroic ef­fort be­fore the par­ti­san crowd at Terry Con­ners rink.

But en­thu­si­asm and char­ac­ter could not over­come depth and ta­lent as JBWA fash­ioned an 8-1 tri­umph.

“I’m proud of the ef­fort con­sid­er­ing we were short a few guys,” Trin­ity Catholic coach Tucker Grose said. “We had kids play­ing big min­utes which was a good ex­pe­ri­ence for them. Hope­fully the knowl­edge gained will help us down the road.”


Joel Bar­low-We­stonAb­bott Tech spent the ma­jor­ity of the con­test in the Trin­ity Catholic zone as the Cru­saders were forced to take an ex­treme de­fen­sive pos­ture.

The Knights were op­por­tunis­tic as they cashed in three power-play chances.

JBWA’s top for­ward line stuffed the stat sheet. Se­nior An­drew Pow­ell (hat trick, two as­sists), sopho­more Dan McKier­nan (two goals, two as­sists) and se­nior Travis Nuss­baum (one goal, two as­sists) paced the Knights’ at­tack.

As Trin­ity Catholic’s gang of 10 wore down, JBWA was able to score mainly on de­flec­tions or

re­bounds around the net.

“The Trin­ity Catholic kids did the best they could,” Joel Bar­low’s fifthyear coach Bobby Stearns said. “I knew we had depth and bench strength and fire­power on our side. It was just a mat­ter of time.”


JBWA im­proved to 4-2 over­all with Satur­day’s win in this first sea­son as a co-op hockey squad.

“The Co-op ex­pe­ri­ence has been good. We have ta­lent and depth (22 on ros­ter),” Stearns said. “All three schools have come

to­gether. They’ve pro­vided all the re­sources I need so I just fo­cus on coach­ing the kids. The fact Ab­bott Tech is just min­utes away from Dan­bury arena makes it eas­ier. With our depth, the kids have to own up to their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on the ice be­cause there are op­tions for the play­ing min­utes.”

JBWA moved up to No. 3 in the early state Divi­sion III rank­ings with Satur­day’s tri­umph.

“I feel good about where we are at the mo­ment,” Stearns said. “Our next op­po­nent (Shee­han) is a top team (No. 8 en­ter­ing Satur­day’s ac­tion) in Divi­sion III. That will be a big, big test for us.”


De­spite the fi­nal out­come, Trin­ity Catholic’s sopho­more goalie Jeff Reda earned sig­nif­i­cant ku­dos Satur­day.

Reda fin­ished with 40 saves in­clud­ing 20 in the se­cond pe­riod. JBWA’s se­nior goalie Kevin Bren­nan (an Ab­bott Tech stu­dent) made 17 saves as Will Schaner had the lone TC goal.

“Trin­ity Catholic’s goalie played out of his mind. He had so many spec­tac­u­lar saves,” JBWA coach Stearns said. “The score­board doesn’t in­di­cate what a hot goalie he was. Hats off to him.”

It won’t get eas­ier for Reda or Trin­ity Catholic (3-3 over­all, No. 11 in Div. III) as the FCIAC por­tion of the Cru­saders’ sched­ule beck­ons.

“Jeff (Reda) was phenom­e­nal. He’s been fo­cused like that ev­ery game for us,” TC coach Grose said. “He makes high­light-reel saves. He will be very well-known be­fore this sea­son ends.”

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