SPORTS: Indians’ Season Ends With Quarterfinal Loss
The opening round of the state playoffs posed a serious challenge for the Milford Indians.
The team, made up of students from Law, Foran, and Platt Tech, took on the Newtown Nighthawks on Tuesday, March 6, at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
The Indians jumped out to a quick two-goal lead as Milford goalie Matt White was stopping every puck that came his way.
Newtown then scored three unanswered goals to take the lead in the third period.
With under a minute in the third period, John McLenithan of Milford sent a perfect pass to T.J. Olsson who put it in the back of the net to tie the game.
The Indians never gave up throughout the game, and that showed when only 38 seconds into overtime Zach White passed the puck to Will Vitelli who scored to win the game.
“I thought it was over up until the final rush when we scored,” said senior Nick DePascale. “When T.J. scored it was like we gained way more momentum heading into overtime.”
The next game for the Indians was against North Branford with whom they split the season series.
North Branford was the number three seed in the tournament and sure did play like it.
The game seemed to be in the grasps of the Indians after senior Craig Wargo scored off of a faceoff with 8:08 remaining in the game. The Thunderbirds then scored 1:50 later to even the game at four.
The game was a back and forth battle that resulted in four ties and many lead changes. North Branford took the lead with 2:37 remaining and that proved to be the last goal scored.
The Thunderbirds won 5-4 and the Milford Indians finished the season at 13-9-1.
“We played our hearts out and left it all on the ice,” said DePascale. “I would have liked to win another game or two but I’m proud of the team.”
(PHOTO: Senior Nick DePascale and the Milford Indians made it to the quarterfinals of the state tourament. Photo courtesy milfordindianshockey.com)