Darien outslasts Wilton for 32nd straight win
You wouldn't think it based on the 10-2 final score in favor of Darien, but Wilton gave the Blue Wave everything they could handle Saturday night at Fujitani Field.
"This is always a battle," said Darien coach Jeff Brameier, whose team improved to 9-0 overall and won its 32nd straight game. "We're obviously a team everybody wants to knock off, they knocked us off a few years back in the states so we're certainly aware of their capabilities, they have a senior group so we just had to perform and I thought we did enough today."
Wilton (4-6, 3-3 FCIAC) scored the first goal of the game on a strike from Charles McGovern but wouldn't score again until McGovern again tallied midway through the third period.
"I think we played very well," Wilton coach John Wiseman said of the effort. "It's crazy to say with a 10-2 score but I think we did; most of their goals were fast break not 6-on-6 and props to them their goalie played extremely well and they boxed us out like the LA Lakers."
For Darien sophomore goalie Ryan Cornell, playing well was the theme of the night. Cornell made eight saves and was able to turn aside more than one Wilton charge while his team found its footing.
"I think their goalie played exceptionally well," Wiseman said. "He played on his head and made some great saves, some big momentum saves."
Brameier added how important the play of his goalie was to the win while attack Colin Minucus lauded the whole defense for its effort.
"It's a great cushion to have when were down in a game," the junior said. "We have total confidence in our defense, Cornell was unbelievable, he really kept us in it tonight,"
Darien (5-0 FCIAC) eventually started clicking offensively; after scoring twice in the first, second and third quarters the Blue Wave eventually broke the game open with four goals in the final period.
"It all revolves around the team," Minicus said of his offensive outbreak. "We're great offensively from our three lines of middies and our four attackmen we all just click, and when we go down a couple goals we always pick ourselves up and I think that really important."