Slow burn turns to inferno in semifinals win
Darien put on the slow burn in its win over Glastonbury in the semis.
But once the burn was on, it became an offensive inferno in the Wave’s 15-9 Class L playoffs victory over the Tomahawks at Fairfield University’s Rafferty Stadium on Wednesday.
Obviously you’ve got the winning streak on the line, the kids know that. And they’ve been playing through it and taking everybody’s best shot.
— Jeff Brameier
“It’s a real solid two-way team,” said Darien coach Jeff Brameier of the top-rated team in the country. “We’ve got great defense, a great offense and great chemistry all over the place.”
Kevin Lindley fired up five goals and Brian Minicus four to lead the Wave, which trailed 3-2 after one period, but led 7-5 at the half and smoked the cage in the second half.
“They are very solid, they have a couple of great offensive players who gave us a little trouble in the first half,” said Darien captain Finlay Collins, who scored twice. “But we were able to adjust and our defense came out, playing great in the second half.”
Senior captain Ryan Cornell made 12 saves in goal for the top seed Wave (19-0), which continues its longest winning streak in the nation.
“Us defensemen, we’re a close knit D group,” said Cornell. “And I think we really rally around each other and we pick each other up.”
Darien outscored No. 5 Glastonbury 5-1 in the third quarter and it was even up at three in the fourth.
The Wave takes on No. 7 Cheshire (15-4) in the final at Casagrande Field in Norwalk 3:30pm on Saturday.
“Well everybody is counting for you,” said Brameier of the winning streak. “Obviously you’ve got the winning streak on the line, the kids know that. And they’ve been playing through it and taking everybody’s best shot.”
Logan McGovern scored two goals, Matt Meyjes and James Solberg had one each.
“One more to go,” said defenseman Arden Cohen. “We’ll get it done, I promise.”