Darien opened the FCIAC portion of their schedule with a 7-0 rout of Norwalk at Darien Ice Rink. All seven goals came in the first two period: three in the first, and four more in the second. With starting goalie Willie Love still rehabbing a knee injury, Max Rothston played the first two periods and Tommy Lyons the final period.
Norwalk came into the game with an 0-6 record having scored only six goals while giving up 33. Despite falling behind the Wave early, they showed plenty of hustle and determination with a limited number of players; they dressed 15 including two goalies. They have some talented players—just not enough of them.
The Wave opened the scoring less than three minutes in, when Wyatt Keith beat Bears goalie Richie Henderson for a 1-0 lead. Connor Sullivan and Alex Brown got helpers. Darien spent almost all of the period in Norwalk's end of the ice and peppered Richardson with 22 shots in the opening period, but not until there were just under four minutes remaining was the Wave able to score again. Dominick Luongo, with an assist from Richard Gregory made it 2-0 game. It became 3-0 when Luongo scored again, assisted by John Baker near the end of the period.
Darien had 22 shots-on-goal to four for Norwalk and a 3-0 lead at the break.
It was more of the same in the second period. Less than two-minutes in, Mike Foresta fired a blur from the right circle that found room over Richardson's shoulder, far corner, for a 4-0 lead. Brendan Hathaway and Nick Bruno assisted. Baker made it 5-0 with assists from Bruno and Foresta. Midway through the period William Kerr from Wyatt Keith made it 6-0. The period ended with a Sean Fahey goal for a 7-0 score-Doug Miller assisted.
The shots-on-goal were almost a carbon copy of the first period numbers; 24 for the Wave, three for the Bears.
The final period was scoreless.
"We concentrated on moving the puck and trying to improve our system against an obviously out-manned team," said Coach Larry Vieirra afterwards. "Hopefully we'll carry the good things we did tonight into our next game."
Darien, after losing their first five games are 3-6 (1-0 FCIAC). Norwalk falls to 0-7 (0-1 FCIAC)
The Wave win 7-0 and get ready for Stamford next Monday at 8:20 p.m. at Darien Ice Rink.
Darien Wyatt Keith from Connor Sullivan and Alex Brown at 12:17
Darien Domenick Luongo from Richard Gregory at 3:56
Darien Domenick Luongo from John Baker at 2:32
Darien Mike Foresta from Brendan Hathaway and Nick Bruno at 13:34
Darien John Baker from Nick Bruno and Mike Foresta at 10:27
Darien William Kerr from Wyatt Keith at 6:50
Darien Sean Fahey from Alex Brown and Doug Miller at 2:25
Darien Max Rothston 7/7; Tommy Lyons 2/2
Norwalk Richie Henderson 45/52