DARIEN, Conn. The Darien Mighty Mite Bs headed north to Westfield, Mass., to face off in their first tournament of the season, the Fire and Ice Tournament.
Darien took the ice against Connecticut rival Riverhawks in the opening match. The Mighty Mite Bs came out strong and succeeded in lighting the lamp first when Nolan Bryson netted a pass from Ian McCarthy to give Darien the lead to end the first period. Riverhawks tied the game late in the second, and the teams began the third even at 1-1. Ian Spencer notched a rebound on a John Fiorita shot to put Darien ahead. Finn Pokorny followed suit on a pass from the corner from linemate Sean Bradley. Bradley rounded out the scoring, assisted by TJ Davis. The defense of Kyle Patrick, Charlie Coutts, Neil Flynn, Tomas Falcon, Kevin Kuryla, Chris Gabriel and Thomas Edwards was flawless and shut down the opponent's offensive momentum. Darien goalie Teddy DeBeradinis had amazing sliding saves to seal the victory.
Dariens second game had them against host Westfield. The Mighty Mite Bs came out refreshed and looking to keep their win streak alive. The boys moved the puck seamlessly, and the defense was relentless. Spencer gave Darien the advantage, assisted by Fiorita. Jamison Moore added one with McCarthy assisting. McCarthy set Moore up again for his second and would land his hat-trick goal unassisted. Bradley netted the fifth goal unassisted, and Gabriel contributed on his unassisted goal. Moore added one more, assisted by McCarthy and Nolan Bryson, and Bryson added one of his own. Pokorny rounded out the scoring while Henry Gregory and Tucker Budd were relentless in the offensive zone. The defense of Patrick, Flynn, Coutts, Kuryla, Falcon and Edwards stifled the opposition, and goalie DeBeradinis was flawless in the net.
Twin Meadows took to the ice in hopes of shutting down out-of-state rival Darien, which had other plans. DeBeradinis stood tall in net while Moore continued to be an offensive force, scoring on a pass from Gregory to give Darien an early lead. Bradley answered quickly to gain a 2-0 lead, while McCarthy, Ian Spencer and Pokorny lit the lamp to round out the first period. Patrick, Coutts, Falcon and Gabriel kept the puck from their zone, and Flynn was all over the ice, keeping the puck in the offensive zone. Budd led off the second, netting an unassisted goal, and Edwards netted a shot from Gregory while Spencer netted an unassisted shot in the victory.
The final match had Darien against the Riverhawks for the championship. Darien kept the puck deep in the Riverhawks zone when Pokorny opened the scoring, assisted by Nolan Bryson. The score remained 1-0 until partway through the second when Darien went on the offensive and Moore scored, assisted by Gregory and McCarthy. Fiorita broke through and netted an unassisted goal and immediately landed another on a pass from Spencer while McCarthy slipped one in the corner. The Mighty Mite Bs had a commanding lead headed in to the final period, and their defense turned up the pressure, keeping the puck clear of the zone. Falcon, Patrick, Kuryla, Flynn, Edwards and Gabriel were solid in sending the puck up to the forwards. Fiorita snuck a pass from Spencer in the net, and Gregory sealed Dariens fate, while DeBeradinis stood tall between the pipes and completed the victory for his team.
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