After dropping four games in a row, the Wilton High School boys varsity ice hockey team needed a wakeup call. It finally got one on Thursday against Fairfield Co-Op at the Bridgeport Wonderland of Ice. With the game tied at 3 all, Matt Kobyra skated the length of the ice, deking out the Fairfield goalie to net the game winner with 1:40 remaining in regulation.
"It was a huge sigh of relief getting that goal. I was shaking my head afterwards, saying, 'thank you, finally,' " Kobyra said. "We had to pick it up somewhere along the road, and today I think we did. We made states, but we haven't made FCIAC's yet, and that's a goal of ours."
Wilton was fortunate to be in a position to win at all after managing just 10 shots on goal in the first two periods. They made those shots count though, as Henry Lee put Wilton on the board just 38 seconds into the game.
By the second period Wilton staked out a 3-1 lead with goals from senior co-captain Pat Holland and Bobby Cullinan. Fairfield stormed back to tie it with 33 seconds left in the second period.
Something finally clicked with the Warriors in the third, their most dominant period since their losing streak began. Kobyra's late goal released a lot of building frustration for Wilton.
"Losing streaks seem to last forever. It's nice to be back on the winning side of things," Wilton head coach Brett Amero said. "We got that eighth [clinching] win and went on cruise control. I think the guys thought we could just coast into the states after getting in, but that's a myth. We have to keep playing hard so we go into the postseason ready."
At 9-5, Wilton is still undefeated against Division II opponents and ranked second in that category. The Warriors will travel to Terry Conners Rink on Saturday to take on Trinity Catholic.
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