After Cranford Cougars led the Nutley Raiders varsity ice hockey team 3-2 at the end of the first period Saturday night, neither team scored a single goal for the following two periods.
The home opener loss put Nutley at (0-1), while Cranford improved to (2-1).
After Cranford junior Liam Lysaght scored the first point three minutes into the game, Nutley senior Dan Caputo followed up with his team’s first goal three minutes later.
“I think we came out a little slow…but overall I think they played pretty well,” Nutley Head Coach Andrew Surowiec said in a post-game interview.
Nutley junior Ryan O’Mara broke the 1-1 tie with a penalty shot less than a minute later.
Cranford took the lead at the end of the first period as freshman Luke Pachkowski scored the fourth goal of his high school career and junior Pat Connolly recorded his first career goal 59 seconds before the buzzer.
For the next two periods, the two teams took shot after shot, but couldn’t get the puck past either goalie.
“We got a lot of shots, we completely outshot them,” Surowiec told TAPinto Nutley.
Nutley attempted to score 33 times, while the visitors took 24 shots.
Lysaght’s goal was assisted by junior Ryan Faraone. Sophomore Ryan Echevarria assisted Pachkowski and Connolly’s goals. Nutley’s two goals were unassisted.
Nutley senior goalie Tim Spitalnik saved 23 pucks, while Cranford’s freshman Harry Devenney prevented 31 goals.
Nutley will return to West Orange’s Codey Arena Monday to take on the Millburn Millers. The teams will face off at 6:15 pm.