The Middletown High School North hockey program christened its new building — Middletown Ice World — with a 4-2 victory over crosstown rival Middletown South on Tuesday in front of a near-capacity crowd in the 1,500-seat arena.
“With 1500 people in the building it was a little bit different of feeling than we’re used to,” said Lions coach Matt Clemente. “But the kids enjoyed it. It was a great experience for them to come out here and have this in front of friends, family, and alumni.
“We wanted to beat South, not just because they’re South, and not just because it was on this night, but because they’re a division rival. It’s the second game of the year, we’re 2-0 in the division, and that’s all that really matters right now.”
Though North (2-0, 2-0) may go down in the history books as recording the first win in the new building, it was South’s Gavin Gulash who opened the scoring 1:40 into the first period off an assist by Nick Malvasi.
The Lions’ Tim Felice would answer at 5:09, while Tom Terranova, who recorded two assists in the game, would hand North a lead at 12:30, before freshman forward John Dinnocenzo extended the lead to 3-1 with one second remaining in the first period.
North sophomore Khristian Acosta pushed the lead to 4-1 at 1:16 of the second period, and Middletown South’s Ryan D’Emilia closed out the scoring late in the third period.
North’s Vincent Tomasetti doled out two assists and Scott Huber another, while Dillon Hunter stopped 15 of 17 shots faced to record the win.
Midd. South …1 0 1 — 2
Midd. North…3 1 0 — 4
Goals/Assists: First: (MS) Gulash (Malvasi) 1:40; (MN) T. Felice (Tomasetti) 5:09; (MN) Terranova (Tomasetti, Huber) 12:30; (MN) Dinnocenzo (Terranova) 14:59; Second: (MN) Acosts (Terranova) 1:16; Third: (MS) D’Emilia 10:53; Saves: (MN) Dillon 15, (MS) Liskowicz 18; Shots: Midd. North 22-17.