Playing in front of a packed student section, the Ridgefield High boys hockey team routed St. Joseph, 8-1, on Wednesday night at the Winter Garden.
A pair of goals from defenseman Braeden McSpedon fueled a six-goal second period for the Tigers, who improved their record to 4-2.
Sophomore Kees van Wees opened the scoring five minutes into the game, netting a breakaway goal to put Ridgefield ahead 1-0.
Minutes into the second period, dynamic winger Nick Cullinan tapped a no-look pass between his legs to a wide-open McSpedon, who slotted home a shot for his first goal of the night. Less than a minute later, McSpedon struck again, firing a shot into the back of the St. Joseph net to stretch the Tigers’ lead to 3-0.
Senior Kieran McGowan was next to join the goal entourage, scoring off a faceoff for a 4-0 lead. After a stretch of strong defense from the hosts, Ridgefield converted on a power play, with Will Forrest scoring an unassisted goal to make it 5-0.
Junior Henry Garlick then managed a skillful finish off a Del Irving pass to extend the Tigers’ lead to 6-0, and sophomore Luke Welsh finished the second-period outburst on assists from Garlick and junior Logan Chang
After two periods, Ridgefield had taken 45 shots to St. Joseph’s 14.
Andrew Dec scored his first career goal to push the Tigers’ lead to 8-0 before St. Joseph avoided a shutout by converting on a five-on-three power play.
“I’m really happy with how we came out this game,” said Irving. “Our goal is to play our hardest from the get-go regardless of the opposition, and I think we were definitely successful tonight.”