HARTFORD - With the score 2-1 and time winding down in the final period of play, the game between PISA (Plainville) and Arscott was a defensive battle.
That all changed in an instant.
PISA’s Mason Cipriano was the early-afternoon hero, scoring the game-deciding goal with 7.5 seconds remaining in the 5-4 win over Arscott in the Nutmeg Games Open Silver Division roller hockey tournament at Trinity College Saturday.
“We’re confident in our offense and what we have for firepower,” Cipriano said. “We feel good about our chances here. I hope that goal can spark a run for us. Usually a team needs something like that to get a spark going, but we’ll see how it goes over the rest of the weekend.”
Connor McNamara tied the game up for PISA just seconds before Cipriano’s winner.
In net for PISA, Michael Berry was playing with the sons of his friends as the experienced net minder.
Berry had a strong performance until the late surge of goals that saw three get by him. Still, Berry’s seen the younger guys play growing up and knew the game could turn right back in their favor.
“We had a lead, I tried to keep it but unfortunately the other team got two quick goals,” Berry said. “But I knew this team wasn’t going to quit and was going to come back and hopefully we can at least pull out a tie if not the victory, which we got.”
PISA built the team around a philosophy for quick offense similar to what the fans saw Saturday.
“We built this team for this rink,” Berry said. “We usually play on a smaller rink so coming here, we made sure we had defensive players that had speed as well as the offensive players. We hope we can capitalize on the team we built for this rink.”