Kingswood-Oxford K.O.s Wildcats at Home, 6-1

Rye Country Day School fell to Kingswood-Oxford, a Hartford-area prep school, 6-1 February 4 in a game delayed for an hour when the visitors’ team bus broke down. Unfortunately for the home side, the Wyverns started scoring the minute they got off the bus — just 18 seconds into the game — on a deflected shot from outside the faceoff circle. Then with 5:16 left in the stanza, Kingswood stuffed in a rebound to make it 2-0. It was 3-0 less than a minute later, though sophomore Anthony Faustini managed to pull one back in a goalmouth scramble before the period ended.

Anthony Faustini scores the Wildcats’ lone goal.

What made it especially tough sledding for the 3-11-2 Wildcats was the unavailability of sophomore netminder Jack Carroll. It meant the two freshman goaltenders, Michael Mossman and Eric Herbst, were thrown into the fray against older, wiser  opponents, who executed several neat three-man breakouts from their own end.

The Wildcats were unable to score in the second period, despite having a two-man advantage for more than a minute halfway through. Mossman did make a stop on a 2-on-1 with four minutes left, forcing the shooter to make the first move.

In a grim replay of the opening stanza, Kingswood-Oxford (now 6-8-1) scored 18 seconds into the final stanza, making it 5-1. They later added another tally against the undermanned Wildcats.

The game with Worcester Academy scheduled for the next day was cancelled. The tilt against Portledge, which defeated RCDS 4-3 last month, happened post-press time.

The next home game is against Fieldston on Valentine’s Day, but the big one, as always, will be the cross-town clash with Rye High at Playland, Wednesday, February 16, at 7:45 p.m.

— Mitch Silver


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