Fairfield Co-Op's hockey playoff plans will have to wait. Just two wins away from qualifying for the Division II state tournament, Fairfield almost managed a huge upset against FCIAC rival Wilton on Thursday. Fairfield erased a 3-1 deficit, setting up a nail-biting third period. Wilton's Matt Kobyra netted the deciding goal with 1:40 left in regulation, handing Fairfield a heartbreaking loss.
Chris Sandella and Brooks Brown teamed up on all three Fairfield goals, almost singlehandedly saving the day. Brown cut the Wilton lead to one with five minutes to play. Sandella took a great pass from Brown to tie the game at three with 33 seconds remaining in the second period. That set up the tense third period.
Fairfield held Wilton to just 10 shots in the first two periods, but the Warriors made them count. Fairfield was in the hole early after Wilton scored just 38 seconds into the game. Sandella answered right back, knotting the game at one.
The loss drops Fairfield Co-Op back to below .500 at 6-7. Fairfield needs to win two of its final five games to make the state tournament. It hosts Greenwich at the Bridgeport Wonderland of Ice on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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