By BRIAN JENNINGS
Caelan Booth may have just missed the hat trick, but his two goals helped secure a 2-1 win over Woodstock Academy (0-2) at Jahn Hockey Rink at Pomfret School on Saturday, Dec. 19.
The Hall-Southington Warrior-Knights opened the 2016-15 season with a win.
The Centaurs hit the back of the net first, scoring the first goal of the game in the opening minute, but Hall-Southington answered back with two goals in the opening period. Neither team would score after the first period, and penalties would come back to haunt Woodstock.
Booth scored back-to-back goals. The first came midway through the first period off assists by Jeremy Fortin and Drew Booth. His second came with just over a minute remaining in the period off a second assist by Fortin. Both goals were scored off of power plays.
“The kids were able to outwork a team with some good talent, but we were deeper than them. We were able to play three lines versus their two,” said Hall-Southington coach Brian Cannon. “Both teams had some near misses. Our defense and goalie played solid. Our forwards kept the pace up and got numerous opportunities. In the end, penalties were the difference.”
The Centaurs committed seven penalties in the game, compared to a disciplined one-penalty performance by the Warrior-Knights.
Saturday’s game was the first of a four-game road stretch to open the season. The Warrior-Knights will look to continue their early momentum with games at the Newington Co-op (0-1) and Newtown (1-0) this week.