By BRIAN JENNINGS
Andrew Mitchell received the puck at the top of the key just inside the blue line and the defense quickly closed in. Mitchell flicked the puck towards the goal, and Jacob Herz deflected it off the bottom corner of the crossbar and into the back of the net.
Herz’s deflection for a goal midway through the third period sealed a 1-0 victory for Hall-Southington (7-1-0) over Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-RHAM (1-6-0) at home on Saturday, Jan. 16, giving the Warrior-Knights their sixth straight victory.
Hall-Southington coach Brian Cannon said that the goal energized the team after two back-and-forth, scoreless periods.
“We were kind of listless, flattened, and directionless there for a while. Things were not clicking for us today,” said Cannon. “That seemed to get us to bear down a little bit better, and the goal seemed to put a little bit of the energy in us that I thought we weren’t showing in the first two periods.”
Once again, Adam Faust kept the Warrior-Knights in the game, earning his second shutout of the season with 20 saves. Cannon said that Foust has bubbled up as the starting goalie at this point in the season, but it’s not a knock against Zach Monti or Harry Freda.
“They’re both solid goalies. One of them hasn’t had a chance and one of them has had his chances and played decently,” said Cannon. “But you take a kid who has two shutouts and a win streak, and you have to ride that until something happens that says maybe we need to change something up.”
In addition to displaying solid defense, the Warrior-Knights have also displayed resiliency with a man or two down, allowing just three goals on penalty kills, as well as scoring a goal.
The penalty kills have proved to be solid,” the coach said. “We’re taking a lot fewer penalties now than we have in previous years.”
The Warrior-Knights took 37 shots on goal and committed four penalties in the game. The Shamrocks committed two penalties.
Earlier in the week, Hall-Southington defeated Lyman Hall-Haddam/Killingworth-Coginchaug (4-3-1) at home on Wednesday, 6-2.
After a scoreless first period, goals by Jack Rivers, Jeremy Fortin, Jarod Florian, and Caelan Booth gave the Warrior-Knights a 4-0 lead before the Trojans managed their first score at the end of the second and another at the start of the third. Goals by Brendan Moore and Jacob Mohr put the game out of reach.
The Warrior-Knights took 44 shots on goal and committed two penalties in the game. Faust saved 22 shots on goal. The Trojans committed two penalties. Dusty Kilgore, Colby Glidden, Florian, Rivers, and Jacob Herz collected assists.
Hall-Southington is currently third in Division III behind Westhill-Stamford (5-1-2) and New Fairfield-Immaculate (6-1-0) and tied for third in the CCC South with EO Smith-Tolland (3-1, 4-2-0) behind Farmington-Avon-Windsor-Lewis Mills (4-1, 6-1-0) and Newington co-op (3-0, 4-5-0).
The Warrior-Knights will hope to keep the streak alive when they host Farmington-Avon-Windsor-Lewis Mills on Saturday, Jan. 23.
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