Warrior-Knights shut out by D-II foe

Jack Rivers leads an offensive surge during a 4-0 loss to the Generals on Friday, Jan. 22.

Jack Rivers leads an offensive surge during a 4-0 loss to the Generals on Friday, Jan. 22.

By BRIAN JENNINGS
STAFF WRITER

The Hall-Southington ice hockey team (7-2-0) fell in their only game of the week at home to Farmington-Avon-Windsor-Lewis Mills (7-3-0) on Friday, 4-0. The Generals are sixth in the CIAC’s Division II standings.

The game was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but was moved to Friday, Jan. 22 due to inclement weather.

The Warrior-Knights missed shots just wide of the goal on a couple open looks at the net during a scoreless first period, but the Generals spent most of the second and third periods in the Warrior-Knights’ zone.

Hall-Southington forced a lot of turnovers and had their chances, but they couldn’t convert at the net. The Generals took 34 shots on goal to the Warrior-Knights’ 21. Adam Foust recorded 29 saves on goal and Connor Adams had 21 for the Generals. The Generals committed the only penalty in the contest.

“I saw a team that came out and played a reasonably decent first period,” said Warrior-Knight coach Brian Cannon. “We did a good job getting the puck out of our end down to their end. Both teams had some shots. Then we went to locker room after the first period and failed to come out again, quite simply.”

The Generals scored a breakaway goal midway through the second period and added another breakaway goal in the third as they broke the game open with a 3-0 rally in the final period.

“We had a gap-control problem in the first period, which was not that apparent because we were getting the puck down ice and floor checking it fairly well,” said Cannon. “They had more entries into our zone than I would have liked to see, and a lot of them were preventable. Come the second and third periods, we were just falling apart because we weren’t even getting the puck out of our zone.”

Cannon said that he though the Generals came out of the locker room for the second period ready to play.

“Somewhere, we didn’t come out and lost our jump and legs,” the coach said. “I saw it in the warm-ups, and we looked like we had lead legs tonight. We got away from what we were having success with earlier in the game.”

With no home sporting events scheduled at Southington High School on Friday night and the end of midterms upon them, a good number of Southington students turned out to support the Warrior-Knights at Veterans Memorial Ice Rink, packing in a student section. It was a sight that Cannon and his coaching staff claimed they haven’t seen in a while.

The only two losses on the year for the Warrior-Knights have come against the only two Division II teams the team has faced. The first loss was to the Newington co-op team last month, 4-1.

The Warrior-Knights will be faced with another tough slate of games this week when they host Woodstock Academy (8-2-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and travel to the UConn Hockey Arena to meet up with EO Smith-Tolland (5-2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 30. Woodstock Academy is currently ranked second in the CIAC’s Division III rankings, while EO Smith Tolland is ranked seventh in the Division II rankings.

To comment on this story or to contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at bjennings@southingtonobserver.com.

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