By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Warrior Knight ice hockey team broke their two-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Bolton-Coventry-RHAM-Rockville in their first home contest of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Although the Warrior Knights recorded a season high of goals scored in a game, it didn’t warrant the approval of their head coach.
“If we had a problem tonight, it was being indecisive,” said Hall-Southington coach Brian Cannon. “We turned over a lot of pucks, we were backing up, and our gaps weren’t good. We were kind of playing in a panic in the first period.”
The Shamrocks scored the first goal of the game early in the first period, but the Warrior Knights answered with three-straight goals. BCR wouldn’t score again until midway through the second period. Hall-Southington finished the game with four-straight goals, including three goals that came with seconds showing on the clock in the second and third periods.
“We have a lot of cleaning up to do,” the coach said. “It’s decision making, being responsible with the puck, and reading and reacting. We’re all in shortage tonight, but we were fighting a team that had the same problems.”
After sitting out the first four games with an injury, sophomore Michael DiPietro scored the hat trick with three goals in his debut, including an assist. The last player to score a hat trick for the Warrior-Knights was Jarod Florian.
“It’s nice to have a kid that has some ability and can be decisive out on the ice,” said Cannon. “He didn’t handle the puck. He skated up to it and shot it, and that’s what we’ve been trying to get across to everyone here.”
Dusty Kilgore, Jacob Herz, Jeremy Fortin, and Sam Kerrigan backed DiPietro with scores as well.
Herz, Kilgore (2), Andrew Mitchell, and Miles Aronow contributed with assists. Zach Monti saved 19 shots on goal. Hall-Southington took 25 shots on goal, and BCR took 21. The Warrior Knights committed four of the five penalties in the game.
“We’re still largely a young, sophomore-heavy team,” the coach said. “I was hoping that we would come flying right out of the gate this year, but we have some growing up to do. It’ll come though.”
Saturday’s home game against EO Smith-Tolland-Windham was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Warrior-Knights will look to keep up their high-powered offense this week when they host East Granby-Enfield-Stafford (0-4-1) on Saturday, Jan. 14. Hall-Southington is currently 2-2-1 overall.