By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Warrior-Knights had trouble shaking off the rust after a 10-day break. On Saturday, Jan. 14, the locals returned to the West Hartford ice to suffer their third loss of the season, 3-1, to winless Enfield-East Granby-Stafford.
“The kids looked a little stagnant,” said Hall-Southington coach Brian Cannon. “We were worried about this happening, but were hoping that we would break through it and get going.”
After a scoreless first period, the Eagles built a 2-0 advantage heading into the third period with a pair of power play goals.
“Until we took those two penalties in the second period, I thought we had them and were starting to put them on the run,” said Cannon. “Then we stopped any momentum that we had, and it reversed on us.”
Miles Aronow scored Hall-Southington’s lone goal of the game—assisted by Drew Booth—with just under four minutes remaining in the contest. The Warrior Knights tried to work most of their offense from behind the goal, but could not connect on passes in front of the net.
“We were too deep,” said Cannon. “We got ourselves in too tight to the crease. We talked about that between first and second periods.”
Hall-Southington took 26 shots on goal and committed four of the seven penalties in the game. Zach Monti saved 10 shots on goal.
“I don’t fault him for those goals. We were down a man, and they move the puck very quickly up top,” the coach said. “That first goal was a rocket. The second one hit off the kid’s stick and made it through that maze of bodies out in front. Monti never saw it.”
The Eagles finished with 13 shots on goal for the game, but were held to just one shot on goal in the first period. Enfield’s goalie, Mason Holt, saved 25 shots on goal for the Eagles.
“Their goalie looks to be a good goalie,” said Cannon. “We took too many one-dimensional shots. When we didn’t have good shots, we didn’t take smart shots to create rebounds. We missed a lot of shots wide.”
The Warrior Knights will look to get back on track this week when they travel to divisional opponents EO Smith-Tolland-Windham (3-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Wethersfield-Middletown-Rocky Hill-Plainville (6-1) on Saturday, Jan. 21. Hall-Southington is currently 2-3-1 overall.