Backup goaltender Belair stepped up big for Newington-Berlin ice hockey

Published on Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:53
Written by SHELBY IAVA


NEWINGTON - Adam Belair stood around the net Wednesday evening as he watched his team warm up on the ice.

The backup goaltender would be a major factor in helping Newington-Berlin beat Hall-Southington in overtime and he didn’t even know it.

“Adam hasn’t played as much this year, but we have a lot of confidence in him,” Indians head coach David Harackiewicz said. “He’s a senior, he’s an athletic kid and he’s always the center around the puck. He’s confident in the net and he always knows where the puck is going to be.”

In the game, the Warrior-Knights took 49 shots. Belair saved all but four as Newington-Berlin won 5-4.

“I give most of the credit to the guys who were out there skating,” Belair said. “Giving up four goals in the second period and then coming back strong in the third, and winning in overtime, it was a great game.”

Belair first started playing hockey when he was 8 years old and split time between playing goaltender and skating on the ice growing up.

But it wasn’t until he got to high school when Beliar was leading toward playing between the pipes full time.

“I had to make the decision before the season started,” Belair said. “I love skating out and I love playing in goal so the decision was really hard. My parents kept pestering me for weeks to make a decision.”

Now, with the help of Belair, the Indians are currently on a four-game win streak. And Newington-Berlin plans on keeping up its momentum as the season winds down with five games left in the regular season.

“I think that is mostly because of the positivity that these guys have been bringing to the ice,” Belair said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Newington on Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:53. Updated: Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:55.