WEST HARTFORD - Starting the season 0-1 was not something the Hall-Southington ice hockey team had in mind.
After falling 3-2 on Saturday to Tri-Town, the Warrior-Knights know they have plenty to work on before they travel to Enfield next Saturday.
“Shoulda, coulda, woulda,” Hall-Southington head coach Brian Cannon said. “I’m not disappointed in the game that the kids played. They played pretty well. They controlled 80 percent of the game. I don’t think Tri-town had three minutes in our zone across the whole spread of the game.
“But, they got the bigger number on the scoreboard. It’s a little disappointing and frustrating, because I thought we thoroughly controlled the game from start to finish.”
Although the Warrior-Knights controlled most of the game, the ending was less than satisfying. Hall-Southington took 49 shots on goal, but only two found the back of the net.
What was interesting about the two goals is they weren’t scored by leading scorers such as Michael DePietro or newcomer Jacob Albert, they were both scored by defender Andrew Booth.
“Drew Booth is just the lowest key player,” Cannon said. “He’s not beautiful; he is a plumber, a smart plumber. He’s got good intellect. He’s not pretty, he just gets the job done and he refuses to get beat. If someone gets a step on him, it’s very rare they keep a step on him.”
“He won’t be a leading scorer,” the head coach added, “but he will contribute. He’s got too much defensive responsibility to be a leading scorer.”
As for DePietro and Albert, the chemistry displayed on the ice was present during Saturday’s game.
“That’s two pretty talented players right there. That’s what we were hoping for,” Cannon said. “When we heard that [Albert] was going to come play his senior year here, we knew he was a talented player. We hadn’t even seen him play, but we knew we had someone who could grind on the ice and play.”
“[DePietro] has been doing a good job,” Cannon said. “Last year was really his break in. He had to fight off some injuries at different times in the season and whatnot, but he’s got some talent.”
The Warrior-Knights also have Miles Arnow, who plays with authority and power. Arnow assisted on one of the two goals in Saturday’s game.
“The three of them, they’re like little hornets out there, and they have the ability to score. They just needed to do it more [Saturday],” Cannon said. “We needed everybody to score, [it] shouldn’t just be on their shoulders. We’ve got three lines that can play with nearly anybody and we have a fourth line that can play reliably in most situations.”
“I think we had great effort,” Booth added. “I think we need to capitalize on the opportunities that we had, but overall we had a great game. I think this is the only time this season we’ll have a losing record.”
Next Saturday, Hall-Southington will travel to Enfield, where they’ve had little to no luck in the past. Last season, the Warrior-Knights saw the Eagles twice, with one 3-1 loss and one 3-3 tie, and they’re looking for a better outcome.
But will they be able to do it?
“We can’t seem to put a game together [against] a team that beat us twice last year,” Cannon said. “So here they go from a disappointment [Saturday’s loss] to a tough situation. We’ll see how they respond.”
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