Hall-Southington ice hockey struggling to score consistently

Published on Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:56
Written by SHELBY IAVA


NEWINGTON - The Hall-Southington boys ice hockey team can shoot, there’s no doubt about that, but the question is, if they can they score consistently enough to contend for a state championship.

Wednesday night against Newington-Berlin, the Warrior-Knights took 49 shots on net to score four goals. In the first period alone, they took 19 shots and didn’t find the back of the net once.

"We're not a particularly good scoring team," Hall-Southington head coach Brian Cannon said earlier in the season. "We can go out [and] play pretty hard, defend, battle well, but we've never been a great scoring team and that's where it gets us.”

It proved costly as the Warrior-Knights fell to the rival Indians 5-4 in overtime to drop to 10-5-1 on the season.

“[Newington] came in with a strong plan, they executed it and our kids didn’t respond to it well,” Cannon said. “They never got going on the way they’re supposed to play and you end up with a close game.”

“We had good pressure throughout all periods, but we just couldn’t finish,” senior forward Graham Kennedy said. “We didn’t move the puck through the neutral zone, so that limited our ability to enter the offensive zone.”

Hall-Southington has struggled in taking advantage of scoring chances since the season began.

In the season opener against Tri-Town, the Warriors-Knights controlled possession of the puck for almost 80 percent of the game, but scored just twice on a whopping 49 shots.

“We came out of the gate with some really bad performances,” Cannon said. “And we had some performances that we absolutely dominated, but we just couldn’t put the puck in the net.”

In order to make their postseason run as long as last year’s, when they made it to the Division III title game, the Warrior-Knights are going to need to find that consistency.

Now in Division II, Hall-Southington will need to be even better with the team facing a different level of competition.

“We need to play a full game,” Kennedy said. “We can’t give up in the end [like we did on Wednesday]. We need to keep pushing toward the playoffs and keep our momentum going.”

Shelby Iava can be reached at (860) 801-5096 siava@newbritainherald.com

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington on Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:56. Updated: Thursday, 15 February 2018 22:58.