Staples boys ice hockey routs Stamford
Published 7:17 pm, Saturday, January 17, 2015
Staples-Weston-Shelton boys hockey coach Todd Sharinn wanted a response after team didn't perform up to expectations in a wild 5-4 win over Wilton on Wednesday.
The offense certainly answered the bell, eclipsing the double-digit mark by scoring early and often.
Freshman sensation Sam New netted one of his three goals in the opening minute, setting the tone for Staples in a high-scoring 11-5 win over Stamford on Saturday at the Milford Ice Pavilion.
"I would like to have not given up five goals, but the offense produce clearly," Sharinn said. "The kids spread it out they kept the puck moving they kept their feet moving; I can't complain."
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Seven different players scored goals for the Wreckers (6-3), who have won four of their last five games behind an excellent first line.
"It obviously looks really good," New said of the top line. "In practice it flows really well, were doing really well in drills, connecting on passes really well and it's leading to good things."
Ryan Johnson, New and Jesse Greenspun combined for 11 points Saturday and have driven an offense that's averaged 5.1 goals per game so far this season. New leads the team with 18 goals in nine games.
"(New is) a very talented player," Sharinn said. "He skates fast has great hands and has a knack for finding the back of the net."
New, Johnson and Casten Ernberg scored first period goals to give Staples a 3-1 lead heading into the locker room.
The Black Knights stayed in the game early on with their effectiveness on the power play. Chris Clemenson scored a 5-on-3 goal midway through the second period to pull to within 5-3. Stamford still had over a minute of power play time, but Greenspun scored a shorthanded goal to extinguish any momentum the Black Knights had.
Staples pushed the lead to 8-3 late in the second period with two goals in eight seconds by New and Sam Zaritsky.
Zaritsky had two goals and assist for Staples, while Ryan Johnson had a goal and two assists. Ryan Purgay, Sebastien Zeman and Johnson added third period goals for Staples, while Stamford scored the last two goals.
"They will never quit," Stamford coach Doug Robinson said of his team. "Whether they're down 20-0 or up 20-0, they're taught that way; it's in their genes. We're a little light in numbers; by the end of the 45 minutes they got nothing left in the tank."
Next up for the Wreckers is a trip on Tuesday to Division I Greenwich, which lost to Staples 4-3 a year ago.
"The kids were more alive, clearly more cognizant," Sharinn said. "But still not there, especially with games like Greenwich and Ridgefield coming up; they are going to have to step it up a bit. I am happy they played as hard as they did."
Staples co-op 11, Stamford 5
STAMFORD 1 2 2--5
STAPLES 3 5 3--11
Records: Stamford 2-8, 0-3 FCIAC; Staples 6-3, 2-1.
Goals: Stam--Andrew Kydes 3, Chris Clemenson 2; Stap--Casten Ernberg, Ryan Johnson 2, Sam New 3, Sam Zaritsky 2, Jesse Greenspun, Ryan Purgay, Sebastien Zerman. Assists: Stap--Evan Mancini, New, Greenspun 2, Zaritsky, Johnson 2, R.J. Gupta, Matthew Bidgood, Ernberg. Goalies: Stam--Connor McDonough (8 saves), Colin Rella (11 saves); Stap--Angus Fuori (15 saves). Shots: Stam--20; Stap--30.