The perseverance of Shepaug Valley High School's undermanned co-op ice hockey team paid off Monday to the tune of a 7-3 victory over neighboring Brookfield/Bethel. Earned amidst bone-chilling temperatures at The Gunnery rink in Washington, the 'W' improved coaches Paul LeTourneau and Mike Gorra 's skaters to 2-6. Steve Sannicandro returned from injury to contribute two goals and two assists and Colby Doyon registered the hat trick and added an assist. John Galinski chipped with a goal and an assist, Colby Chapin and Phil Woodin had assists, and Nick Fredlund found the net for his first high school goal. Freshman goaltender Sam Hylwa of Warren stopped 34 of 37 shots to continue his solid play between the pipes. The Spartans' 15-man roster - comprised of student-athletes from Shepaug, Wamogo and Litchfield - has been depleted by injury in early season, often resulting in the team's strong efforts going for naught when late-game fatigue takes hold. In recent games, Shepaug fell Jan. 10 to visiting Tri-Town, 6-2 (see photographs), and dropped last Friday's match to East Catholic, 6-1. The Spartans' first victory of the season had come on opening night. Hylwa made an auspicious goaltending debut Dec. 8 while backstopping a 4-0 conquest of New Fairfield at the Danbury Ice Arena Through Monday's match, Colby Doyon led the Spartans' scoring with nine goals and two assists, followed by John Galinski with three goals and five assists and Steve Sannicandro with three goals and three assists. Colby Chapin had a goal and three assists, captain Kevin Uniacke and Phill Woodin had two goals and an assist apiece, and Park Goepel had assisted thrice. Sam Hylwa had an impressive 88.5 percent save record in the net. The Shepaug skaters are set to hit the ice tomorrow (Saturday) in Suffield before hosting arch-rival New Milford Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. at The Gunnery.