Darien boys hockey team tops Greenwich for fifth straight victory
As it is for many area schools, this is exam week for Darien High School, meaning the normally raucous Darien Ice Rink was lacking a student section wielding cow bells and clever chants. The lack of support did not stop the Blue Wave from beating Greenwich 4-1.
Exam time sometimes means players on the team are distracted as well, but the Wave took it all in stride as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
"It is a nice win considering it is exam week and you know how that goes," Darien coach Chris Gerwig said. "I am very pleased with the effort and how we played start to finish. I thought we played three periods of hockey, which we have been trying to do for a while, which we didn't do last week but we did it tonight and the results were what we wanted."
The win was the fifth in a row for the Blue Wave.
Greenwich (2-8) had a few chances early but could not put anything on goal, with several shots sailing wide or high.
Darien (6-3) fired shots at goal too, but was throwing more accurate shots and one eventually slipped through when Dana Wensberg shot the puck at Greenwich goalie Vinny Scorese, who could not secure it and it trickled over the goaline with 7:45 to play in the first period.
Getting the early momentum was a big boost for the Wave against a young Greenwich team.
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"I think it is important because they are young and a little inexperienced," Gerwig said. "If you can jump on them early it takes a little wind out of their sails. I thought we kept constantly coming after them even after we scored a few goals."
The intensity displayed by Darien is something Greenwich coach Bob Russel hopes his team can pick up on moving forward. He also thinks his team can learn the finer points of the game that are the difference between winning and losing most nights in the FCIAC.
"Yeah sure. They don't have a play so they fire hard at our defensemen and when it bounced off they were the first one to the puck because their forwards were already moving," Russel said. "The biggest take away is that they passed harder and shot harder and when they didn't have a play they put it up the boards harder and they got to the net hard. Those are important things for us to do and if we are going to win hockey games, we have to do it."
The Wave wasted little time opening the game up in the second period on back-to-back goals by Brendan Hathaway.
Hathaway feels the Blue Wave are hitting their stride during their current winning streak.
"It is a nice win, we are 6-3 now," Hathaway said. "It feels good to be on a little streak. We were playing well offensively and all we needed to do was put one in."