Missed opportunities haunt Wreckers in 6-1 loss by: Ethan Frank '20

Darien -- The Staples Wreckers boys’ hockey team fell 6-1 to Division I New Canaan on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Wreckers, a Division III team, held their own for a period and a half before the train came off the rails.

After matching a New Canaan goal with 6:55 left in the first period on a shot by Owen Sherman ’21, they went into the intermission down 2-1. After a tough first half of the second period, it fell apart for the Wreckers.

The Staples Wreckers in the beginning minutes of the games as they looked to take down their first division one opponent in New Canaan. Photos taken by: Jake Navarro '20

“I thought we didn’t go for every loose puck as hard as we could,” captain Alex Goodman ’20 said.

After having two power-play opportunities at the beginning of the second period and not capitalizing, the Wreckers lost a step and New Canaan went on the offensive. With two goals in the span of 1:41 at the end of the second period, the Wreckers fell behind by three and could not overcome it.

The Wreckers in between periods after getting off to a slow start being down 2-1 after the first. Photos taken by: Jake Navarro '20

“It is unfortunate that we have to play DI teams,” captain Jake Glickman ’20 said, “but we have to play who’s on the schedule and try to get a win.”

On the positive for the Wreckers, goalie Graham Day ’21 had many key saves throughout the game that kept them in it for a while.

Next, the Wreckers take on rival Joel Barlow at home (Milford) on Saturday, Jan. 11. They will return to the Darien Ice House on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to take on Darien.

“That’s really the key of hockey,” Goodman said, “one loose puck and you lose.”

The Wreckers lost 6-1 in their first matchup against a division 1 team. Photo taken by: Jake Navarro '20