Missed opportunities haunt Wreckers in 6-1 loss

Missed opportunities haunt Wreckers in 6-1 loss

Photos by Jake Navarro '20

The Wreckers fell 6-1 to New Canaan on Wednesday, Jan. 8 in an FCIAC matchup at the Darien Ice House.

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, Staples went into the intermission down 2-1. After a tough first half of the second period, it fell apart for the Wreckers.

“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. 

“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.”