GREENWICH, Conn. The inexperience of the Greenwich High boys hockey team was fully exposed Thursday night as it took the ice with only six seniors on roster and an entirely new defensive unit. The Cardinals were outshot 34-12 and suffered a 5-0 loss to West Haven at Dorothy Hamill Rink.
I thought there would be some growing pains tonight, Greenwich head coach Bob Russel said. I sort of look at this as the starting point. It was the first game for a lot of these guys and I think we have a clearer picture now of what we need to work on.
Greenwich struggled to create opportunities on offense. The Cardinals managed just three shots on goal in the first period. West Haven effectively forced Greenwich to take almost all their shots from tough angles as the Cardinals could not seem to get a body in front of the net all night.
Greenwich played much of the game shorthanded with almost as many penalties as it had in shots. The Cardinals were penalized 10 times, and three West Haven goals came on power plays.
The Cardinals did find one positive to take away from the game. Their new netminder, Vinny Scorese, racked up 29 saves. While the game got away from Greenwich in the third period, Scorese was huge in the first and second periods, keeping his team in striking distance.
Were not happy with the score, but it could have been a lot worse. Vinny was great in goal, especially in the first period, Russel said. And its hard enough to beat this team at even strength. Were sure not going to beat them if we spend 20 minutes in the penalty box.
Greenwich will have another tough test in its second game on Saturday when it travels to Bennett Rink to take on Notre Dame-West Haven. The puck drops at 5:30 p.m.
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