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Greenwich Hockey Topped by Speedy Darien, 4-1

GREENWICH, Conn. – The rebuilding process continues for a young Greenwich High boys hockey team. The Cardinals had plenty of scoring opportunities against a red-hot Darien squad, but several of their shots went wide or high. Two early Darien goals sucked the life out of Greenwich as the Cardinals fell, 4-1.

“Those first two goals were ones we probably should have stopped and when you go down like that it’s harder for our guys to buy in,” Greenwich head coach Bob Russel said. “Our biggest takeaway from this is Darien shot harder, passed harder and when they didn’t have a play they put it off the boards harder. We can learn from all those things they did.”

Greenwich came out strong in the first with several chances on net, but could not crack Darien goalie Max Rothston. A couple of unlucky breaks were all it took to sink the Cardinals.

Dana Wansberg ripped a slap shot from the point that deflected off of Greenwich goalie Vinny Scorese and trickled into the net. The Blue Wave got a little lucky again when Alec Foresta re-directed a Brendan Hathaway slapshot that just barely slipped through Scorese’s five-hole less than two minutes into the second period.

Darien scored its next two goals with more authority. Hathaway nearly faked Scorese out of his pads on a breakaway that put Darien up 3-0. George Gregory capped the Darien scoring on a one-timer from Nick Bruno with three minutes to play.

Greenwich finally got on the board midway through the third on a goal by Tommy Green.

“We had one or two good shifts right out of the chute, but as the intensity goes up guys lose their composure,” Russel said. “We have to get the guys to buy in. Just getting them to be consistent is hard right now.”

Greenwich (2-8) will take on Wilton next Wednesday at the Winter Garden in Ridgefield for an 8 p.m. game.

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