WESTFIELD – The Southwick High School boys ice hockey team continued its historic inaugural season, welcoming the Greenfield Green Wave to town for the Rams’ first-ever home game as a varsity squad.
Doug Hanieski recorded a hat trick and Greenfield skated past Southwick 9-0 in front of large crowd Wednesday night at Amelia Park Ice Arena.
Greenfield scored five goals in the first period, but were held scoreless in the middle frame. The Green Wave padded their lead in the third period with four additional goals.
“It’s nothing that we’re upset or frustrated about,” Southwick boys ice hockey head coach Chris D’Angelo said. “It’s all stuff we’re going to build upon. We’re already moving forward to tomorrow’s game.”
Southwick suffered some key injuries, but put forth some positive plays.
Jake Martin created a lot of offensive opportunities, with Evan Iglesias working with him to move the puck. Teagan Stannard and Nick Ensign delivered phenomenal defense. Seventh grader Johnny Blase displayed great vision on the ice and patience, outplaying his small stature with a big-time defensive effort helping out against much bigger players.
“We have a good group of kids who are young for the most part,” coach D’Angelo said. “Once they put the pieces together, things will get better. As coaches, we’re looking forward to what they’re going to produce over 18 games. There’s been a tremendous progression already.”
Southwick goalie Andrew Morris finished with 49 saves.
Southwick returns to action Thursday on the road against West Springfield at the Olympia Ice Center. The puck drops at 8:30 p.m.
Guimond, McCoy lead Smith past WTA
Smith Academy 63, Westfield Technical Academy 12
Karlie Guimond and Bailey McCoy scored 10 apiece, Emma Kelly chipped in eight points, Victoria Smiarowski had seven, and four others each had six to lead Smith Academy.
Jaymee Hall led Westfield Tech with four points. Tigers’ Leilani Marsh and Alannis Camacho each collected three.