The Williston boys hockey team boarded the mini busses on Wednesday and headed down to New Milford, CT to take on the Canterbury Saints in a rematch of their December 12th game. In this go-round, Williston got the better of the Saints, winning 6-4.
Williston got on the board early in the first period when Brendan Nehmer worked hard in the corner to work a puck to the right point to Alex Berg who played a little pinball with a shot that hit a number of Canterbury sticks and deflected past goalie, Cal Skwara. The goal was the Floridian’s first of the year.
Williston got their second goal of the game when Brendan Nehmer poke checked a Canterbury forward trying to skate the puck out of the zone. As Nehmer grabbed the puck, he drove to inside the right circle and let a pass go cross-crease that was tipped in neatly by Jake Sacratini giving the ‘Cats a 2-0 lead after the first.
In the second, Canterbury found their way coming out strong and scoring a goal three minutes into the frame. Williston scored the next two goals; the first coming off a Shaul Mitton faceoff win in the Canterbury zone that went back to Jack Purcell who let a Chicago-clapper go from the top of the left circle. Fans who were there said that the shot reminded them of the butterflies known to frequent Rochester, New York’s Lilac Festival in early May.
Jake Sacratini got his second goal of the game when some crafty maneuvering below the circle tops saw Tommy Harty work a puck to Brendan Nehmer who made a pass on the Canterbury crease where Sacratini took a swipe at the puck only to have it kicked in by an opposing defenseman. Then, with under a minute-and-a-half remaining, Canterbury cut the lead to two.
In the third, Canterbury scored two goals, tying the game at the 7:04 mark. However, Williston put the screws to the Saints when Tommy Harty and David Novotny worked hard in the deep left corner of the Canterbury zone working a puck to a streaking Tim Rego who buried the puck just five feet from the goal past Skwara replacement, Connor Cherry. Brandon Barrett sealed the deal when Shaul Mitton put on a hard forecheck forcing a turnover that Brandon Barrett was able to collect behind the Canterbury net. With the patience of a monk, Barrett crept from behind the goal line and found daylight through a minute hole that beat Cherry. Chippy play at the end of the game was no match for Williston as they sealed the win.
Williston outshot Canterbury, 31-30. Barrett earned the game puck for his diligent efforts all game and his more than timely goal.
This Friday, Deerfield (our neighbors to the north) come to visit the Lossone Ice Palace. Williston will be honoring those in our armed services in military appreciation night. The Williston team will be wearing military inspired jerseys and socks in honor of those men and women who serve and who have served. There will be raffles and other fun activities throughout the game. Please come on down and support the Wildcats and the United States Military.