The Williston boy’s hockey team got off the schneid with a big road–win at Canterbury on Wednesday afternoon, with a 3-2 decision over the Saints.
Both clubs entered the game with a 1-8-1 record and looking to get on the winning side of things. Williston started off the game like mad-men in the defensive zone with Zac Gmerek leading the charge; he would end the day with five blocked shots. Canterbury scored first when a Canterbury defenseman hit a man in front that deflected errantly into goalie, Trevor Corsello, who could not corral the puck. A Saint forward pounced on the rebound giving the Saints a 1-0 lead into the first break.
In the second, and with Williston on the power play, Tyler Varin and William Tripp played catch at the blue line before Tripp sent a quick pass to a wide-open Tommy Harty in the slot who one-timed a low shot that beat Canterbury goalie Cal Skwara between the legs. It was reminiscent of the captain’s two goals against Northwood a month earlier. Williston and Canterbury traded opportunities but ended the period 1-1.
In the third, Williston took the lead at the 2:40 mark of the period when David Novotny worked a puck to Tripp from the halfwall. Trip zipped a quick pass to Varin at the right point who started to drive toward the net and with the patience of St. Stephen waited out a Canterbury defender who slid by looking to block a potential shot; the assistant captain continued toward the net and forced Skwara to drop putting the puck over his shoulder. However, eight minutes later Canterbury scored on a one-timer from the blue line that beat Corsello. The Williston bench was down but quickly pulled themselves up by the metaphorical boot straps and plodded along until less than two minutes later when Novotny got the puck to Jake Sacratini in the corner who skated toward the blue line and around the circle on his backhand, rounded the circle–top, moved the puck to his forehand and slipped a quick shot under the arm of Skwara. It was a dandy of a goal and put Williston up, 3-2, with just under five minutes remaining.
At this point, Williston buckled up the defense and shut down Canterbury for the win. Shots were 28-27, Canterbury. Gmerek earned the game puck for his excellent and focused defense and willingness to block shots.
Williston heads to Sheffield, MA on Saturday to take on the Berkshire Bears at 3:15. If you’re making the trip, flip flops and Hawaiian shirts are encouraged due to the spring-like temps for the weekend. Bring an umbrella though, the heavy stuffs gonna’ be coming down too. Till then.