Scoring not a problem for GHS boys hockey team
They have scored a lot while even strength, have registered plenty of power play goals and have even tallied quite a bit in shorthanded situations.
Indeed, no matter what position the Greenwich High School boys ice hockey team has been in so far this season, the goals have come at a pretty rapid pace.
Through nine games, the Cardinals have amassed 62 goals, while yielding only 18. It’s no secret why that at nearly halfway through the season, the Cardinals were sporting a record of 8-1 heading into Friday’s road game against Trumbull.
“Everything is positive right now,” GHS second-year coach Chris Rurak said. “We are putting up a lot of points and winning games. We have been able to find the net, with a lot of different players getting goals and we haven’t allowed that many goals.”
Going into Friday’s game against Trumbull, Greenwich had a 3-1 FCIAC record and was ranked seventh in the state. Since dropping a 3-2 decision to FCIAC rival Darien, the Cardinals defeated Wilton, North Haven and New Canaan, registering 23 goals over the three games. The Cards showed their offensive strength in their 8-5 win over New Canaan. Despite giving up a season-high five goals, their offensive potential was too much for the Rams during this past Monday’s matchup. Three power play goals and a shorthanded tally keyed the team’s victory against the Rams. Though Greenwich’s special teams has flourished it of course, would like to cut down on its penalties.
“We have been getting a lot of penalties and even though we have been getting a lot of shorthanded goals, I don’t know if we can sustain it,” Rurak said. “Having players in the penalty box so much is not how you draw it up to play a game.”
Despite taking their share of penalties, the Cardinals’ penalty-kill has been effective thus far, as their goals against average for the season indicates. Offensively, the squad has been ignited by forward Alex Mozian. The senior has recorded a team-high 13 goals and 15 assists in nine games.
“He is one of the captains and one of the leaders of our team,” Rurak said of Mozian. “He has the ability to make everyone around him better. He wants to win so bad and it shows in how he plays each game.”
Senior Matt Baugher and junior Matt Davey have also powered the Cards up front, along with senior JT Lawrence, sophomore Nikita Kovalev, junior Sean Pratley, Oliver Fulton (senior), and Charlie Graves (junior).
“Our scoring power is impressive and we have been healthy, so everything is clicking offensively,” Rurak said.
In goal, sophomore Ben Nash has emerged as a consistent, dependable force.
“Ben’s game is sound,” Rurak said. “He’s great at cutting down the angle and taking away angles. We have good goalies across our roster.”
Junior Dylan Dreher has also fared well during his time between the pipes, while juniors Nic Pelletier-Martinelli, Dylan Madden, Isaac Cadigan, Andrew Frost and sophomore Ryan Columbo have fortified the team’s defensive effort.
Greenwich’s next big test takes place Saturday when it plays Xavier at Wesleyan University in a 2 p.m. matchup. Xavier is ranked second in the state in Division I.
“Xavier has always given us trouble, so we know it will be a tough game,” Rurak said. “They lost to Fairfield Prep 3-2, so we will need everyone to step up in this game.”