No one knew what it was going to be like for the newly assembled Stamford-Westhill High ice hockey team. How would kids from different schools bond together? How were so many goalies going to be utilized? Our questions have been answered as the team has started the season off with a bang. They are 2-0, being led by goalie Christian Compolattaro, defenseman Gunnar Eriksen, and forward John Nielsen.
The team defeated Stafford in their second game of the year 5-1. Compolatarro gave up a goal in the first 35 seconds of the season. The shot was a snap shot from the face-off circle. But after the miscue on defense, Westhill went on to play a perfect night. Cooper Healy tied the game back up at 1 shortly after. Then, John Nielsen, Griffin Smith, and Owen Killan all found the back of the net later in the game.
“We played well but need to keep the momentum going” sophomore Cooper Healy said.
Westhill will be very successful if their goalies can make clutch saves. During the 2014-15 season, many players were frustrated with team goaltending. Opponents were finding the back of the net way too often. “I don’t know what it is, but I think we are going to have a very good year this year.” Healy continued.
Westhill’s next game is December 26 against East Haven at 1:00 PM. They will return to Stamford for their first home game of the year against Sheehan on December 30. Their first true challenge of the season will be January 16 against Darien High, one of the top teams in the country.