SLS Puck trounces Kingswood-Oxford in Home Opener

Jason Schwartz ’17, Staff Writer

Last Saturday, the St. Luke’s Varsity Ice Hockey team defeated the Kingswood-Oxford Wyverns 8 to 2 at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, the home rink of SLS.  The Storm out-performed and dominated the Wyverns the entire game, a huge turnaround from last year’s matchup where the Wyverns defeated the Storm 9 to 2.  Saturday’s hockey game saw impressive performances from numerous Storm players.  As starting standout goalie Evan Ruschil ‘18 was absent from the game, backup goalie Andres Falcon ‘19 was put to the test.  Falcon had a great game, only letting in 2 goals.  Although attendance was on the light side for a home opener, that didn’t inhibit St. Luke’s from their fantastic victory.

The Storm started out the game on fire.  Within eight seconds into the first period, Co-Captain Will Foster ‘17 scored with a swift slap shot.  Wing player Will Frossel ‘18 scored the Storm’s second goal, taking a nice shot from a distance. Co-Captain and defender Paul Woodbury ‘17 scored St. Luke’s third and fourth goals; the fourth goal tore low from a distance and went between the Wyvern goalie’s leg pads.  Throughout the first period, the Storm defense excelled at keeping the puck around the Wyvern’s half of the rink. Defenders Co-Captain Paul Woodbury ‘17, Andrew Epprecht ‘17, and Michael Thompson ‘20 had a great performance.

During second period, St. Luke’s continued to pull their 4-0 lead.  Co-Captain Foster scored the Storm’s fifth goal–his second of the game.  Soon afterward, offensive wing player Charlie Whiteley ‘17 scored the team’s sixth goal.  Frossel scored a nice backhanded goal as St. Luke’s seventh goal–his second of the game.  Forward Ryan Neafsey ‘18 scored a shortie goal, putting in St. Luke’s eighth goal. Overall an impressive display of skill on behalf of the Varsity Hockey team!

During the third period, the pace of the game began to slow down as the Storm dominated on defense.  At 8 to 2, the Storm felt more than confident that the dub was theirs.

This victory over the Wyverns puts St. Luke’s at 2-0 for the season.  Their first game was at Canterbury, defeating them 2-1.  Hopefully, the Storm can continue their 2 game winning streak, a great start to a promising season.  Come see the Storm’s next match on Wednesday at 3:45 at Home versus West Haven.

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