Wahconah hockey beats Mount Everett 5-1 at Boys & Girls Club
PITTSFIELD -- Five goals is a good thing for a hockey team. Five goals should win you a game.
There's always room for improvement, though -- and Wahconah coach Don Disbrow saw that room in the Warriors' 5-1 win over Mount Everett on Wednesday night.
"I always want these guys playing at a higher speed," he said. "We've really got to start finishing more. Their goalie played well, and defensively, they dug deep and tried to block some shots, and keep us to the outside.
"We got our chances; I think we could put some more in."
Devon Battaini put two in for Wahconah (3-3) at the Boys & Girls Club. Pat Jamross, Nate Lapine and Lance McColgan also picked up goals for the Warriors.
Wahconah, which won the last three Hennessy League championships, was up 4-0 midway through the second period. That certainly made goalie Nico Romano's night a little easier -- though he was equal to the task, stopping all but one shot he faced. (Save totals were not kept by either team.)
Romano was in just his second varsity game. He's filling in for Roger Stedman, who is nursing a concussion suffered at the Rabbit Graves Holiday Tournament last month in Greenfield.
"He wasn't bad," Disbrow said. "The one goal he let in was kind of screened, and it was a pretty hard shot. His angles were good. ... Overall, he did pretty well for his second varsity game."
Battaini scored Wahconah's first two goals -- one in the first period and another in the second.
"The first one, the puck just came out from the D and I just put it top shelf," he said. "The second one, I saw the puck squirt out. ... I knew I could tip it if it got through Everett's [defense]. I just put a stick on it and it went in."
Jacob Malicky got Mount Everett (0-5) on the board just past the 10-minute mark of the second period, scoring on assists from center Aaron Norton and right wing Kyle Smith.
Eagles coach Aidan Gilligan has changed up the lines the last few games to see what his team can produce. He liked the effort he saw, but knows that much still has to improve in order to find the win column.
"We had a few shots ring off the post tonight, so it's not that we didn't have some good quality opportunities," Gilligan said. "They just didn't find the back of the net."
Gilligan added that he felt Wahconah moved the puck better than Mount Everett in the second and third periods, giving the Warriors more scoring chances.
"They made a lot of tape-to-tape passes, and they were able to get us out of position in terms of our forechecking," he said. "We got three guys deep a couple of times, and that turned into some odd-man rushes.
"They outnumbered us in front of our own net, which was definitely something that led to a couple of their goals."
Disbrow, though, thinks this is a tougher Eagles team than he's seen in previous years.
"I think a lot of their kids have grown up," the coach said. "The last couple of years, we've been playing [against] underclassmen. I haven't looked at their roster, but they seemed bigger, faster and more skilled."
Wahconah 5, Mount Everett 1
Everett 0 1 0--1
Wahconah 1 3 1--5
W -- Devon Battaini (Brett Pecor), 4:40
W -- Battaini (Pecor), 4:06
W -- Pat Jamross (Dan Flynn), 5:27
W -- Nate Lapine (Flynn, Andrew Beaudoin), 8:35
ME -- Jacob Malicky (Aaron Norton, Kyle Smith), 10:03
W -- Lance McColgan (Beaudoin), 6:24
Goalies: ME -- Jonah Swotes. W -- Nico Romano.
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