The New Milford hockey team, a boys' squad that includes Megan Almeida (read more about her in our Athlete Spotlight here) is enjoying a solid start to the campaign. Camaraderie and teamwork have been the biggest ingredients for success.
Despite losing several key players to graduation a year ago, the Green Wave has gotten off to a fast start, winning five of its first six games.
"We have a young group of kids that really have had to step up and learn how to win," Coach Scott Capriglione said. "They've come along pretty quickly. They're playing as a unit.
"Everybody's had to step up this year. They trust each other, they're friends. The team chemistry is probably the biggest thing," Capriglione added.
Even the goaltending, typically led by a primary netminder, has been a collaborative effort with Logan Lucas and Lee Conlu splitting time between the pipes.
"They've kept us in every game," said Capriglione, whose group has allowed three or fewer goals in every game thus far.
Although the effort has been spread out, Logan Maciel and Ian Donahue have led the offense, and what Capriglione refers to a "team defense" is built around the senior leadership of Cam Schopfer and Sean Donahue, Ian's twin brother.
Ryan Parker and Logan Maciel scored in a 2-1 win over Newtown at Danbury Ice Arena on January 8. The Wave has twice lit the lamp a half-dozen times in a game, doing so in a blanking of Masuk and a 6-1 triumph over Trinity Catholic of Stamford. The other wins were a 3-2 edging of the East Haven co-op and a 4-2 win over Newtown. New Milford's lone loss was a 3-1 setback to North Haven.