Crowd agrees: Hockey game is best of the season
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
SOUTH WINDSOR -
Currently ranked fourth in Division I hockey, the South Windsor High School Bobcats took on the Glastonbury High School Tomahawks on Jan. 22 at the South Windsor Arena. This was the second game between the teams this season. Glastonburywon the first 3-1.
Before the second game, Glastonburycoach Alex Rodriguez said, “It’ always a good game with South Windsor. We beat them earlier in the season, so maybe it’s time for them to win.” Rodriguez and SWHS coach Neil Rodman are good friends off the ice, and both described the competition between the two teams as friendly rivalry.
“We’ve got a pretty solid team,” noted Rodman, despite missing two of the team’s starters. “It’s naturally a very good rivalry,” he said about the games against Glastonbury. “The kids like to play hard for bragging rights.”
From the beginning of the game, it was clear that the two teams were equally matched in terms of talent and technique. Both teams consistently played with purpose and a clear plan. There were quick turn-arounds with the teams keeping control of the puck as they charged down the ice. Both SWHS goalie Chris Marchi and GHS goalie Chris Hemhauser defended their nets against multiple scoring attempts.
GHS shot the first goal 10 minutes into the first period. Earlier into the second period, it was SWHS’ turn for a score by Nate Waldeisen, assisted by Tom Pease. Only a few minutes later, GHS got its second goal. SWHS’ Tyler Glassman turned the game around with two goals one right after the other, first with an assist by Nate Waldeisen and then unassisted for the hat trick. SWHS picked up its fourth goal in the third period when Glassman raced down the ice, trailed by two GHS skaters. With just under 2 minutes left on the clock, time-out was called. GHS came back hard, pulling their goalie to get a sixth skater on the ice. With only 1 minute and 21 seconds to go, GHS scored their third goal. Excitement was high, both on the ice and in the stands, for the final minute of the game. As the clock ran out, SWHS maintained its lead to win the game 4-3, bringing the team’s record to 9 wins, 2 losses.
“Tylerhad an outstanding night with a hat trick for us,” said Rodman, about left wing Tyler Glassman, “and Chris M. was outstanding in the goal.” In describing his team’s progressive improvements over the season, Rodman noted, “The most important thing on any team is camaraderie. Over the past week, we’ve really come together.”
For more information about the team, visit the website swhshockey.com.
South WindsorHigh SchoolHockey Coach Neil Rodman.
8th season with the team.
About the team: “The most important thing on any team is camaraderie,” said coach Neil Rodman. “Over the past week, we’ve really come together.”
Seniors: Kyle Benson, Tyler Glassman, TroyKremidas, Tom Pease and Nathan Waldeisen.
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