Eagles/Tomahawks/Bobcats girls' hockey team off to great start
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury/South Windsor/Manchester - posted Fri., Jan. 10, 2014
The ETB (Eagles/Tomahawks/Bobcats) girls' hockey team - in its second year of sanctioned play with members from Glastonbury, South Windsor and East Catholic high schools - is off to an undefeated start. After the team’s 6-1 win over Daniel Hand, coach Frank Usseglio said his team is solid with four seniors, a smattering of juniors and a slew of freshmen and sophomores, including two frosh goalies.
“We’re pretty fast and pretty deep, compared to a lot of the other teams,” he said. “I’ve got three even and solid lines. You can’t always get that consistency in high school hockey, so I think we’re a pretty talented group. Passing, shooting, skating – we do it all well.”
Standouts include seniors Monica Darby and left wing Taylor Hallisey, who are the team’s co-captains, junior Maggie Chernovetz, and sophomores Mary Kate Thompson and Maggie Hallisey.
The team is always looking to improve, and Usseglio said all areas of the game are worked on in practices. “A lot of these girls are really good players on their own,” he said, “so we work on working together as a team, because that’s how we’ll get better.”
ETB, playing as a non-sanctioned club prior to the 2012-13 season, struggled in year one. The team plays in Division I of the SCC conference (the only other girls’ conference is the FCIAC). ETB plays its home games at the Newington Ice Arena.
Usseglio said his team’s hopes are to make the conference and state tournaments, and their record, as well as early wins against top-ranked teams including Darien, would seem to indicate that they are well on their way. The players’ attitudes, the coach said, have been excellent.
“They’re a great group of girls,” he said. “They’re fantastic, and that translates well – they communicate well on the ice.”
ETB will host North Haven on Jan. 17 and then travels to Hamden on Jan. 22.
For a complete schedule, visit www.ciacsports.com.