WHS-PHS Co-op Hockey: Cheshire Comes Out a 5-1 Winner

HIT JOB - Alone against the boards can be a lonely place for a hockey player, especially when an opposing player is closing in to deliver a potentially bone-rattling body check, as Watertown-Pomperaug’s Bob LaBonia (27) is about to do during a game at the Mays Rink. (Dreher photo)


WATERTOWN - The Watertown-Pomperaug co-op ice hockey team closed out the 2021 portion of their schedule with a holiday week game at Cheshire on December 28, one day earlier than planned, as their scheduled game against Westhill-Stamford on December 29 at the Mays Rink was postponed.

If all goes well, W-P was scheduled to begin 2022 against Farmington Valley at the Avon Old Farms Jennings Rink on January 5.

For the second straight game, the W-P offense could muster up only one goal as the locals dropped  5-1 decision to previously-winless Cheshire High School at the Astorino Rink in Hamden on December 28.

It was a rare game in which W-P wore it’s home white uniforms as the Rams held what their twitter account called a “Black Out Game” in which they wore their all-black uniforms. 

It wasn’t for lack of trying that the locals scored only once as they ran into a hot goalie in Rams senior Amaan Chaudhry who kept the W-P offense at bay, making great saves, including a trio during one third period sequence.

In all, W-P kept the heat on, outshooting Cheshire, 39-28, but only freshman defenseman AJ Delcarmine was able to beat him.

Leading Cheshire with two goals was forward Colin Veivia, enabling the Rams to win the contest between the SCC-SWC Division II rivals.

                  1 2 3  T

WHS-PHS   0 1 0 1

Cheshire     1 2 2 5

STILL AHEAD/SUBJECT TO CHANGE: After the game against Farmington Valley, W-P will play three straight games at home which will take them to the midpoint of the 20-game schedule...Visiting the Mays Rink will be Immaculate High School of Danbury on Saturday, January 8 at 8 p.m., Lyman Hall H.S. of Madison on Saturday, January 15 and North Haven High School on Monday, January 17, with both games scheduled for 7:30 p.m. faceoffs.

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