WATERTOWN - Back to-back losses marked the end of one year and the beginning of another for the Watertown-Pomperaug co-op ice hockey team, which fell to 2-4-0 with setbacks to Westhill-Stamford and the East Haven co-op.
In their 2020 debut against SCC-SWC Division II rival East Haven at the Mays Rink, the Indians were victimized by a three-goal first period on their way to a 4-1 loss to the Yellowjackets, who improved to 2-3-0 overall while dealing the Indians their first divisional loss in three games.
DOWNHILL AT WESTHILL
Their final game of the calendar year was one to forget for the Indians.
Facing the Westhill-Stamford co-op team at the Terry Conners Rink, the Indians were hit by a tidal wave on December 30, as the Vikings improved to 4-0 with an overwhelming 10-2 victory over the locals, who dropped to 2-3 overall as 2020 dawned.
Leading the onslaught for Westhill was Eddie Zelikman with a three-goal hat trick and four points overall; he was only one of six different players who scored, as the Indians’ woes against Fairfield County Conference teams continued with their third consecutive loss in as many games.
Gavin Dolan scored twice and tacked on three assists, also enjoying multi-point games were Jason Bacco, Tucker Healy, Tyler Tuccinardi, and Aidan Rella, part of a 28-shot attack.
In goal, Eric Osterhus, a freshman, had a relatively easy time of it, stopping 19 of the 21 Indians’ shots on him.
NOTES: The Indians continued their current three-game Mays Rink homestand when they faced Farmington Valley on January 8...The homestand concludes against Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug on Saturday, January 11 at 8 p.m.