MILTON -- After an assist by Declan Lonergan in the first period of the Saturday afternoon tilt in Milton, Evan Perkins netted his third goal of the young season. Perkins’ contribution would prove to be the lone goal in the Brattleboro boys hockey team’s 1-0 victory over the host Yellowjackets. The win improves the Colonels to 3-4 overall.
Although only seven games into the season, Saturday’s contest appeared to be the Colonels’ most appeasing performance since the start of the season. Led by Greg DiSilva, the netminder was phenomenal in goal alongside the team defense. Coach Eric Libardoni’s hockey team was blocking ramped shots and took away rebound opportunities in front of DiSilva.
"I was very proud at how hard they competed and how hard they worked all game long against a very good Milton team," noted Libardoni on his team’s performance. "We started to mature more as a team and it was nice to see that rewarded."
Shots were about 15-10 after two periods. When the game finally ceased, shots finished 29-12 in favor of Milton. Offensively, both teams struggled to put pucks in the back of the net. The Colonels looked for their rugged defense to ensure the Jackets remained scoreless.
Andy Gadowski, Jon Curtis, Cooper Turner-Renaud, Braxton Lynn and Lonergan all stepped up to the plate for the Colonels and had standout performances defensively. Brennen Zolnoski, who played a much larger role late in the game than he has all year, contributed in the stout defensive performance too.
"It was a big win for us to beat someone who is pretty good and had beaten four teams already," pronounced Libardoni. "We have a lot of work to do to generate more offense but it was a huge step for us defensively as a unit."
The Colonels now have a week of absence to rest up for next Saturday’s matchup against Middlebury Union High School. Libardoni’s band of hockey players will look to turn the page on Saturday’s success in Milton, yet not the facets of the team’s performance. Brattleboro’s compete level was at a season high this weekend, an aspect of the Colonels game which is vital in all phases.
Brattleboro looks to build on their past success to reach a .500 record and move forward on the lengthy season with these tangibles. Coach Eric Libardoni simply hopes his team can