The Kingswood Oxford varsity ice hockey team overcame a slow start and rolled to a 9-1 victory over Hamden Hall on Ryan Gordon Hockey Night.
The Wyverns improved to 3-0 with the win on Hockey Night and are 4-0 after a 5-2 victory over Forman on Wednesday. Kingswood Oxford has won its first four games by a combined 30-7.
The final score on Hockey Night was the result of the Wyverns taking over i the final two periods and some stellar goaltending. KO Captain Garth Swanson ’19 started the scoring early with a goal 35 seconds into the opening period assisted by Calvin Beck ’19 and Jack Goa ’19.
Karsten Lang ‘20 and Cool D’Addabbo ’21 added first period goals for the Wyverns, who led 3-1 after the opening session despite being outshot by
Hamden Hall, 18-8. John McLaughlin ‘20 came up big in goal for the Wyverns, stopping 17 of 18 shots in the first period and 38 of 39 shots for the game.
Swanson scored his second goal early in the second off an assist from Aidan Marchand ‘ 20. Shane Dawson ’21 tallied and a second goal by Lang extended the lead to 6-1 entering the third period.
Keifer Jaffee ’21 scored a pair of third period goals and Swanson finished off a Hat Trick to round out the scoring. Aiden Barrusso ’20, Micheal Autorino ’19, Sean Gilland ’22, D’Addabbo and Kyle Frankel ’21 added assists for KO.
“We were stronger in the second period, defensively we improved and outshot them 18-13,” Kingswood Oxford coach John Hissick said. “We were able to over take then lead in shots finishing the game 45-39.”
Kingswood Oxford has started the season on a hot streak but if it wants to continue its success it will have to continue to grow as a team and improve.
“Despite our early success and 4-0 record we have a long ways to go,” Hissick said. “We have to play with more consistency and discipline and be able to execute our systems better. With the exception of our Seniors, we are a young team.
“I am asking some players to do things and play in a way that they may not have in the past. It takes some time and I’ll be patient. We just need to be a bit better everyday.”
As for Hockey Night, the event raised money for Team Tobati and a good crowd was on hand to support the Wyverns.
“Hockey Night was awesome,” Team Tobati and Hockey Night founder Ron Garcia said. “We had a big crowd and the parents did such a good organizing everything. We raised over $5,000 and the students had a fantastic time.”