Before the regular season begins, teams play scrimmage games so the coaches can evaluate how the players perform and to give the boys and girls an opportunity to get out there and hone their skills against actual opponents.
The Amity Varsity Hockey team won it’s first scrimmage against Newtown 4-2 on Wednesday then on Friday, they went up against the division 1 Hamden Green Dragons.
Prior to the game, head coach Gary Lindren said this year’s team showed promise. Of course in the pre-season they are still finding their way, but he believes the 2015-16 Spartans will get into the playoffs.
Lindgren said Hamden is an excellent team and that Amity would have to work hard against them.
As an observer, I noticed that the players had some mad skills. They are faster on the ice than last year and work well together as a team.
Even though they lost this match-up 6-0, the Spartans held their own against the Green Dragons for the majority of the game. It took 9 minutes of play time before Hamden got onto the scoreboard, and that says a lot for Amity.
I think the coach is right, this team can go far this season. They hit the ice again today (Saturday, Dec. 12) at the Edward L. Bennett Rink – West Haven at 3:45 p.m. Come and witness for yourself what the buzz is all about.
After Friday’s game, Asst. Coach Mike Richetelli said this was the team’s third day on the ice and they were still getting their “feet wet.” He said Hamden is a solid division 1 team and it was good for Amity to play them and see what they could do. “We still have a lot to do, and we’ll see how far we can go,” he said.