Green Wave skaters bow out with pride
NMHS ice hockey closes the books on 15-6-1 campaign
The New Milford High School ice hockey team recently saw the curtain fall on a memorable 2013-14 season.
Coach Dan Moore's Green Wave didn't make the run for state Division II tournament laurels it had hoped, but the NMHS skaters nevertheless finished with an admirable 15-6-1 record.
Second-seeded Amity Regional quietly ended the locals' campaign March 14 with a 4-1 decision in the state quarterfinals.
The Green Wave had previously dispatched Rockville/Bolton/Lyman Memorial/Coventry, 4-2, to advance to the Round of Eight.
During the regular season, NMHS had posted a 6-4 record in the Southern Connecticut Conference, a first-year conglomerate of South-West Conference and shoreline clubs.
Moore's skaters were led by senior goaltender Nick Capriglione, who earned a 2.03 goals per game average while backstopping his team to an impressive 88-42 goals for/against advantage.
The balanced offense featured Steven Berry with 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points, Cole Case with 12 goals and 22 assists, Harrison O'Connell with 21 goals and nine assists, Logan Doud with nine goals and 17 assists, Blaine McMahon with eight goals and 16 assists and Tommy Nisco with six goals and 11 assists.
Coach Moore and Co. will have significant holes to fill next winter as seniors Nick Capriglione, Jack Laucius, Ryan Kelley, Harrison O'Connell, Steven Berry, Cole Case and reserve goaltender Andre Beaudoin have played their final NMHS games.
The Class of 2014 crew and their teammates combined over the past two seasons for an overall 28-11-3 record.
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