The Connecticut boys hockey season officially got underway for the 2015-16 season with a doubleheader at Bennett Rink in West Haven. Below you can watch the first game of the night, Staples-Weston-Shelton vs. Amity.
Here’s Monday’s complete game broadcast in high definition. (If you don’t see the player window, click here to watch):
Play-by-play: Rob Adams; Analyst: John Kovach; Director: Eric Gendron
The Staples-Weston-Shelton co-op had a regular-season record of 11-9 last winter, and split two games in the CIAC Division III state playoffs, beating Joel Barlow (Redding-Easton), 4-3, before losing to eventual champion E.O. Smith-Tolland, 5-0, in the quarterfinals.
They return plenty of veterans this year and could contend for the Division III title.
Staples’ standouts include seniors Jesse Greenspun and Ryan Johnson at forward, and senior Ian Offenberg on defense.
Amity struggled at 4-15-1 last year, but in 2013-14, the Spartans were 16-8 and finished as the runners-up in the Division II sate tournament. They lost to Daniel Hand, 5-4, in the final.
Amity is led by senior defensemen Anthony Uscilla and McGovern Deane, and senior forward Graham Hughes.
The second game in the opening night doubleheader, between No. 10 New Canaan and No. 4 Notre Dame-West Haven was also carried at live.HAN.Network. It was schedule to begin at 6 p.m. It will also be available on-demand on Monday night.
After Christmas, HAN has more boys ice hockey with St. Joseph at West Haven on Monday, Dec. 28, at 5 p.m.; and rivals New Canaan and Darien facing off on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m.
Basketball and wrestling make their HAN Network debut in January with Ridgefield vs. Trumbull wrestling on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Danbury vs. Norwalk boys basketball on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.
Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.