HAMDEN—The Hamden boys hockey team has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and one reason has been its depth on offense and balanced scoring.
In the Green Dragons’ first two wins against FCIAC powers Darien and New Canaan, Tyler Routh was the offensive standout in both games. In a win against SCC/SWCDivision I rival Notre Dame-West Haven, the Gethings brothers — John, Mike and Conor — dominated.
On Saturday, senior forward Mason Boyhen was the offensive star with a hat trick and an assist to lead No. 8 Hamden to a 7-3 SCC/SWC Division I win over No. 4 Xavier at Astorino Rink.
With the score tied at 2, Boyhen scored two late goals in the first period to give the Green Dragons a lead they never relinquished.
“It’s early in the season and we always take it one game at a time,” Hamden coach Todd Hall said. “At this stage it’s been a combination of things contributing to our success. Our defense has been doing a great job of keeping the puck away from the front of our net. Our depth has also shown on offense with balanced scoring.
“It’s been a different guy stepping up on offense every game. Today, statistically speaking, Boyhen had his best game of the season and led us on offense. Our goalie (Steven Turner) has also been making some big saves and has played well in every game.”
In the first period, Zach Owens and Mike Gethings gave the Green Dragons (4-0) a 2-0 lead. Xavier’s Anthony DiPreta scored at 3:55 and Aden Hotchkiss scored at 4:29 to tie the game at 2 for the Falcons (2-2).
Boyhen responded with a power-play goal at 12:39 and scored off a rebound with 18 seconds left in the first period for a 4-2 Hamden lead in the first intermission.
“Getting that two-goal lead back was big for us,” Boyhen said. “But I’ve been playing here since my sophomore year and I’ve learned there are a lot of peaks and valleys within each game and in the season overall. We work hard in practice and no matter what the score is we always carry over that work ethic in our games.
“This was a very big win for us today and going 4-0 has been a lot of fun. But it’s early and we still have to keep working hard.”
Xavier’s Evan Pace was able to cut the lead to 4-3 off a shot from the rightr circle at 8:06 of the second period. But a goal by Mike Gethings 26 seconds later, a goal by Alexander Ponzio at 9:05 and Boyhen’s third goal with 46 seconds left in the period gave Hamden a 7-3 lead and the Falcons never recovered.
“The problem today is we gave up two goals early and we didn’t come ready to play,” Xavier coach Dan DeConti said. “When we were down 4-2 we weren’t out of it and we actually we got back in it when we cut their lead to 4-3. We just couldn’t get that tying goal.”
Turner ended up with 22 saves and Jake Woznyk had 24 for the Falcons.