The East Haven High School Boys Varsity Co-op hockey team is progressing very well this year in the second season as a co-op team. The team consists of East Haven, Old Saybrook, Morgan, Old Lyme, and Valley Regional High schools. The team has a record of 8-9-2, which is good enough for 16th place in their division. With all the wins and ties, the team now has 34 points. They qualified for states on Saturday, February 9th after tying Woodstock Academy, qualifying them for playoffs for the thirty-third year in a row.
The team is led by captains Chris Giglietti, Logan Hamilton, John Moscato and Alec Speirs. Alec is a junior at Old Lyme High School who joined the team last year, and is now assistant captain this year. He leads the team with thirteen goals. Sophomore, David Amatruda from East Haven High School, is behind Spiers with ten goals. Corey Benni, a sophomore from Old Saybrook, also has eight goals this year.
In a game against Woodstock Academy on February 9th, the final score was 3-3, allowing for the tie. East Haven’s goals were scored by East Haven sophomore Chad Feola and Valley Regional High School senior Ricky Persico. Ricky had two goals in the second period and another goal with 4 seconds left in the third period. This clinched the tie which allowed the team to go to the playoffs for the thirty-third year in a row.
The team is coached by Head Coach Lou Pane who has had the job for 33 years, along with Butch Dilungo (who has coached for 30 years), Billy Demetriades, and Ben Fronte. Fronte, commonly known as “Peesh,” has been an assistant coach for East Haven for 22 years. Fronte became assistant coach because his two sons played youth hockey in East Haven. “I wanted them to play high school hockey just like I did,” said Fronte. Fronte is very impressed with how the team has played this year and hopes they continue their good play for the rest of the season.
Junior goaltender and captain Logan Hamilton has been excellent this year and currently has four shutouts, along with a .930 save percentage. Hockey is a big part of Logan’s life, as he’s been playing since he was five years old and it has been a big part of everything he does. Hockey affects a lot of things in Logan’s life, especially school. “You have to balance everything out because you are on the ice everyday,” said Logan. He also said that the chemistry this year is very good, and that the team has a good group of guys from the co-op.
Ricky Persico is a senior at Valley Regional High school and is very excited to hear that his town was added to the co-op this year. Ricky, like many players on this team, played youth hockey in East Haven. Ricky has 12 points this year after only playing 15 games. “Hockey affects my life because hockey motivates me to push harder in life. I can always remember a time when I was physically drained and I had to push through that,” said Ricky. He has also been playing hockey since he was little and wants to continue to play in college.
Watch out for the East Haven Co-op Boys varsity hockey team because they have been buzzing! The boys varsity Co-op hockey team’s next game is Friday, March 1st against Trumbull High School at Shelton Ice Rink.