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MILFORD - HYHA Squirt brothers Joseph & Jordan Suppa led their team on and off the ice Sunday in a pair of tough games. Jordan, the young goalie for the squirts, played his heart out in back to back games against strong opponents. His older brother Joe, a center, led the offense for Hamden with a 9 goal day.
Hamden started its day in Milford against the always strong Southern program. “In all honesty it’s a team we should beat,” said Squirt A Coach James Carney. “You try to teach kids at this age the little things, like not looking past a team. They learned a lesson on that today.” continued Carney. Hamden came into the game down 3 skaters and a coach and started the game flat. After a scoreless 1st period Hamden fell behind 2-0 early in the second period. It was at that point the Suppa scoring began. “Joe is one of those kids that never gives up” added Coach Derek Bohan, watching via Livebarn. “Him and his brother really are great kids.” Joe Suppa would end up with a 4 goal game & lead Hamden to a 8-3 come from behind victory. Adding to the offense were a pair of goals by forward Jadi Glazer, including a beautiful one-timer on a feed from Gaetano Buontempo. Buontempo would also add his own goal & two way player Teagan O’Connor would add another to round out the scoring.
Hamden’s second game of the day was against Stamford at the Terry Conners Ice Rink. “It was one of those games that every hockey player goes through. Lots of borderline calls, almost all of them on us. A game that teaches you how hockey might mimic life later, it’s not always fair.” said Coach James Sharples. The game was a back & forth affair & once again Joe Suppa led Hamden’s offense, this time scoring all 5 of Hamdens goals in a 7-5 losing effort. “The score doesn’t really indicate how the game went. Our team defense was right there all game & so was Jordan (Suppa).” said Coach Carney. “For their second game in a couple of hours I loved the way the kids played. They never gave up.” added Carney.
A special shout out also has to go to forward Jadi Glazer and defenseman Derek Bohan. Both young players played the weekend after the recent passing of their respective grandparents.