Staples/Weston/Shelton goalie Zach Bloom stayed a couple of steps ahead of the opposition in posting his fourth shut-out of the season in the Wreckers’ 3-0 boys ice hockey win over East Haven at the East Haven Memorial Rink.
Bloom, a sophomore from Westport, made 22 saves and lowered his goals-against average to 2.07 through 13 games. His glove save off of a high-rising shot from the Yellow Jackets’ Joe Alio midway through the first period, while the game was still scoreless, was a momentum-builder for the Division III Wreckers.
“That save helped me for the rest of the game,” Bloom said. “East Haven was coming at us. This is another big win for us just like our victory on Saturday night over Westhill-Stamford (3-2).”
Despite 21 shots overall with 14 of them being on net, the Wreckers were only able to gain a 1-0 first-period lead. The goal came from defenseman Billy Hutchison, whose shot from just inside the Easties’ blue-line escaped the grasp of goalie Matt Twarowski and hit the upper part of the net. The goal came at 13:55 after the Yellow Jackets failed to clear the puck while in transition.
Ryan Johnson of Shelton made it a 2-0 lead just 20 seconds into the second period when he located a loose puck out in front and batted home a backhander. Assists on the score went to Jesse Greenspun and James Beirne.
After making five saves in the opening period, Bloom was unstoppable in the second as he cleared away 11 East Haven attempts. East Haven out-shot SWS, 11-6, in the middle session.
Ron Purgay’s power-play goal at 4:15 of the third closed out the scoring for the Wreckers who’ve scored five or more goals in seven of their nine wins. Evan Mancini and Sebastien Zeman got assists on Purgay’s goal.