The Staples\/Weston\/Shelton co-op hockey team took a step in a positive direction Saturday night with a one-sided 8-2 victory over a short-handed Lyman Hall\/Haddam-Killingworth team at the Milford Ice Pavilion. It was a rebound effort for the Wreckers following a 9-3 loss to Newington\/Berlin\/Rockville in the team\u2019s opening game. The 1-1 winners got two goals each from Ryan Garwicki and Wyatt Fern. Along with his two goals, Fern and Steve Schulman added two assists. Shelton\u2019s Owen Egledrum had a goal and one assist and Sean Stewart had an assist. Overall, however, head coach Ralph Unker wasn\u2019t all that pleased with his team\u2019s performance. \u201cI think we\u2019re still in a little bit of a funk,\u201d said Unker, about his team that is playing at the Division II level. \u201cWe were much better in the pre-season. We had wins over the Division two finalist Branford) and over a Division one team in North Haven. \u201cWe\u2019re still making mistakes. Luckily tonight we were on the good side.\u201d Lyman Hall, which became a co-op partner this year, when Haddam\/Killingworth produced players, saw its record fall to 0-2. The Trojans were only able to dress 13 players and their goalie Jason Culmane stopped 13 of 21 shots. This was a lackluster effort,\u201d said the team\u2019s head coach Tim Belcher. \u201cWe just didn\u2019t come ready to play. That was the bottom line. This wasn\u2019t close to a 45-minute effort from our players.\u201d Both of the Trojans\u2019 goals were scored by Boomer DeMorrow, a player from the H-K school. Derek Nussbaum got the Wreckers started, scoring at 1:03 of the opening period and Garwicki\u2019s first score, off of a rebound, upped the local\u2019s lead to 2-0 at 11:36. Garwicki\u2019s second goal, which came at 14:31, was a high-rising wrist shot from just inside the blueline that eluded Culmane and got in slightly under the cross bar. The Wreckers took nine shots in the second period and scored twice, while giving up a goal on seven shots and took a 5-1 lead into the third period. Third-period goals by Engledrum (2:04), Fern (4:27) and Fern again (short-handed at 12:50) wrapped around one by DeMorrow (11:58) created the final outcome. The Wreckers drew three penalties and the Trojans had two. Neither team was able to score on a power-play opportunity. Unker used two goalies. Junior Will Englehart started the game and made six saves. He was replaced early in the second period by another junior, Chris Gelman, who allowed both goals and made four saves. Unker knows all too well about being short players. Injuries during the 2011-12 playing season depleted his squad at times to eight or nine players. \u201cOur kids could sense that they were playing short right away,\u201d he said. \u201cI just know that we\u2019re going to start to perform up to our capabilities soon. We had far too many turnovers (over 40, according to the coach) tonight. \u201cWe\u2019re not winning those loose pucks. We need to possess many more of those 50-50 opportunities.\u201d Staples\/Weston\/Shelton returns to action tonight when they host Masuk, a 4-3 winner over Newtown, at 6 p.m.