In 2016, the Staples High School ice hockey team — a co-op squad, with Weston and Shelton Highs — reached the Connecticut Division III state finals. They lost in heartbreaking fashion — with just 30 seconds left in the game.
As a result, they were bumped up to Division II. The Wreckers had a tough year. They did not even qualify for states.
Back in Division III this winter, they’re playing with only Staples students. There are not enough athletes for a junior varsity squad, so the team includes freshmen and sophomores, along with upperclassmen.
They’ve got a lot of heart.
Senior Zach Bloom was named Goalie of the Year in Division III. Senior Sam New — who recently notched his 100th career goal — is up for Player of the Year honors.
This winter, the Wreckers qualified for the FCIAC tournament for the first time in 6 years.
Plus, they’re ranked 1st in Connecticut in the Division III state tourney.
Staples beat Masuk-Monroe 6-1 in the first round. In the quarterfinals, they knocked off Newington 7-3.
That earns them a berth in the semifinals. They face the Eastern Connecticut Eagles this Tuesday (March 13), at 7:30 p.m. in Yale’s “Whale” arena.