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Milford Hockey Strong Through First Half

Nine games into the 2014-2015 season, the Milford High School hockey team is 7-2 and head coach Michael Balzarini is seeing more improvement than is shown even in the impressive results. "We are starting to put together games where we play all 45 minutes," Balzarini said. "There were times earlier this season when we would be up and down but lately we are starting to find that consistency."
The Scarlet Hawks have won four of their last five, including a long weekend sweep of Stoughton with a 3-1 win Saturday and a 2-0 victory on Monday. Senior forward Drew Wilde leads the team in scoring with 13 goals and eight assists. Second on the team is his younger brother, Aidan, with nine goals and a pair of helpers. "Those two guys have been consistent in their play," Balzarini said.
Seniors Peter Schuler and Griffin Lynch skate along side the older Wilde brother on Milford's top line and each has contributed 10 points on the season. Senior Nick Mobilia has four goals and two assists and sophomore Alec Gilliatt has added three points to the second line while playing with the younger Wilde.
"Alec only has three points but he has been playing really well," Balzarini said. "He is sound defensively and makes sure we have layers in the defensive zone. He's a smart player and he's not playing badly at all."
Senior captain Sam Croteau skates on the top blue line paring. His normal partner, fellow captain Sean Burns, was forced to miss time with a concussion. In his absence, sophomore Tony Mobilia has stepped in and provided needed stability to the line. "Tony did a great job, he had two assists and was a plus-six when he was in Sean's spot," Balzarini said. "He had not seen a ton of ice time before but he had been working hard in practice and definitely deserved the opportunity."
The pair skated in front of junior Brian Ireland, who has posted 2.25 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He's posted a pair of shutouts on the season, including blanking Stoughton on Monday. "He had been struggling to control rebounds lately and had some trouble in the first period of our loss to Oliver Ames," Balzarini said of his goalie. "After that he settled down and it was a turning point for him. The last couple starts he has been on top of his game and he's honing in on the little things like seeing around screens and communicating with his defense."
The Scarlet Hawks seem well on their way to a playoff spot, but Balzarini still wants to see his team continue to bring the 45-minute effort on a night in-night out basis. "We need to treat everyone the same and bring the same effort regardless of the opponent," he said. "We have a tough stretch of league games coming up but we cannot look ahead. We need to focus on the game at hand and at making ourselves better in all three zones."




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