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Gerwig’s way: ‘Eliminate the mistakes and keep it simple’

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Junior forward Tommy Watters is a large part of the Wave depth chart. (Photo courtesy of Mark Maybell)

BOYS HOCKEY

Scoreboard was enough in Darien’s 2-1 win over Hamden, it’s first downing of the Green Dragons in maybe decades in game-one last week.

But there was more to it than the raw result that put the No. 5-ranked-in-the-state-preseason Wave boys hockey team ahead of No. 3 Hamden.

What else, other than the good numbers up on the board, did Wave second-year coach Chris Gerwig like to see?

“You know as always, when you have an opening game like that, and you play a team of that caliber, you expect to see some mistakes, because it’s early in the season,” said Gerwig on Wendesday’s win at home. “We’re still working on different things.”

So the news better than beating a Hamden as act one, is better still: Darien’s got plenty more in the tank.

As it showed in reaching 2-0 on the year with a 5-1 win over visiting West Haven on Saturday.

“Did we play to all of our potential? No,” said Gerwig. “For the 45 minutes that we play a game, in spurts we looked good. And in spurts we didn’t.”

Those spurts when they didn’t, meant there was no Wave dam-busting of the Hamden net, as far as a flood of goals.

But even those spurts included close checking that kept Hamden from ever coming close to doing similar to the Darien cage.

“We did enough little things to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Gerwig. “And that’s, as a coach, all you can ask for.

“You just try to eliminate the mistakes and keep it simple.”

That’s how this is getting done.

“Just very pleased with everyone’s overall effort,” said Gerwig. “We (have) a game-plan, we (stick) to it. We (don’t) have to make any adjustments.”

This and that, then and now

“It doesn’t get any easier Saturday (at home) against West Haven,” said Gerwig after the opener. “Remember last year we were up 4-1 and we lost 6-5 in overtime. So that’s in the back of our mind, that’s what we’ve got to concentrate on next.”

Seems like they did.

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