WEST HAVEN — Notre Dame-West Haven boys’ hockey coach Bill Gerosa said senior forward and co-captain Colby Cretella has always been known for his strong work ethic on and off the ice throughout his high school career.

The senior from Guilford has used that work ethic to be a consistent honor student, and this season it has made him the leading scorer for the Green Knights with 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) entering Saturday’s game (Jan. 7) with Fairfield Prep.

“We have a very deep team and we’re deep with underclassmen,” Gerosa said. “But we have five seniors who are all leaders, led by Colby. He’s unbelievable, not a superstar, but he just works hard and never stops.

“A big reason for our success, one of the reasons we hustle so much, is that Colby’s work ethic has rubbed off on all the other players. They see what he does, how hard he works, and now we’re having one of our best starts to the season.”

The Green Knights are 7-0, including 7-2 wins over both Amity and North Haven in the semifinals and championship game of the West Haven Christmas Tournament last week. As a result of the two tournament wins, Notre Dame was an overwhelming selection as the Register Team of the Week as voted by nhregister.com readers.

“Selected Team of the Week is a great honor to receive, but we have to keep going out there and battling every game,” Cretella said. “It’s a big honor being a captain, so I try to work as hard as I can because that sets a good example for everyone to follow.

“The difference this year (as opposed to) previous years is we have a lot of great new players on the team. We have guys like (sophomore forward) Billy Vizzo and (alternating junior goalies) Luke Amatruda and Paul Sliwinski.”

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