BREWSTER, N.Y. — So far, this season has been a learning experience for the young Somers/North Salem ice hockey team, and the lessons continued Friday night as the Sabers struggled with possession in a 9-0 loss to Suffern at the Brewster Ice Arena.

Somers/North Salem had trouble keeping the puck out of its own end against the Mounties, as Suffern buzzed Sabers keeper Christopher Graham with 39 shots on goal, 33 of which Graham turned away. Ben Winter came on late and stopped seven of the 10 shots he saw.

“They’re always well-coached, and play disciplined,” Sabers coach John Veteri said of the Mounties.

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The loss was the sixth straight for Somers/North Salem, after the team opened with two wins. “A six-game losing streak is tough,” Veteri said. “We’ve been competing in games, but are overmatched by numbers. All we can do is learn from our mistakes, grow from our experiences.”

Veteri said he’ll continue to stress fundamentals.

“We need to get back to the basics,” he said. “We try to do too much out there. Simplifying the game will help us."

Team captain Anthony Morea and assistant captains Brandon LaSpina and William O’Leary have been providing leadership.

"Our captains are great leaders, and lead by example,” Veteri said of the trio. "We’re a young team, and taking every game as experience.”

Young players have been stepping up and gaining experience for the team.

“Nico DeMarinis and Ian Woloshyn are both freshmen players who have been playing at a higher level than their age says,” Veteri said.

The roster also includes four girls who have also been making contributions.

“Rachel Ross, Haley Dineen, Megan Dineen and Sarah Morea,” he said, “have been hanging tough with the boys.”