STAMFORD — The St. Luke’s School boys ice hockey team used its physicality, depth and a hot goalie to post an 8-4 triumph over King School on Wednesday at Stamford Twin rinks in the opening contest coming out of the Holiday break for both teams.

“We had a very good offensive game. All the penalties (eight) called on us bogged us down at times,” St. Luke’s coach Corey Gammill said. “We did a lot of the things we wanted. We created a lot of turnovers that we turned into goals.”

St. Luke’s (2-1 overall) led 3-0 after one period and 5-3 after two in posting its wire-to-wire triumph.

Will Frossell had a hat trick while Will Foster tallied twice to pace St. Luke’s.

Perhaps the best weapon in St. Luke’s arsenal Wednesday was goalie Evan Ruschil (45 saves). King’s Brad Stanton registered 15 saves in the contest.

“Evan is an excellent goalie who we take full advantage of,” Gammill said. “He allows us to aggressively forecheck and take chances. We always want our forwards taking chances.”

St. Luke’s physicality also wore down a younger and smaller King squad over the course of 54 minutes of play.

The best moment for King (2-2) came in the second period when Henry Meyer and D.J. Hart scored 25 seconds apart during a 5-on-3 power play to brings the Vikings within 4-2.

However, Foster answered one minute later for St. Luke’s to make it 5-2.

At 5-3, King had a potential power play goal disallowed by a dislodged net early in the third period. But Frossell completed his hat trick with 12:14 to go for a 6-3 cushion.

“We came out flat in the first period. We had a bit of a lethargy from the holiday break. I was happier with our last two periods,” King coach Chris Berlingo said. “We received great effort from our veterans. But mistakes are killing us. It seems like we pay dearly for every miscue.”

Rich.DePreta@SCNI.com

ST. LUKE’S 8, KING 4

ST. LUKE’S 3 2 3—8

KING 0 3 1—4

At Stamford Twin Rinks.

Records: St. Luke’s 2-1; King 2-2.

Goals: StL— Will Frossell 3, CJ Woodbury, Will Foster 2, Brendan Whiteley, George Fox. K — Henry Meyer, D.J. Hart, Jason Marcella, Richard Focke. Goalies: StL—Evan Ruschil (45 saves); K—Brad Stanton (15 saves).