By BEN KAUFMANN

The Colchester Lakers found themselves off to a roaring start as they handily won their season-opener over Milton on Monday in the form of an 11-5 rout.

The Lakers led comfortably throughout most of their first contest. Though D-II Milton never looked outclassed, the hosts trailed 5-1 at halftime and couldn’t seriously threaten the Lakers despite an improved second half.

Aidan Connors led the CHS attack with three goals and three assists, contributing to more than half the Laker tallies. Brayden Wilkins scored a team-high four goals and assisted on another. Alex Deigneault and Luke Matthews added two goals each, Patrick Flaherty assisted twice, and Mason Thackara set up one goal.

Colchester will be glad to have gotten off to a strong start to this campaign. The Lakers won the Division II title in 2013 but were moved to Division I the following year and have failed to record a winning season since, with just one playoff win in that time.

The Lakers were close to midseason form Monday against a Yellowjacket team that was by no means giving the game away. They will try to turn this victory into a winning streak with games against BFA St. Albans and Rice this week.