The West Haven Mite A Travel team took on Yale for the second weekend in a row and came away with another victory.
Brady Salkins led the way in scoring, with Cooper Owens, Jax Guarino, and Jameson Eid netting goals as well. Henry Seslar rounded out the scoring, with the assists coming from Eid and Benjamin Trenchard.
The Blue Devils were right back in action on Sunday, traveling to South Windsor. Despite playing shorthanded, the Westies came away with the win.
Salkins and Guarino led the offense, netting six goals between the two of them. Trenchard and Owens anchored the defense, while Eid and Seslar worked hard on the wings. Jameson Schempp made several key saves in the MVP-like performance in goal to lead his team to the win.
The West Haven Mite C hockey team played the Whalers Saturday at Bennet Rink. In net for the Blue Devils was Landon Alling, making many great saves during the match up. Multiple goals were scored by Carter Liston and Emmet Hemming. JP Beebe and Sarah Mastroni each also scored a goal, while additional shots on net were made by Caleb Ford, Jackson Ford and Abby Hemming.
The Mite Cs had an away game against South Windsor on Sunday. Serving as goalie for the Blue Devils was Jackson Ford, who blocked many shots and made great saves during the match up. Beebe, Emmet Hemming, Liston and Mastroni all scored multiple goals, and Alling also contributed a goal. Excellent defense was displayed by Abby Hemming and Caleb Ford, who also helped block shots.
The West Haven Youth Hockey Squirt AA played four games over the past two weeks.
On Sunday, the Westies hosted the state’s top ranked team and dropped a 6-5 contest against Connecticut Jr. Whalers AA. The Westies started slowly and found themselves in a 5-0 hole.
Andrew Lacasse opened the scoring with assists from Rocco Kelly and Sophie Digioia. Kelly took a pass from Peyton Berlepsch to add his own goal. Dylan Spreyer buried a goal on a pass from Jaxon Troyer. After the Whalers added another, Digioia and Charlie Gunning scored with the goalie pulled to cut the deficit. A furious rally to tie up the game fell short. Quinn Smith was solid in net with 18 saves on the day.
The Westies tied Mass Conn Elite, 3-3. Lacasse buried two goals and Colby Cushing added the other goal. Assists on the day came from Digioia and Lacasse. Smith finished with 16 saves.
Rocco Kelly scored twice as the Westies also tied Elite AAA 2-2 at Blake Field. Owen Santos and AJ Farrell had assists. Smith kept the Westies in the game with 23 saves in the contest
The Connecticut Junior Rangers Elite AA scored four third period goals to hand the Westies a 7-3 defeat. Digioia, Spreyer and Gunning had the goals for the Westies. Cody Young accounted for the lone assist on the day. Smith finished with 14 saves.
The West Haven Bantam A hockey team earned a win and a tie this weekend. The Westies’ overall record is now 24-9-5 including 19-5-4 in CHC play.
On Saturday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils faced off against the CT Jr. Rangers 2007 team and came away with a 3-3 tie. The visitors were all over the Westies early in the opening period and jumped ahead 2-0 after seven minutes.
A power play goal got the Blue Devils back in the game. Joey DiGioia passed to Jack MacNiven and the blue liner rang one off the post and in from the high slot.
The Westies’ defensive pairings of Brody Elam-Leo Mazuroski and DiGioia-MacNiven locked up the Rangers in the second period and allowed the offense to get going. The Westies tied the game 33 seconds into the period when Gio Ferrucci won the puck on the boards and found Elam at the point. He fired toward net where Sean Studley deftly deflected it down and past the goalie.
Four minutes later, Ferrucci put the Westies ahead, 3-2. He won a draw, found the puck between his skates, spun quickly, and zipped it under the goalie’s blocker for a 3-2 advantage.
Trevor Cathey was solid in net, especially at the end of the second period. He made several clutch saves as the Westies had to kill off back-to-back penalties. The Rangers pressured down the stretch in the third and tied the game with 2:32 on the clock.
Parker Guarnieri stole the puck and had a breakaway but was denied at the final buzzer in a wild closing sequence of the tie.
On Sunday afternoon at Louis Astorino Rink in Hamden, the Blue Devils dominated play in a 4-0 win over Jr. Bulldogs 2007 A1. Cathey was solid in goal and the defense was stout led by Elam, Mazuroski, MacNiven and Matt Molnar.
The Westies took a 1-0 lead when Studley fed MacNiven at the point, who passed to Elam. Elam zipped a low wrister that found its way through the traffic out front. Later in the first period, Zach Melchiore stole a pass in the slot and flipped a backhand through the five hole for a 2-0 advantage.
In the second period, Mazuroski passed to Guarnieri who circled at the blue line. He zipped a pass to Studley, who roofed it for a 3-0 lead. The final goal was scored in the third period when Studley passed to Bowery who quickly found Elam. He ripped a wrist shot from the point that found the net and the Westies had the 4-0 win.
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