The West Haven Mite A travel hockey team had two strong wins this weekend. On Saturday, the Westies faced Northern Lights at the Edward L. Bennet Rink. The Westies followed on Sunday by traveling to West Point, New York to play against Army.
The team offense was highlighted by passes from Finn Moriarty. Luke Jaques made some great defensive plays, and Alex Werle was solid in goal.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team went 0-2-1 this past weekend. The Westies hosted Greater New Haven A at Bennett Rink on Friday night and suffered a 6-1 defeat. It was a 3-1 game into the third period before GNH pulled away late. Thomas Porto scored the lone goal for West Haven, while Jacob Silva was solid between the pipes.
On Saturday morning, the Westies hosted South Windsor A and played to a 2-2 tie. Porto and Zach Goetze each had a goal and assist for the Blue Devils.
The Westies traveled to Stamford Twin Rinks for an early morning game on Sunday against Darien A1 and lost, 9-5.
Porto gave West Haven a 1-0 lead at the first intermission when he buried a loose puck two minutes into the game. Darien made it 4-1, before Porto’s power play goal with Goetze assisting cut the lead to two. After another Darien goal, Porto just beat the second period buzzer with assists to Goetze and Brady Price for a 5-3 score.
Goetze put in a tough-angle shot with an assist to Porto 1:28 into the third period, and Silva saved a penalty shot two minutes later to give the Westies momentum. But Darien scored four more in the period to put the game away. Porto fed Goetze for a breakaway goal to account for the last West Haven tally.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team faced off against the Wonderland Wizards in Bridgeport this Saturday and suffered a defeat. While the Westies started the season off winning four of their first five games, they met defeat in a 13-0 loss to the Wizards. The score may have been one-sided, but West Haven goalie Maddex Lafountain left it all on the ice by stopping 43 of the Wizards 56 shots on goal.
On Sunday, the Westies came back home to Bennett Rink and found the back of the net eleven times in an 11-1 victory over the Yale Junior Bulldogs.
Showing the Westies the way with a combined 11 goals were centers, Cameren Lipford and Gavin Coady. Adding assists each were J.J. Hall and Lucas Iversen.
The Squirt B’s head to Bethlehem, PA for the Steel City Tournament next weekend.
The West Haven PeeWee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend to move to 6-1 on the season.
The Westies improved to 6-0 with a 6-2 victory over West Hartford at Trinity College Saturday morning. Jayden Spreyer led the offense with two goals and two assists, while Nolan Cole and Colin Deane each had a goal and an assist in the win. Kyle Droney and Dave Brown also scored for the Westies.
Spreyer gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 3:38 in off an assist from Cole, before Deane scored off assists from Spreyer and Sean Bosworth with 31.8 seconds left in the opening period. Brendan Smith made nine saves in the opening period and was stellar throughout.
Droney gave the Westies a 3-0 lead when he poked in a loose puck in the middle period. Cole scored a power play goal off assists from Deane and Spreyer with 10:08 to go, before Brown scored on a breakaway for a 5-1 advantage. Leading 5-2, Spreyer capped the scoring off an assist from Simone with 2:52 remaining in the game.
West Haven suffered its first defeat of the year with a 6-1 loss to Watertown at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Sunday morning. Watertwon took control of the game in the first period, scoring five times, four on the power play.
The Westies inched closer in the second period when Deane scored a short-handed goal off an assist from Michael Madera 4:44 in, but the Westies never got closer and fell to 6-1 on the year.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team defeated the Wonderland Wizards, 6-1, on Saturday morning at Bennett Rink in West Haven.
The Westies started fast as Nick Boanno opened the scoring with a power play goal after receiving a nice pass from Steve Lewis. The Wizards answered by scoring the tying goal as the first period ended tied at one.
That is as close as the Wizards got the rest of the day as the Westies exploded for five second period goals. First, it was Ryan Smith scoring the first of his two goals on an unassisted play, then, it was the Carfora brothers combining for a goal as Ben Carfora cleaned up his brother D.J.’s work to put the Blue Devils up 3-0.
Michael Kelly and Rocco Plano scored the next two goals as the Westies went up 5-1 after two periods. Nico Bruneau closed out the scoring with the only goal of the third period as the Westies rolled to an easy victory.
Luca Ubaldi and Justin Pniewski helped lead a strong defensive team effort. Joe Crisci and Nick Link shared the netminding duties and both played well in stifling their opponent.