The West Haven Mite B hockey team welcomed the Southern stars. It was a great start to the weekend with multiple goals from Landon Alling, JP Beebe, Austin Picard, Jack Weiss, Sadie Moll and Gabby Jenei.
The second period brought a great loop around shot from Finn McLaughlin and goalie Moriah Frost had an outstanding game with many saves.
West Haven played against Wallingford on Sunday and Jackson Ford made many saves while in goal. Goals were scored by Weiss, Caleb Ford, Alling, Beebe, McLaughlin, and Jenei. Great plays were made by Kiera Harrison and Moll.
The West Haven Mite C hockey team had its first game of the season on Sunday against the Shoreline Sharks. In net for the Blue Devils was Caleb Ford, who made several great saves during the matchup. Multiple goals were scored by Jackson Ford and Brayden Gagliardi. Quinn Uscilla and Maddie Bruder each scored a goal, with assists going to Ava Healy and Ryan Shannon. Shots on net were also contributed by Wesley Marazzini and Ava Healy.
The West Haven Squirt AA hockey team kicked off a full weekend of CHC league games and posted two convincing wins.
The Westies fell behind 2-0 to Central AA before a five goal second period powered them to a 5-2 win. Jeremiah McGrath and Charlie Gunning each posted two goals in the win. Dylan Spreyer buried a wrist shot for the final tally.
Peyton Berlepsch , Henry Strada and Alex Janei posted assists. Cody Young, Dane Walsh and Nick Ciccosanti led the defensive effort, while Michael Paone and Gabe Calabese combined for the win.
Daniel Moll went bar down from his defensive post to cap a 9-1 win over Yale 2012 AA. Gunning scored four goals and McGrath, Spreyer, AJ Farrell and Colby Cushing also found the back of the net. Assists for the Westies came from Moll, McGrath, Gunning, and Young. Calabrese got the victory in between the pipes.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team traveled to Lou Astorino Arena to play rival Hamden; The young Westies topped the Dragons with a come-from-behind 7-4 win.
West Haven started the scoring just two minutes into the first period with a goal from Logan Minio. He was assisted by defensemen Ryan Schempp and Joey Mondo. Just two minutes later, Colin Whelan found the back of the net off an assist by Logan Stackpole. The two-goal lead did not last for very long as Hamden scored three quick goals late in the first period to take the lead.
The Westies put on an offensive show in the second period, supported by JJ Charbonneau who kept moving the puck up the ice, making solid passes, and working hard along the boards.
The scoring started nine minutes into the second period by Colton Bruneau, who blasted a shot into the net off an assist from Stackpole. Stackpole then followed up four minutes later with an unassisted goal. Finishing the scoring was Jax Guarino who notched his first goal of the season off a quick pass from Bruneau with three minutes left.
Goaltender Alex Cicarella showed perseverance and locked things down in the crease, stopping numerous shots by the Dragons and holding them to only one goal for the remainder of the game.
In the third period, the Westies extended their lead as Kyle D’Agostino intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and took it to the net, going top shelf for his first goal of the season. Minio finished off the win with an unassisted goal with 5:46 left in the game. Kyle Johnson and Conner Owens supported the defensive effort, shutting down the Hamden offense for the win.
The Blue Devils hosted top-ranked Greenwich Skate Club at Bennett Rink in West Haven and posted a 6-4 win. West Haven took a 1-0 lead with a well-placed top shelf shot from Bruneau off an assist from Stackpole.
In the second period, the scoring ramped up as Greenwich scored two goals in the period, but it was not enough to hold off the West Haven offense.
Brady Salkins took the puck up the ice twice in the second and score two unassisted goals. The Westie defensive line of Owens, Mondo, and Johnson locked things down along the boards and held off the Greenwich offense throughout the game.
Entering the third period with a 3-2 lead, Minio scored at the 9:52 mark off a cross-ice assist from Whelan. Minio then scored a second time off an assist from Schempp.
Ahead 5-4, the solid play of Egg Parise, Guarino, and D’Agostino kept the pressure on Greenwich holding back the one-man advantage. With one minute left in the game, Stackpole scored an empty-net goal to secure the win.
Goaltender Evan Harrison had yet another phenomenal performance in net for the Devils, displaying great athleticism and making solid positional saves in the crease.
In what turned out to be an immensely entertaining game last week between the Enfield Eagle Squirt B1 and the West Haven Squirt A1 squads, fortune favored the young Blue Devils in the 8-4 West Haven win. The victory allowed the Blue Devils to solidify their fourth consecutive win.
The Eagles started off strong, scoring the first goal of the game, but the Blue Devils were quick to quell the Eagle’s fire. Julius Stokes was the first Westie to touch the back of the net on an unassisted breakaway goal at 5:26 in the first, and took up a more supporting role racking up two more assists while creating numerous other scoring opportunities. Alex Jones went on to score his second goal of the season at 9:33 in the first.
Olivia Persico was first to lead off the second period scoring barrage with her third goal of the season at 1:15, which was assisted by Jameson Schempp and Mason MacDonald. Short to follow was Carter Liston, who racked up his third goal of the season on an assist from Noah Silverman at 1:29.
Silverman was next up to light the lamp with a goal at 5:33 on an assist from Stokes. Jones kept the scoring streak alive with a goal at 6:12 on assists from MacDonald and Persico.
Liston made an encore appearance, scoring his second goal of the second period at 9:50 off an assist from Silverman, and Jameson Schempp added the last goal, scoring his second goal of the season at 6:12 in their third period.
Goaltenders Ethan McGrath and Matteo Kenworthy split the contest and were able to keep the Eagles at bay, only allowing two goals each shift while shutting down 19 shots collectively.
West Haven Squirt A1 then posted wins over the Greater New Haven Warriors and the Southeastern Seahawks.
Jones was first on the board against the Warriors off an assist from Silverman and Trevor Gyllensten at 15 seconds into the first period. Aryn Dahya scored on a breakaway to make the score 2-0 at 4:43. Stokes was next up with his unassisted goal at 7:22 in the second period, followed by another unassisted goal by Tyler Gyllensten at 4:27. Noah Silverman was able to touch the back of the net of an assist from Jones to cap off the second period scoring at 11:23.
The third period was capped off by two more Blue Devil goals, the first by Tyler Gyllensten off an assist from Silverman. The second goal scored by Silverman came off an assist from Trevor Gyllensten. The strong West Haven defense helped goaltender Ethan McGrath, who had no issues stifling the Warriors advances.
Persico, who also added an assist in the game, was first on the board in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks off an assist from MacDonald by way of Stokes. Stokes went on to score two goals and added four assists on the day. Trevor Gyllensten was another standout for the young Devils, racking up a goal of his own with two assists.
Jones touched the back of the net for his third goal of the season, along with Carter Liston who had some strong offensive plays at the goal against the Seahawks. Finding her stride was Sarah Mastroni, who had several shots on goal.
Silverman had yet another multi-point game with one goal and one assist, along with Tyler Gyllensten who followed suit with one goal and one assist. Center Jameson Schempp was able to make his mark, scoring in the third and winning a majority of the faceoffs during the game.
Again, the West Haven defense consisting of Ben Trenchard, Dahya and Stokes proved to be an impenetrable force which made easy work for Matteo Kenworthy between the pipes by only allowing three shots on goal.
The West Haven Bantam AA Major hockey team traveled to Springfield, Mass. and topped the Springfield Aces, 4-1, at Smead Arena. Ethan Kelly led the way with his second hat trick of the young season. The Blue Devils are now 2-1-1.
Kelly gave the Westies a 1-0 lead two minutes into the game when he buried the rebound of Sean Studley’s intial shot on an odd-man rush. The Aces tied the game at one with a power play tally later in the period.
Kelly only took 28 seconds to make it a 2-1 game in the second period as he gathered the puck at the red line, carried it into the zone and roofed it. The Blue Devils made it 3-1 with a power play goal late in the second as Sam Malangone flipped the puck in front from behind the Aces’ net where Studley knocked it down and tipped it back to Malangone who swept it into the open cage.
Bryce Upson was stout in goal for the Westies and denied any chances the Aces fired at him in the third period. Kelly added an empty-netter from his own zone with 36 seconds left to make the final score 4-1.
West Haven topped Greater New Haven A, 9-1. Eight different players scored goals as the Westies improved to 3-1-1 on the season.
Ethan Kelly put the Blue Devils up 1-0 when he jammed in a loose puck in front of the GNH goalie nine minutes into the game. Mike Madonick made it 2-0 when he stuffed home the puck on a scramble out front, and Malangone ripped a shot that rang the post and he quickly zipped in his own rebound to make it 3-0 in the first period.
In the second period, Joel Goodman skated behind the GNH net and flipped the puck out front where Studley one-timed it coming down the slot for a 4-0 lead. Charlie Strada later found Matt Kelly at the blue line and his rising slap shot found the net.
In the last minute of the period, Ian Brezak’s shot was saved, but Alex Zhukovsky slipped in the rebound while falling to the ice for a 6-0 lead.
Matt Kelly’s slapper on the power play made it 7-0 with Zhukovsky assisting to open the third period. Aaron Campbell one-timed Brezak’s feed through the five-hole, before GNH finally got on the scoreboard with 3:27 to play. Nick Shefter roofed Zhukovsky’s feed in the final seconds to make the final score 9-1.
Upson made eight saves for the Westies, before Max Malangone came on in relief and posted four saves.
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