The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team fell 4-3 to Enfield on Sunday at the Cyr Arena in Springfield.
The Blue Devils cut the Eagles’ lead to 2-1 late in the first period on a goal by forward Cameren Lipford with forward Ryan Walsh assisting on the play.
West Haven forward Aedan Guarino tied the game on an unassisted goal early in the second period. Down 4-2 in the third, Lipford added a goal midway through the period to bring the Westies within one. Aedan Guarino assisted on the play.
Goalie Alex Werle played exceptionally well, making 27 saves and keeping West Haven in the contest.
Defensively, the Blue Devils also received strong contributions from Andrew Grillo, Kyle Guarino and Brooklynn Maher.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team won its third straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Darien Ice Cats A1 at the Darien Ice House Saturday morning. The Blue Devils are now 3-4-0 on the season.
The West Haven goaltenders, Jacob Silva and Greg Galasso, were terrific in net as they split time between the pipes and totaled 34 saves. Silva started the game and was sharp as he helped kill off three first period power plays for the Ice Cats. Galasso made several clutch saves as Darien had control for extended stretches of the second and third periods.
Brady Price won a faceoff in the Darien zone and quickly gathered and fired over the goalie’s shoulder to give West Haven a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game. It was a short-handed tally.
The Westies scored two second period goals within ten seconds of each other to take control of the game. Ronnie Mastroni grabbed the puck off the boards and toe-dragged it past two defenders before sliding it to an open Ethan Kelly. Kelly snapped it in for a 2-0 lead. Kelly then won the ensuing faceoff to Mastroni who skated into the Darien zone and ripped a laser into the upper corner for a 3-0 advantage.
Darien made it 3-1 late in the second period. But West Haven’s defense held strong in the third. Sean Studley would ice the game with an empty netter after Darien went on a power play and pulled their goalie to skate 6-on-4 with two minutes left in the game.
The West Haven Pewee AA travel hockey team won a pair of games this weekend. The Westies opened with a 5-3 victory over Darienn AA on Saturday, then topped the Central Massachusetts Outlaws, 5-0, on Sunday.
Looking to bounce back from its opening CHC loss last weekend, West Haven got going quickly. Zach Goetze won a faceoff just outside the defensive zone, moved the puck to John Donohue who took it the rest of the way and scored on a wrist shot 4:16 in.
Nick Eberhart would find Nicky Stevens in front 19 seconds later to put WH up 2-0. Darien evened the score in the second period scoring the only two goals.
The Westies jumped back out in front 47 seconds into the third when Brody DiNuzzo made a behind the back no-look pass in neutral zone to Thomas Porto who immediately redirected it to Gabe Locklear breaking in the zone. Locklear lost a defender before sliding it to Billy Mascari for a 3-2 lead.
Darien answered to even the game, but, with 6:51 left to play Mascari feeds DiNuzzo at the point and DiNuzzo’s shot deflects off body of Darien defenseman to Porto in front who finds the back of the net for a 4-3 lead.
West Haven iced the contest a few minutes later when Tim Donohue fed Jack Aloi, who moves around a defender, dishes back to Donohue for a 5-3 lead. Deko Cooper and Beckett Stenz provided solid defense.
Against Central Massachusetts, West Haven got off to a slow start until Donohue got the Westies on the board in the second period unassisted. West Haven then piled on four more goals coming from Aloi from the point, assisted by Mascari, Nick Salzano assisted by Porto and Locklear, Stevens from Salzano
and Goetze, and DiNuzzo uassisted
Goaltending by Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton was outstanding. Drew Kaufman and Connor Benz helped create some key turnovers. WH Peewee AA team now sits atop The EJ with a 9-1 record.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team dropped a pair of contests this weekend. West Haven opened with a 7-2 loss against New Canaan Saturday afternoon in Darien. With the game even at two in the second period, West Haven could not find the back of the net and New Canaan scored four short-handed goals in the contest to prevail.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead when Matt Stevens set up Jayden Spreyer with 8:15 left in the first. New Canaan took a 4-1 lead before the Westies cut the deficit in half with 1:51 left in the second on a goal by Mickey Dowd. Michael Madera and Spreyer assisted on the goal.
New Canaan put the game away with three goals in the third period. Dante Hardt, Kyle Droney and Chris Adkins played well in the loss. Bryan Hong also played well, relieving in goal.
The Westies then traveled to play Greater New Haven Sunday evening in Northford. Leading most of the game, West Haven watched as Greater New Haven scored twice in the final 3:40 to pull out the win.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead just 2:15 into the contest when Madera knocked in a rebound of a Spreyer shot. After Greater New Haven tied the contest in the second, West Haven took the lead 3:08 later when Spreyer scored off assists from Dowd and Dave Brown.
West Haven goaltender Brendan Smith was outstanding in goal, turning aside 28 shots, including a penalty shot on the third period.
Offensively, Colin Deane, Will Gianquinto, Cam Delvecchio, Gabe Mongelli and Cade Simone played well in the contest.
Haygen Axelrod, Jason Alling, Sean Bosworth, Matt Wezenski, Josh Gyolai all played well defensively in the loss.