The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team split its two games this weekend. The Blue Devils won, 4-2, over Whalers A and lost, 10-0, to Pawling A. West Haven is now 24-16-4 overall.
On Saturday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies faced the Whalers from Cromwell. Sean Studley notched a pair of goals to lead the Westies.
After the Whalers opened the scoring in the first period, the Westies countered when Leo Mazuroski scored from the slot with a wrister. Ethan Kelly provided the assist.
In the second period, Kelly won a faceoff in the defensive zone. Studley gathered in the puck and burst through two defensemen for a short-handed breakaway tally giving West Haven a 2-1 lead. After some nice passing, Studley redirected Jonathan Charbonneau’s point shot for a 3-1 lead after two periods.
The Whalers got within a goal in the third before Zach Melchiore’s goal iced it for the Westies. Gavin Coady moved the puck behind the net and passed to Aedan Guarino. Guarino fed Melchiore in front for a one-timer and the Westies went on to the 4-2 victory. Maddex LaFountain made 10 saves in goal to earn the win for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Peewee A team won both of its games this weekend, topping Greenwich Skate Club and ECHO.
The Westies opened the weekend with a thrilling come-from-behind 6-4 victory over Greenwich Skate Club in Greenwich Saturday evening. Zach Goetze led the offense with two goals, while Michael Madera added one goal and three assists.
Trailing 2-0, the Westies got within a goal with 8:29 remaining in the opening period when Bruno Martone scored off assists from Connor Moriarty and Madera. West Haven evened the contest with 1:04 remaining in the middle period when Goetze scored off assists from Haygen Axelrod and Mike Page.
Greenwich took a 4-2 lead in the third, but the Westies scored four times in the final 3:02 of the game to pull out the victory. Madera got things started with a goal off an assist from Goetze, before Mickey Dowd scored the equalizer off an assist from Madera 44 seconds later.
Jason Alling then took a pass from Madera and scored the go-ahead goal from the point with 53 seconds to go. Goetze added an empty-net goal to seal the victory.
The Westies won their second game of the weekend, defeating ECHO 6-3 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Sunday morning. Dowd led the offense with three goals, Madera had a goal and two assists, and Goetze had a goal and an assist.
West Haven never trailed in the game and took a 1-0 lead eight seconds into the contest when Dowd scored off an assist from Madera. With the game even at one, Madera tipped in Bruno Martone’s point shot for a 2-1 advantage with 3:12 left in the first.
The Westies increased the lead to 3-1 when Page scored off an assist from Goetze. Leading 3-2, Dowd gave the Westies a 4-2 advantage off an assist from Alling, before ECHO scored 1:10 later.
Goetze scored an unassisted goal with 1:06 to go for a 5-3 advantage, before Dowd scored into an empty net off an assist from Madera with 34 seconds to go.
Brady Price, Danny Johnson, Chris Consorte, and Cody Rocchio all played well offensively over the weekend, while Ray Heenie and Dylan Bosworth played well on defense. Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva were solid in goal.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team finished the final weekend of the CHC regular season strong by winning their final two contests which count towards the standings.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed Darien to the Bennett Rink, where they skated to a 3-2 victory.
The scoring started in the first period with Cade Simone getting the first goal in the first three minutes of the game. In the second period, Matt Morgan scored a goal off of a feed by David Brown with 5:51 remaining in the period.
Simone then netted his second of the contest in the third, off assists from Joey Honcz and Matt Wezenski. Darien scored two late goals to keep the Westies in check, but West Haven was able to come away with the victory and keep Darien from tying it up.
Brendan Smith played well in the win, making key saves especially in the last minute to keep his team ahead.
Kevin Gardner, Sean Bosworth, and Colin Deane all played well in the victory.
On Sunday, the Westies traveled to the Milford Ice Arena to take on the Southern Stars, where the Blue Devils came out on top, 4-0.
Justin Pniewski scored the first goal of the game midway through the second period. Jayden Spreyer netted the second goal of the game about three minutes later, with assists coming from Brown and Honcz.
Honcz then scored his own goal from the point in the first minute of the third period as Dante Hardt was credited with the helper. Morgan then scored the final goal with 6:02 remaining in the contest.
Smith played excellent in the game in goal, getting the shutout and making some spectacular saves to keep the Stars off the scoreboard. Nolan Cole, Carl Murgo and Wezenski all played well in the win.