The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team went 1-2 over the weekend. The Westies defeated Enfield B, 9-1, before losing 5-1 to Greenwich A and 2-1 to Ridgefield AA. The Blue Devils are now 15-10-2 on the season.
On Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies dominated Enfield as seven different players scored goals. Cameren Lipford opened the scoring just 35 seconds into the game with Ethan Kelly assisting. Jonathan Charbonneau then knocked in his own rebound. Sean Studley converted on the doorstep from Kelly who then scored on a breakaway. Rafi Treat made it 5-0 when he jammed home the loose puck after Aedan Guarino’s initial shot was saved.
The Westies tacked on two more in the second as Leo Mazuroski fired from the slot with Kelly assisting, and Studley found Lipford who knocked it home. Zach Melchiore zipped in his own rebound and Charbonneau went five-hole in the third period to complete the scoring. Maddex LaFountain made 10 saves in net for the Blue Devils.
On Saturday evening, the Westies played Greenwich at the Chelsea Piers Rink in Stamford. West Haven had lost convincingly to Greenwich six weeks ago, but this time they played a much tighter game.
Ethan Kelly scored the lone Blue Devils goal when he skated through a hook and slid the puck inside the far post midway through the second period. Guarino created a couple of quality chances and Lucas Iversen just missed a goal but the Westies could not convert. LaFountain made 20 saves in goal.
On Sunday evening at the Danbury Ice Arena, the Westies played Ridgefield AA closely and actually outshot the Tigers, 19-14, but could not find the equalizer in the 2-1 loss.
Studley one-timed Ethan Kelly’s feed to convert a two-on-one rush a minute into the second period to tie it 1-1. Treat was robbed in the second period and Gavin Coady narrowly missed the tying goal in the third period. LaFountain made 17 saves for West Haven.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team dropped a pair of decisions this weekend, losing on the road against Ridgefield and at home against Yale.
The Westies traveled to play Ridgefield Saturday evening and despite controlling play for much of the game, fell 3-2.
After a scoreless first period, West Haven took a 1-0 lead less than 2:30 into the middle period when Zach Goetze scored off an assist from Mickey Dowd. Ridgefield scored the next two goals, but Michael Madera set up Dowd for the equalizer with 52 seconds remaining in the period.
Ridgefield scored 2:37 into the third for a 3-2 advantage. Despite numerous opportunities, the Westies could not get the equalizer in the one-goal loss. Danny Johnson, Brady Price and Mike Page all played well in the loss on the offensive side, while Jason Alling, Haygen Axelrod, Bruno Martone, Ray Heenie and Dylan Bosworth were all solid on defense.
The Westies dropped their second of the weekend with a 6-2 loss against Yale 06A Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
West Haven got on the board quickly when Dowd deflected Heenie’s point shot in just 18 seconds into the game. Yale answered with the next four goals, including three in the opening period for a 4-1 lead. Goetze scored an unassisted goal 1:25 into the middle period, but West Haven never got closer with Yale icing the contest with a pair of goals in the final 4:55 of the contest.
The West Haven Bantam A team tied its only contest of the weekend with a 4-4 tie against the Yale Bulldogs Bantam A team.
In a very back and forth contest, West Haven went up 2-0 in the first period, the first goal coming from Carl Murgo, off assists from Matt Morgan and Justin Pniewski. Jayden Spreyer then scored with four minutes left in the period, with Morgan getting the helper.
The Bulldogs scored in the first two minutes of the second period to make the score 2-1, but the Westies answered shortly after off a goal from Morgan, picking up his third point of the contest. Murgo was credited with the assist.
Yale scored again to make the score 3-2, before Joey Honcz scored a goal off a nice move to dangle the Yale goaltender. Spreyer was credited with the helper.
Yale scored the final two goals in the 4-4 tie.
Brendan Smith played a full game in goal, making several key saves. Pniewski, Dante Hardt and Matt Wezenski all played well in the contest.