The West Haven Youth Hockey Squirt AA travel hockey team spent the holiday break notching four wins to capture the Connecticut Christmas Classic championship in Northford.
In the final, Sophie Digioia scored the game-winner with three minutes to go to outlast the Wonderland Wizards AA, 3-2.
After falling behind early, Charlie Gunning evened the score after being set up by Andrew Lacasse and Rocco Kelly. The teams traded goals until Digioia evened the score before the game-winner.
AJ Farrell, Kelly and Gunning had assists for the Westies. Quinn Smith got the win in net and finished with 15 saves in the final.
In the opening round, the Westies used a natural hat trick from Lacasse and a goal from Jaxon Troyer to down the Whalers AA,4-1. Gunning and Digioia combined for five assists.
Smith had 11 saves in net for the Westies. The Westies received solid defensive play from Farrell, Peyton Berlepsch and Owen Santos.
Dylan Spreyer exploded for his own natural hat trick as the Westies were all over the Northwestern AA 12-2. Kelly and Digioia each had two goals, and Kelly added 4 assists. Jeremiah McGrath, Cody Young, and Colby Cushing also found the back of net for the Westies.
Young, Gunning, Kelly and Lacasse scored to pace the Westies to a 4-1 win over Wonderland AA in the final game of pool play. Troyer, Young, Digioia and Gunning accounted for the assists.
Smith finished with 16 saves, included two saves on breakaways for the win.
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