The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team won its only game of the weekend as it dominated Southern Stars A1, 8-1, on Saturday night at the Milford Ice Pavilion. Five different Blue Devils scored goals to lead a balanced offensive effort.
Ethan Kelly opened the scoring when he converted a breakaway, using a pretty deke with Leo Mazuroski assisting. Zach Melchiore made it 2-0 after Sean Studley deflected Cameren Lipford’s pass to him and he fired it home. After a Stars goal, Studley intercepted a pass at the blue line and scored with a wrist shot for a 3-1 lead after one period.
Lipford opened the second period scoring with a nifty cut move and wrist shot with Ethan Kelly assisting. Lucas Iversen later won the puck on the boards and fed Melchiore who centered it. Rafi Treat banged home a backhand for a 5-1 lead. Ethan Kelly and Studley assisted to Lipford for a wrist shot off the goalie’s mask and in. Kelly and Lipford then fed Studley who roofed it for a 7-1 lead after two periods.
Lipford closed the scoring, and recorded a hat trick, with Ethan Kelly assisting in the third period. Aedan Guarino and Gavin Coady played solid on the wings. Mazuroski, Ryan Pniewski and Jonathan Charbonneau controlled the defense for the Westies. Matthew Kelly made his first start in goal and recorded eight saves to earn the victory.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team posted a win and a tie in two games this weekend. The Westies topped Northwestern, and played to a tie with the Greenwich Skate Club.
West Haven opened the week with a 6-1 victory over Northwestern at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Friday evening. Zach Goetze led the way with two goals, Mickey Dowd had one goal and one assist, and Michael Madera added two assists.
Dowd gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 2:40 into the game off an assist from Madera, before Northwestern evened the game at one after one period.
Goetze scored an unassisted goal 49 seconds into the second period, and Price scored off an assist from Mike Page with 5:52 left in the middle period for a 3-1 advantage. West Haven increased the lead 55 seconds later when Bruno Martone scored off assists from Dowd and Madera.
The Westies closed the scoring in the third with two more goals. Dylan Bosworth scored off an assist from Connor Moriarty 1:03 in, and Goetze added an unassisted goal with 10:57 left for the 6-1 final. Jacob Silva and Bryan Hong both played well in goal, while Jason Alling, Haygen Axelrod, Martone and Ray Heenie all played well defensively. Chris Consorte and Dan Johnson had strong offensive efforts in the win.
The Westies then traveled to Boston on Saturday and played to a 3-3 tie against Greenwich Skate Club at TD Garden. Dowd led West Haven with two goals and an assist.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead with 30 seconds left in the opening period when Dowd scored off an assist from Martone. The Westies increased the lead to 2-0 one minute into the second period when Madera scored off assists from Goetze and Dowd.
Greenwich scored the next three goals, but Dowd’s tally with 7:45 to go allowed West Haven to even the game at three.
After having last weekend off, the West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team played two challenging games, where it came out with two ties.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed the West Hartford Wolves, where they skated to a 2-2 tie. Joey Honcz scored the games first goal, off of a shot from the top of the circles. Sean Bosworth received the assist on Honcz’s goal.
The game stayed 1-0 until the third period, where the Wolves went up 2-1 midway through the third. The Blue Devils scored with just nine seconds remaining in the game to tie it, after getting the puck to the net, there was a scrum in front where Matt Morgan was credited with the game tying goal. Dave Brown was credited with the assist.
Brendan Smith played a complete game, making some key saves to preserve the tie. Nolan Cole, Kevin Gardner, Dante Hardt and Colin Deane all played well in the win.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils headed to the Darien Ice House to take on New Canaan Winter Club, where they came out with a 3-3 tie.
Cade Simone got the first goal of the game with seven minutes left in the first period as he was able to squeak in the goal through the opposing goalies pads. Jayden Spreyer got the assist on Simone’s goal. After NCWC was able to tie the game, the Westies were able to take the lead off a goal from Brown, as Morgan was credited with the assist. Bosworth scored the third goal of the game, off a beautiful feed from Morgan in front of the net for a 3-1 lead. NCWC was able to score two goals, off of two different tip in goals to tie the game, one of them in the final minute of the game.
Smith played a great game in goal in the tie. Nolan Cole, Carl Murgo and Justin Pniewski all played well in the game.