In the final home game of the season, the West Haven Mite B team hosted the Riverhawks. The visitors took an early lead, but the Westies soon equalized when Joe Mondo stripped a defender of the puck and went in on a breakaway, slotting the puck past the goalie.
Logan Minio scored a second West Haven goal, after Jax Guarino won the puck behind the Riverhawk goal and set Minio up for a beautiful one-timer. Connor Owens had the third goal.
Ben Trenchard and Ryan Schempp played well on defense, and Evan Harrison made several big stops in goal for the Blue Devils. Brady Salkins, Kyle D’Agostino, Ethane McGrath and Tony Parise all worked hard trying to spark the offense for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Mite C hockey team had another exhilarating game against the Wallingford Hawks on Saturday March 27th. Mason MacDonald scored first for the Blue Devils at 3:00 into the first (assisted by Matteo Kenworthy and Trevor Gyllensten) and again at 7:20 (assisted by Tyler Gyllensten).
Tyler Gyllensten had a stellar day as well adding a few more notches to his belt, scoring six times with assists going to Matteo Kenworthy and Landon Silverman.
Keegan Jackson also had a highlight-worthy goal from afar in the first. Silverman had a hat trick for the day, scoring with an assist going to Kenworthy.
Henry Seslar also had an outstanding day offensively getting another goal for his resume off an assist from Tyler Gyllensten, and along with Alex Jones, created numerous scoring opportunities for the Blue Devils.
Jameson Schempp was exemplary in goal and was able stifle any chances the Hawks had for an opportunity to put one in the net.
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team wrapped up the 2020-21 season with a pair of games this weekend. Despite losing both contests the team played hard and received quality effort from all 14 players.
There were many obstacles throughout the season- getting shut down early due to Covid quarantine, playing a difficult schedule of opponets, missing various players for multiple games due to individual quarantines, and being forced to shut down for over ten weeks in the middle of the season. In the end, the Westies acquitted themselves honorably and showed great improvement, both individually and as a team, since returning to the ice in early February. The Blue Devils went 8-7-2 in CHC games over the last eight weeks after starting out 5-8-0 in 2020.
On Saturday afternoon in Cromwell, the Westies faced a very competitive Jr. Wolfpack squad. Sean Studley got the Westies on the board late in the first period when he roofed a wrist shot after Leo Mazuroski made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone.
In the first minute of the second period, Cameren Lipford chipped the puck ahead and Studley outraced a defenseman to it, spun and whipped a shot just inside the near post. Later in the second, while short-handed, Zach Melchiore threaded a pass to Studley for a breakaway and he found the top corner to complete his hat trick.
Eddie Thomas drew a penalty and the Westies went on a power play. Aedan Guarino fought to keep the puck in the zone and flipped it toward the net where Lipford backhanded it over the goalie’s shoulder.
Late in the second, Studley pushed it ahead for Lipford, who deked and went five-hole to keep the Westies in the game.
In the third period, Studley beat a defenseman and tossed the puck to the net where Melchiore one-timed it home.
West Haven goaltender Kai Lupa was under pressure throughout the game and finished with 26 saves in the 12-6 loss.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies wrapped up the season hosting Mid- Fairfield’s top girls 12U team.
Studley slammed home the rebound of a Guarino shot to tie the game at one late in the first period. The Westies created numerous chances in the second period, but Lucas Iversen, Rafi Treat, Matt Molnar, Mikey D’Aiuto, Ryan Pniewski and Gavin Coady were all denied by the Stars’ goalie.
In the third period, on a power play, Mazuroski fed Jonathan Charbonneau for a shot from the top of the slot. It trickled to Lipford who tapped it home.
Despite outshooting the Stars 25-20 in the game, the Westies dropped a 5-2 decision. Lupa made 15 saves in net.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team completed the season with a 5-2 victory over Greater New Haven A Saturday morning at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Robert McCarthy led the way with two goals and an assist, while Ron Mastroni finished with two assists.
Trailing 1-0, West Haven evened the contest at the 6:51 mark of the opening period when Ben Gilbert scored off an assist from Mastroni. West Haven took a 2-1 lead in the second on McCarthy’s first goal, and increased the margin to 3-1 early in the third when McCarthy scored off an assist from Max Schroeder.
Greater New Haven got within 3-2, but Brady Price scored off an assist from Mastroni with 1:17 left, and Thomas Porto sealed the game in the final seconds off an assist from McCarthy.
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