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Molly Long (l.) celebrates with Julia Consorte (r.) after Consorte scored to give West Haven a 1-0 lead over Stamford/Westhill/Staples, January 21, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Alyssa Maddern scores against Branford, January 26, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

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Jordan Brereton scores an empty net goal (top) and West Haven gets ready to celebrate (bottom) in its 7-4 win over Branford, January 26, 2013. Photos courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Nicole Woosley scores a power play goal to give West Haven a 5-4 lead over Branford, January 26, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 


Congratulations to West Haven's Alyssa Maddern as she was named to the All-SCC First Team on defense. 


















Pictured above are West Haven girls' hockey coach Carol Franco (l.) and senior Alyssa Maddern (r.). Maddern was recently named to the Southern Connecticut Conference All-League first team. She is considering attending the University of Rhode Island, Sacred Heart or UConn. 

Westies fall in season finale
WH drops 4-1 decision to NDFF on Senior Day
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 18, 2013) –
 After waiting 9 days, the West Haven girls’ hockey team finally played its season finale against Notre Dame-Fairfield. Unfortunately for the Westies, the Lancers were not in an accommodating mood.
Led by 3 goals from Lauren Berard, the Lancers avenged an earlier season loss to the Westies with a 4-1 victory at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Monday afternoon.
The loss on Senior Day for West Haven dropped the Westies to 5-12-1 overall and 4-9-1 in the Southern Connecticut Conference.
Notre Dame was in control from the start, scoring single goals in the first and second periods and opening the scoring in the third period. West Haven’s Marisa Pacapelli got the Westies closer in the third, but West Haven never found the back of the net again.
Becky Stefanatos gave Notre Dame the lead for good when she scored at the 12:05 mark of the opening period for a 1-0 lead. Berard then took over, scoring the final 3 goals for the Lancers.
Berard bumped the lead to 2-0 at the 13:55 mark of the second period and increased the advantage to 3-0 just 57 seconds into the third period.
West Haven got within 2 goals with 2:20 remaining as Pacapelli scored off assists from Alyssa Maddern and Alyssa Woosley, but Berard answered 51 seconds later to secure the Notre Dame win. 
Josey Militrano made 26 saves in the loss for West Haven. 

Westies fall
Second straight loss drops WH to 5-11-1
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(February 6, 2013) –
 After winning 4 of 5 games, the West Haven girls' hockey team has cooled off a bit. The Westies have lost a pair of games in a row, including Wednesday evening's 9-3 decision against Amity/North Haven/Cheshire. to fall to 5-11-1 overall and 4-8-1 in the Southern Connecticut Conference. 
The trio of Andrea Noss, Sarah Kalina and Mary Kate Martino proved to be too much for the Westies as Noss had 2 goals and 2 assists, Kalina scored 3 times and Martinofinished with 1 goal and 3 assists. 
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire outshot the Westies 36-14 in the contest, forcing West Haven's Josey Militrano to make 27 saves. 
The Westies fought an uphill battle from the start as Amity/North Haven/Cheshire scored 5 times in the first period, including Noss' goal just 44 seconds into the contest. Less than 3 minutes later, the deficit was 2-0 for West Haven as Kalina scored the first of her 2 goals 3:33 in. 
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire put the game away with 3 goals in a span of 3:13. Catherine Babbidge increased the lead to 3-0 with 4:57 remaining in the opening period, Martino followed 1:29 later and Noss scored her second of the game 1:44 after Martino. 
The Westies got as close as they would get in the game by scoring the first 2 goals of the second period. Carly Crouse scored to cut the deficit to 5-1 just 32 seconds into the middle period and Alyssa Maddern scored off assists from Nicole Woosley and Alyssa Woosley 1:05 later to cut the deficit to 5-2. 

















Carly Crouse scores against Amity/North Haven/Cheshire, February 6, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

















Alyssa Maddern scores against Amity/North Haven/Cheshire, February 6, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Amity/North Haven/Cheshire answered with the next 4 goals. Kalina and Alex D'Onofrio scored 51 seconds apart for a 7-2 lead and Emily Simon and Kalina scored within a 2:10 span with 5:53 remaining in the period for a 9-2 lead. 
Marisa Pacapelli helped cap the scoring when she set up Maddern's second goal of the game 4:16 into the final period. Neither team would score again.

















Josey Militrano makes a save against Amity/North Haven/Cheshire, February 6, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Molly Pines made 11 saves in the win for Amity/North Haven/Cheshire. 

Guilford slows down Westies
Westies drop to 5-10-1 with 6-2 loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(February 2, 2013) –
 Having won 4 of its last 5 games, the West Haven girls’ hockey team entered Saturday evening’s contest with Guilford on a high.
While the Westies scored the first and last goals of the game, Guilford scored 6 in between to take home a 6-2 victory at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.
Alyssa Woosley was the offensive star of the game for West Haven as she scored once and added an assist in the loss. Woosley put the Westies on the scoreboard when she scored off an assist from Marisa Pacapelli 4 minutes, 45 seconds into the game.
The lead would last less than 2 minutes as the Indians came right back. Edy Moritz scored the first of her two straight goals just 1:51 after Woosley’s tally to even the game at 1. Just 3:55 later, Guilford took the lead on another goal by Moritz.
The Indians were not done in the period. A goal by Angelica Hurteau with 19 seconds remaining in the first period gave the Indians a 3-1 lead and all the momentum after one period of play.
The Indians took control of the game in the second period. Nicole Raccuia scored 5:15 into the period, then set up Tessa Mackey’s goal 6:04 later for a 5-1 lead.
Raccuia finished her 3-point night in the third period when she set up Tess Cianciolo 6:04 into the final period for a 6-1 lead.
The Westies rounded out the scoring with 1:15 remaining. Woosley set up Carly Crouse for the final goal of the game and a 6-2 final.
Guilford held a 26-16 shot advantage in the game. West Haven goaltender Josey Militrano made 20 saves in the loss for West Haven while Guilford’s Isabelle Isnard made 14 saves.




















Marisa Pacapelli battles for the puck in a 7-3 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield, January 30, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Sizzling
Consorte, Gould and Long lead Westies to fourth win in 5 games
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 30, 2013) -
 After a slow start to the season, the West Haven girls' hockey team has taken off. 
Behind the play of Julia Consorte, Brittany Gould and Molly Long, West Haven won its fourth game in five outings with a 7-3 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield Wednesday evening at the Milford Ice Pavilion. 
Consorte led the way with 3 goals and 2 assists, Gould scored twice and added an assist and Long finished with a pair of assists. 
West Haven continued its solid offensive display, taking 44 shots in the contest. The Westies held Notre Dame to 27 shots, with West haven goaltender Josey Militrano making 24 saves in the win. 

















Josey Militrano makes the save as Carly Brereton helps out against Notre Dame-Fairfield, January 30, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
The Lancers struck first in the contest as Katie Yellen scored 1 minute, 43 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. The Westies wasted no time coming back, scoring 3 times in a span of 3:28 to take a 3-1 lead. 
Consorte evened the game with an unassisted goal just 2:06 after Yellen's goal to even the game at 1. Just 3 minutes later, Long and Consorte set up Gould for a 2-1 lead. 
The trio was at it again 28 seconds later when Gould scored for a 3-1 lead with assists again going to Long and Consorte. 
The Lancers got as close as they would for the rest of the game when Sebryna Buskey scored at the 10 minute mark to cut the deficit to 3-2. 
The Westies again stormed back, needing only 3:34 to take a 4-2 lead when Carly Crouse set up Consorte's second goal of the game. 





















West Haven's Sam Young fires a shot from the point against Notre Dame-Fairfield, January 30, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
The Westies scored the only two goals of the second period to take a 6-2 lead. Nicole Woosley set up Alyssa Maddern 4 minutes in and Alyssa Woosley and Gould set up Consorte for a 6-2 lead and a hat trick for Consorte 1:02 later. 
Buskey opened the scoring in the third period for the Lancers to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 6:14 remaining, but Crouse ended any hopes of a Notre Dame comeback when she scored with 4:52 left in the contest.




















West Haven's Carly Crouse looks to make a play against Notre Dame-Fairfield, January 30, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Maddern leads Westies past Branford
Senior scores twice and assists on 2 others in 7-4 win
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 26, 2013) –
 Alyssa Maddern scored twice and added two assists and Brittany Gould also scored twice as the West Haven girls’ hockey team defeated Branford 7-4 Saturday afternoon. With the win, West Haven, which has won 3 of its last 4 games, improved to 4-9-1 overall and 3-6-1 in the Southern Connecticut Conference.
Carly Crouse, who scored once and added an assist, gave West Haven a 1-0 lead just 2 minutes, 41 seconds into the game. The lead remained at 1-0 until Maddern scored an unassisted goal with 4:56 remaining in the opening period. 
Branford scored the next four goals, including twice in the final 2:09 of the opening period and two more times in the opening 6:31 of the second period for a 4-2 lead.
Maddern then rescued her team. The senior got West Haven within 4-3 with 1:10 left in the middle period then, along with Crouse, set up Gould’s equalizer with 22 seconds remaining in the second period.
The Westies won the contest by scoring the final three goals of the game in the third period, two coming by way of the power play.
Maddern set up Nicole Woosley’s power play tally with 3:43 remaining, before Gould gave the Westies a 6-4 lead with another power play goal with 46 seconds remaining in the game. 
Nicole Woosley scores a power play goal to give West Haven a 5-4 lead over Branford, January 26, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
Jordan Brereton iced the game with an empty net goal with 4 seconds remaining for a 7-4 win.
West Haven outshot Branford 36-22 in the game. Josey Militrano made 18 saves in the victory. 

Conard/Hall thumps Westies
Pacapelli has lone goal in 10-1 loss
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 23, 2013) –
 The West Haven girls' hockey team was well aware it was playing a formidable team when Conard/Hall came to town Wednesday evening. The fact was confirmed when 14 different players got into the scoring column in a 10-1 Conard/Hall victory over the Westies at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. 
Conard/Hall scored four goals in the first period, all by different players and none having the same player with the assist, then added 3 more in the second period to take a commanding lead. By the time Alyssa Maddern set up Marisa Pacapelli for West Haven's only goal, the Westies were in a big hole at 7-1.
Conard/Hall put the game away in the third period as Victoria Conelli, Lindsay Penn and Grace O'Connell-Bach rounded out the scoring. 
Conard/Hall took control of the game by scoring 4 goals in the first six minutes of the contest, all within 3 minutes, 46 seconds. 
Emily Corrales scored just 2:14 into the game, Caitlin O'Meara increased the lead to 2-0 just 1:42 later and Juliana Bailey-Simao scored 57 seconds later for a 3-0 lead. Nina Kestenbaum upped the advantage to 4-0 just 6 minutes into the game. 
Kiernan Henderson, Alyson Alissi and Madi Soucy added second period goals to increase the lead to 7-0 before Pacapelli finally got West Haven on the board with 1:04 left in the middle period. 
Henderson, Penn, Alissi and Conelli each had a goal and an assist in the win for Conard/Hall. 
West Haven goaltender Josey Militrano made 36 saves in the loss as West Haven was outshot 46-12. Lauren Sergio made 11 saves in the win for Conard/Hall. 

Westies roll over SWS
Maddern, Consorte, Long and Gould lead way in 11-6 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
WEST HAVEN (January 21, 2013) –
 Waiting over a half hour for the Stamford/Westhill/Staples girls’ hockey team to arrive, the delay apparently had no effect on West Haven.
The Westies rode the play of Alyssa Maddern, Julia Consorte, Brittany Gould and Molly Long to an 11-6 victory over SWS Monday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.
The out of conference victory allowed the Westies to improve to 3-8-1 overall on the season.  
Maddern was the star of the game as she scored 3 times and added 4 assists. The senior star helped turned the game around in the second period when West Haven took a 6-3 lead as she scored twice and added an assist in the period.
Maddern was not alone. Consorte also had 3 goals and finished with 2 assists, while Long and Gould each finished with 2 goals and an assist. Carly Crouse added 2 assists and Rebecca Norman also scored for the Westies.
West Haven showed no ill effects from the delayed start to the game as Consorte poked in a loose puck to beat SWS goaltender Casey Bang 6 minutes, 47 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. Long and Gould picked up assists. 
Jess Blasnick evened the game at 1 with 3:18 left in the middle period, but Long gaveWest Haven the lead for good. After being stopped on a breakaway earlier in the period, Long beat Bang on a partial breakaway with 35 seconds left in the opening period for a 2-1 lead. 
The Westies scored the first three goals of the second period to put the game away. Crouse and Maddern assisted on Norman’s goal 1:22 into the second period for a 3-1 lead, Maddern scored an unassisted goal 1:06 later and Consorte set up Long 1:40 later for a 5-1 lead.
Long’s goal was the third in the opening 4:08 of the second period. SWS rebounded to cut the deficit to 5-3 as Blasnick scored twice in 1:41.
The Westies answered immediately as Crouse set up Maddern 14 seconds after Blasnick’s second goal for a 6-3 lead after two periods of play.
Blasnick opened the third period with her fourth goal of the game to cut the deficit to 6-4, but Consorte and Gould scored 44 seconds apart for an 8-4 lead.
Maddern’s fourth assist of the game set up Consorte for a 9-5 lead with 7:55 remaining and Gould increased the lead to 10-5 just 1:01 later. Maddern recorded her hat trick with 1 second remaining in the game for the 11-6 final.
West Haven held a 46-28 shot advantage in the game. Josey Militrano made 22 saves in the win for West Haven. 

Westies Snap Slide
Long, Maddern and Militrano lead way in win over Lauralton Hall
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 17, 2013)
- It had been 9 games since the West Haven girls' hockey team felt the thrill of victory. The wait has ended. 
Led by a goal and an assist each from Molly Long, Alyssa Woosley, Nicole Woosley and Alyssa Maddern, and 15 saves from Josey Militrano, the Westies won for the first time since the season opener, defeating Lauralton Hall 5-0 at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport Thursday afternoon. 
The win was also West Haven's second of the year against the Crusaders and helped the Westies improve to 2-8-1 on the year. 
Militrano played one of her best games of the year as she denied all 15 shots sent her way. Her effort was important as the Westies continued to cling to a 1-0 lead in the third period. 
Through the first two periods, the lone West Haven goal came in the first period when Long beat Lauralton goaltender Caitlin Bennett at the 10:12 mark. 
After a scoreless second period, the Westies gave Militrano some breathing room. Nicole Woosley and Carly Brereton set up Alyssa Woosley just 3 minutes, 42 seconds into the period for a 2-0 lead. 
Just 3:24 later, the lead was 3-0 as Long and Brittany Gould set up Maddern's tally. Rebecca Norman joined the scoring spree 1:41 later off an assist from Maddern, before Nicole Woosley and Alyssa Woosley set up Carly Crouse with the final goal of the game. 
West Haven poured 38 shots on goal, with Bennett making 33 saves for the Crusaders. 

Hamden sinks Westies
2 goals by Kennedy lead Green Dragons
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 16, 2013) -
 Looking to snap an 8-game winless streak and 7-game losing skid, the West Haven girls' hockey team traveled to Hamden to play the Green Dragons. When the Westies left Lou Astorino Rink, Both streaks were still in progress. 
With 14 different players in the scoring column and Caraline Kennedy scoring twice and assisting on another, Hamden easily defeated the Westies 8-0. With the loss, West Haven fell to 1-8-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the Southern Connecticut Conference. 
Hamden took control of the game early with three goals in the first period and five more in the second period. Kennedy was in the middle of the first period fireworks, sandwiching two goals around another from Tiler Thompson for a 3-0 lead. 
Kennedy's first goal, 2 minutes, 9 seconds into the game off assists from Samantha Cozzolino and Rachel Ugolik started the scoring before Thompson scored off assists freom Madison Bakos and Sam Talmadge 6:01 later. Cozzolino and Ugolik again set up Kennedy with 5:50 left in the opening period. 
Ugolik wasted no time getting Hamden started in the second period as she scored 3:04 in off assists from Talmadge and Kennedy. Talmadge and Emma Smyth set up Lilly Santini 45 seconds later and Brianna MacDonald increased the lead to 6-0 just 1:37 after Santini's goal. 
Hamden added two more goals in the period, including MacDonald's second of the night, on the power play with 5:33 remaining in the middle period for the 8-0 margin. 
Talmadge finished with 3 assists, Ugolik added a goal and 2 assists, while Cozzolino had 2 assists. 
Hamden's Megan DeCrescente was stellar in goal as she made 26 saves in the shutout victory. West Haven's Josey Militrano made 21 saves in the loss. 

Tigers nip Westies
Thriller ends in 4-3 loss

By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 9, 2013) –
 It has been quite some time since the West Haven girls’ hockey team tasted victory. That time frame has been eight games.
After winning the opening contest of the year and following with a tie, the Westies have lost seven in a row. The seventh loss came Wednesday evening against Hand-Madison as a late goal by the Tigers proved to be too much for the Westies to overcome in a 4-3 loss at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.  
In a game which was tightly contested, Hand’s Morgan Connors scored off assists from Kat Allen and Lizzie Banasiak with 2 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the contest to give Hand the victory.
West Haven’s Josey Militrano played her best game of the year with 28 saves, including some in spectacular fashion.
After a scoreless first period, the Westies took a 1-0 lead just 1:52 into the second period. Nicole Woosley set up Alyssa Maddern, who beat Hand goaltender Erin Splain.
The lead lasted until late in the second period when the Tigers scored twice in a 30 second span in the final 1:21. Allen evened the game at 1 before Katy Perlman scored with 51 seconds left for a 2-1 Hand lead.
Any momentum the Tigers had was lost 48 seconds into the final period. Marisa Pacapelli set up Alyssa Woosley to even the game at 2.
Allen was at it again for the Tigers with 6:19 remaining in the game as she set up Mackenzie Hilton for a 3-2 Hand lead.
The Westies again refused the quit. Just 1:22 later, Brittany Gould set up Julia Consorte for the equalizer with 4:57 remaining, setting up the late dramatics by the Tigers.
Splain finished with 18 saves in the win for Hand.   

Molly Long scores to give West Haven a 2-0 lead over SWS, January 21, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Josey Militrano makes a saves in West Haven's 11-6 victory over Stamford/Westhill/Staples, January 21, 2013. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

Still Sliding
Westies fall to Cadets
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 7, 2013) –
 The West Haven girls’ hockey team was looking to get back on track Monday evening against St. Joseph-Trumbull. Needing a win to get back to their winning ways, the Westies allowed 4 goals in the first period and never recovered in a 7-3 loss.
The Westies could not contain Nina Danforth and Kaylee Gonski as the pair combined to score all 7 goals. Gonski scored 4 times and Danforth scored 3 goals in the win forSt. Joseph.
Danforth scored the first two goals of the game to give St. Joseph a 2-0 lead just 6 minutes, 14 seconds into the contest.  Gonski scored 3:01 later, putting West Haven in a 3-0 hole.
The Westies finally got on the board and drew closer with 4:04 left in the opening period as Brittany Gould scored off assists from Sam Young and Julia Consorte. West Haven’s momentum lasted just 2:10 as Gonski’s second of the game with 1:54 remaining in the opening period sent the Westies to the first intermission trailing 4-1.
West Haven came out of the gates quickly in the second period and cut the deficit to 4-3 as Young and Marisa Pacapelli scored. Consorte assisted on Young’s goal and Maddern got the helper on Pacapelli’s goal to draw West Haven closer.
Danforth gave St. Joseph some breathing room with a goal late in the period and Gonski scored twice in the third period to ice the game.
Josey Militrano made 20 saves in the loss for West Haven as the Westies fell to 1-6-1 on the year.

Trounced
ECGSW defeats Westies 10-0
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 4, 2013) –
 Waiting to get back to game action following the holiday vacation and a postponed contest against Lauralton Hall, the West Haven girls’ hockey team was ready to get back on the ice. The Westies probably wished they waited a little longer.
Behind two goals by Tuuli Mix, a goal and three assists from Taylor Hallisey and a goal and two assists from Kaitlin Sabin, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor defeated West Haven 10-0 Friday evening.
ECGSW led 3-0 after one period and 6-0 after two periods of play before icing the contest with 4 goals in the third period.
Just 3 minutes, 48 seconds into the game, West Haven trailed 3-0. Alex Segar scored 1:35 into the contest, Leyna DiMarco scored 46 seconds later and Hallisey scored 1:27 later for the 3-goal advantage.
ECGSW doubled the lead in the second period. Hallisey set up Monica Darby 2:47 into the middle period, Mix scored with 3:42 remaining in the second period and Segar scored off an assist from Hallisey with 1:06 remaining in the period for a 6-0 lead.
West Haven, which had only 4 shorts in the first period, did not have a shot on goal in the second period.
Sabin and Mix scored 2:10 apart in the first 5:30 of the third period, before Maggie Chernovetz scored with 5:40 remaining and Grace Landry capped the scoring in the final 2 seconds of the game. 
Annie Henderson made 4 saves in the third period for ECGSW and finished with 8 saves in the game. West Haven's Josey Militrano faced 39 shots and made 29 saves in the contest. 

Just Short
WH comeback not enough in 7-4 loss toHamden
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 27, 2012) –
 The West Haven girls’ hockey team has shown it is a scrappy team. Trailing by 5 goals entering the third period against Hamden, the Westies could have gone away silently.
Instead, the Westies scored 3 times to open the third period but it was not enough asHamden held on for a 7-4 victory at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. With the loss, West Haven fell to 1-4-1 on the year.
Trailing 6-1, West Haven came out of the locker room quickly as Julia Consorte scored 1 minute, 54 seconds into the third period. Consorte was at it again 4:12 later when she beat Hamden goaltender Megan DeCrescente off assists from Brittany Gould and Molly Long to cut the deficit to 6-3.
When Marisa Pacapelli and Alyssa Woosley set up Rebecca Norman’s first goal of the year with 1:41 remaining in the game, West Haven was within striking distance at 6-4.
The Westies never got closer as Hamden’s Rachel Ugolik iced the game with her third goal of the contest with 10 seconds remaining to send Hamden to the victory.
While the Westies were strong in the third period, the first two periods were not the same. Caraline Kennedy scored 1:32 into the game and Ugolik scored her first of the afternoon with 6:52 left in the opening period for a 2-0 lead.
Hamden increased the lead to 3-0 in the second period when Sam Talmadge scored 5:39 into the period. Long and Gould set up Consorte for a power play goal with 2:51 left in the middle period to cut the deficit to 3-1, but Hamden put the game away in the final 2:23 of the second period.
The Green Dragons scored three times in the final 2:23 of the period as Madison Bakos gave Hamden a 4-1 lead and Ugolik increased the margin to 5-1 just 28 seconds later. Angel Violano capped the scoring in the final 25 seconds to giveHamden a 6-1 lead.
Josey Militrano made 22 saves in the loss for the Westies. Carly Brereton also played well on the penalty killing unit.

Westies fall to St. Joseph-Trumbull
5 goals in second drop Westies to 1-3-1
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
WEST HAVEN (December 26, 2012) –
 After a quick start to the season, the West Haven girls’ hockey team has fallen on a rough stretch. The Westies have dropped three games in a row following Wednesday afternoon’s setback against St. Joseph-Trumbull.
Scoring five times in the second period, St. Joseph-Trumbull defeated West Haven 9-4 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. With the loss, West Haven fell to 1-3-1 on the season.
The Westies had a hard time containing Nina Danforth and Kaylee Gonski as Gonski had 4 goals and an assist and Danforth added 3 goals.
Trailing 1-0 in the first period as Danforth scored the initial goal of the game, West Haven evened the contest 29 seconds later when Molly Long set up Alyssa Maddern’s point shot for a goal and a 1-1 tie.
Just 41 seconds later, Brittany Gould poked in a loose puck off an assist from Julia Consorte for a 2-1 West Haven lead.
That lead remained until the middle of the second period as St. Joseph-Trumbull erupted for 5 goals in less than 3 minutes to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Gonski scored the first 3 goals in a span of 1:11, Danforth followed 17 seconds after Gonski’s third goal in the sequence and Caballero followed 1:12 later to put West Haven in a 6-2 hole.
The Westies cut the deficit in half with 1:32 left in the middle period as Alyssa Woosley set up Maddern for her second goal of the game and a 6-3 score.
Consorte and Sam Young set up Marisa Pacapelli just 1:40 into the third period to getWest Haven within 2 goals, but Danforth and Gonski scored 21 seconds apart and Caballero scored in the final seconds to round out the scoring.
Josy Militrano made 34 saves in the loss for West Haven. 

Simsbury pounds Westies
Westies fall 11-0
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 20, 2012) –
 The West Haven girls’ hockey team got a quick hockey lesson Thursday afternoon. Playing well to start the season, the Westies were no match forSimsbury in an 11-0 defeat at Bennett Rink.
Simsbury scored five times in the first period and never looked back as eight different players found the back of the net in the contest. Tess McKay led the way with 2 goals and an assist, Maggie Grigley had 2 goals and Allie Woodruff also scored twice.
While Simsbury was burying 11 goals, the Westies managed just 7 shots in the game and lost one of their top players, Carly Crouse, midway through the first period for the remainder of the game as she was called for checking.
West Haven was outshot 42-7 in the game. Josey Militrano made 31 saves in the loss and Mackenzie Dubois posted the shutout for Simsbury.
Simsbury came out flying, holding a 17-1 shot advantage in the opening period and taking a 5-0 lead. Maeve Reynolds set up McKay 6 minutes into the game for a 1-0 lead and Jordan Arnold made it 2-0 just 2:51 later.
McKay set up Katie Grigley for a power play goal with 3:38 remaining in the first period and McKay scored her second of the game 1:14 later. Maggie Grigley finished the offensive barrage with 36 seconds left in the first period and West Haven never recovered.

Heartbreaker
Westies fall to SWS in final seconds
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 15, 2012) –
 Saturday evening’s game between West Haven and Stamford/Westhill/Staples had all the makings of a thriller right from the start. In the end, it did not disappoint.
After West Haven tied the game with 46 seconds left in regulation, SWS scored the game-winner with 1 second remaining to send the Westies to their first defeat of the year by a score of 6-5 at Terry Connors Rink in Stamford.
With the game even at 3 starting the third period, Alyssa Maddern opened the period with a goal 10 seconds in to give West Haven a 4-3 lead. SWS scored twice in the next 1 minute, 15 seconds over the next 3:30 minutes to take a 5-4 lead.
The game remained that way until Maddern struck again with 46 seconds left in regulation. Off an assist from Sam Young, Maddern sent the Westies to what looked to be a 5-5 tie. But, a goal by SWS with 1 second remaining sent West Haven to its first defeat of the year.
The game started with signs it would be a high-scoring affair as Julia Consorte set up Brittany Gould 1:03 into the game. Just 1:15 later, Young set up Carly Crouse for a 2-0 lead.
SWS scored the next two goals in the period but Molly Long scored off an assist from Gould with 1:34 to go in the period for a 3-2 lead. SWS scored the only goal of the middle period to set up the dramatic third period.
Josey Militrano made 21 saves in the loss for West Haven.


Westies tie Branford
Late goal by Gould propels Westies to 4-4 tie with Hornets
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 12, 2012) –
 After opening the season with a victory over Lauralton Hall, the West Haven girls’ hockey team hoped to carry the momentum through the second contest of the year against Branford. Using a late goal by Brittany Gould, the Westies tied Branford 4-4 at Patsy DiLungo Rink in East Haven Wednesday evening.
In a game full of momentum swings, the Westies led by two goals before twice having to rally to force the tie. West Haven’s last rally came with 4 minutes, 11 seconds left in the game as Gould beat Branford goaltender Whitney Harris to even the game at 4.
Branford had taken the lead in the third period with a pair of early goals. Emily Hershham and Caity O’Brien each scored their second goals of the game in the period to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Hershham evened the game at 3 when she scored 58 seconds into the third period and O’Brien gave Branford a 4-3 lead 3:21 into the final period.
West Haven jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the contest as Carly Crouse and Julia Consorte each scored 5 minutes into the game. Crouse wasted no time getting the Westies on the scoreboard as she beat Harris 1:34 into the game. Just 2:56 later, Consorte’s tally increased West Haven’s lead to 2-0.
The Hornets showed the Westies this was not going to be an easy night as they scored the next two goals. Hershham set up O’Brien with 4 minutes left in the first period to cut the deficit in half and Hershham scored 13 seconds into the second period to even the game at 2.
The Westies responded when Crouse scored her second of the game 5:03 later to give West Haven a 3-2 lead after two periods of play.
West Haven goaltender Josey Militrano made 15 saves in the tie. Harris stopped 19 shots as West Haven held a 23-19 shot advantage.
West Haven returns to action Saturday against Stamford/Westhill at Terry Connors Rink in Stamford at 6:30 p.m.

Consorte leads Westies in opener
Senior scores twice in 3-1 win over Lauralton Hall
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 5, 2012) -
 The West Haven girls’ hockey team needed just a little time to warm up in the season opener against Lauralton Hall Wednesday evening. Once they got going, the Westies never stopped.
Led by two goals from Julia Consorte and a pair of assists from Brittany Gould, the Westies opened the season with a 3-1 victory over the Crusaders at the Edward L. Bennett Rink.
After Micaela Murphy gave Lauralton a 1-0 lead 7 minutes, 31 seconds into the game, the Westies scored the final three goals. Less than 3 minutes after Lauralton scored, West Haven got the equalizer.
Alyssa Woosley got the Westies on the board for the first time in the 2012-13 season when she scored off assists from Alyssa Maddern and Nicole Woosley with 4:11 left in the opening period.


















West Haven's Alyssa Woosley scores against Lauralton Hall (above) and celebrates (below) in a game December 5, 2012. Photos courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 


















Consorte then took over. The West Haven senior gave the Westies the lead for good when she scored off assists from Molly Long and Gould at the 4:26 mark of the second period.
Consorte iced the contest in the third period. Taking a feed from Gould, Consorte scored at the 12:01 mark for a two-goal lead.
West Haven held a 39-15 shot advantage in the game.


















West Haven goaltender Josey Militrano makes a save against Lauralton Hall, December 5, 2012. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 


















Julia Consorte will play a big role in the success of the 2012-13 West Haven girls' hockey team. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.

Optimism in the Air
Franco looking for improved team in 2012-13
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
West Haven girls’ hockey coach Carol Franco is optimistic about the 2012-2013 team. The fifth-year coach has plenty of reasons why.
With a stellar group which loves the game, Franco is hoping for more wins and a return trip to the postseason.  
This year’s team is led by senior captain Julia Consorte and senior assistant captains Alyssa Maddern and Brittany Gould. According to Franco, the three seniors have the right qualities to lead the team.
“All three embrace the spirit of hockey,” Franco said. “They love being out on the ice and hate losing, whether it’s a game or a faceoff. They continually give their all. This display of leadership by example, I believe, will elevate the team.”
Offensively, Franco has a solid group anchored by a first line of Consorte, Gould and senior Molly Long. Gould will center the line with Consorte on the right wing and Long on the left wing.
“Brittany has the speed, Julia has the stick skills and Molly has the strength,” Franco said. “I am expecting a big year from these girls.”
The second line is strong as well with sophomore Marisa Pacapelli centering a line consisting of junior Nicole Woosley at right wing and junior Alyssa Woosley at left wing.
West Haven also has two solid defensive pairings as well. The first defense is Maddern and junior Carly Crouse while seniors Sam Young and Carly Brereton will pair together as the second unit.
“Alyssa Maddern is very aggressive and a skilled player who can play any position,” Franco said. “The team need was for another solid defenseman and she certainly fills the bill.
“Junior Carly Crouse, much like Alyssa, can play any position, but defense comes naturally to her. She has great instincts and is a big asset with her ability to move the puck up ice.”
The defense will support junior Josy Militrano in goal. Militrano saw plenty of varsity minutes last season and will use that to her advantage in the upcoming season.
“I have liked the improvement in goaltending,” Franco said. “Josy has become a better skater and much more confident.
“I also like the quickness of my centers, Gould and Pacapelli. We have a solid first defense and an improved second defense.
“We have to be smart and have aggressive play from start to finish. We need confident goaltending and improved forechecking and transition to be successful.”
Last season, the Westies were 4-13. This year, Franco thinks her team can definitely be better.
“We want to be aggressive and competitive in all of our games,” Franco said. “We want to at least double our wins from last season and make it to the SCC playoffs. I have great hopes that many will rise up this season.”
West Haven opens the campaign, Wednesday, December 5 when the Westies host Lauralton Hall at 4 p.m.  

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