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Westie Sharks top NDFF in opener
Nowak, Froehlich lead way in 8-4 victory
By MIKE MADERA
(December 16, 2019) - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team opened the 2019-2020 season in style with an impressive 8-4 victory over Notre Dame Fairfield/Foran Monday evening in Shelton.
Taylor Nowak led the offense with three goals and one assist, Megan Froehlich had two goals and two assists, and Jenna Hunt and Mackenzie Gardner each had a pair of assists. Hannah Davey and Hailey Alfano each played well in goal with Alfano turning aside six shots and Davey saving four more.
Taylor Nowak (11) led the Westie Sharks with three goals in a season-opening win over Notre Dame-Fairfield, December 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
The Westie Sharks scored five times in the opening period and never looked back. Jianna Cohrs opened the scoring 2 minutes, 50 seconds into the contest off assists from Nowak and Froehlich, before Froehlich scored off an assist from Hunt 2:17 later for a 2-0 advantage.
"These girls continue to prove to be special year after year," WH/SHA coach Erin Blake said. "They have come together as a team more than ever this season with the recent injury of our goalie Grace Nowak. Hailey Alfano and Hannah Davey have stepped it up for the team in goal, and as their coach, there is nothing better than seeing every girl continuously rally behind them."
Hunt increased the margin to 3-0 at the 7:52 mark off an assist from Anne Plunkett, and Froehlich made it a 4-0 game 1:09 later off an assist from Gardner. When Gardner set up Maya Boyhen 1:01 later, the Westie Sharks had a 5-0 advantage.
"Every girl plays an important role and seeing the way they worked together, we have high hopes for another great season," Blake said.
West Haven/SHA scored the only goal of the second period when Nowak scored off an assist from Froehlich at the 6:44 mark.
The Westie Sharks put the game away in the third period, scoring twice in the first five minutes for an 8-2 lead. Nowak scored off assists from Cohrs and Hunt, before the West Haven senior finished her hat trick off an assist from Chase Ireland with 4:58 gone by in the third.
Hunt leads Westie Sharks
WH/SHA post 6-0 victory over Hand
By MIKE MADERA
(December 18, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team improved to 2-0 on the year with a 6-0 victory over Hand/Coginchaug/Valley in the home opener at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven Wednesday evening.
In a solid defensive effort, the Westie Sharks allowed just four shots on goal, with goaltenders Hailey Alfano and Hannah Davey combining for the shutout. Alfano needed to make just one save, while Davey finished with three saves.
Jenna Hunt (7) scores against Hand/Coginchaug/Valley, December 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
“Our girls are working hard and are extremely motivated this season to help out their goalies,” coach Erin Blake said. “They are playing strong offensively and defensively the entire game.”
Jenna Hunt led the offense with two goals, while Megan Froehlich had a goal and two assists, and Taylor Nowak had a goal and an assist.
Hunt got the Westie Sharks started with a goal less than a minute into the contest, before her second of the game, off an assist from Froehlich, put the Westie Sharks on top 2-0.
West Haven/SHA continued the offensive barrage, taking a 3-0 lead 5:34 into the contest on a goal by Nowak, assisted by Froehlich. Melissa Tsakonas increased the margin to four goals at the 12:10 mark of the opening period.
The Westie Sharks put the contest away with two more goals in the second period. Froehlich scored off assists from Kiersten Adamo and Nowak, and Mia Celentano scored off assists from Emilee DeGrand and Mae Iversen at the 3:03 mark.
WH/SHA improves to 3-0 with win over Hall/Conard
By MIKE MADERA
(December 30, 2019) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team improved to 3-0 with an 8-5 victory over Hall-Conard Monday evening in West Hartford.
Jenna Hunt led the offense with two goals and two assists, Emilee DeGrand had one goal and three assists, Mia Celentano added two goals and an assist, while Megan Froehlich and Taylor Nowak each had a goal and an assist as seven players were in the scoring column. Hailey Alfano made 13 saves in the victory, including six in the middle period.
“Hall/Conard got on the board early first, but what makes me proud is our girls didn't hang their heads,” West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy coach Erin Blake said. “They fired right back and kept the momentum up the rest of game. It was a whole team effort.”
Trailing 1-0, the Westie Sharks evened the contest with 1 minute, 59 seconds remaining in the opening period when Mia Celentano scored off assists from DeGrand and Hunt.
West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy put the game away with five goals in the second period. Hunt gave the Westie Sharks a 2-1 lead off an assist from Mackenzie Gardner 1:22 into the second, before Hunt’s second of the period, off an assist from DeGrand with 10:25 remaining gave West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a 3-1 lead.
“Jenna's (Hunt) line had eleven points total between the three of them,” Blake said. “(Jenna) started the scoring and Emilee (DeGrand), as a freshman, had her first goal and added in four points. Taylor's (Nowak) line all scored so each player on our top two lines scored. Brooke (McNabola) played her best game yet, holding down the defensive with Mackenzie (Gardner).”
Leading 3-2, DeGrand scored off an assist from Celentano, and Celentano scored 1:59 later off assists from DeGrand and Hunt for a 5-2 advantage. Froehlich added a tally with 33 seconds remaining in the period for a 6-2 lead.The Westie Sharks took a 7-2 lead 2:43 into the third when Nowak scored an unassisted goal, before Nowak and Froehlich set up Cohrs with 8:18 remaining for an 8-3 lead.
WH/SHA improves to 4-0 with another win over Hall/Conard
By MIKE MADERA
(January 4, 2020) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart girls hockey team improved to 4-0 with its second consecutive 8-5 victory over Hall-Conard Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Nine players were in the scoring column, including Megan Froehlich with three goals and two assists, and Mia Celentano and Taylor Nowak with two goals apiece. Jianna Cohrs and Meghan Dupre each had a pair of assists in the win for the Westie Sharks.
West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy took a 4-0 lead in the opening period. Jenna Hunt got things going 2:06 into the contest off assists from Froehlich and Dupre, before Froehlich scored off assists from Emilee DeGrand and Brooke McNabola 5:48 later.
Froehlich scored again 26 seconds later off an assist from Cohrs for a 3-0 lead, before Celentano scored off and assist from Dupre for a 4-0 advantage.
Leading 4-1, Hunt set up Celentano 1:23 into the second, and Anne Plunkett set up Froehlich at the 4:25 mark for a 6-2 lead.
With the lead cut to 6-4, Nowak put the Westie Sharks on top by three goals with 48 seconds remaining in the second off an assist from Froehlich. Nowak closed out the scoring in the third off an assist from Cohrs.
Hannah Davey made nine saves, including five in the opening period, and Hailey Alfano made four in the win for the Westie Sharks.
Five in a Row
WH/SHA tops Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe
By MIKE MADERA
(January 6, 2020) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team continues to roll along. Behind 19 saves from Hailey Alfano, two goals and an assist from Taylor Nowak, and a goal and an assist each from Brooke McNabola and Jianna Cohrs, the Westie Sharks improved to 5-0 with a 6-1 victory over Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Monday evening.
Alfano was stellar in goal, making five saves in the first and four more in the second with the Westie Sharks in a tight contest. Alfano was at her best in the third period with 10 saves, and the rest of the team responded with four goals to put the game away.
The Westie Sharks took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by McNabola 2 minutes, 56 seconds into the game and held that lead until the second period. With the game even at one, Cohrs scored off an assist from Anne Plunkett at the 9:24 mark of the second to give West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a lead it never relinquished.
The Westie Sharks scored four times in the third as Emilee DeGrand opened the scoring at the 6:10 mark off assists from Mia Celentano and Jenna Hunt for a 3-1 lead. Mackenzie Gardner increased the lead to 4-1 just 4:22 later off an assist from Nowak, before Nowak put the game away.
The senior gave West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy a 5-1 lead with 1:57 left off assist from Cohrs and McNabola, before scoring an unassisted tally with 12 seconds remaining.
WH/SHA holds on to top Hamden 10-8
By MIKE MADERA
(January 8, 2020) - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team continues to find different ways to win. Through six games, the Westie Sharks are a perfect 6-0.
The latest victory for the Westie Sharks came Wednesday evening against rival Hamden. Scoring six times in the second period, West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy posted a 10-8 victory at the Lou Astorino Rink In Hamden.
“Tonight was a tough game,” West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy coach Erin Blake said. “Hamden is always one of our most difficult games of the season. They are a fast, tough, smart team. Taylor (Nowak) and Megan (Froehlich) both added a hat trick each and Jiji (Cohrs) with her two goals and assists helped put this game away.”
Megan Froehlich led the way for the Westie Sharks with three goals and two assists, Jianna Cohrs added two goals and three assists, while Taylor Nowak had three goals and one assist in the win.
Trailing 4-2 in the second period, the Westie Sharks scored five straight times to take a lead they never relinquished.
Froehlich scored off an assist from Cohrs to get West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy within 4-3 5:04 into the second, before an unassisted goal by Nowak evened the contest at four just 54 seconds later.
Cohrs scored an unassisted goal 1:34 later for a 5-4advantage, before Nowak set up Froehlich for a 6-4 lead 41 seconds later. Froehlich made it a 7-4 contest off an assist from Anne Plunkett with 4:31 left in the second.
The Westie Sharks increased the margin to 8-5 with 18 seconds remaining in the middle period when Nowak scored her third of the game off assists from Cohrs and Froehlich.
“Our defense worked hard tonight,” Blake said. “Mackenzie (Gardner) and Brooke (McNabola) have been controlling the defense with freshman Anne Plunkett and now Maya Boyhen. We were behind a few times tonight, but came together as team and pushed through with four quick goals in five minutes. Our ability to put the puck in the net is what continues to help us be successful.”
With the lead at 8-6, the Westie Sharks increased the margin to three goals on a tally by Hunt with 6:54 to go. Hamden got with 9-8 on a pair of goals in 1:05, but Brooke McNabola iced the contest with 32 seconds to go.
Cohrs gave West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a quick lead in the contest, scoring 5:36 in, before Hamden scored the next two goals. Nowak evened the contest at two with her first of the game off assists from Cohrs and Froehlich with 2:57 left in the opening period.
Hailey Alfano made 15 saves in the win for the Westie Sharks.
Nowak leads WH/SHA past NDFF
Senior scores 4 times in 6-5 win
By MIKE MADERA
(January 11, 2020) - The winning streak to start the season has reached seven games for the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team. Behind four goals from Taylor Nowak, including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining in the third period, the Westie Sharks topped Notre Dame-Fairfield 6-5 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Saturday afternoon.
“Notre Dame is always an aggressive team that fights start to finish every game,” WH/SHA Erin Blake said. “Today was a hard fought game by both teams and we were lucky enough to pull out the win just in time. Taylor (Nowak) played a phenomenal game leading her team today with four goals, including the game-winner. We need to continue to work hard offensively and defensively to help our goalies. Hailey (Alfano) played a great game in net and is improving every day.”
Leading 5-3 heading into the third period, WH/SHA watched as the Lancers evened the contest with a short-handed goal with 1:09 remaining.
Nowak was there to bail her team out. Off an assist from Mackenzie Gardner, Nowak found the back of the net in the final seconds for a 6-5 advantage.
Notre Dame took a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Westie Sharks got within 2-1 when Nowak scored off an assist from Hunt with 15 seconds to go in the opening period.
Off an assist from Brooke McNabola, Megan Froehlich evened the game at two 1:11 into the second.
Trailing 3-2, WH/SHA closed the period with three consecutive goals. Nowak evened the contest off an assist from Froehlich at the 8:21 mark, and an unassisted goal by Nowak put the Westie Sharks on top 4-3 with 4:20 remaining in the period. Jenna Hunt increased the lead to 5-3 with 40 seconds to go in the period off an assist from Mia Celentano.
“The girls have been digging deep to grab these last two wins and doing it as a team,” Blake said. “That is what makes me proud to coach such a great group of young ladies. Our defense has fought hard every game Mackenzie (Gardner) and Brooke (McNabola) have been amazing. Freshman Anne Plunkett continues to stay strong, and sophomore Maya Boyhen has stepped up big for the team and has been doing a great job on defense.”
Hailey Alfano made 17 saves in the win as the Westie Sharks held a 45-22 shot advantage in the game.
WH/SHA rolls past Masuk
Nowak scores 3 as career total hits 99
By MIKE MADERA
(January 14, 2020) - The winning streak has reached eight games to start the season for the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team. The Westie Sharks produced their latest victory in emphatic fashion with an 8-2 victory over Masuk Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Ten different players were in the scoring column, led by Taylor Nowak who had three goals and one assist. For Nowak, the goal total is now at 99 in her memorable high school career.
Jianna Cohrs scored twice and added an assist, while Hailey Alfano and Hannah Davey combined to make 12 saves. Alfano finished the contest with seven saves and Davey added five in the victory.
“Tonight was a great win for the girls,” coach Erin Blake said. “They continue to fight hard from start to finish each game. Caitlin Welch and Melissa Tsakonas had their first career goals. Hailey (Alfano) played well in the first period in goal, Hannah (Davey) was solid in the second and third periods.”
The Westie Sharks took control of the game in the opening period, scoring four times for a 4-0 advantage. Megan Froehlich, who had a goal and an assist, got things going 33 seconds into the contest with a tally off an assist from Cohrs.
Less than five minutes later, the lead was 2-0 when Melissa Tsakonas scored off an assist from Mackenzie Gardner. Cohrs made the score 3-0 off an assist from Nowak 2:10 later, then scored again off an assist from Emilee DeGrand with six seconds remaining in the period for a 4-0 advantage.
Leading 4-1 in the second, the Westie Sharks increased the margin to 5-1 when Caitlin Welch scored off assists from Maya Boyhen and Jenn Hunt. Nowak scored twice in 35 seconds in the second. Then finished her hat trick at the 12:16 mark off an assist from Froehlich.
WH/SHA tops Branford
Hunt, Cohrs lead the way to 9-0
By MIKE MADERA
(January 16, 2020) - West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy improved to 9-0 with a 6-2 victory over Branford Thursday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Nine different players were in the scoring column, led by Jenna Hunt and Jianna Cohrs with two goals and an assist apiece. Maya Boyhen finished with a pair of assists. Hailey Alfano finished with 12 saves, including five in the second period.
The Westie Sharks trailed 1-0 until Megan Froehlich scored off assists from Cohrs and Brooke McNabola with 20 seconds remaining in the opening period.
West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy scored the first three goals of the second period for a 4-1 advantage.
Hunt gave the Westie Sharks the lead for good with an unassisted goal at the 10:20 mark, before she scored again 1:06 later off assists from Mia Celentano and Boyhen. When Cohrs scored an unassisted goal 48 seconds later, WH/SHA led 4-1.
h a 4-2 advantage, the Westie Sharks put the contest away with two third period goals. Mackenzie Gardner scored at the 6:39 mark off assists from Hunt and Anne Plunkett, before Cohrs scored her second of the game with 1:12 left off assists from Taylor Nowak and Boyhen.
WH/SHA falls to New Canaan
Nowak scores 100th goal in loss
By MIKE MADERA
(January 20, 2020) - The results were mixed for the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team Monday evening.
Team-wise, the Westie Sharks suffered their first defeat of the year in a 6-5 loss to New Canaan at the Darien Ice House.
On an Individual basis, senior Taylor Nowak recorded her 100th career goal, adding another notch in her list of athletic and academic achievements.
For the Westie Sharks, they battled back from a two-goal deficit to take a 3-2 lead, then battled back from a 5-3 deficit to even the game, before falling 6-5. The loss was the team’s first after opening the season with nine straight victories.
Megan Froehlich led the Westie Sharks with one goal and three assists, while Brooke McNabola had two goals, and Jianna Cohrs and Nowak each had a goal and an assist apiece.
Trailing 2-0, Nowak put the Westie Sharks on the board off an assist from Froehlich with 2:06 left in the first period. McNabola evened the contest off an assist from Nowak 3:27 into the second, and Cohrs gave West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy a 3-2 lead off assists from Froehlich and Mackenzie Gardner at the 7:52 mark.
New Canaan responded with the final three goals of the second period to take a 5-3 lead to the third period. Off an assist from Cohrs, Froehlich got her team within a goal 2:30 in, before McNabola evened the contest at five off an assist from Froehlich at the 8:25 mark.
New Canaan responded just 11 seconds later to take a 6-5 lead. Hailey Alfano made 11 saves in the loss for West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy.
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