(November 13, 2017) - The West Have Mite A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend. Saturday started off with a tough loss against a very good Southeastern Seahawks team. The Blue Devils came back on Eric Boguniecki Day at West Haven with a tough fought win against Darien. Matt Cicosantti and Finn Moriarty led the scoring for West Haven.
The game was ultimately decided by the outstanding goaltending of Alex Werle, who made multiple saves for the Westies to pull out the win.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team extended its winning streak to 14 consecutive games with three more victories this week. The team has been improving in all facets and the winning streak has been built on strong defense, unselfish offense, clutch goal-scoring and solid goaltending.
On Tuesday, the Westies defeated Ridgefield A, 5-0, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. They followed with home wins at Edward L. Bennett Rink, defeating Darien A1, 8-2, on Saturday and Wonderland Wizards A1, 4-3, on Sunday. The Squirt A's overall record is now 17-4-1.
The Blue Devils and their families boarded a bus to the Barclays Center on Tuesday morning for an Election Day tilt before attending the New York Islanders-Edmonton Oilers game later that night. In the opening period versus the Ridgefield Lions, Brady Price gave West Haven a 1-0 lead at the 4:30 mark off a feed from Zach Goetze.
The Westies then took command of the game with three second period goals. Dylan Link fed Thomas Porto, who deked left and scored right at 4:42. Porto then redirected Goetze's seeing-eye pass at 9:29. Matthew Kelly chipped ahead to Sean Studley who made a nice hustle play up the left boards and fired toward the net where Ryan Pniewski finished the job for a 4-0 lead at 10:40. In the third period, Porto went the length of the ice and finished top shelf to complete his hat trick and cap the 5-0 win. West Haven goaltender Jacob Silva made six saves to earn the shutout.
On Saturday morning, the Blue Devils faced the last team to beat them, Darien A1, who topped West Haven 9-5 on October 1. Led by outstanding goaltending from Silva (20 saves) and the defensive pairings of Connor Moriarty and Dylan Bosworth, and Matthew Kelly and Link, the Westies' defense showed how much it has improved and shut down the Darien attack. This allowed the Blue Devils offense to take over, which it did by scoring three goals within the opening two minutes of the first period.
Porto stole a pass and fed Goetze for the initial tally, before Pniewski knocked in a rebound of Ethan Kelly's shot. Goetze hit ahead to Price whose initial shot was stopped but he quickly snapped the puck to Porto who buried the one-timer for a 3-0 lead. On a power play, Goetze passed to Price, who fired off the post, but Porto back-handed in the rebound for his second straight hat trick and a 4-0 advantage at 4:23. Darien scored off a scramble a minute later, but Silva made six clutch saves in the period to keep it 4-1.
Darien gained momentum with another goal 1:37 into the second. Porto put an end to any possible comeback when he finished off Goetze's sweet pass at 7:55. Porto returned the favor and hit Goetze for a breakaway at 10:53.
In the third period, Porto tapped in a power play goal in the opening minute from Price and Goetze, and then finished a breakaway in the final minute to complete the scoring. Silva came up clutch between the pipes many times throughout the game.
On Sunday, the Westies watched the Eric Boguniecki Day ceremony from the stands faced the Wonderland Wizards A1 team on the ice. The Wizards took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed, breakaway goal with 1:05 remaining in the first period. Just over three minutes into the second, Wonderland scored from the slot for a 2-0 lead.
With time winding down in the second period, West Haven's top line got them right back in the game. Porto wristed home a pass from Price in the slot with 1:50 on the clock. Goetze then one-timed Price's feed 33 seconds later to tie the game. With 49 seconds left, Silva made a kick save and then a glorious glove save on the rebound to keep it 2-2 at the second intermission.
The game remained tight and both goalies were sharp in the third. The Wizards regained the lead with 4:35 remaining in the game. It took less than a minute for the Westies to respond as Bosworth stole the puck at the red line, sped into the Wizards' zone, and roofed his shot with 3:50 to play.
In the final minute, Porto won the puck at the red line and found Goetze, who one-timed his pass to a streaking Price on the wing. Price then roofed his wrist shot with only 52 seconds on the clock to finish off the comeback win. Silva finished with 18 saves.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a par of games this weekend, losing to the Riverhawks, before rebounding to blank Greater New Haven. The Westies had defeated Greenwich Skate Club to open the week in a day game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Against Greenwich, the Westies used a pair of goals by Jayden Spreyer to post a 2-1 victory. Spreyer gave the Westies a 1-0 lead off an assist from Nolan Cole with 2:55 left in the first.
After Greenwich evened the game in the second period, West Haven broke the tie less than a minute later as Spreyer scored an unassisted goal with 2:26 left in the second. Brendam Smith played well in goal for the Westies, making several stellar saves in the final period to preserve the win.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 7-1 loss to the Riverhawks in Shelton on Saturday. Trailing 3-0 after one period of play, West Haven scored its only goal on the power play when Cade Simone scored off an assist from Dave Brown.
That was all the scoring on the day for the Westies as too many penalties did not allow the Westies to get going in the game.
The Westies rebounded for a split of the weekend and improved to 15-6-2 with a 3-0 victory over Greater New Haven Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink on Eric Boguniecki Day.
West Haven took control of the game with two goals in the final 1:23 of the opening period. Colin Deane gave the Westies a 1-0 lead off an assist from Spreyer in front, before Simone scored off assists from Michael Madera and Mickey Dowd for a 2-0 advantage.
With Smith keeping the Warriors off the scoreboard with the help of defensemen Sean Bosworth, Jack Sellman, Jason Alling, Haygen Axelrod, Bruno Martone and Brown, the Westies were able to ice the game in the third period.
With 3:04 left in the game, Shane Repetto took control of the puck off a faceoff, walked in, and lifted a shot into the net for the 3-0 final.
For the second time in three weeks, the West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team completed a three- game sweep over a weekend. The Westies disposed of the Yale AA team 7-2 on Friday, then handled the Wizards B team 4-1 and the Wizards A1 team 3-2 over the rest of the weekend to improve their overall record to 11-6 on the season.
On Friday night, the Westies traveled to Northford and avenged an earlier season loss to the Yale AA team. Ben Carfora opened up the scoring by taking an offensive zone face off right to the net and putting it past the Yale goaltender.
Carfora then assisted on the first of Michael Kelly’s two goals, before Rocco Plano rounded out the first period scoring, giving the Devils an early 3-0 edge. Yale had their chances, but Joe Crisci was there to stop 27 Bulldog shots. Andrew Wrzosek completed the Westies scoring off a pass from Joe Honcz as the Westies beat one of the states better teams.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bantams traveled to Bridgeport to play The Wonderland Wizards B team. It was a sound win as the Westies never trailed and controlled the play most of the night. Anthony Peschell led the scorers, netting two, the second coming off a beautiful pass from line mate Nick Boanno, who finished the night with three assists. Ryan Smith also had a nice goal as he followed his own rebound to tap in a goal. Kelly also scored with the assist going to Adrien Fielosh. Nick Link stopped 19 of 20 shots in a fine performance.
On Sunday back home in Bennett Rink, the Westies battled the Wizard A1 team. In a tightly contested battle, the Devils scored first as Ryan Smith fired a shot from the point past the Wizards Goalie. The Wizards came back to tie, but that did not last long as Carfora put the Westies back in front. Luca Ubaldi then added a breakaway goal for a 3-1 lead. The Devils hung on for their third victory in as many days.
(November 6, 2017) - The West Haven Mite A travel hockey team faced off against the Norwalk Roughriders at home this Saturday. Andrew Grillo contributed to its win with a hat trick. Brooklyn Maher hustled to the puck and made it tough for her opponents to get by her.
On Sunday, the Westies traveled to Bridgeport for a game against the Wonderland Wizards. They added another win to their weekend. Owen Santos put the puck in the net and Kyle Guarino and Luke Jaques helped lead a strong defensive team effort.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team posted two convincing home wins at Edward L. Bennett Rink this week. The Blue Devils defeated the Norwalk Roughriders 6-2 on Saturday and followed that with an 8-1 win over the Central Capitals on Sunday. The Westies have won eleven straight games and stand at 14-4-1 overall on the season.
Zach Goetze opened the scoring against the Roughriders on Saturday morning by converting a breakaway from Ethan Kelly 2:41 into the first period. With 4:17 remaining in the period, Brady Price hit Goetze, who passed to Thomas Porto for an easy tap-in and a 2-0 lead.
In the second period, Goetze and Porto assisted on Price's goal just 35 seconds in, before Sean Studey's backhander from Ethan Kelly a minute later made it 4-0 Blue Devils. Porto won a defensive zone faceoff while short-handed and hit Goetze for another breakaway and a 5-0 lead after two periods.
Norwalk cut it the deficit to 5-2 with goals one minute apart in the third period, while Porto rounded out the scoring with a breakaway of his own from Goetze. Jacob Silva made eight saves in goal for the Westies.
On Sunday morning, the Blue Devils jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one period against the Capitals. Goetze scored on a breakaway and added three assists in the period. Porto, Price, Ethan Kelly and Ryan Pniewski scored goals, while Dylan Link chipped in with an assist.
Goetze went five-hole from Dylan Bosworth, Price snapped home a wrister from Goetze, and Matthew Kelly scored from the point to give West Haven an 8-0 lead in the second period. Central scored a power play goal in the final minute of the second to make it 8-1. Silva was dazzling between the pipes in the third period, making several stops including a sweet glove save, and finished with 16 saves in the game.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team came away with two victories this weekend with a 6-1 win over the Northwestern Icehawks and a 5-4 win over the Norwalk Roughriders.
Against the Icehawks, Cameren Lipford had five goals and J.J. Hall had one as well. Rafi Treat and Christopher Consorte each had an assist. Maddex Lafountain was solid in net with 14 saves for the Westies.
On Sunday, Lipford led the way again with four goals. Gavin Coady also added a goal. Tyler McColgan played well with three assists and Gavin Fanelli had an assist as well.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team moved to 13-5-2 on the season with a win and a tie this past weekend. The Westies opened the weekend with a 2-2 tie at Ridgefield, before topping West Hartford 7-1 on Sunday.
Against Ridgefield, the Westies jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but could not hold on in the tie. Mickey Dowd and Michael Madera each had a goal and an assist in the tie, and Brendan Smith played well in goal.
With the Westies short-handed, Madera sent Dowd in on a break and Dowd put the Westies on top with 8:33 left in the opening period. Madera gave West Haven a 2-0 lead with 2:54 left on the opening period, scoring in front off assists from Cade Simone and Dowd.
West Haven never scored again in the contest, and Ridgefield scored once in the first period and added a tying goal with 9:06 left in the game to force the tie.
Against West Hartford, ten different players were in the scoring column for the Westies. Dante Hardt led the way with two goals and an assist, Madera added a goal and two assists, while Kyle Droney had two assists.
The Westies led 1-0 after one period as Colin Deane scored in front off assists from Jayden Spreyer and Nolan Cole. With the game even at one, West Have scored the final six goals of the game, including four in the second period.
Shane Repetto gave West Haven a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal off an assist from Hardt, before Hardt scored off an assist from Droney 39 seconds later for another short-handed tally. Droney set up Hardt again with 4:46 left in the middle period for a 4-1 lead, before Madera put in a rebound of a Dave Brown shot with 1:58 left in the second for a 5-1 advantage.
The Westies iced the contest with two more goals in the third. Dowd scored off an assist from Madera with 4:36 gone in the third, and Madera sent Simone in for a goal with 4:52 left for the 7-1 final.
The West Haven Bantam A team experienced the highs of being dominant this weekend by defeating the Greenwich Blues 10-2 on Sunday, and the lows of being dominated by dropping a 10-0 decision to the Wonderland Wizard’s A team on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Westies hung around for a while playing the Wizards, one of Connecticut’s top teams. Rocco Plano and Ryan Smith helped keep the score close early with some strong defensive work. Solid back checking by Michael Kelly, Ryan Bernardi and Nick Boanno was beneficial as well. The Wizards just kept the pressure on and were too much for the Devils to handle on this day. After falling behind 3-0 after the first period, the Westies never found a groove on their way to a tough loss.
Sunday was a different feel. The Westies jumped out to 7-0 first period lead and coasted home to a 10-2 final.
Line mates Ben Carfora, DJ Carfora and Steven Lewis led the way, scoring two goals each. Five of the goals came in the first period alone. Mike Alfano picked up a goal and an assist, Anthony Peschell and Justin Pniewski also tallied late. Joe Honcz chipped in with two assists and Joe D’Aurio added a helper as well. Nick Link made all the tough saves along the way as well.
(October 29, 2017) - The West Haven Mite A travel team hosted West Hartford at the Edward L. Bennet Rink on Saturday. The team fought hard to the very end of the game, but was unable to come out with the win. Riley Crowley moved the puck up to his teammates, while Aedan Guarino led the team in scoring with four goals.
On Sunday, the team played another home game against South Windsor. Matthew Ciccosanti put the Westies on the scoreboard with three goals. Jake Newkirk made some key passes and scored a goal as well.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team increased its winning streak to nine in a row with two commanding victories this weekend. The Blue Devils defeated Central Capitals A1 team 8-1 on Saturday, and CT Northern Lights Girls 10U 11-0 on Sunday.
Nine different players recorded points on the weekend, led by Zach Goetze (12) and Thomas Porto (8). The Westies overall record is now 12-4-1.
At the Newington Arena on Saturday morning, West Haven jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. Goetze scored the first three goals and Ethan Kelly added the fourth. Goetze scored again in the second period and Porto scored one minute into the third period to give the Westies a 6-0 lead.
Central scored off a scramble in front to make it 6-1, before Brady Price and Goetze (penalty shot) finished off the scoring. Porto (2), Price (2), Dylan Bosworth, Sean Studley and Goetze all had assists in the game. Jacob Silva had nine saves in goal for West Haven.
On Sunday morning, the Blue Devils headed to the International Skating Center of CT in Simsbury to face the Northern Lights Girls squad. Goetze opened the scoring with a rebound goal off Price's initial shot. Dylan Link lit the lamp from the right point before Ryan Pniewski scored off a rebound of a Studley shot to make the score 3-0 at the end of one period.
In the second period, the Westies dominated with six goals and held the puck in the Northern Lights' zone for the majority of the period. Porto (from Goetze and Matthew Kelly) scored in the opening minute, and Studley roofed a tough-angle shot for a 6-0 lead.
Porto fed Goetze, and Pniewski fed Studley to make it 8-0. Porto found Link for a point shot which Goetze neatly redirected in with a waist-high stick poke. Price, from Porto and Goetze, made it 9-0 at the end of two periods. Pniewski (assists to Goetze and Porto) and Ethan Kelly rounded out the scoring in the third. Connor Moriarty skated hard and was solid on defense, while Silva made two saves in net to record the shutout.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team struggled to score this weekend and dropped a pair of contests. With the losses, West Haven fell to 12-5-1.
West Haven opened the weekend with a 4-2 loss in Simsbury. In a game filled with penalties, West Haven never got on track in the loss.
Trailing 1-0, West Haven evened the contest when Sean Bosworth scored on a shot from the circle off an assist from Dante Hardt. Simsbury, which scored three power play goals in the game, scored the next two goals for a 3-1 lead before Nolan Cole scored short-handed to get West Haven within a goal in the second period.
West Haven played host to Central on Sunday and again started slowly, trailing 2-0 after one period. Trailing 2-0 in the third, Colin Deane picked up a rebound in front to cut the deficit in half. Dave Brown and Cole assisted on West Haven’s lone goal as Central put the game away with the final two goals.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team started their weekend early with a Friday Night win over Greater New Haven, then completed the weekend sweep by pounding West Hartford 9-0 on Saturday, and traveling to the Gunnery and defeating Northwestern 8-1 on Sunday.
On Friday night, the Westies started off quickly as Anthony Peschell redirected a shot from defensemen Rocco Plano to give the Devils the early lead. New Haven hung tough for a while and tied the game after one period.
That was as close as the game would get as the Westies scored three goals in the second period. First, it was Nick Boanno unassisted, then Michael Kelly scored. Ben Carfora scored the next goal off a feed from Ryan Smith.
In the third period, Kelly scored another goal, and D.J. Carfora closed out the scoring. Joe Crisci was solid in the net, recording 23 saves. Joe D’Aurio and Justin Pniewski helped stabilize a solid defensive effort throughout the contest.
Saturday morning was no contest start to finish as the Devils dominated West Hartford. Boanno had another big game with four goals. Plano, Adrian Fielosh and Luca Ubaldi all contributed with goals.
Nick Link recorded the shutout stopping all 15 shots he faced. Joe Honcz, Mikey Alfano, and Andrew Wrzosek were on the attack in the offensive zone on every one of their shifts to help lead to the 9-0 blowout.
On Sunday, the Westies played a physical game against Northwestern. The Westies scored first as Peschell deflected a Buanno pass home, then Ryan Bernardi scored off passes from line mates Alfano and Wrzosek.
Ben Carfora and D.J. Carfora both added two goals, and line mate Steve Lewis added two assists. The 3-0 weekend improved the Bantams record to 11-5 on the season.
(October 22, 2107) - The West Haven Youth Hockey Mite A travel hockey team had an exceptional bounce back weekend. The weekend started with a comeback win over GNH A-1 team, led by the scoring from Aedan Guarino and solid defense of Kyle Guarino.
Matt Ciccosanti led the scoring in the second win for the weekend against the Southeastern Seahawks Mite A team. Ethan Mazzocchi demonstrated his strong determination and puck handling skills throughout the weekend.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team won two close games this weekend, defeating Yale AA 4-3 and ECHO 4-2. The Westies raised their season record to 10-4-1 overall.
On Saturday morning at Bennett Rink, Brady Price recorded a hat trick and Zach Goetze had a goal and three assists to lead the Blue Devils past Yale.
Price opened the scoring by roofing Goetze's feed from behind the net 3:33 into the game. After Yale tied it, Connor Moriarty hustled to keep the puck in the zone and passed to Goetze. He slid it to Price, who was wide open on the right post and the goal made it 2-1 with 24 seconds left in the first.
Yale again tied the score just over a minute into the second period. Then, with 4:22 remaining in the period, Goetze hit Thomas Porto, who found Price on the right post to give West Haven a 3-2 advantage.
The Westies increased the lead to 4-2 in the third when Sean Studley chipped ahead to Goetze, who deked and slid in a breakaway goal. Yale made it 4-3 with two minutes to play. but Westies goaltender Jacob Silva finished off the game with several key saves. Silva had 12 total saves in the game.
On Sunday, West Haven traveled to the Bolton Ice Center to face ECHO. Studley had a hat trick and the Blue Devils earned a hard-fought 4-2 win in a physical contest.
Studley pounced on a rebound of Dylan Link's shot from the point and slammed the puck in for a 1-0 lead 1:15 into the game. With the game tied in the final minute of the period, Moriarty passed to Ethan Kelly, who spun and hit Studley on his tape. The winger snapped it home with 32 seconds left on the clock.
With the game now even at two in the third period, Studley then broke the tie with 3:21 to go. He took Matthew Kelly's pass on the left boards, cut inside and wristed his shot off the right post and in. Ethan Kelly iced the game with a nifty move on a breakaway, with Goetze and Dylan Bosworth assisting. Silva made 15 clutch saves in goal for the Westies.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team brought its record to 6-2 with a win over the Milford Stars this weekend.
Gavin Coady led the Westies with two goals and two assists. Mike Riccelli, J.J. Hall and Tyler McColgan each added a goal to help the Westies to their 5-2 win. Cameren Lipford added in two assists as well.
Next weekend the Westies faceoff against the Riverhawks at home on Saturday, then travel to Bridgeport to play Wonderland on Sunday.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team moved to 12-3-1 with a split of a pair of games this weekend.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 2-0 loss against Wonderland Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport. Despite solid defensive efforts by Bruno Martone, Sean Bosworth and Haygen Axelrod, and some stellar saves by Brendan Smith in goal, the Westies could not get on the scoreboard and fell 2-0 at the Wonderland of Ice.
West Haven then traveled to the Arena at Harbor Yard Sunday afternoon for a home game against Northeast and posted a 2-1 victory.
Smith was the story of the game as he made several outstanding saves throughout the contest. The defense, led by Axelrod, Bosworth, Jack Sellman, Jason Alling, and Martone, again played well in the victory.
With the game scoreless after two periods of play, Northeast took a 1-0 lead 3:45 into the third period. That lead did not last long as West Haven tied the contest 1:15 later when Shane Repetto scored in front off an assist from Dante Hardt for the equalizer.
The Westies pulled out the victory, scoring the winning goal with 2:02 remaining. Jayden Spreyer sent a perfect lead pass to Michael Madera on the wing. Madera came in on a partial breakaway and roofed a shot to the top right corner for the 2-1 advantage.
West Haven’s defense and Smith did the rest as the Westies held on for their twelfth victory of the year.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team split its games this weekend. The Westies started strong by hammering the Greenwich Blues 9-2, but then fell short against the Greenwich Skate Club 4-1 on Sunday Morning at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
On Saturday morning, it was a quick start for the Devils as they jumped all over Greenwich early and often. The Carfora brothers teamed up twice as Ben would set DJ up for two goals in the first period. Mikey Alfano scored off an assist from Andrew Wrzosek, and then he returned the favor seconds later as Wrzosek scored off an assist from Alfano.
Anthony Peschell rounded out the scoring in the first period off a helper from Luca Ubaldi. The Westies cruised home from there as Ubaldi, Ben Carfora and Joe D’Aurio all netted goals, and Nick Boanno and Joe Honcz added assists. Nick Link was solid between the pipes, making 14 saves.
On Sunday, the Westies played a home game at Webster Bank arena in Bridgeport. In a fast-paced game, the Devils got on the board first as Peschell tipped in a rebound off a shot from Ubaldi. The play was started by a heads up look from Michael Kelly. Joe Crisci made several key stops to keep the game close.
(October 15, 2017) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team defeated South Windsor 7-2 Sunday morning at the South Windsor Ice Arena behind Thomas Porto's hat trick and a strong performance from the defense.
Porto opened the scoring just 1:09 into the game with a wrist shot from the right circle. Sean Studley then jammed home a loose puck from behind the net 40 seconds later to make it 2-0.
Zach Goetze scored on a breakaway three minutes into the second period for a 3-0 advantage. After South Windsor scored with 1:50 left in the period to get within a pair of goals, Porto won a short-handed faceoff in the defensive zone and fed Goetze for a breakaway goal with one second left for a 4-1 lead.
South Windsor scored on the power play to open the third, but the Blue Devils closed out the scoring with the next three goals to put the game away. Connor Moriarty fed Brady Price for a goal, Dylan Link hit Price, who passed ahead to Porto for a breakaway tally, and Link again assisted on another Porto breakaway goal.
Maddox LaFountain was solid in goal, making 12 saves for West Haven. Matthew Kelly, Dylan Bosworth, Moriarty and Link were stout on defense.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend, losing to Northwestern and topping Greater New Haven.
The Westies played host to Northwestern Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink and fell 6-1. A slow start would hurt the Westies as Northwestern scored four times in the opening period and never looked back.
West Haven’s only goal came in the second period when Shane Repetto scored an unassisted goal 1:05 into the period to get the team within 4-1.
West Haven got back on the winning track Sunday afternoon with a 6-4 victory over Greater New Haven at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Dave Brown led the way with a goal and two assists, while Nolan Cole added a goal and an assist.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead with 5:40 left in the first period when Cole set up Cade Simone for a power play goal. Mickey Dowd gave the Westies a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal off an assist from Jack Sellman, before Greater New Haven scored the next three goals for a 4-2 advantage.
Cole started a string of four straight West Haven goals when he got the Westies back into the contest with an unassisted goal with 2:05 to go in the middle period, before Brown set up Kyle Droney for the equalizer 1:12 into the third. Brown put the Westies on top with 3:10 to go and Colin Deane added an insurance goal off an assist from Brown late in the contest.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team competed in the Steel City Shootout last weekend in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Despite posting an impressive 3-1 record, the Westies came away with only a fifth place consolation prize.
The Devils opened up against host team Lehigh Valley and dropped a 2-1 decision which would haunt them throughout the remainder of the tournament. The Westies tried to shake off the long drive to Pennsylvania but trailed throughout the game, scoring only at the buzzer of the third period on a goal by Steve Lewis which was assisted by Mike Alfano.
In the second game, with their backs to the wall, the Westies defeated the New Jersey Stars 6-4. Once again, it was Lewis leading the way with a pair of goals. Ben Carfora played a strong game, scoring one and assisting on two others. Nick Boanno, Nico Bruneau, and Ryan Bernardi rounded out the scoring, while Anthony Peschell added two assists. The West Haven defense chipped in also as Ryan Smith, Justin Pniewski, and Luca Ubaldi would all add helpers to the scoring column.
The third game was another must win and the Devils answered the call, defeating the Steel City Renegades 4-2. D.J. Carfora opened up the scoring, netting a goal with an assist from his brother Ben to give the Westies an early lead. Boanno scored next, giving the Devils a 2-0 advantage, but the previously undefeated Steel City team rebounded with the next two goals.
Ben Carfora tallied two in the third to lead the Westies to victory. Rocco Plano and Joe D’Aurio gave huge defensive efforts in helping lead their team to victory. Joe Crisci was solid in net all weekend.
The Westies fell short in the tie breaker and were forced to play a fifth place consolation game. That did not deter them as they dominated the New Jersey Stars 4-0. Nick Link led the way, posting the shutout. Michael Kelly scored a big goal and Jordan Fabula, Andrew Wrzosek, Adrien Felosh and Joey Honcz skated strong, helping deliver the win.
(October 8, 2017) - Thomas Porto and Zach Goetze each scored two goals to lead the West Haven Squirt A team to a 7-1 victory over the Jersey Colts in the Steel City Columbus Day Shootout championship on Monday at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
West Haven went 4-0 overall in the Shootout. The Westies also outscored their opponents 41-2 and never trailed at any point in the four games.
In the championship game, defenseman Dylan Link opened the scoring 1:28 into the game with a laser from the point after Ethan Kelly fed Link with a faceoff win. Porto knocked home a nice feed from Goetze at 3:52, before Ryan Pniewski gave the Blue Devils a 3-0 lead at 6:40 with Sean Studley and Ethan Kelly assisting.
The Colts converted a penalty shot with just under five minutes remaining in the period, before a breakaway and nifty move by Goetze gave the Westies a 4-1 lead at the first intermission.
Both teams went scoreless in the second period as the West Haven defense, consisting of the pairings of Matthew Kelly with Link, and Dylan Bosworth with Connor Moriarty, clamped down on the Colts.
In the third, Porto made it 5-1 by depositing Goetze's pass at 4:21. Two minutes later, Brady Price made a nice move at the blue line and roofed his breakaway for a 6-1 lead. Goetze finished off Porto's assist to cap the scoring with 1:49 left in the game.
West Haven goaltender Jacob Silva made five saves in the game and was mobbed by his teammates as the final horn sounded.
In pool play, the Westies defeated the Hershey (PA) Jr. Bears 10-0 on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, they beat the Long Island (NY) Icecats 15-0 and the Jersey (NJ) Colts 9-1.
All ten skaters for West Haven scored at least one goal in the tournament. Goetze led the team with 21 points (8 goals, 13 assists), Porto had 16 points (13 goals, 3 assists), Price had 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists), and Ethan Kelly had 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists). Sean Studley had seven points (2 goals, 5 assists), Dylan Link had six points (5 goals, 1 assist), Ryan Pniewski had three points (3 goals), while Matthew Kelly, Connor Moriarty, and Dylan Bosworth each had two points with one goal and one assist each.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team won the Steel City Columbus Day Shootout with a 4-0-1 record this past weekend in Pennsylvania.
The Westies entered Monday needing a win over Dix Hills, New York to reach the championship contest. Trailing by two goals, the Westies scored five unanswered goals to win 5-2.
Mickey Dowd cut the deficit in half off an assist from Cade Simone with 1:34 left in the first, Jayden Spreyer evened the game off an assist from Colin Deane 44 seconds into the second, and Dante Hardt scored a shorthanded goal with five minutes left in the second. Shane Repetto scored for a 4-2 lead with 8.5 seconds left in the second.
Michael Madera capped the scoring 1:16 into the third period when he scored off an assist from Simone. Brenda Smith made 19 saves in the win.
The Westies never trailed in winning the title game 4-2 over the same Dix Hills, New York team later in the afternoon at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Nolan Cole scored three times in the win, giving West Haven a 1-0 lead 47 seconds into the game off an assist from Deane, and a 2-1 lead off an assist from Spreyer with 6:05 left in the second. Cole’s unassisted tally put the Westies on top 3-2 two minutes into the third, before Dave Brown sealed the win with an empty net goal. Smith made 17 saves in the win.
West Haven opened the tournament with a 5-3 win over the Jersey Shore Wildcats. Dante Hardt and Cole led the offense with two goals apiece, while Kyle Droney also scored. Brown and Bruno Martone each had two assists, while Repetto and Madera picked up one assist apiece.
West Haven won its second game 8-1 over the Pottstown Penguins. Cole led the way with two goals and two assists, Madera scored twice, and Sean Bosworth, Spreyer, Repetto, and Simone each scored once. Dowd, Spreyer, and Deane each had two assists, while Bosworth, Hardt, and Jason Alling each picked up an assist.
West Haven also tied the Jersey Colts 4-4 with Deane, Bosworth, Brown and Simone scoring, and Simone also grabbing an assist.
(October 1, 2017) - The West Haven Mite A travel hockey team had two strong wins this weekend. On Saturday, the Westies faced Northern Lights at the Edward L. Bennet Rink. The Westies followed on Sunday by traveling to West Point, New York to play against Army.
The team offense was highlighted by passes from Finn Moriarty. Luke Jaques made some great defensive plays, and Alex Werle was solid in goal.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team went 0-2-1 this past weekend. The Westies hosted Greater New Haven A at Bennett Rink on Friday night and suffered a 6-1 defeat. It was a 3-1 game into the third period before GNH pulled away late. Thomas Porto scored the lone goal for West Haven, while Jacob Silva was solid between the pipes.
On Saturday morning, the Westies hosted South Windsor A and played to a 2-2 tie. Porto and Zach Goetze each had a goal and assist for the Blue Devils.
The Westies traveled to Stamford Twin Rinks for an early morning game on Sunday against Darien A1 and lost 9-5.
Porto gave West Haven a 1-0 lead at the first intermission when he buried a loose puck two minutes into the game. Darien made it 4-1, before Porto's power play goal with Goetze assisting cut the lead to two. After another Darien goal, Porto just beat the second period buzzer with assists to Goetze and Brady Price for a 5-3 score.
Goetze put in a tough-angle shot with an assist to Porto 1:28 into the third period, and Silva saved a penalty shot two minutes later to give the Westies momentum. But Darien scored four more in the period to put the game away. Porto fed Goetze for a breakaway goal to account for the last West Haven tally.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team faced off against the Wonderland Wizards in Bridgeport this Saturday and suffered a defeat. While the Westies started the season off winning four of their first five games, they met defeat in a 13-0 loss to the Wizards. The score may have been one-sided, but West Haven goalie Maddex Lafountain left it all on the ice by stopping 43 of the Wizards 56 shots on goal.
On Sunday, the Westies came back home to Bennett Rink and found the back of the net eleven times in an 11-1 victory over the Yale Junior Bulldogs.
Showing the Westies the way with a combined 11 goals were centers, Cameren Lipford and Gavin Coady. Adding assists each were J.J. Hall and Lucas Iversen.
The Squirt B's head to Bethlehem, PA for the Steel City Tournament next weekend.
The West Haven PeeWee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend to move to 6-1 on the season.
The Westies improved to 6-0 with a 6-2 victory over West Hartford at Trinity. Jayden Spreyer led the offense with two goals and two assists, while Nolan Cole and Colin Deaneeach had a goal and an assist in the win. Kyle Droney and Dave Brown also scored for the Westies.
Spreyer gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 3:38 in off an assist from Cole, before Deane scored off assists from Spreyer and Sean Bosworth with 31.8 seconds left in the opening period.
Droney gave the Westies a 3-0 lead when he poked in a loose puck in the middle period. Cole scored a power play goal off assists from Deane and Spreyer with 10:08 to go, before Brown scored on a breakaway for a 5-1 advantage. Leading 5-2, Spreyer capped the scoring off an assist from Simone with 2:52 remaining in the game.
West Haven suffered its first defeat of the year with a 6-1 loss to Watertown at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Sunday morning. Watertwon took control of the game in the first period, scoring five times, four on the power play.
The Westies inched closer in the second period when Deane scored a short-handed goal off an assist from Michael Madera 4:44 in, but the Westies never got closer and fell to 6-1 on the year.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team defeated the Wonderland Wizards 6-1 on Saturday morning at Bennett Rink in West Haven.
The Westies started fast as Nick Boanno opened the scoring with a power play goal after receiving a nice pass from Steve Lewis. The Wizards answered by scoring the tying goal as the first period ended tied at one.
That is as close as the Wizards got the rest of the day as the Westies exploded for five second period goals. First, it was Ryan Smith scoring the first of his two goals on an unassisted play, then, it was the Carfora brothers combining for a goal as Ben Carfora cleaned up his brother D.J.’s work to put the Blue Devils up 3-0.
Michael Kelly and Rocco Plano scored the next two goals as the Westies went up 5-1 after two periods. Nico Bruneau closed out the scoring with the only goal of the third period as the Westies rolled to an easy victory.
Luca Ubaldi and Justin Pniewski helped lead a strong defensive team effort. Joe Crisci and Nick Link shared the netminding duties and both played well in stifling their opponent.
(September 24, 2017) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend. On Saturday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion, the Westies faced Yale Squirt AA and lost a close game 4-2.
Yale jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first four minutes, before the Blue Devils got back in the game. Sean Studley found Dylan Bosworth at the blue line and the defenseman's blast made it 2-1.
Thomas Porto fed Zach Goetze two minutes later and Goetze buried the breakaway to tie the game at two.
The game remained tied throughout the first and second periods. Yale regained the lead with just over seven minutes to go with a short-handed goal, then added another in the final minute for the final margin of victory. Jacob Silva was solid in net for the Westies.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils traveled back to the Northford Ice Pavilion to face the Greater New Haven Warriors A1 squad. The Westies rebounded for a 6-4 win.
Goetze opened the scoring on a breakaway with Porto assisting before GNH tied the game at one just before the first intermission.
The Westies took control of the game with three goals in the second period. Goetze went five-hole in the first minute of the period with Brady Price getting the assist. Price then buried a one-timer with a nice feed from Porto.
Ethan Kelly knocked in a loose puck after Bosworth's shot to give West Haven a 4-1 lead heading into the final period. GNH scored early to close the margin to 4-2, before Price gave West Haven another three-goal lead with a wrist shot from Porto. Price then deflected Bosworth's shot to Porto, who knocked the puck in for the final West Haven tally.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team continued its strong play this weekend with two wins over the Ridgefield Lions.
On Saturday, the Westies got their fourth win of the season in a 13-5 victory over the Lions. Cameren Lipford led the charge for the Westies with six goals and an assist. Gavin Coady recorded a hat trick and an assist as well.
Also scoring in the win were JJ Hall, Lucas Iversen and Christopher Consorte. Adding assists were Gavin Fanelli, Sean Luxeder, Iversen and Consorte.
On Sunday, the Westies recorded their fifth win of the season with an 11-0 victory. Coady showed the Westies the way with four goals and an assist, and also scoring for the Westies was Lipford with four goals.
Tyler McColgan, Fanelli and Consorte each had a goal as well. Contributing with assists were Iversen, Fanelli, Jack Francis, Luxeder and Michael Riccelli.Maddex Lafountain was a brick wall for the Westies on Sunday as he posted his first shutout of the season.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team improved to 5-0 with a pair of wins this weekend.
The Westies opened the week with a 6-2 victory over Southeastern Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Mickey Dowd led the way with three goals, Jayden Spreyer and Dave Brown each added a goal and an assist, and Nolan Cole had two assists in the win. Brendan Smith made 14 saves in the win, including six in the opening period when Southeastern mounted heavy pressure.
Dowd gave the Westies a 1-0 lead when he scored off assists from Sean Bosworth and Cade Simone with 3:11 left in the opening period. Dowd picked up his second goal 5:07 into the second when he picked up a rebound of Brown’s shot.
Southeastern evened the game after two periods with the next two goals, but West Haven scored four times in the third to pick up its fourth victory of the season. Colin Deane scored the eventual winner when he scored in front off assists from Spreyer and Cole, before Cole set up Spreyer in front 2:57 later for a 4-2 advantage.
Brown went the length of the ice for an unassisted goal with 7:53 to go, and Dowd completed the hat trick with 2:34 left with an unassisted goal.
West Haven picked up its second win of the weekend with a 9-1 home victory over Enfield Sunday morning. Deane led the way with two goals and an assist, Brown had two goals, Cole added a goal and two assists, and Spreyer, Simone, and Dowd each had a goal and an assist.
Spreyer gave the Westies a 1-0 lead 5:43 into the game off a rebound of Deane’s shot, Brown scored off assists from Dante Hardt and Shane Repetto 37 seconds later, and Cole set up Deane with 6:01 left. Simone rounded out the first period scoring with 4:08 left off an assist from Dowd.
Leading 4-1 in the second, Kyle Droney scored off an assist from Hardt, Dowd scored off assists from Simone and Michael Madera, and Cole increased the lead to 7-1 just 4:07 into the third. Deane scored off an assist from Spreyer, and Brown scored off an assist from Cole late in the game for the 9-1 final.
The West Haven 14U travel hockey team went to Norwich on Sunday to play Southeastern and lost a tough 4-3 decision.
The Westies started strong as Anthony Peschell opened the scoring off passes from linemates Joey Honcz and Adrien Fielosh. That goal was quickly followed when Michael Kelly netted the next goal with an assist from Nick Boanno to give the Westies a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game.
Southeastern answered with the next three goals, before Ryan Smith tied the game for West Haven early in the third period with assists going to Joe D’Aurio and Fielosh. The tie did not last long as Southeastern scored last and hung on for the win, handing the Blue Devils their first loss of the season.
The Westies pressured the Southeastern net minder late but could not get the tying goal. Joe Crisci made several key saves for West Haven.
(September 17, 2017) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team split a pair of home games this weekend at Bennett Rink. On Saturday morning, the Westies faced the Wonderland Wizards and lost 3-0. Both goaltenders were solid, including West Haven's Jacob Silva, in an evenly played game.
On Sunday, the Westies hosted the Greater New Haven Warriors and dominated in a 7-1 win. The Blue Devils opened the scoring when Dylan Bosworth's shot from the point deflected to Zach Goetze, who buried the loose puck. After Greater New Haven tied the game, Brady Price knocked in Goetze's pass to give West Haven a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
The Westies blew it open in the second period. Thomas Porto fed Goetze for a backhander, before scoring on a breakaway himself to make it 4-1. Porto fed Goetze for another backhand goal with 4:26 left in the second, and Goetze returned the favor just ten seconds later, feeding Porto in the slot. The Westies completed the scoring in the third period when defenseman Dylan Link carried the puck from his own end and cashed in for the 7-1 advantage.
Goetze led the way with three goals and three assists, Porto added two goals and one assist, Price had one goal and one assist, and Link finished the scoring with one goal and one assist. Bosworth also had two assists.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team started the season off strong this past weekend with a 12-2 win over Hamden. The Westies carried the momentum into this weekend with an 8-2 win over Echo, before suffering a 3-2 loss to Enfield.
Contributing to the West Haven goals against Hamden were Cameren Lipford with eight, Gavin Coady with two, and Gavin Fanelli and Christopher Consorte with one apiece. Adding assists were Sean Luxeder, Jack Francis, Michael Riccelli, Fanelli and Tyler McColgan.
Contributing to the Westies’ goals against Echo were Lipford with four, J.J. Hall with three and Coady with one. Adding assists were Coady, Francis, Consorte, Treat and Lipford.
Lipford scored both West Haven goals against Enfield, while J.J. Hall added an assist. Maddex Lafountain has played strong in goal for the Westies, only giving up a pair of goals in each of the Hamden and Echo contests, then three against Enfield.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team improved to 3-0 on the season with a pair of victories this weekend. The Westies opened the weekend with a 6-1 victory over Putnam, New York, and closed it with a 4-1 victory over Central.
Traveling to play Putnam on Saturday, the Westies received a balanced scoring attack as nine different players got into the scoring column. Jayden Spreyer led the way with a goal and an assist, while Michael Madera added two assists.
Dave Brown got the Westies going with a blast from the point for a 1-0 lead late in the first, before Putnam evened the game less than two minutes into the second. West Haven took the lead for good with seven minutes to go in the second as Dante Hardt set up Kyle Droney for a 2-1 advantage.
The Westies put the game out of reach with four more goals in the third period. Nolan Cole gave the Westies a two-goal lead off an assist from Spreyer with 8:22 left in the third, and Cade Simone scored off an assist from Madera with 6:09 left for a 4-1 lead.
Spreyer gave the Westies a 5-1 lead off an assist from Jason Alling with 2:23 to go, before Mickey Dowd scored off an assist from Madera with 21 seconds left in the game. Brendan Smith made eight saves in the win for West Haven, while Colin Deane also played well offensively for the Westies.
The Westies picked up their third win of the season Sunday when they topped Central 4-1 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Smith was superb in goal, making 11 saves to pick up his second win of the weekend. He was aided by the stellar defensive play in front by Brown, Sean Bosworth, Alling, Bruno Martone, and Haygen Axelrod.
Cole again got the Westies on the scoreboard first when he scored off an assist from Spreyer less than a minute into the contest. After Central evened the game with a power play goal, the line of Simone, Dowd, and Madera helped give the Westies some cushion after one period.
With 4:49 remaining in the period, Dowd scored off assists from Simone and Madera, before the trio worked again to give West Haven a 3-1 lead as Dowd again scored off assists from Madera and Simone.
The score remained that way until 2:04 remained in the game when Simone increased the lead to 4-1 off assists from Madera and Dowd. Shane Repetto also was solid offensively for West Haven.
Dowd finished with two goals and an assist, Simone had a goal and two assists, and Madera had three assists in the win.
WH Youth Hockey Opening Day
(September 10, 2017) - The West Haven Youth Hockey opened the season with a winter classic as all teams faced Hamden Sunday.
In West Haven Squirt A action on Opening Faceoff weekend against Hamden, West Haven posted a 5-3 victory. The Westies fell behind 2-0 after the first period, but Zach Goetze scored an unassisted goal 1:24 into the second period to get the Blue Devils on the scoreboard. Two minutes later, Thomas Porto scored on a power play to the the game at two and Goetze gave the Westies the lead at 7:37 of the period with Porto getting the assist.
West Haven goaltender Jacob Silva made a nice pad save and then a sparkling glove save to keep the home team in front at the second intermission. Hamden eventually evened the score at three 4:05 into the final period on a breakaway. Goetze gave the Westies the lead again with a nifty backhand goal on a power play with Brady Price assisting. Porto helped round out the scoring when he fed Goetze for a breakaway goal with just over one minute to play to seal the 5-3 victory for West Haven.
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team opened its season with a 9-1 victory over Hamden. Ten different players got into the scoring column in the win, Brendan Smith made 10 saves in goal, and the defense of Bruno Martone, Sean Bosworth, Jason Alling, Haygen Axelrod and Dave Brown kept the Green Dragons off the scoreboard.
Jayden Spreyer led the offense with four goals, Nolan Cole had two goals and an assist, Colin Deane had three assists, Cade Simone had a goal and two assists, and Bosworth and Michael Madera each had a goal and an assist.
Hamden opened the scoring with a power play goal six minutes into the game, but West Haven scored the next two in the period and nine overall. Spreyer started his big day with a goal off assists from Cole and Deane with 3:32 left in the first, before Bosworth scored a power play goal off assists from Axelrod and Shane Repetto.
The Westies increased the lead to 7-1 with five more goals in the second. Madera made it 4-1 with a goal off assists from Simone and Mickey Dowd, Cole scored an unassisted goal 3:30 later, and Simone made it 6-1 off assists from Madera and Bosworth. Just 12 seconds later, Spreyer scored an unassisted goal for a 7-1 lead.
Simone set up Spreyer for a shorthanded goal, and Cole scored his second of the game off assists from Dante Hardt and Deane. Kyle Droney also played well for the Westies in the win.
West Haven Youth Hockey Board members stand with Eric Boguniecki on Eric Boguniecki Day at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, Sunday, November 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Former National Hockey League player and West Haven Youth Hockey Alumnus Eric Boguniecki speaks to the crowd on Eric Boguniecki Day at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, Sunday, November 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
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