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WH YOUTH HOCKEY 2018


(September 9, 2018) - The West Haven Youth Hockey Squirt A travel hockey team opened the 2018-19 season against Hamden on Saturday as part of the "Opening Faceoff" event at Edward L. Bennett Rink.  Seven different players scored goals and nine skaters had at least one point for the Westies as they defeated the Green Dragons 10-5.
West Haven opened the scoring 5 minutes, 44 seconds into the first period when Leo Mazuroski carried into the zone and fed Aiden Guarino.  Guarino's initial shot was saved but he pounded in the rebound for a 1-0 lead.  Less than two minutes later, Sean Studley stole the puck in the Hamden high slot and found Ethan Kelly who deked and scored for a 2-0 lead.  
West Haven erupted for six goals in the second period to take over the game.  Cameren Lipford scored just 21 seconds into the period with Ethan Kelly assisting, before a deflected shot snuck past Westies' goaltender Maddox LaFountain to make the score 3-1. 
Kelly then scored on a tremendous individual effort, weaving through three Hamden defensemen. Kelly fed Studley for a one-timer that was saved, but Lipford gathered the rebound and fired top shelf. 
Matthew Kelly scored from the left point off an assist from Mazuroski,  Studley fired over the goalie's shoulder in the slot with Ethan Kelly tallying another assist, and Gavin Coady capped the second period onslaught with a goal in front assisted by Lucas Iversen and Guarino.
Hamden scored a pair of goals to make the score 8-3 in the third period, before Ethan Kelly notched his hat trick by pouncing on the rebound of a Lipford shot. Jonathan Charbonneau scored the Westies' final goal with a laser from the point. 
Ryan Pniewski played well on defense for the Blue Devils and Rafi Treat skated hard on the wing.  LaFountain finished with 18 total saves in notching the win in net for West Haven.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team got off to a slow start on the season, losing to Hamden and Central AA this weekend.
On Saturday, the Westies played Hamden as part of the Opening Faceoff and fell to the Green Dragons 5-3. West Haven trailed 3-1, rallied to tie the game late, but Hamden scored twice in the final two minutes to top the Westies.
Michael Madera scored all three West Haven goals, while Zach Goetze had two assists in the loss. Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva both played well in goal in the loss.

















Zach Goetze against Hamden, September 8, 2018. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera. 
Hamden took a 1-0 lead 3:24 into the game, before the Westies tied the game with a power play goal by Madera off an assist from Goetze with 4:05 left in the opening period.
Hamden jumped on the Westies quickly with two goals in the first two minutes of the second period for a 3-1 lead, before West Haven cut into the deficit when Goetze set up Madera with 6:57 remaining in the middle period.
West Haven pressured and finally tied the game with 2:53 left in the third when Madera scored off an assist from Martone. The celebration was short-lived as Hamden scored 1:01 later, then added an empty net goal with six seconds to go.
The Westies then played hard, but a valiant effort fell short in a 6-3 loss to Central AA on Sunday. Madera led the scoring with two goals, Mike Page added one goal, and Goetze had two assists. Mickey Dowd added one assist in the loss.
The Westies were hurt by taking eight penalties in the game and trailed 2-0 after one period of play. Madera got the team within 2-1, scoring off an assist from Goetze just 1:17 into the middle period, before Central scored twice in two minutes for a 4-1 lead after two.
Madera, off assists from Goetze and Dowd, and Page scored 2:20 apart in the third period, but two goals by Central in the final 5:35 ended West Haven’s comeback attempt.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team began its season strong against rival Hamden, with a 7-1 victory in the Opening Faceoff kickoff event for the 2018-19 season.
The team came out of the gate ready to play, scoring on its very first shift. Matt Morgan scored first for the Blue Devils, with Anthony Peschell getting the assist. After a strong first period, the Westies began the second period scoring in the first two minutes, with Peschell scoring, Sean Bosworth and Luca Ubaldi picked up the assists.

















Matt Morgan scores against Hamden, September 8, 2018. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
Adrian Fielosh scored the next goal just three minutes later, with Joe D’Aurio getting the helper, and Dante Hardt scored the next two goals, both by being in the right place in the right time in front of the net. Hardt’s second goal was quite impressive, knocking it out of mid air with his stick. Cade Simone, D’Aurio, Ubaldi and Morgan all assisted on Hardt’s tallies.
Peschell and Fielsoh scored the next two goals, each of them getting their second goal of the day, with Ubaldi and Morgan getting the assists. Nolan Cole, David Brown, Joey Honcz and Jayden Spreyer all played well in the opening contest of the season. Michael Andreesen and Brendan Smith split time in goal, both making some key saves. 
On Sunday, the Westies fought a hard battle and tied the Junior Whalers 3-3 at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk. Morgan scored two goals with Peschell getting the other.
Penalties hurt the Westies in the second and third periods of the contest. Ryan Bernardi, Mike Alfano, Colin Deane, Justin Pniewski, and Carl Murgo all played hard as forwards in the tied contest. Matt Wezenski was impressive on defense. Smith kept West Haven in its second game of the season, playing a complete game in goal.

(September 16, 2018) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team improved to 3-0-0 on the season with a pair of wins this weekend.  The Blue Devils defeated Southern Stars A1, 7-2, on Saturday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink.  On Sunday, the team traveled to Enfield Twin Rinks and defeated the Enfield Eagles A, 7-3.
In Saturday's game, the Westies took a 1-0 lead as Aiden Guarino jumped on the rebound of Ryan Pniewski's shot and found the net with Ethan Kelly also assisting.  The Westies made it 2-0 just over a minute later when Leo Mazuroski found Cameren Lipford with a pretty cross-ice pass.  Lipford's rising wrist shot from the left circle went just under the cross bar.
In the second period, the Westies turned up the pressure.  Pniewski's shot from the point was redirected by Sean Studley and Lipford tapped the puck into the open net 27 seconds into the period.  Studley came down the slot and wristed one home after Ethan Kelly's shot was saved at the 4:46 mark. 
West Haven scored a power play goal at 7:43 when Ethan Kelly put back Lipford's initial shot.  Just 25 seconds later, Ethan Kelly roofed a backhander for a 6-0 lead. Southern got on the board late in the period.
Lipford earned a hat trick when he deposited a nice cross-ice feed from Studley on a power play early in the third period.  Southern scored in the final minute to make the final score 7-2 in favor of the Blue Devils. Maddox LaFountain recorded the win in net by registering eight saves.
On Sunday, the Enfield Eagles scored first on a breakaway 5:27 into the game for a 1-0 lead.  Ethan Kelly took the ensuing faceoff right to the net and roofed a back hand shot to even the score.  Pniewski made a nice play to keep the puck in the zone with under three minutes left in the period.  Studley grabbed the puck and fed Lipford for a wrist shot and the Westies went up 2-1.
Gavin Coady's one-timer from Guarino made it 3-1 in favor of the Westies half way through the second period.  A minute later, a West Haven giveaway led to an Enfield breakaway and the Eagles closed to 3-2.  On the ensuing puck drop, Ethan Kelly hit Studley and the winger drove to the net and snapped the puck home to quickly regain the two-goal advantage.
The Westies made it 5-2 with a power play goal 3:47 into the third period as Guarino swept in the rebound of an Ethan Kelly shot.  Lipford made it 6-2 when he rammed in a loose puck in front at 6:37. 
Lipford later fed Matthew Kelly from behind the Enfield net and Kelly skated in and roofed a laser for a 7-2 lead.  Enfield tallied in the final minutes to make the final score 7-3. LaFountain got the win in net by making ten saves.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team rallied in both games this week to play to a pair of ties, moving its record to 0-2-2.
Traveling to Norwalk Saturday afternoon, the Westies rallied from two goals down to tie the Connecticut Jr. Whalers 06 team 4-4. Mickey Dowd led the offense with two goals, while Zach Goetze added three assists.
Trailing 3-1 in the second period, the Westies got within a goal when Mike Page took the puck out of the corner, circled in front of the net and scored with 3:53 remaining. The Westies evened the game 2:50 into the third when Goetze sent a pass back to Bruno Martone at the point and Martone blasted a shot home.
The Whalers scored a short-handed goal with 2:06 remaining to take a 4-3 lead, but the Westies did not quit. Winning a faceoff, Michael Madera fed Goetze, who hit Dowd in front with 4.4 seconds remaining for the equalizer.
Goaltenders Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva played well with Silva coming up big early, and Hong making several outstanding saves in the third period. Dowd had given the Westies a 1-0 lead with 7.1 seconds remaining in the opening period when he scored off an assist from Goetze.  
West Haven returned to action Sunday morning against the Wonderland Wizards. Trailing 4-0 after two periods, the Westies rallied for four goals in the third period, including three in a span of 1:15 to rally for a 4-4 tie.
The line of Madera, Dowd, and Goetze combined for eight points, with Dowd and Madera each scoring twice and adding an assist, and Goetze picking up two assists.
The Westies got within 4-1 just 53 seconds into the third period when Goetze sent a perfect pass to Dowd, who did the rest in front. The Westies then evened the game with three goals in one shift.
Dowd scored his second straight goal when Madera hit Goetze, and Goetze sent another perfect pass to Dowd in front to get the Westies within two goals with 10:08 remaining.
Just 12 seconds later, Goetze hit Madera in front and Madera got the Westies within a goal as he scored in traffic. The Westies were not done as they evened the game 1:03 later.
Martone kept the puck in the zone and sent a  pass in front to Dowd. Dowd quickly found Madera in front to even the game at four with 8:53 to go.
After the goaltending of Hong kept the Westies in the game early, Silva closed the game with some big saves down the stretch. Haygen Axelrod, Jason Alling, Ray Heenie, Dylan Bosworth and Martone were stellar defensively in the final 15 minutes.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team had its most challenging games so far in their first two weeks of the 2018-19 season this past weekend.
The Westies began a tough weekend at home tying the Southeastern Seahawks of Norwich 3-3. West Haven got the scoring started in the first period from Luca Ubaldi, with Anthony Peschell getting the assist. The Westies had a challenging second period, having to kill off a 5-on-3 in the middle of the period. They were able to keep the Seahawks off the board for the 1:40 they were down two players.
Just before the second period ended, Matt Morgan scored to put the Blue Devils up 2-0, with Peschell getting the helper. The Westies began the third period uneasy, giving up two goals in the first three minutes.
Morgan answered by scoring his second goal of the game at the 7:29 mark of the period, with Peschell getting his third assist of the afternoon. Southeastern was able to score with two minutes left in the game, with Brendan Smith doing everything he could to keep the puck out of the net. Smith played the whole game in goal in the tie, putting up a strong effort.
Kevin Gardner played his first game of the year, having two hits. Matt Wezenski, Sean Bosworth, Nolan Cole and Carl Murgo played well in the game for the Blue Devils.
Sunday brought West Haven to Ingalls Rink, the home of Yale University, to take on the Yale Bulldogs AA team. West Haven posted a 4-0 victory.
Michael Alfano had two goals back to back in the span of one minute for the Westies in the first period. Morgan scored in the second period with help from Murgo. The Blue Devils were able to add on another goal in the last five minutes of the contest as Peschell got in the goal column on the scoresheet, with Morgan getting the assist.
Those four goals proved to be enough, with the Blue Devils coming out on top David Brown, Cade Simone, Jayden Spreyer and Colin Deane all played well in the contest. Justin Pniewski did well after being asked to adjust to playing defense during the middle of the game.
Ryan Andreesen got the shutout in goal, his first complete game shutout of the season.​​

(September 23, 2018) - The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team had a solid weekend with a pair of wins. The two victories allowed the Westies to improve to 2-2-2 on the season.

















Danny Johnson helped lead the West Haven Peewee A team to a win over the Riverhawks A1, Saturday, September 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of Marie Price.
West Haven opened the weekend against the Riverhawks A1 team and posted a 9-2 victory. Michael Madera led the way with four goals and two assists, Zach Goetze added two goals and one assist, and Mickey Dowd had a goal and an assist.
Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva played well in goal, while the defense of Bruno Martone, Haygen Axelrod, Jason Alling, Ray Heenie, and Dylan Bosworth was stellar throughout the contest.
Trailing 1-0, West Haven took the lead for good with four unanswered goals to close the first period. Madera opened the scoring off an assist from Goetze 2:19 in, Goetze, scored off assists from Madera and Dowd 3:08 later, Brady Price scored on a backhander in front off an assist from Chris Consorte with 4:06 left, and Madera set up Goetze with 1:45 left in the period for a 4-1 advantage.
West Haven put the game away in the second period, scoring twice in the first 33 seconds on unassisted tallies by Dowd and Madera. Cody Rocchio scored off an assist from Connor Moriarty for a 7-2 lead 6:13 in.
The Westies won their second straight contest with a 6-5 comeback victory over New Rochelle Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Trailing 3-0 in the first period, the Westies got within a goal when Goetze scored off an assist from Madera with 7:52 remaining, and Dowd converted a rebound of a Madera shot 3:20 later.
West Haven took a 4-3 lead in the second period when Alling sent Dowd a perfect pass and Dowd converted for a shorthanded goal 11 seconds in.  Just 4:26 later, West Haven scored again while a man down as Madera sent Goetze on a breakaway and Goetze niftly converted for West Haven’s first lead of the game.
The Westies took a 5-3 lead 47 seconds into the third period when Martone blasted a shot in from the point off assists from Dowd and Ray Heenie. Dowd’s unassisted goal 2:59 in gave West Haven a 6-4 advantage.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team started off the weekend rough, but ended on a strong note.

















West Haven Bantam A. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
In a rare Friday night contest, West Haven hosted the Wonderland Wizards at the Bennett Rink and fell 5-1. The Blue Devils got on the board first, scoring about 12 minutes into the first period with a goal by David Brown off assists from Ryan Bernardi and Michael Alfano. The Westies were unable to get any other goals in the contest, falling to a talented Wizards team. Penalties kept the Westies in the box and played a role in the outcome, having six penalties in the game.
Ryan Andreesen played two solid periods in goal, with Brendan Smith coming in the third period and doing a great job coming in cold. Sean Bosworth, Matt Wezenski and Justin Pniewski all played well on defense. Colin Deane, Kevin Gardner and Carl Murgo played exceptional on forward.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils found themselves on the road to the Terry Connors Rink in Stamford to take on the Stamford Sharks, where West Haven came out on top with a 7-3 victory.
Anthony Peschell got the scoring started in the first period, and Alfano scored just a minute and a half later, with the assist coming from Bernardi. In the second period, Joey Honcz dangled the goalie in front all alone and scored the third goal for the Westies. Jayden Spreyer gave Honcz a great pass from the corner to get the assist.
Luca Ubaldi scored later in the period, with Peschell scoring his second of the game just a minute later. Murgo was credited with the assist on Peschell’s goal.
The Sharks came out strong in the third period, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of the period to make it 5-3. After a West Haven timeout, Ryan Brenardi stopped the Sharks momentum by scoring a nice one-touch goal in front of the net, with Adrian Fielosh feeding him perfectly in front from the corner to get the assist on the goal. Matt Morgan put the game away with the Wesites final goal with a minute left, Peschell got the assist on Morgan’s goal and his third point of the game.
Smith played well in goal, playing a complete game. Dante Hardt, Cade Simone and Nolan Cole all played well at forward. The Blue Devils had a strong defensive effort from Brown, Fielosh and Ubaldi.

(October 1, 2018) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team was back in action this week and split a pair of games.  On Saturday, the Blue Devils shut out ECHO A, 7-0, at Edward L. Bennett Rink.  On Sunday, they traveled to West Hartford but lost 6-4 to the Wolves A team.  The Westies are now 4-1-0 on the season.
In Saturday's victory, the Blue Devils offense was led by Cameren Lipford and Sean Studley.  Lipford scored four goals and now has a team-leading 12 goals on the season.  Studley added a goal and four assists and leads the team with 10 assists. Ryan Pniewski tallied a goal and an assist, with Jonathan Charbonneau also scoring a goal for West Haven. Maddox LaFountain earned the shutout in goal with 10 saves.
On Sunday, West Hartford had a 4-0 lead in the second period when the Westies offense got going.  Studley fed Lipford to make the score 4-1. Matthew Kelly scored an unassisted goal and it was 4-2 after two periods. Studley made it 4-3 in the third when he tipped in Leo Mazuroski's shot from the point. 
After the Wolves scored, Ethan Kelly converted a pass from Mazuroski to make it 5-4.  West Hartford added one more in the final minute for the 6-4 final. LaFountain had 21 saves in net for the Westies.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team had a rough weekend, losing both games it played.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 7-3 loss in Greenwich against the Greenwich Blues. Michael Page, Zach Goetze and Michael Madera each scored once for the Westies.
After Greenwich scored twice in six seconds to take a 2-0 lead, Page scored an unassisted goal 31 seconds later to cut the deficit in half. The Westies then tied the game when Madera set up Goetze in front. Dylan Bosworth also assisted on the goal.
West Haven never went in front as Greenwich took a 5-2 lead after two periods of play. Madera scored an unassisted goal 1:43 into the third, but West Haven never got closer.
The Westies then hosted Southern A on Sunday and were thumped 9-0. After a scoreless first period, Southern scored four times in the second and five more in the third to post the victory.
In their only contest of the weekend, the West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team welcomed the Wallingford Hawks to the Bennett Rink, where the Westies came out on top with a 2-0 win. 
After a back and forth first and second period, Justin Pniewski got West Haven on the board for the first time with eight minutes left in the third period, scoring a great goal in front of the net.  Matt Morgan fed Pniewski in front to get the assist.
Luca Ubaldi scored in the final two minutes to seal the win for the Westies, with Ryan Bernardi getting the assist. 
Pniewski, Carl Murgo, Nolan Cole and Michael Alfano all played well at forward. Ubaldi, Matt Wezenski and David Brown all played well on defense.
Michael Andreesen got the shutout and complete game in goal for the Blue Devils, playing exceptionally well in the crease. 

(October 8, 2018) - The West Haven Youth Hockey league represented well in the Hershey Columbus Day weekend tournament as all five teams played in the tournament finals. The Bantam A squad took home the title, while the Mite A, Squirt A, Peewee A and Peewee A1 teams all fell in the championship games.

















West Haven Bantam A. First Place at the Hershey Shootout, October 8, 2018.  
The West Haven Squirt A hockey team advanced to the championship game of the Hershey (PA) Columbus Day Shootout, where it fell 8-3 to the West Point (NY) Jr. Knights.  The Blue Devils went 1-2-1 in the Shootout and are now 5-3-1 overall on the season.
The Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period before the Westies battled back.  Cameren Lipford zipped a wrist shot under the cross bar midway through the second to make it 5-1.  Ryan Pniewski then fired a laser from the blue line on a power play with assists to Sean Studley and Ethan Kelly for a 5-2 score at the break. 
Studley fed Lipford for another dazzling wrist shot in the third period but it was not enough.  Maddex LaFountain made 22 saves in net for the Blue Devils.
Over the four games, the Westies were led by Lipford's ten goals and three assists.  Ethan Kelly scored three goals and added six assists.  Studley chipped in three goals and five assists. Pniewski had two goals and two assists. Aedan Guarino and Matthew Kelly each scored a goal. Leo Mazuroski had two assists while John Charbonneau and Zach Melchiore each had one assist.  Rafi Treat and Lucas Iversen played well as centermen.
West Haven advanced to the finals by going 1-1-1 in round robin play.  The Westies tied Woodbridge (NJ) Wolfpack, 4-4 on Saturday afternoon. They lost 11-6 to the West Point Jr. Knights on Sunday morning. 
West Haven knocked off the Piedmont (VA) Predators 6-0 on Sunday evening and the shutout earned the team the extra point needed to put West Haven in the finals.
In game one, the Westies got two short-handed goals to even the score 2-2 at the first intermission.  Pniewski fired from the high slot after Lipford's face off win and Studley buried Ethan Kelly's rebound with 14 seconds left in the period. 
Kelly scored a power play goal in the second and a short-handed goal with two minutes left in the game, but Woodbridge tied it in the final minute.  LaFountain registered 12 saves as the Westies outshot the Wolfpack 37-16.
In game two West Haven got down 3-0 only 3:15 into the game before mounting a gritty comeback.  Matthew Kelly scored first for West Haven, Lipford ripped a laser on the power play, Studley banged in a rebound, and Ethan Kelly redirected one through the five-hole for a 4-3 lead at the break.  Lipford added a pair of goals in the second for a hat trick, but the Knights were too much down the stretch.  LaFountain made 20 saves.
In game three West Haven needed a shutout to assure their place in the finals and the defense stepped up.  Lipford registered four goals, while Studley and Aedan Guarino also tallied for the Blue Devils.  Pniewski, Charbonneau, Mazuroski and Matthew Kelly dominated on defense, and LaFountain added 10 saves and was clutch all game.
The Peewee A team opened the tournament strong, went to a shootout in the semifinals, before running out of gas later that day.
Michael Madera (8 goals, 5 assists), Mickey Dowd (7 goals, 5 assists) and Zach Goetze (2 goals, 7 assists) led the offense during the tournament, while Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva were outstanding in goal.
The Westies opened the tournament Saturday evening with a 5-3 victory

















West Haven Peewee A. Second Place at the Hershey Shootout, October 8, 2018.  

over the Hatfield Ice Dogs. Silva and Hong both played well in goal, making numerous big saves throughout the contest.
Offensively, Madera led the way with three goals and one assist, while Dowd had one goal and one assist, and Goetze added two assists. The defense was led by the play of Haygen Axelrod and Bruno Martone.
Madera gave the Westies a 1-0 lead 3:11 into the contest off an assist from Goeze, before Dowd scored a power play goal 1:50 later for a two-goal advantage. Leading 2-1, Cody Rocchio sent a perfect pass to Brady Price with four minutes to go for a 3-1 lead.
The Westies sealed the contest in the third period. Madera scored a short-handed goal 1:15 into the period off a rebound of a Dowd shot, before Madera iced the game with his third goal of the contest with 7:16 to go. 
The Westies won their second straight to open the tournament with a 4-3 victory over Carolina. Dowd led the offense with two goals and two

assists, while Madera had a goal and two assists, and Goetze added one goal and one assist.
The Westies jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Madera scored with 6:30 left in the first off assists from Goetze and Dowd, before Goetze scored off assists from Dowd and Ray Heenie 4:29 later.
After Carolina evened the game, Madera set up Dowd for a 3-2 lead just 28 seconds after Carolina got the equalizer. The Westies made it 4-2 when Madera raced up the right wing and had his shot denied, but Dowd popped in the rebound with 6:12 remaining.
West Haven suffered its first loss of the tournament when it dropped a 6-2 decision to the Exton Kings Sunday evening. Trailing 1-0, Danny Johnson got the equalizer with a tremendous effort which resulted in a wrap-around goal off an assist from Axelrod.
Exton put the game away with three goals in 56 seconds for a 4-1 advantage, before Dowd scored off assists from Goetze and Madera.
The two wins put the Westies in the semifinals where they again met Exton. With the game even at three after regulation and overtime, West Haven won the game in a shootout as Madera and Mike Page scored and Hong stopped four Exton attempts.
Trailing 1-0, West Haven evened the contest 1:12 later when Goetze scored off an assist from Dowd. Madera scored twice in the second period, the second off an assist from Goetze, to give West Haven a 3-1 lead, but Exton forced the overtime with the tying goal with 1:24 left in regulation.
West Haven advanced to the finals against the New York City Skyliners and fell 7-4. Dowd led the way with three goals and an assist, Madera had a goal and an assist, and Goetze finished with two assists.
Dowd evened the game at one off an assist from Madera in the first, before he got West Haven within a goal at 3-2 with 2:05 left in the first.The Skyliners increased the lead to 5-2, before Madera scored off assists from Dowd and Goetze, and Dowd scored off an assist from Goetze with under a minute to go in the second. New York City iced the title with two power play goals in the third period. 

(October 16, 2018) - The West Haven Youth Hockey league represented well in the Hershey Columbus Day weekend tournament as all five teams played in the tournament finals. The Bantam A squad took home the title, while the Mite A, Squirt A, Peewee A and Peewee A1 teams all fell in the championship games.
The West Haven Squirt A hockey team advanced to the championship game of the Hershey (PA) Columbus Day Shootout, where it fell 8-3 to the West Point (NY) Jr. Knights.  The Blue Devils went 1-2-1 in the Shootout and are now 5-3-1 overall on the season.
The Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period before the Westies battled back.  Cameren Lipford zipped a wrist shot under the cross bar midway through the second to make it 5-1.  Ryan Pniewski then fired a laser from the blue line on a power play with assists to Sean Studley and Ethan Kelly for a 5-2 score at the break. 
Studley fed Lipford for another dazzling wrist shot in the third period but it was not enough.  Maddex LaFountain made 22 saves in net for the Blue Devils.
Over the four games, the Westies were led by Lipford's ten goals and three assists.  Ethan Kelly scored three goals and added six assists.  Studley chipped in three goals and five assists. Pniewski had two goals and two assists. Aedan Guarino and Matthew Kelly each scored a goal. Leo Mazuroski had two assists while John Charbonneau and Zach Melchiore each had one assist.  Rafi Treat and Lucas Iversen played well as centermen.
West Haven advanced to the finals by going 1-1-1 in round robin play.  The Westies tied Woodbridge (NJ) Wolfpack, 4-4 on Saturday afternoon. They lost 11-6 to the West Point Jr. Knights on Sunday morning. 
West Haven knocked off the Piedmont (VA) Predators 6-0 on Sunday evening and the shutout earned the team the extra point needed to put West Haven in the finals.
In game one, the Westies got two short-handed goals to even the score 2-2 at the first intermission.  Pniewski fired from the high slot after Lipford's face off win and Studley buried Ethan Kelly's rebound with 14 seconds left in the period. 
Kelly scored a power play goal in the second and a short-handed goal with two minutes left in the game, but Woodbridge tied it in the final minute.  LaFountain registered 12 saves as the Westies outshot the Wolfpack 37-16.
In game two West Haven got down 3-0 only 3:15 into the game before mounting a gritty comeback.  Matthew Kelly scored first for West Haven, Lipford ripped a laser on the power play, Studley banged in a rebound, and Ethan Kelly redirected one through the five-hole for a 4-3 lead at the break.  Lipford added a pair of goals in the second for a hat trick, but the Knights were too much down the stretch.  LaFountain made 20 saves.
In game three West Haven needed a shutout to assure their place in the finals and the defense stepped up.  Lipford registered four goals, while Studley and Aedan Guarino also tallied for the Blue Devils.  Pniewski, Charbonneau, Mazuroski and Matthew Kelly dominated on defense, and LaFountain added 10 saves and was clutch all game.
The team won two exciting games over the weekend and remain undefeated at Edward L. Bennett Rink this weekend. The Westies are 5-0-0 at home and 7-3-1 overall after wins over South Windsor A (8-7 on Saturday) and Southeastern A (6-4 on Sunday).
On Saturday morning, Studley opened the scoring against South Windsor when he redirected Pniewski's shot just 1:18 into the game. After the Knights took a 2-1 lead, Studley evened the score with a tremendous individual effort skating through four defenders and shooting through the five-hole.  South Windsor regained the lead before Studley tied at again at 3-3 by going top shelf with Ethan Kelly's pass.
West Haven went up 4-3 on the power play midway through the second period when Studley tipped Pniewski's shot to Lipford who buried it.  South Windsor scored twice to take a 5-4 lead at the second intermission. 
Lipford's rising wrister from Studley tied it again in the opening minute of the third period, before the Knights pulled ahead again a minute later. Lipford tied the game at 6-6 with a breakaway goal with 6:23 left to play. The Blue Devils made it 7-6 when Melchiore picked the puck from a defender and slid it to Aedan Guarino, who fired through the five-hole.  Ethan Kelly scored an unassisted goal for an 8-6 lead before, South Windsor scored a 5-on-3 power play goal with a minute left.  The Westies killed off the remaining power play and earned the 8-7 win.  LaFountain made 15 saves in net for West Haven.
On Sunday afternoon, West Haven and Southeastern traded two goals apiece in the first period for a 2-2 score at the break.  Lipford scored both Westie goals with Ethan Kelly assisting on the first and Studley assisting on the second. After the Seahawks scored in the second period, Lipford fed Studley for a shot and then Lipford banged in the rebound for his second hat trick of the weekend.  Ethan Kelly then went the length of the ice and cashed in a backhand shot short-handed giving the Blue Devils a 4-3 advantage. Southeastern tied it at 4-4 as the teams went to the third period.
Off the opening faceoff, Ethan Kelly found Lipford in the slot and his shot deflected off a stick and in giving the Blue Devils the lead again. The teams skated back and forth throughout the period but LaFountain was up to any challenge and kept the Seahawks off the board. Lipford scored his fifth goal of the game (he now has 29 goals in 11 games) with assists to Ethan Kelly and Studley to cap the scoring and the West Haven defense shut down the Seahawks for the 6-4 victory.  LaFountain finished with 17 saves.
The Peewee A team opened the tournament strong, went to a shootout in the semifinals, before running out of gas later that day.
Michael Madera (8 goals, 5 assists), Mickey Dowd (7 goals, 5 assists) and Zach Goetze (2 goals, 7 assists) led the offense during the tournament, while Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva were outstanding in goal.
The Westies opened the tournament Saturday evening with a 5-3 victory over the Hatfield Ice Dogs. Silva and Hong both played well in goal, making numerous big saves throughout the contest.
Offensively, Madera led the way with three goals and one assist, while Dowd had one goal and one assist, and Goetze added two assists. The defense was led by the play of Haygen Axelrod and Bruno Martone.
Madera gave the Westies a 1-0 lead 3:11 into the contest off an assist from Goeze, before Dowd scored a power play goal 1:50 later for a two-goal advantage. Leading 2-1, Cody Rocchio sent a perfect pass to Brady Price with four minutes to go for a 3-1 lead.
The Westies sealed the contest in the third period. Madera scored a short-handed goal 1:15 into the period off a rebound of a Dowd shot, before Madera iced the game with his third goal of the contest with 7:16 to go. 
The Westies won their second straight to open the tournament with a 4-3 victory over Carolina. Dowd led the offense with two goals and two assists, while Madera had a goal and two assists, and Goetze added one goal and one assist.
The Westies jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Madera scored with 6:30 left in the first off assists from Goetze and Dowd, before Goetze scored off assists from Dowd and Ray Heenie 4:29 later.
After Carolina evened the game, Madera set up Dowd for a 3-2 lead just 28 seconds after Carolina got the equalizer. The Westies made it 4-2 when Madera raced up the right wing and had his shot denied, but Dowd popped in the rebound with 6:12 remaining.
West Haven suffered its first loss of the tournament when it dropped a 6-2 decision to the Exton Kings Sunday evening. Trailing 1-0, Danny Johnson got the equalizer with a tremendous effort which resulted in a wrap-around goal off an assist from Axelrod.
Exton put the game away with three goals in 56 seconds for a 4-1 advantage, before Dowd scored off assists from Goetze and Madera.
The two wins put the Westies in the semifinals where they again met Exton. With the game even at three after regulation and overtime, West Haven won the game in a shootout as Madera and Mike Page scored and Hong stopped four Exton attempts.
Trailing 1-0, West Haven evened the contest 1:12 later when Goetze scored off an assist from Dowd. Madera scored twice in the second period, the second off an assist from Goetze, to give West Haven a 3-1 lead, but Exton forced the overtime with the tying goal with 1:24 left in regulation.
West Haven advanced to the finals against the New York City Skyliners and fell 7-4. Dowd led the way with three goals and an assist, Madera had a goal and an assist, and Goetze finished with two assists.
Dowd evened the game at one off an assist from Madera in the first, before he got West Haven within a goal at 3-2 with 2:05 left in the first.
The Skyliners increased the lead to 5-2, before Madera scored off assists from Dowd and Goetze, and Dowd scored off an assist from Goetze with under a minute to go in the second. New York City iced the title with two power play goals in the third period.
West Haven opened this weekend with a 5-0 home victory over East Haven. Five different goal scorers were on the board for the Westies as Heenie, Price, Page, Madera, and Dylan Bosworth found the back of the net.
Dowd led the way with three assists and Jacob Silva was solid in goal, making several big saves to post the shutout. Axelrod, Heenie, Martone, Bosworth and Alling all played well defensively.  
The Westies closed the week with an 11-2 defeat against South Windsor. West Haven got as close as 4-1 on a second period goal by Madera, off assists from Goetze and Martone, before Goetze scored an unassisted goal late in the game. 
The West Haven Peewee A1 travel hockey team advanced to the finals of the Columbus Day Shootout in Hershey, Pennsylvania last weekend, before falling to the New Jersey Red Devils. The Westies were 2-1-1 in the tournament.
In the opener against the Ramapo Saints, West Haven posted a 5-0 victory. Daniel Lavallee assisted on Tyler McColgan goal to open the scoring. Two minutes later, Yousaf Ullah scores a goal from the blue line, assisted by Gavin Fanelli.
West Haven took a 3-0 lead 6:10 into the second period as Ullah scores on a breakaway. Lavallee made it 4-0, before McColgan assisted on Ullah’s third goal of the game. Oliver Sawitsky fends off all the Saints attempts for a West Haven shutout.
The Westies played the Red Devils in the second game and won 4-2.
Nate Pipeling gave West Haven a 1-0 lead, assisted by Viscuso. Ullah scored the second goal off an assist from Lavallee, and did the same for West Haven’s third tally. Ullah iced the game with 1:03 remaining.
The Westies tied the West Point Black Knights 2-2 in the third game of the tournament. Ullah and J.J. Hall scored for the Westies.
West Haven faced the Red Devils in the final and fell 4-1. Gavin Fanelli scored the lone West Haven goal.
Its been a busy two weeks for the West Haven Youth Hockey Bantam A Team. Last weekend, the Westies brought home the championship at the Columbus Day Shootout in Hershey, PA.
The tournament started on Saturday with 7-0 win over the Piedmont Predators. Anthony Peschell scored the first goal of the tournament for West Haven. Justin Pniewski and Carl Murgo scored in the second period, with assists coming from David Brown and Peschell.
In the third period, Joe D’Aurio scored the fourth goal of the game and first of four in the third period. Jayden Spreyer got the assist on D’Aurio’s goal. Ryan Bernardi, Luca Ubaldi and Peschell all scored in the third period as well, with assists coming from Brown, Ubaldi and D’Aurio.
The second game of the tournament was a close one, with the Westies coming out with a 3-3 tie against the West Point Knights. Brown started the Blue Devils scoring in the second period. Peschell scored later in the period, Ubaldi received the assist. Matt Morgan scored the go-ahead goal with 2 minutes left in the game, but the Knights scored in the final minute to tie the game.
For the third game in the Columbus Day Shootout, the pressure was on for the Westies to get points to be able to move on to the championship, which they did, beating the NYC Skyliners 3-0.
Mike Alfano scored midway through the second period to get West Haven on the board. Murgo scored early In the third period with Peschell getting the helper. Spreyer scored the game-sealer with an empty net goal from 150 feet away.
On Monday afternoon, the Blue Devils moved onto the tournament championship game, facing off against the West Point Knights for the second time in the tournament.
Morgan scored the first goal of the contest early in the first period. Ubaldi scored shortly thereafter, with Morgan getting the assist. Morgan scored his second of the game midway through the second period, with assists coming from Peschell and Adrian Fielosh.
The Knights scored once in the second period, but were never able to catch up. The Blue Devils took the championship home with a 3-1 victory over the Knights. Brendan Smith and Michael Andreesen split time in goal the entire weekend, with both giving outstanding efforts to keep the other team off the scoreboard.
This past weekend, the Blue Devils came back to West Haven for two home games. On Saturday, the Westies fell to Northwestern Youth Hockey by a score of 4-2.
Bernardi got the Westies on the board halfway through the second with a nice redirect goal. Ubaldi then scored four minutes later short-handed.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils won with a dominant 8-2 win over New Canaan. D’Aurio scored the first goal early in the first period, with Pneiwski getting the assist. Spreyer scored later in the first with helpers coming from Cade Simone and Matt Wezenski. Spreyer then scored again to start the second period, with an assist coming from Kevin Gardner.
Peschell scored halfway through the period, Morgan got the helper. Colin Deane scored with 4:56 remaining in the period as Alfano and Ubaldi were credited with the assists. Peschell scored his second of the game just a minute later, Joey Honcz and Ubaldi got the assists. Alfano scored the final goal of the second period, with Morgan getting the final goal with 4:50 left in the third period.
Smith played superb in goal, playing full games in both contests this weekend. Dante Hardt, Sean Bosworth and Nolan Cole all made positive contributions over the past two weekends.

(October 23, 2018) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team opened the weekend with a strong win over Yale A on Saturday morning before losing a pair of games to Northeastern A and Greenwich A on Sunday.  The Westies are now 8-5-1 overall on the season.
On Saturday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted the Yale Bulldogs A team.  At the end of an evenly played first period, West Haven's Ryan Pniewski passed to Jonathan Charbonneau for a shot from the blue line.  Ethan Kelly redirected the puck past the goaltender for the 1-0 lead.  Yale tied it half way through the second period, before Sean Studley went five-hole on a breakaway with Cameren Lipford assisting to give the Westies a 2-1 lead. 
Lipford was later denied on his own breakaway, but Ethan Kelly buried the rebound and West Haven led 3-1 going into the third period.  Just 14 seconds into the third, Studley's backhand redirection of Leo Mazuroski's point shot made it 4-1.  Yale made it 4-2 with a short-handed goal, but the Blue Devils capitalized on the power play when Studley found Lipford in front for a wrist shot.  Maddex LaFountain made the lead stand up and finished with 15 saves to earn the win between the pipes for West Haven.
The Blue Devils headed to Storrs on Sunday morning to face the Northeastern Huskies on the UConn campus.  UConn assistant coach and West Haven native Joe Pereira arranged for a tour of the UConn Huskies locker room before the game.  Northeastern jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, before Studley hit ahead to Lipford who coolly cashed in the breakaway to cut it to 2-1.  The Huskies scored the only goal of the second period, but Ethan Kelly took the opening faceoff of the third period directly to the net and jammed it home to make the score 3-2.  Northeastern scored a power play goal later in the game and the Westies could not find the back of the net again and fell 4-2.  LaFountain made 18 saves in the game.
The Westies returned home to face Greenwich on Sunday afternoon at Bennett Rink. The speedy Greenwich team opened a 7-0 lead through two periods before West Haven got on the board.  Lipford ripped a wrist shot with Studley assisting to make it 7-1.  Studley scored off a scramble in front of the Greenwich net and later added another goal with Ethan Kelly assisting, but Greenwich was too much and skated to the 8-3 win.  LaFountain recorded 13 saves in net for the Westies.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend. The Westies fell to ECHO in Bolton on Saturday, before rebounding to defeat Greenwich Skate Club at home Sunday morning.
On Saturday, after a scoreless first period, ECHO took control of the game with six second period goals on its way to a 7-4 victory over the Westies. Mickey Dowd led the way with three goals, while Zach Goetze added two assists.

















West Haven Peewee A against Greenwich Skate Club, October 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera. 
Dowd get West Haven on the board with an unassisted goal to start the third period, before Haygen Axelrod scored off an assist from Ray Heenie. Goetze set up Dowd twice in the final three minutes, but the comeback fell short.
West Haven rebounded with a 7-3 victory over Greenwich Skate Club Sunday morning in West Haven. Goetze led the way with three goals, Mike Page scored twice, Michael Madera had one goal and three assists, and Dowd added one goal and two assists.
Trailing 1-0, Page evened the contest with an unassisted goal with 4:26 remaining in the first period. Dowd gave the Westies the lead for good when he scored off an assist from Madera 1:48 later.
Goetze scored a power play goal off an assist from Madera 2:07 into the second for a 3-1 lead, before the same combination connected again as Goetze’s second goal gave the Westies a 4-1 lead.
Goetze scored his third straight goal, this one short-handed, for a 5-1 lead 3:54 into the third. Dowd set up Page, and Madera scored West Haven’s final goal, both in the final five minutes for a 7-2 advantage.
Bryan Hong and Jacob Silva were stellar in goal, while Heenie, Bruno Martone, Dylan Bosworth, Axelrod and Jason Alling played solid defensively.
The West Haven Youth Hockey Bantam A travel hockey team won both games it played this weekend, knocking off both their opponents in their two games of the weekend. 

















West Haven Bantam A, October 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Pat Fielosh. 
On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed the Putnam Panthers and skated to a 9-0 win.
Mike Alfano got the scoring started early in the first period with an unassisted goal. Anthony Peschell netted one shortly after with Carl Murgo getting the helper. Later in the first, Alfano scored his second of the contest with Luca Ubaldi getting the assist.
Matt Morgan scored a minute later to bring the score to 4-0 at the end of the first period. Morgan scored again to start the second period, with an assist coming from Joe D’Aurio. Cade Simone got an unassisted goal just 30 seconds later and Joey Honcz buried the puck in the back of their net with an assist from Ubaldi two minutes later.
Nolan Cole scored his first goal of the year to make it 8-0 as Sean Bosworth got the assist. Ubaldi got the final goal for the Westies to make it 9-0 on an unassisted tally. Brendan Smith and Michael Andreesen split time in goal for the combined shutout. Matt Wezenski and Colin Deane both has strong efforts in the contest. 
On Sunday, the Westies took a trip down I-95 to Norwich to take on the Southeastern Seahawks and skated to a 6-1 victory.
After the Seahawks scored early in the first three minutes, Alfano scored late in the first for the Blue Devils to get the game started.
After a scoreless second period by both teams, it was all West Haven the third period. Alfano scored his second goal of the game and his fourth of the weekend with 9 minutes left in the third. Peschell scored four minutes later with Ubaldi getting the assist, and Murgo scored an unassisted goal just a minute later.
Dante Hardt scored a nice goal from a great pass from Adrian Fielosh to make it 5-1. Jayden Spreyer scored the final goal for the Westies on an unassisted tally.
Andreesen and Smith split time again in the game in goal, combining to only allow one goal and keep the Blue Devils in the game. Justin Pniewski, Ryan Bernardi and Kevin Gardner all played well in the win.

(October 30, 2018) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend and now stands at 9-6-1 overall on the season. The Blue Devils knocked off Watertown A, 7-2, before losing to Greater New Haven A1, 5-3.
On Saturday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink the Westies took on the Watertown Red Wings and scored four goals in the third period to pull away for the win. Cameren Lipford led the way with four goals while Ethan Kelly scored twice and had two assists.
Down 1-0 early in the game, Lipford scored from behind the net with a ricochet off the goaltender. He later went bar down from the right dot with Kelly assisting and West Haven led 2-1 after one period. 
The Wings had a 5-on-3 early in the second until Kelly came out of the box, stole the puck, went to the net, deked and scored. Watertown converted on another power play later in the period and the Westies led 3-2 going into the final period.
Ethan Kelly scored a backhand goal, Lipford redirected a Ryan Pniewski shot, and Lipford then flipped a backhand over the goalie with Sean Studley assisting to break the game open midway through the period. Lucas Iversen capped the scoring with a one-timer in the slot from Kelly.  Maddex LaFountain made 14 saves in goal for the Westies. 
On Sunday afternoon, the Blue Devils faced the Warriors of Greater New Haven A1 at the Northford Ice Pavilion.  Ethan Kelly had two goals and an assist, while Studley added a goal and an assist, but it was not enough as the Westies lost by a pair of goals.
Kelly got West Haven on the scoreboard first when he took Studley's breakout pass and wristed a shot off the goaltender's mask and in with four minutes left in the opening period.
With the score tied 1-1, Kelly won the opening faceoff of the second period and rushed the net. His shot was saved and then it dropped between the goalie's pads and trickled in for a 2-1 lead. The Warriors took a 3-2 lead later in the period before Studley tied the game with 2:49 remaining as he knocked in the loose puck after Kelly's initial shot was saved.
The Warriors regained the lead just before the period ended and then scored the only goal of the third period to grab the win. LaFountain made 10 saves in the loss for the Westies.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team struggled to score this weekend, scoring just one goal in two games.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 4-1 loss against Darien Saturday morning in Stamford. Brady Price scored the lone West Haven goal, cutting the team’s deficit to 2-1 with 7:18 to go in the second period. Price’s unassisted tally was all the Westies could manage as Darien iced the contest with a goal in the final 4:52 of the contest.
The Westies played host to Simsbury Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink and were shutout 7-0. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team came out on top in its only contest of the weekend, winning a tight game by the score of 3-2 over the Stamford Sharks.
On Saturday, the Westies welcomed the Sharks to the Bennett Rink, and after a back and forth start, the Sharks scored first halfway through the opening period.
The Blue Devils scored their first goal to tie the game with five minutes left in the second off an unassisted breakaway goal by Matt Morgan. Luca Ubaldi scored at the beginning of the third to give West Haven the lead, with an assist coming from Anthony Peschell, but the Sharks answered quickly just a minute later.
Morgan scored once again with another unassisted breakaway goal with five minutes left in the third period, which was enough to give West Haven the win.
Michael Andreesen and Brendan Smith split time in goal to preserve the win. Matt Wezenski, Joey Honcz, Sean Bosworth and Kevin Gardner all played well in the win.

(November 6, 2018) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team went 3-0 on the weekend with all three wins by the same score of 4-1.  The Westies posted a pair of wins on Saturday against West Hartford A and Southern A1.  On Sunday, the Westies knocked off South Windsor A. The Blue Devils are now 12-6-1 on the season. 
On Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies took on the West Hartford Wolves in a rematch of a game won 6-4 by the Wolves at the end of September.  This time, the West Haven defense of Leo Mazuroski, Matthew Kelly, Jonathan Charbonneau, and Ryan Pniewski was terrific and led the team to a 4-1 win.  The Westies are now 8-1 on home ice this season.
Cameren Lipford scored the only goal of the first period when he went top shelf with 2:51 left on the clock.  Ethan Kelly started the play from behind the net with a pass to Matthew Kelly at the point and Matthew found Lipford in front of the goal.
Maddex LaFountain stopped a breakaway one minute into the second and Mazuroski cleared the loose puck off the goal line.  Matthew Kelly found Lipford again on a 4-on-4 for a 2-0 lead two minutes later.  Sean Studley held off a defenseman and wristed home Ethan Kelly's pass for a 3-0 advantage.  Pniewski closed the West Haven scoring with a laser from the point with Ethan Kelly assisting.  LaFountain made 12 saves in net for the win.
On Saturday afternoon at the Milford Ice Pavilion, the Blue Devils posted their second 4-1 win of the day, this time over the Southern Stars.
Studley found the net first for West Haven when he deposited Lipford's pass into the lower left corner five minutes into the game.  Ethan Kelly made it 2-0 when Mazuroski's shot deflected to his stick and he fired it home.
Matthew Kelly jammed in his own rebound midway through the second period before a breakaway goal by the Stars made it 3-1 heading into the final period.  Ethan Kelly's unassisted backhander was the only goal of the third period.  LaFountain turned aside 11 shots in goal for the Westies.
On Sunday morning at the South Windsor Arena, the Westies dominated the opening period against the South Windsor Knights. Lipford scored first with a power play goal set up by nice passing from Studley and Ethan Kelly two minutes into the game. Lipford found Studley who wristed it home to finish off a pretty two-on-one to make it 2-0. Mazuroski weaved through traffic and fired on net while Iversen slammed in the rebound for a 3-0 lead at the break.
Lipford led Studley with a pass into the Knights' zone and then tapped in Studley's return pass for a 4-0 lead in the second period. South Windsor broke through for a breakaway goal with a minute left in the game to make the final score 4-1. LaFountain capped off the undefeated weekend by making 15 saves for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this past weekend, topping Watertown on Saturday and falling to the Riverhawks on Sunday.
Against Watertown in Shelton Saturday evening, the Westies posted a 6-0 victory. Mickey Dowd and Michael Madera led the offense as Dowd scored four times and Madera picked up three assists. Cody Rocchio also added two assists in the win.
West Haven took control of the game with five goals in the opening period. Dowd gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 6:53 into the game off an assist from Madera, before Bruno Martone scored off an assist from Rocchio 2:51 later.
Dowd and Madera hooked up for the next two goals as Dowd scored twice in 40 seconds, both off assists from Madera. Dylan Bosworth gave the Westies a 5-0 lead with six seconds left in the opening period off an assist from Rocchio.
West Haven added one more goal in the win as Dowd scored off an assist from Zach Goetze 1:41 into the second. Bryan Hong started and made three saves for the Westies, while Jacob Silva made 12 saves to complete the shutout.
Haygen Axelrod, Jason Alling, Martone, Bosworth and Ray Heenie all played well defensively in the win for the Westies.
In what was a close contest for most of the game, West Haven fell to the Riverhawks 6-2 Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead 3:30 in when Dowd scored off an assist from Martone. The Riverhawks evened the game at one less than five minutes later, then scored twice in a span of 2:44 in the second for a 3-1 lead.
Trailing 4-1, the Westies cut the deficit in half with 11:36 to go when Goetze scored off an assist from Martone. The Westies mounted the pressure over the next eight minutes, but could not get closer. The Riverhawks sealed the game with two goals in t a span of 2:04 in the final 3:33.  
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team had two games this past weekend and came out on top in both games. The Westies go into this week with a six-game winning streak.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed the Yale Bulldogs AA team. Yale scored first in the game with five minutes remaining in the first period. West Haven answered just 30 seconds later off a goal from Anthony Peschell as Carl Murgo was credited with the assist.
Murgo scored midway through the second period to give the Westies the lead, with an assist coming from Matt Morgan. The Blue Devils took a two goal lead off an unassisted goal from Justin Pniewski with 3:42 remaining in the second.
After a back and forth third period, the Bulldogs pulled within one with two minutes left after a redirected goal off of three different players. West Haven was able to maintain their lead and close out the game with a 3-2 victory. Michael Andreesen played a full game in goal for the Westies. Joey Honcz, David Brown and Jayden Spreyer all played well in the victory.
On Sunday, the Blue Devils traveled to Avon Old Farms Prep School to take on the Avon Panthers, coming out with a 7-0 victory.
West Haven got the scoring started early off a goal from Ryan Bernardi in the first minute of the game, with Nolan Cole getting the assist. At the 9:56 mark of the first, Cade Simone scored the next two goals within 20 seconds of each other, Dante Hardt and Sean Bosworth were credited with the helpers on the goals.
Morgan scored an unassisted goal three minutes later. Pniewski scored three minutes later to finish up a five-goal first period for the Westies. Adrian Fielosh got the assist on Pniewski’s second goal of the weekend.
Cole scored two goals in the second period to seal the deal for the Blue Devils. Matt Wezenski was credited with an assist on Cole’s second goal, his third point of the day.
Brendan Smith played a full game in goal for the Blue Devils, getting credit for the win and a shutout. Kevin Gardner, Colin Deane and Jojo D’Aurio all played well in the game and the weekend.

(November 13, 2018) - The West Haven Squirt A hockey team split a pair of home games this weekend and now have an overall record of 13-7-1.  The Blue Devils knocked off Northwestern A1, 5-0, and dropped an 8-3 decision to the Potomac (VA) Patriots.
On Saturday morning at Edward L Bennett Rink, the Westies took on the Northwestern Icehawks and dominated the action in a 5-0 win.  Leo Mazuroski had a pair of goals while Ethan Kelly added a goal and three assists. 
Mazuroski scored from the high slot off Kelly's pass to open the scoring 3:12 into the game.  Cameren Lipford's long range wrist shot with Kelly assisting made it 2-0 four minutes later.
Kelly tapped in a loose puck two minutes into the second period to make it 3-0.  Zach Melchiore buried one after Ryan Pniewski's shot deflected to his stick for a 4-0 advantage. Mazuroski capped the scoring when he took Kelly's pass and ripped a laser from the slot.  Maddex LaFountain made just three saves as the Westies outshot the Icehawks 35-3.
On Sunday afternoon, the Westies hosted the Potomac Patriots, who were visiting the area from Virginia, and lost 8-3.  Sean Studley led the offense with a goal and two assists. 
Down 1-0 midway through the first period, Lipford tied the game for West Haven when he took Studley's pass and scored with a wrist shot from above the right circle.
Potomac had a 5-1 lead in the second period when the Westies mounted a comeback. Studley tipped a pass to Ethan Kelly, who beat the goalie over his shoulder with a wrist shot. 
West Haven made it 5-3 in the third when Jonathan Charbonneau found Studley on the doorstep for a wrist shot.  The Patriots were ultimately too much down the stretch and pulled away.  LaFountain made 21 saves for West Haven. 
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team won three games this weekend, topping Yale 06 on Saturday and New Canaan and Northwestern on Sunday.

















West Haven Peewee A. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
Against Yale at the Northford Ice Pavilion, Michael Madera led the way with three goals and an assist, while Zach Goetze added a pair of assists. Bryan Hong was stellar in goal, making numerous outstanding saves, while Dylan Bosworth, Jason Alling, Bruno Martone, Haygen Axelrod and Ray Heenie were solid on defense.
West Haven got going quickly as it scored twice in the first 41 seconds for a 2-0 lead. Mickey Dowd scored just 12 seconds into the contest off assists from Madera and Goetze, before Madera scored off an assist from Goetze 31 seconds later.
Leading 2-1, West Haven put the game away in the third period. Madera re-directed a shot by Martone with 8:09 to go, then scored from in front off an assist from Heenie 1:34 later.
The Westies won their second game with a 3-1 victory over New Canaan Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Goetze led West Haven with a pair of goals and an assists, and gave West Haven a 1-0 lead when he scored off an assist from Dowd 3:11 into the game.
With the game even at one, Goetze scored an unassisted goal 2:27 into the second for a 2-1 advantage. Goetze then picked up his third point of the game when he set up Madera in the slot for a 3-1 lead 1:51 into the third with Bosworth also picking up a helper.
Jacob Silva played well in goal, with several timely saves. Danny Johnson, Chris Consorte, Connor Moriarty and Cody Rocchio all played well in the win.
The Westies closed the weekend sweep with a 5-2 victor over Northwestern at Canterbury Prep Sunday afternoon. Mike Page led the way with two goals and an assist, while Goetze added two assists.
Dowd gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 2:14 in when he deked for a goal off an assist from Goetze. Madera increased the lead to 2-0 3:31 in when he re-directed a perfect pass from Goetze into the back of the net.
Leading 2-1, Page took over. His pass to Brady Price set up Price’s goal with 1:19 left in the first for a 3-1 advantage. Page scored a short-handed goal 3:41 into the second period with an unassisted effort for a 4-1 lead, then gave West Haven a 5-2 lead with a goal off an assist from Axelrod with 6:22 to go.
Silva and Hong both played well in the win for the Westies. 

















West Haven Bantam A. Photo courtesy of Pat Fielosh. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team had a very challenging weekend of play, coming out with a tie and a win.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed the CT Riverhawks to the Bennett Rink and played to a 4-4 tie. West Haven got the scoring started early in the first period with an unassisted goal by Michael Alfano. The Riverhawks would get a goal in the final five minutes of the first period to even the score at one. Neither team scored until the final minute of the second period, where the Riverhawks scored with 25 seconds remaining in the period, but the Westies answered with just a second left on the board to even the score at 2, off of a goal by Justin Pniewski, David Brown was credited the assist.
West Haven took the lead at the beginning of the third, off of a goal from Cade Simone in front, with Colin Deane feeding Simone from behind the net for a beautiful goal. Matt Morgan scored two minutes later, with assists coming from his line mates Anthony Peschell and Carl Murgo, making the score 4-2. The Riverhawks scored two goals to tie the game, with the game ending in a 4-4 stalemate. Michael Andreesen played a complete game in goal, making key saves to keep the Westies in the game. Joey Honcz, Jayden Spreyer and Sean Bosworth all played well in the contest. 
On Sunday, West Haven made the trip north to the Northford Ice Pavilion to take on the Yale Bulldogs A team and posted a 5-2 win.
After being down 2-0 in the first period, the Westies rallied and never looked back in the second and third periods. Morgan scored two goals back to back to even the game at two, with assists coming from Peschell and Jojo D’Aurio.
Ryan Bernardi netted one with less than 30 seconds remaining in the second, with Pniewski and Adrian Fielosh credited with the helpers. Brown scored in the first 30 seconds of the third off an assist from Alfano.
Peschell finished the scoring for the Blue Devils to seal the win by the score of 5-2. Morgan got the assist on Peschell’s goal, his fourth point of the weekend. Brendan Smith played a complete game in goal in the West Haven win. Matt Wezenski, Dante Hardt and Kevin Gardner all played well in the win.