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(December 3, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team beat Wonderland 7-3 at Bennett Rink on Saturday to notch its 10th win of the season.
The Blue Devils shut down the Wizards of Bridgeport behind Cameren Lipford’s five goals and one assist, and goaltender Alex Werle’s 24 saves. The dynamic duo was supported by center Tyler Silva (1 goal, 2 assists), forward Ryan Walsh (1 goal) and defenseman Kyle Guarino (2 assists), who also made several poke checks in key situations.
Walsh put the Westies on the scoreboard first, crashing the net and rebounding a shot by Silva at 5:04 of the first period. Lipford made it 2-0 just over two minutes later, catching a pass from Silva in the West Haven zone, deking his way up to the net, and backhanding a shot high to the glove side. The Wizards answered nine seconds later to make it a one-shot game. At 1:01 of the first, Lipford fired a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot to put the Blue Devils up 3-1. Kyle Guarino assisted on the play.
At 6:59 of the second, Silva rebounded a shot by Lipford and backhanded the puck into the upper corner to make it 4-1. Lipford then scored a short-handed goal to put the Westies up by four late in the period.
Less than two minutes into the third, Lipford one-timed a laser pass from forward Michael D’Aiuto to make it 6-1. After the Wizards cut it to 6-2, Lipford scored on a pass from Kyle Guarino and forward David D’Aiuto at 7:30 of the period to give the Blue Devils a five-goal lead. The Wizards scored once more at 5:27 of the third to pull within four.
On Sunday, West Haven fell 6-4 to Darien A1 in a hard-fought game at the Darien Ice House.
The Blue Devils came out strong, opening the contest with three straight goals. Lipford scored first on a rebound from forward Aedan Guarino. Michael D’Aiuto made it 2-0, crashing the net and scoring on a rebound set up by Walsh and Kyle Guarino. Lipford gave the Westies a three-goal lead at 6:59 of the first, going coast-to-coast before slipping a shot between the Darien goaltender’s legs.
Darien answered with three successive goals of its own, however, and tied the contest at 10:56 of the second. Lipford put the Blue Devils up 4-3 at 5:31 of the period after Westies defenseman Andrew Grillo made one of the defensive plays of the game. With Darien pressuring in the West Haven zone and tying Werle up on the left side of the net, Grillo dived across the ice to block a shot and stop a surefire goal. Lipford then picked up the loose puck, deked his way into the Darien zone, and wristed a shot from inside the box high to the blocker side.
Darien tied it at 10:57 of the third and netted the game-winner at 1:24 of the period. The team added a final goal 17 seconds later.
Werle tallied 23 saves for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team used solid goaltending, tough defense and balanced scoring to post two wins over the weekend.  The Blue Devils defeated Darien A, 3-1, and Western Minor, 6-1.  West Haven is now 13-13-1 overall and 12-9-0 in CHC league play.
On Saturday night at Stamford Twin Rinks, the Westies faced Darien which had beaten West Haven 8-0 earlier in the season.  After a scoreless first period, Darien took a 1-0 lead off a scramble in front of the West Haven goal midway through the second.  Alex Bowery tied the game for the Westies six minutes later when he stole the puck from a defenseman and slid it through the five-hole.
Early in the third period, Ryan Pniewski hustled to keep the puck in the Darien zone.  Bowery took it off the boards and centered to Ronnie Mastroni for a one-timer and a 2-1 lead.  Jacob Silva (17 total saves) made a couple of clutch saves during a Darien power play late in the third. Mastroni then iced the game when Sean Studley won a face off to him and he snapped a wrist shot bar down for the 3-1 win.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Western Minor and posted the 6-1 win. Mastroni picked up right where he left off when he gathered the opening face off and fired a laser over the goalie's shoulder seven seconds into the game.
The Colonials tied the contest in the opening minute of the second period and went on a power play looking for more.  Bowery denied them when he took Jonathan Charbonneau's pass and slid a shot inside the far post for a short-handed score. 
West Haven then took over the game from there.Brady Price took the puck to the net and Chris Consorte cleaned it up with six seconds left in the second.  Zach Melchiore made it 4-1 in the third with helpers from Price and Consorte.  Mastroni fed Bowery for a long wrist shot and Dylan Bosworth finished the scoring with a breakaway goal with Matt Kelly assisting.  Greg Galasso was clutch with his glove and finished with 18 saves.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team won its only game of the week, defeating the Ramapo Saints 8-0 Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Cade Simone led the way with two goals and an assist, Michael Madera added a goal and an assist, while Dante Hardt and Gabe Mongelli each had two assists.
West Haven took control of the game with three goals in a span of 41 seconds in the opening period. Cam Delvecchio got the ball rolling with a goal off an assist from Sean Bosworth, before Mickey Dowd scored off an assist from Jayden Spreyer 31 seconds later. Just 10 seconds later. Madera took a pass from Simone and scored for a 3-0 advantage.
The Westies increased the lead to 4-0 with 1:10 remaining in the second as Dave Brown scored off assists from Mongelli and Hardt.
West Haven put the game away with four goals in the third period. Will Giaquinto scored off assists from Matt Stevens and Jason Alling, 4:16 in, Simone scored an unassisted goal with 6:06 remaining, then added another tally off assists from Kyle Droney and Madera. Chris Adkins rounded out the scoring, assisted by Hardt and Mongelli.

















Dante Hardt (2) and Dave Brown (17) celebrate a goal by Will Giaquinto (11) in West Haven Bantam A action. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
Bryan Hong and Brendan Smith each played well in goal, combining for the shutout. West Haven’s defense of Bosworth, Brown, Alling, Haygen Axelrod, Josh Gyolai and Matt Wezenski each played very well to aid in the shutout.  
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team won three games this weekend.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils traveled to South Kent to play Northwestern and came away with a 6-4 victory. Northwestern jumped out to an early lead, but the Westies took the lead by the end of the first with unassisted goals from Yousaf Ullah and Matt Wright.
In the second period, Javed Ullah connected on a pass from Zack Fonda to take a 3-2 lead into the third. After falling behind 4-3 halfway through the third, the Westies tied the game on a goal from Wright off an assist from Alex Kurowski. The Westies took the lead on a goal from Yousaf Ullah off an assist from Ashley Welch. An empty net goal from Wright, for his hat trick, and 24 saves from Austin Fruin sealed the win.
On Sunday morning, the Westies started December in Pawling, New York against Trinity-Pawling and posted a 7-2 victory. Trailing 1-0, Cody Rocchio answered back 30 seconds later with assists to Danny Johnson and Carson Lee.
The Westies added goals from Fonda (Javed Ullah assisted), Yousaf Ullah (unassisted and short-handed) and Nate Chiappetta (Kurowski assisted) to end the first period up 4-1.
In the second period, the Westies got goals from Yousaf Ullah (unassisted), Jamie Kerzner, his first of the season off an assist from Kurowski, and a short-handed goal from Wright off an assist from Fruin.
Both teams were held scoreless in the third as West Haven won 7-2. Fruin had 22 saves.
In their third game of the weekend, the Westies faced off against the Southern Stars and once again fell behind in the first period before posting the victory. The Westies were unable to get a puck past the Stars goalie until the third period when Fonda scored off assist from Welch and T.J.  Levenduski to tie the game.
With four minutes left on the clock, Yousaf Ullah found a seam to get around the Stars defense and tucked a puck around an outstretched Stars goalie. Despite a valiant effort from the Stars, Fruin and the rest of the Westies shut the door and win the game 2-1.

(December 10, 2019) - The West Haven Mite C team picked up its first win of its young, inaugural season with a thrilling come from behind victory over the Wallingford Mite C's in Northward Saturday morning.  Logan Minio picked up a hat trick, with Ben Trenchard getting assists on Minio's first two goals.  
Julius Stokes, Evan Harrison and Joey Mondo broke up several Wallingford plays in front of the Westie net, helping protect goalie Tony Parise, who had several key saves in the game.  Brady Salkins and Jax Guarino worked hard on both sides of the puck, getting it forward to create chances and back checking to play defense.  Kyle Johnson also scored twice late in the game to spark the comeback for the West Haven Mite C's.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team fell 7-2 to Greenwich Skating Club A at Bennett Rink on Saturday.
The Blue Devils played solid on defense in the opening period, limiting Greenwich to one goal in the first 10 minutes until the Wings scored with 1:53 left to take a 2-0 lead. The Westies pulled within one at 0:54 of the first, when center Grady Schulte drained a shot in front of the net on a play set up by forwards Aedan Guarino and Cameren Lipford.
In the second, the Blue Devils continued to skate hard and pressure the Wings, with goaltender Alex Werle’s quick glove and stick keeping the Westies in the game. The gritty style of play paid off. At 7:04 of the period, Lipford picked up the loose puck in the Greenwich zone, deked a defender and toe-dragged it by another defender before firing a wrist shot high to the blocker side to tie it 2-2.
After a promising period and a half for the Blue Devils, the Wings took over and went on to score four unanswered goals in the second and one in the third to put the contest out of reach.
Werle made 28 saves for the Westies.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team dropped both of its games this weekend and fell to 12-11-0 in CHC play.  The Westies lost to Greater New Haven A, 7-1, and Ridgefield A, 3-2.
On Saturday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion, the GNH Warriors and Blue Devils skated evenly for two periods.  GNH scored in the first period for a 1-0 lead.  The score remained 1-0 through the second period as the Westies killed off multiple penalties including a 5-on-3 disadvantage.  Goaltender Jacob Silva made several clutch saves. 
The Warriors went up 2-0 when the puck deflected off a Westies' skate early in the third.  West Haven got right back into the game with a power play goal two minutes later.  Matt Kelly passed to Alex Bowery who quickly found Ronnie Mastroni.  The winger put a great move on a defenseman and then wristed a shot over the goalie to make it 2-1.  Penalties proved too costly down the stretch as GNH scored three power play goals and pulled away. Silva was valiant with 25 saves.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Ridgefield.  The teams skated to a scoreless tie into the second period when Ridgefield took a 1-0 lead on a 4-on-3 power play goal.
The Blue Devils responded early in the third period.  Sean Studley worked the puck up the boards and centered to Alex Bowery who slid it through the five hole to tie it at 1-1.  Ridgefield then scored a power play goal and a short-handed goal within a minute of each other to go up 3-1.
Connor Moriarty got the Westies within a score when he fired a shot off the goalie and in for a power play tally with six minutes left in the game.  West Haven could not muster the equalizer in the final minutes.  Greg Galasso made 17 saves in net for the Westies. 
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team traveled to Red Bank Armory in New Jersey to face the Red Bank Generals AA on Saturday and played to a 2-2 tie. 
Nick Salzano broke up a pass off the stick of a General sending it to Nick Eberhart who went the rest of the way before beating the goalie with a wrister for a 1-0 lead halfway through the first period. The Generals took the lead in the second period, going up 2-1 over the Devils. 
Late in the second period, Brody DiNuzzo picked off a pass in the defensive zone before going the distance, beating the goalie with his backhand and knotting the game at 2-2. 
The game ended in a 2-2 tie in regulation as would the Devils 18-game winning streak. Nate Kempton and Tyler Donroe gave up a goal each, but were outstanding in net making numerous saves. 
On Sunday, the team hosted Mass Outlaws at Bennett Rink in the final EJEPL game of the season for the Devils and posted a 12-0 victory. DiNuzzo provided what would be the game winner just 13 seconds into the game after picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone and beating the goalie on a wrister unassisted. John Donohue finished with a hat trick and two assists. Nick Salzano had a hat trick as well. DiNuzzo finished with two goals, two assists, Mascari had two goals and one assist, Gabe Locklear and Tim Donohue had one goal and two assists each. Nicky Stevens had a pair of assists, Connor Benz and Beckett Stenz each had an assist. Thomas Porto and Eberhart played well and Jack Aloi was outstanding on defense. Nate Kempton and Donroe combined for the shutout. 
Peewee AA team finished the EJ regular season with a record of 15-1, and outscored opponents 98-22.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team posted a win and a tie this weekend.
The Westies opened the week with a 5-2 victory over Central at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Saturday morning. Cam Delvecchio led the way with three goals and an assist.
West Haven took a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back.
Jayden Spreyer scored an unassisted goal 2:52 into the contest, before Delvecchio scored off assists from Spreyer and Josh Gyolai 1:10 later. Delvecchio increased the lead to three goals off an assist from Spreyer with 5:56 left in the period.
Leading by two goals, West Haven increased the margin to 4-1 when Mickey Dowd scored off assists from Michael Madera and Delvecchio, who also added a goal with 56 seconds remaining in the contest.
Bryan Hong was once again solid in goal, making numerous saves behind the defense of Haygen Axelrod, Jason Alling, Gyolai, and Matt Stevens.
Dante Hardt, Will Giaquinto and Kyle Droney also played well in the contest.
West Haven battled back from a 3-1 deficit to post a 4-4 tie against Greenwich Skate Club at Dorothy Hammill Rink Sunday afternoon.
Even at three, Dowd scored off assists from Alling and Delvecchio for a 4-3 advantage, before Greenwich rallied to tie the contest.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team had a win and a tie this weekend.
On Saturday, the team traveled to Westminster to play Simsbury and posted a 7-0 victory. 
Ashley Welch started the scoring for the Westies 29 seconds into the game on a pass from Zack Fonda. Yousaf Ullah (Danny Johnson assisted), Alex Kurowski (unassisted) and Carson Lee (Ullah assisted) extended the lead by the end of the first period. 
Matty Wright, off an assist from Cody Rocchio, and Fonda, off an assist from Welch, added goals in the second period. 
Welch connected from Fonda in the third to end the scoring and seal the 7-0 shutout win for Austin Fruin and the Westies. 
On Sunday, the Westies faced off against the Greenwich Skating club at Bennett Rink and played to a 5-5 tie. 
The Westies fell behind by two goals early in the first period but tied the game on goals from Max Ginsberg (Taylor Alfano assisted) and Yousaf Ullah (unassisted). West Haven then gave up two more goals before the end of the first period. 
Rocchio picked up a rebound off Fonda’s shot to get the Westies within one goal. Wright scored an unassisted goal to tie the game up in the first minute of the third period. 
Yousaf Ullah (unassisted) add the go-ahead goal minutes later, but Greenwich would tie the game. 

(December 17, 2019) - The West Haven Mite C team played twice this weekend, going 1-1. 
On Saturday, the team hosted the Hamden Mite C's, with the Westies coming out on top 11-4.  Hamden jumped to an early lead, but West Haven quickly answered when Logan Minio converted a breakaway after Ben Trenchard played him a pass through two defenders.  The Minio-Trenchard connection continued when Trenchard scored his first career goal off a Minio pass.  Anthony Parise, Brady Salkins, Jax Guarino, and Kyle Johnson also scored, and Julius Stokes played great defense, protecting Evan Harrison in goal. Joe Mondo made a few great passes to help West Haven keep possession. 
On Sunday, the Westies traveled down the Merritt to take on New Canaan in its outdoor rink.  The Mite C Winter Classic saw the Westies play hard, but they came up just short, losing 8-7. 
Minio kept up his scoring ways, netting four, the first off a great pass from Johnson. Johnson added a goal of his own, as did Salkins and Parise, who also picked up an assist. Harrison made several big stops, and Mondo played great defensively. Trenchard and Guarino fought hard for the puck along the boards.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team downed the Whalers 8-2 in a Connecticut Hockey Conference matchup at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell on Sunday.
The Blue Devils harpooned the Whalers behind a powerhouse offense guided by Cameren Lipford (4 goals) and a staunch defense steered by Kyle Guarino and Andrew Grillo. The defensive tandem aided stalwart goaltender Alex Werle throughout the game by keeping the puck out of the West Haven zone.
Despite a slow start for both teams, the Westies struck first. At 6:25 of the opening period, Lipford rebounded Kyle Guarino’s shot from the right point to put the Blue Devils up 1-0.
The Whalers tied it less than a minute into the second before Westies’ center Grady Schulte fired the go-ahead goal on a wrist shot high to the glove side, assisted by forward Michael D’Aiuto. The Blue Devils never looked back. Forward Dhruva Garani scored in front of the net at 8:46 of the period to make it 3-1.
Lipford deked his way into the Whalers’ zone and launched a wrister high to the glove side to give the Westies a three-goal lead. Defenseman Gavin Coady then took the puck from behind his own net and went coast-to-coast before wristing it past the Whalers’ goaltender at 6:11 of the second.
Forward David D’Aiuto continued the onslaught, burying a shot from the slot to make it 6-1. The Whalers cut it to 6-2 with 43 seconds left in the period.
Just 21 seconds into the third, Lipford drained a shot between the pipes on a pass from forward Aedan Guarino. Lipford made it 8-2 on a wrist shot high to the blocker side to close out the contest. Center Tyler Silva assisted on the play.
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team split a pair of games on Sunday and now stand at 13-12-0 in CHC league play. The Westies lost to Hamden A, 11-6, and then rebounded to defeat Ridgefield A, 4-1.
Sunday's first game was at Louis Astorino Rink in Hamden versus the Green Dragons. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening minute. Ethan Kelly, in his first game back since breaking his wrist in early October, knocked the puck back to Leo Mazuroski for a shot from the blue line.  Ronnie Mastroni tipped it in at the far post, before Hamden scored four goals for a 4-1 lead at the first intermission.
Mike Page scored a power play goal with a wrist shot to make it 4-2 just 1:27 into the second, but Hamden responded with five goals for a 9-2 lead at the second intermission.
Sean Studley converted Ethan Kelly's pass on a 2-on-1 to make it 10-3 early in the third period. Studley scored a short-handed goal with 3:36 to play off a nice stretch pass up the middle from Mazuroski.  Page buried Mastroni's pass from behind the net on a power play, then recorded a hat trick when he redirected Jonathan Charbonneau's point shot in the final minute to make the score 11-6. 
Greg Galasso made 14 saves over the last two periods.  Jacob Silva made 9 saves in the first period for the Westies.
The Westies then returned home to Edward L. Bennett Rink for an evening game against Ridgefield A.  The Lions dropped the Blue Devils 4-3 last week.
This time, the Westies came out strong and dominated puck possession early in the game.  Mastroni gave West Haven a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period when he wristed home a pass from Ethan Kelly. 
One minute later, the Westies struck again. Dylan Bosworth passed to Ryan Pniewski for a shot from the point through a screen. Brady Price cleaned up the rebound for a 2-0 lead.  The Lions scored a power play goal and it was 2-1 at the break.
Five minutes into the second period, Mazuroski one-touched a pass to Studley as he broke out of the Westies zone. Studley flicked the puck past a defenseman and then sniped a rising wrist shot to make it 3-1. Late in the period, Alex Bowery jammed in Kelly's feed on the doorstep to make it 4-1.
Silva played the first two periods in goal and saved 13 shots.  Galasso played the final period and made seven saves in the victory.
The West Haven Peewee AA team began the weekend early, traveling to Darien to face second-ranked New Canaan in CHC play and posted a 6-0 victory.
The Devils opened the season on the road falling to New Canaan and recently defeated NCWC at home 6-3.
Nicky Stevens got West Haven going 3:33 into the first after finding a loose puck and scoring with a top shelf wrister. Brody DiNuzzo then went coast to coast just a few minutes later for a 2-0 lead to close out the period. Gabe Locklear drew the faceoff back to DiNuzzo who sent it to the net where Stevens tapped in the rebound for a 3-0 lead.
With just over a minute remaining in second period, Billy Mascari set up Tim Donohue, giving West Haven a 4-0 lead. Early in the third, Locklear scored from DiNuzzo for a 5-0 lead. Mascari added another unassisted as West Haven won 6-0. The goaltending was outstanding as Nate Kempton and Tyler Donroe came up big each time New Canaan attempted to shift momentum.
West Haven traveled to Newington on Saturday to face 19th-ranked Central A and posted a 14-2 win. Scoring early and often in the contest, the Devils put together a strong team effort with solid goal tending, goals and assists coming from each line. Jack Aloi delivered the final blow before the Devils moved on to face Darien AA at home on Sunday. Beckett Stenz was solid defensively and chipped in with a goal as well. Thomas Porto found his way in the scoring column.
West Haven hosted fourth-ranked Darien AA and posted a 6-0 win. The Westies took an early lead after Billy Mascari drove the net, shot, and Tim Donohue roofed his rebound with 7:05 remaining in the first. DiNuzzo collected a loose puck in the neutral zone before beating the goalie for a 2-0 lead. DiNuzzo would stop Dariens breakout in the offensive zone, lose a few defenders and find Gabe Locklear backdoor for a 3-0.
John Donohue powered his way past a defender 3:56 into the second period, put a laser on net that led to a Mascari goal off his rebound. Two minutes later, DiNuzzo added to the lead going coast to coast as he finished with a wrap-around goal. In the third period, Nicky Stevens stripped the puck from Darien, walked in and sniped one top left corner for a 6-0 win.
Kempton and Donroe were on top of their game, combining for another shutout. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team won its only game of the weekend with a 5-2 victory over Greenwich Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Cam Delvecchio led the offense with one goal and two assists, while Mickey Dowd scored twice.
Matt Wezenski gave West Haven a 1-0 lead off an assist from Haygen Axelrod with 6:46 left in the first. With the game even at one, Jayden Spreyer scored off an assist from Delvecchio for a 2-1 lead with 23 seconds to go in the opening period.
West Haven took a 4-1 lead in the third as Dowd scored off an assist from Delvecchio, and Delvecchio added an unassisted goal 5:49 later.
Bryan Hong continued his strong play in goal, making numerous saves in the first two periods to keep West Haven in front.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team traveled to Hamden to play the Dragons and posted a 6-0 win. A little over five minutes into the game, Matt Wright put the Blue Devils up with an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, Jamie Kerzner (Yousaf Ullah assisted) added another goal.
In the second period, Yousaf Ullah took a pass from goalie Austin Fruin and scored to put the Westies up by three. The Westies added goals from Zack Fonda and Alex Kurowski, off assists from Ullah, and Wright, off an assist from Fonda, sealed the shutout win for Fruin and the Blue Devils.
On Sunday at the Bennett Rink, the Westies faced Darien’s A1 team and played to a 2-2 tie. Alex Kurowski got the Westies on the board with one minute left in the second period with assists from Fonda and Ashley Welch.
Darien answered back with 5.2 seconds left in the period. Darien went up by a goal with 8 minutes left in the game.
With 1:34 on the clock, the Blue Devils took a timeout and started to put some pressure on Darien, before Yousaf Ullah found a seam to rush the puck allowing Austin Fruin to get to the bench for an extra attacker. Javed Ullah was the extra attacker who got to the front of the net in time to deflect a shot from Wright to tie the game at two with 50 seconds remaining.

(December 24, 2019) - The West Haven Mite C hockey team took on rival Wallingford at the Northward Ice Pavilion, and as become the custom between the two, it was a closely contested battle. Brady Salkins opened the scoring for the Westies, finishing a pass from Joe Mondo.  As the score went back and forth, Logan Minio found the back of the Wallingford net repeatedly, with Julius Stokes and Jax Guarino getting assists.  Kyle Johnson also scored twice, with Mondo getting his second assist of the game and Salkins setting Johnson up for a nice goal. 
With the score tied late in the game, Anthony Parise saved the game for the Blue Devils, making two saves in quick succession, allowing Evan Harrison to back check and clear the puck. Ben Trenchard picked up the clear and took a shot and was just off target, but Minio was at the blind side to nail the puck home and give the Mite C's the win.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team drubbed the Whalers 9-2 at Bennett Rink on Saturday.
Buoyed by forward Cameren Lipford’s four goals and goaltender Alex Werle’s 12 saves, the Blue Devils thrashed the Whalers of Cromwell for the second time in six days to snag their 12th win of the season.
For three periods, the Westies dug deep and hustled to make plays. Defensive duo Andrew Grillo and Kyle Guarino played the point to keep the puck in their offensive zone and increase their team’s scoring opportunities. Their aggressiveness paid dividends.
At 10:48 of the first, Grillo grabbed the puck in his defensive zone, deked his way into the Whalers’ zone, and fired a wrist shot to put the Blue Devils up 1-0. The Whalers answered just 18 seconds later before Lipford broke the 1-1 tie at 9:43 of the period, scoring on a pass from defenseman Gavin Coady.
Westies’ center Grady Schulte then deked the opposing goalie and netted a power-play goal to put the team up by two. Lipford extended the lead by scoring two in a row: a power-play goal, followed by a wrister from outside the right faceoff circle to make it 5-1. Grillo assisted on the latter play.
At 9:50 of the second, forward Aedan Guarino banked a shot off the pads of the Whalers’ goaltender from the right side of the net to score a power play goal and give the Blue Devils a five-goal advantage. Center Tyler Silva assisted on the play.
Schulte made it 7-1 at 4:26 of the period, scoring on a wrist shot high to the blocker side, assisted by Grillo. Silva then fed the biscuit to Lipford, who wristed a shot high to the blocker side to make it 8-1. Forward Ryan Walsh put the Westies up by eight goals, netting a wrist shot from outside the left faceoff circle on a pass from Schulte.
The Whalers scored at 11:39 of the third to cut it to 9-2.
On Sunday, West Haven played hard, but fell 4-0 to Darien A at Stamford Twin Rinks. Werle kept the Blue Devils in the game with 27 saves, including stopping a breakaway on a short-handed play midway through the opening period.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team visited Ridgefield AA in CHC play on Saturday in a game that yielded over 30 penalties, before West Haven prevailed 6-2.
Brody DiNuzzo got the Devils going less than a minute into the first period after Gabe Locklear sent the puck behind his own net to DiNuzzo who went coast to coast. Thomas Porto doubled the lead with a goal making it 2-0.
Shortly after Ridgefield answered with a goal of their own to cut the deficit to 2-1. DiNuzzo added two more goals, completing the hat trick by deking the goalie and one-timing a pass from Porto at the point. Ridgefield cut the lead in half in the third, making it 4-2.
John Donohue gave West Haven some room, adding to the lead. Late in the third, Locklear unloaded a slapper high slot as the Blue Devils finished the game with a 6-2 win over Ridgefield AA. Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton split the game in net. Both goaltenders picked up where they left off making opposing goals hard to come by.
On Sunday, West Haven hosted Central A and posted an 8-0 victory. West Haven jumped in front early as Billy Mascari stole the puck, curled back towards the net finding Nicky Stevens low slot who fed Gabe Locklear back door just 45 seconds in. Minutes later, DiNuzzo pulled a puck off the boards, drove to the net, releasing a slap shot where Nick Eberhart put in the rebound for a 2-0 lead. Before the first period ended, Jack Aloi broke up Central’s breakout tipping the puck to DiNuzzo who redirected it to a wide open Locklear low slot for the Devils’ third goal of the period.
West Haven ran away with the game as the team peppered Central’s goalie adding five more goals in the process. John Donohue scored unassisted, Donohue scored again from Mascari, and DiNuzzo, before Porto scored unassisted.
Nick Salzano scored from Mascari and Eberhart, and DiNuzzo scored from Eberhart to cap the contest. Aloi and Beckett Stenz provided solid defense. The duo of Nate Kempton and Tyler Donroe continue to shut down shots on net. 
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team lost both of its games this weekend.  The Blue Devils fell to Western Major, 5-4, and Riverhawks A, 9-5.
On Saturday afternoon at the Danbury Ice Arena, the Westies fell behind 2-0 to Western Major early in the second period despite controlling most of the play.  Brady Price gathered Chris Consorte's pass and fired in a backhander to make it 2-1.  Western made it 3-1 before the second intermission.
The Blue Devils killed off a 5-on-3 to gain momentum early in the third period.  Matthew Kelly's shot from the blue line then deflected into the net to make it a one goal game with ten minutes to play.
Penalties halted the Westies' momentum though and Western scored a pair of power play goals with just over two minutes to play.  West Haven pulled their goalie and Price scored on a wraparound with 44 seconds left.  Price fed Mike Page who scored under the cross bar with 19 seconds remaining but the Westies could not get the equalizer.
Greg Galasso started in goal and made eight saves.  Jacob Silva made 11 saves in relief.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Riverhawks A. The visitors led 3-0 after one period and scored in the first minute of the second, before the Westies countered.  Consorte rushed the puck to the net and Price cleaned up the rebound.  Three minutes later, Price fed Consorte on the doorstep for a one-timer.
The Riverhawks scored on a 2-on-1, but again the Westies came back.  Price shoveled the puck out front where Ethan Kelly buried it for a power play goal to cut the lead to 5-3 in the final minute of the second period.
Penalties again hurt the Westies in the third period.  They yielded a penalty shot and two more power play goals.  Dylan Bosworth did convert a length-of-the-ice run for a short-handed tally and Ethan Kelly scored on a penalty shot of his own to cap the scoring for the Blue Devils.  Silva started in goal and made ten saves with Galasso stopping 11 shots in relief.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team lost a pair of games this weekend. The Westies opened with a 7-1 loss at West Hartford, then were defeated at home by Greater New Haven 4-2.
In the weekend opener at Trinity College, West Hartford took control of the contest with four goals in the opening period and another in the second.
West Haven finally got on the board with 8:11 remaining in the third period when Michael Madera took a pass from Cam Delvecchio and found the back of the net. Jason Alling also assisted on the goal.
The Westies returned home on Sunday to face Greater New Haven at the Edward L. Bennett Rink and dropped a tough 4-2 decision.
Trailing 1-0 after one period of play, the Westies took the lead in the second when Jayden Spreyer scored twice in 26 seconds. Spreyer evened the contest off an assist from Delvecchio on the power play with 1:48 left in the middle period, before he scored an unassisted goal 26 seconds later for a 2-1 lead.
Despite outstanding goaltending by Bryan Hong, Greater New Haven evened the game with 12:02 remaining in the contest, then took the lead for good 40 seconds later. 

(December 31, 2019) - The West Haven Peewee A hockey team wrapped up the year 2019 with a two-game sweep of West Hartford A this weekend.  The Blue Devils won by scores of 6-5 and 6-3 and now stand at 15-14-0 in CHC league play this season.
Early Saturday morning on the campus of Trinity College, the Westies fell in a 3-0 hole to West Hartford after the opening period.  The second period was a different story as the Westies turned the momentum in their favor.
Matthew Kelly kept the puck in the zone where Chris Consorte gathered it and fired at goal.  Brady Price found the blocked shot and snapped it in to make it 3-1.  Later in the period, Ethan Kelly skated to the net with the Westies shorthanded.  Price again fired it home to get West Haven within a goal.
Two minutes later, Sean Studley grabbed the puck at the red line, blew past a defender, and slid it over to Mike Page, who one-timed it in and tied the game at 3-3.  With just over a minute left in the period, Connor Moriarty won the puck in the circle and tapped it to Ronnie Mastroni, who ripped it through the five hole and gave the Westies a 4-3 lead.
Early in the third period, Studley won a battle for the puck in the corner and fired in front where Page again slammed it home.  West Hartford rallied though and tied the game at 5-5 with five minutes to go.
The Blue Devils controlled play down the stretch.  Moriarty made another scrappy play to win the puck and slide it to Consorte in front.  The winger calmly fired into the lower right corner with 1:13 left on the clock to win the game for the Westies.  Greg Galasso made 16 saves in net for the Blue Devils, including a clutch save of a breakaway early that gave his teammates the chance to rally.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies took control of the rematch right from the start. Mastroni picked up the puck in the slot and fired it home for the only goal of the first period.
Early in the second, Jonathan Charbonneau's point shot deflected to Alex Bowery, who tried jamming it in. Price tapped in the loose puck for a 2-0 lead. Matt Kelly then flipped one at the net and Bowery redirected it in.  Price made it 4-0 with a power play goal from Ethan Kelly and Bowery.
The visitors scored a power play goal, but Charbonneau got it right back when his shot deflected off a stick and dropped in over the goalie.  It was 5-2 in the third period when Price won a faceoff and flipped it in for a short-handed tally.  West Hartford scored a late power play goal for a final score of 6-3.
Leo Mazuroski, Dylan Bosworth and Ryan Pniewski were solid on defense throughout the weekend.  Jacob Silva made 15 saves on Sunday for the win in net.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team lost its only game of the weekend, falling to West Hartford 3-2 at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Saturday morning.
Trailing 3-0 after West Hartford scored twice in the first and once in the second, the Westies tried to rally in the third with two goals in 16 seconds.
Jayden Spreyer got West Haven on the board off an assist from Matt Wezenski with 9:30 remaining, before Cam Delvecchio scored off an assist from Michael Madera to get within 3-2. West Haven put the pressure on, but could not get the equalizer.
The West Haven Banam B travel hockey team traveled to Terry Connors Rink to face Stamford A1. While missing five players, the Westies would only get one unassisted goal from Alex Kurowski in a 5-1 loss.
On Sunday, December 22, still down five players, the Westies traveled to Northford to face Greater New Haven for the fourth time. Zack Fonda, off an assist from Tyler Bernardi, put the Westies on top in the first period. Early in the second period, GNH tied the game up, but not for long when Ashley Welch (unassisted) would put the Westies up 2-1. That score would hold and the Westies ended the weekend 1-1.
On Friday, December 27, the Westies traveled to the Newport Whalers Christmas Tournament and faces off against Providence Jr Bears. The game was a 2-0 win thanks to the incredible display of goaltending by Austin Fruin, who earned the shutout as he turned away close to fifty shots on net. Unassisted goals by Matt Wright and Kurowski started the weekend tournament with a win.
West Haven was back to the ice on Saturday for game two against the Barnstable Lyons and the game would yield another great shutout performance by Fruin in a 4-0 win. First period goals came from Cody Rocchio (Alex Kurowski assisted), Yousaf Ullah (unassisted) and Wright (Javed Ullah assisted). A third period goal from Taylor Alfano (unassisted) ended the scoring and put West Haven up 2-0 in the tournament.
A Sunday morning 6-1 loss to Pembroke forced a four team tie for first place and due to six goals against, the Westies dropped to third place and were eliminated from the tournament as Barnstable and Providence Jr Bears would advance to the finals. The lone goal came unassisted from Wright.  

(January 7, 2020) - The West Haven Mite C hockey team played New Canaan at home Saturday morning, and picked up a big win against a talented New Canaan team that beat them earlier in the season. 
Brady Salkins opened the scoring for the Westies, and found two more goals to get the hat trick. Kyle Johnson and Logan Minio both picked up hat tricks of their own. Tony Parise netted twice, his second a hard fought goal as he battled off two defenders to tap the puck in, and Evan Harrison and Joe Mondo both picked up their first career goals. 
Ben Trenchard rounded out the scoring as he put in a back hand shot off a Johnson rebound. Jax Guarino played a strong game, making passes and breaking up New Canaan attacks. Julius Stokes was stellar in goal, leading his team to the win with several key stops.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team posted its 13th victory of the season on Saturday, winning 5-4 over Northwestern Connecticut A1 at Bennett Rink.
Forward Cameren Lipford powered the Blue Devils’ offense with four goals, and goaltender Alex Werle anchored the team’s defense with 24 saves.
Just eight seconds into the contest, Lipford nabbed the puck off the opening faceoff from center Tyler Silva, skated it into his offensive zone, and drilled a wrist shot low to the glove side to put the Westies up 1-0. Northwestern, based in New Milford, tied it at 8:02 of the first and took the lead at 3:47 of the period. A minute later, the Icehawks went up 3-1 before Lipford fired a wrister high to the glove side to make it a one-shot game.
At 8:19 of the second, the Icehawks made it 4-2. Lipford then scored from the right side of the net at 6:31 of the period on a play set up by defenseman Andrew Grillo and Silva. At 1:18 of the second, with the puck in his offensive zone, Westies center Grady Schulte exploded to the net and rebounded Silva’s shot to tie the contest.
Lipford netted the game-winner from forward Aedan Guarino at 7:23 of the third, wristing a shot from between the hash marks. In the final minutes, Werle made multiple saves, including blocking a shot with his skate at 3:51 of the period, to preserve the victory for the Blue Devils.
On Sunday, West Haven lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to South Windsor A at the South Windsor Arena.
Werle was a warrior in net, fending off a flurry of shots, and Lipford had a hat trick to lead the Blue Devils.
At 8:16 of the first, Lipford put the Westies up 1-0 on a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle assisted by Silva. Werle held the Knights scoreless in the period.
Lipford made it 2-0 at 10:43 of the second, launching a wrister from the right hash marks high to the blocker side. Aedan Guarino assisted on the play. The Knights, however, answered 24 seconds later to cut it to 2-1.
At 7:17 of the third, the Knights tied it before scoring two straight to pull ahead 4-2. Schulte made it a one-shot game at 1:55 of the period, netting a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle high to the glove side.
Werle finished the contest with 26 saves, including seven stellar saves in the third to keep his team in contention.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team returned from the holiday break Friday night against fifth-ranked Wallingford at Choate. The Devils controlled possession early and often in the contest and won 6-0.
Thomas Porto got it going in the first period, putting West Haven up 1-0. Gabe Locklear would add on two more goals, with assists coming from Brody DiNuzzo and Billy Mascari. DiNuzzo tacked on two more goals, assisted by Jack Aloi and Porto to expand the lead to 5-0.
Locklear collected the hat trick with his third goal assisted by DiNuzzo, giving WH a 6-0 victory over Wallingford. Nicky Stevens, Nick Eberhart and Nick Salzano played well. Beckett Stenz and John Donohue provided solid defense. Nate Kempton and Tyler Donroe combined for another shutout. The duo have 15 shutouts combined so far this season.
West Haven traveled to Simsbury Farms to square off against third-ranked Simsbury and posted a 7-4 victory. The Westies found themselves in unfamiliar territory as Simsbury not only scored the game’s first goal, but it also came short-handed a few minutes into first period.
With 10:46 remaining in the first, Stevens sent a pass to Porto across the slot who sent it right back to Stevens for the goal. Simsbury answered with a power play goal, but with seven seconds left in the first period, Mascari evened the game, assisted by DiNuzzo. 
Stevens added his second of the game four minutes into the second period off a Mascari rebound to put West Haven up 3-2. Later in the second, DiNuzzo sent a pass from his goal line connecting with Locklear as he was breaking the blue line to send him in on a breakaway. Locklear finished the play for a 4-2 lead. Just 1:28 later, Locklear fed DiNuzzo down low who redirects puck to Connor Benz for the tap in goal and a 5-2 lead.
John Donohue opened the third with a goal to give the Westies a 6-2 lead. Simsbury got within 6-4, but with 4:37 remaining in the game, DiNuzzo sent a pass to the front of the net that was tapped in by Locklear for a 7-4 advantage.
Kempton and Donroe split the game and were outstanding.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend.  The Westies went on the road to upend Yale 2007A, 8-4, and dropped a home game to Wonderland A, 7-5.  The team is now 16-15-0 in CHC league play.
On Saturday afternoon at Northford Ice Pavilion, Yale went up 1-0 in the opening minute. The Blue Devils tied the game on a power play when Alex Bowery found Brady Price who lifted in a backhander. The Westies took a 2-1 lead 12 seconds later when Chris Consorte grabbed the faceoff and converted a backhander of his own. Yale made it 2-2 after one period.
In the second period, penalties mounted on both teams. Yale went up 3-2 with a power play goal. West Haven equalized on a 5-on-3 when Dylan Bosworth hit Leo Mazuroski who fired on net. Bowery cashed in the loose puck.  Yale regained the lead in the final minute of the second period.
The Blue Devils then dominated the third period.  Mazuroski, Bosworth, Ryan Pniewski, Jonathan Charbonneau and Matt Kelly were solid on defense.  Greg Galasso made every save (he finished with 19 total).  Five different players scored goals in the period.
Bowery centered to Ethan Kelly who tapped it to Price for a wrist shot.  Mike Page won the puck on the boards and then banged in his own rebound.  Ronnie Mastroni and Page assisted Sean Studley for a nifty goal while Studley got knocked to the ice.  Bowery fed Bosworth for a laser from the point.  Bowery then one-timed Price's feed to cap the scoring.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Wonderland in a close battle for the full 45 minutes.  Price fired off the post and Bowery jammed home the rebound to open the scoring.  The Wizards tied at 1-1 after one period.
Penalties hurt the Westies in the second period, but they kept battling.  Down 2-1, Bosworth chipped it to the high slot where Consorte settled it and fired through the five hole to tie the game. Down 3-2, Mastroni won a scrum on the boards and hit Page. He deftly backhanded it to Bowery who rammed it home to tie it again at 3-3.  Wonderland scored on a power play for a 4-3 lead at the second  intermission.
The Blue Devils immediately tied the contest again early in the third by scoring on a 5-on-3 when Ethan Kelly won the draw back to Mazuroski. He hit Bosworth who rang it off the post and Kelly sniped it home. The Wizards scored twice but the Westies would not go away.  Studley skated around a defender and fired it in front where it hit a skate and deflected in.
The Blue Devils could not equalize though and Wonderland escaped with the win. Jacob Silva was solid in net for the Westies and finished with 19 saves.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team split a pair of home games this past weekend, topping Potomac, Virginia on Saturday, before falling to Yale 05A on Sunday.
Against Potomac, Michael Madera led the offense with two goals, and Cam Delvecchio had a goal and two assists in a 5-3 victory.
The Westies took a 2-0 lead in the first period when Matt Stevens scored 1:27 in off an assist from Matt Wezenski, and Jayden Spreyer scored off an assist from Delvecchio with 8:54 remaining.
Potomac cut the deficit in half to close the opening period, and evened the contest with 8:59 left in the second.
Madera gave West Haven a 3-2 lead 53 seconds into the third off an assist from Delvecchio, before Delvecchio’s unassisted tally 3:50 later built the lead to 4-2. Madera increased the margin to 5-2 off an assist from Will Giaquinto with 8:08 remaining.
Bryan Hong was outstanding in goal, making numerous big saves in the final two periods. Wezenski, Haygen Axelrod, and Jason Alling played well defensively, while Dante Hardt, Mickey Dowd, and Kyle Droney all played well in the contest. 
The Westies closed the weekend with a 3-0 loss against Yale. Hong was solid in goal, making several stellar saves throughout, but it was not enough in the loss.

(January 14, 2020) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team won all four Connecticut Hockey Conference games this weekend, including three on the road.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils won by forfeit against Wonderland at Bennett Rink — the team never showed for the CHC-scheduled contest — and 6-3 over the Wizards at Bridgeport’s Wonderland of Ice.
On Sunday, the Westies won 10-2 against Pawling at Trinity-Pawling School’s Tirrell Rink in Pawling, New York, and 8-1 over Wonderland at Wonderland.
In the games played, forward Cameren Lipford led the Blue Devils in scoring (11 goals, 3 assists) while goaltender Alex Werle made 56 saves en route to the team’s 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th victories of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Westies also received noteworthy contributions from centers Grady Schulte (5 goals, 1 assist) and Tyler Silva (2 goals, 5 assists) and forwards Aedan Guarino (3 goals), Ryan Walsh (2 goals), Michael D’Aiuto (2 assists) and David D’Aiuto (1 assist).

Gavin Coady (1 goal), Andrew Grillo and Kyle Guarino supported their goalie with a robust defensive showing in all contests to ensure the team victories.
On Saturday night, the Blue Devils defeated the Wizards behind Schulte’s hat trick, Lipford’s two goals and two assists, and Werle’s 21 saves.
On Sunday, West Haven continued its offensive and defensive dominance. In the morning, the Blue Devils crushed the Badgers of Pawling behind Lipford’s six goals and Werle’s 20 saves. In the afternoon, the Westies routed Wonderland behind Lipford’s hat trick, Silva’s one goal and three assists, and Werle’s 15 saves.
The West Haven Peewee AA hockey team traveled to Stamford Twin Rinks to face fourth-ranked Darien AA on Saturday and came away with a 5-1 victory. West Haven got on the board first when Gabe Locklear picked up a loose puck, went to the slot, released a wrister that would rebound and deflect in off a Darien defender.
Less than 2 minutes into second period, John Donohue sent a pass to Locklear down low and Locklear released a hard, low shot on net which Tim Donohue was there to tap in the rebound for a 2-0 advantage.  The lead increased to three goals with 7:55 remaining in the second as Nick Eberhart scored on a wrister assisted by Thomas Porto and John Donohue.
Darien got within 3-1, before Becket Stenz released a wrister from the point and Nick Salzano tucked in his rebound. The score remained the same until 36 seconds left in the game when Brody DiNuzzo scored the final goal.
West Haven hosted ninth-ranked Northwestern A at Bennett Rink on Sunday. The Westies proved to be too much as they tallied 12 goals in a 12-3 victory.
Zach Goetze returned to action with two goals and put West Haven on the board first. Brody DiNuzzo scored three goals and added an assist, Salzano picked up two goals and two assists, Connor Benz and Nicky Stevens each had a goal and an assist, while Jack Aloi and Billy Mascari each had an assist.
Stenz had a pair of assists, Porto and Eberhart each had a goal. And John Donohue finished with a goal and two assists.
Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton split time over the weekend and both played well throughout as the duo continues to lead the team during a 10-game win streak. 
The West Haven Pee Wee A travel hockey team showed off its offense and swept both games this weekend.  The Westies dominated Greater New Haven A1, 10-3, and then won a spirited game against Stamford A, 8-7.  The Westies have won five of their last six games and now stand at 18-15-0 in CHC league play.
On Saturday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion, the Blue Devils jumped all over the Greater New Haven Warriors right from the initial puck drop. On a power play, Alex Bowery fed Jonathan Charbonneau for a point shot that Brady Price deflected through the five-hole. The Westies scored another power play goal when Ronnie Mastroni fed Connor Moriarty from behind the net for a one-timer.  Mike Page jammed in a loose puck and it was 3-0 less than seven minutes into the game.  Price buried a rebound of Ethan Kelly's initial shot later in the frame and it was 4-2 after one period.
Early in the second, Kelly fed Price for a breakaway and Price neatly deked and scored to record a hat trick.  Chris Consorte fed Sean Studley for a wrister in the slot and Page popped in the rebound.  Later in the period on a power play Ryan Pniewski found Mastroni for a shot and Price again banged in a rebound for a 7-3 lead at the second intermission.
The Westies thoroughly controlled the action in the final period and cruised to the 10-3 win. Mastroni ripped home a wrist shot with an assist to Price. Studley knocked in a one-timer with Bowery and Kelly assisting.  Mastroni closed out the scoring barrage when Ethan Kelly, who had lost his stick, kicked him the puck and he found the net. Greg Galasso was solid in net with 14 saves.  The Westies outshot GNH 33-17.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils faced the Stamford Sharks in a back-and-forth game of two evenly matched teams. Stamford led 2-0 halfway through the first period when the Westies' offense came alive. 
From behind the net, and on his back side, Bowery shoved the puck to Price who cashed in a wraparound to get West Haven on the board. Two minutes later Studley corralled the puck at his own blue line and sped over the Stamford blue line.  His wrister banged off the post and in to tie the game at two. In the waning seconds of the period, with the Blue Devils on a power play, Price flicked the puck out front and Bowery slammed it home with :00 on the clock for a 3-2 lead at the break.
Both defenses were strong in the second period with Leo Mazuroski's tough play leading the Westies. The Sharks then scored two goals in just over 30 seconds to take a 4-3 lead.  Price quickly tied it when he carried into the zone, made a move, and then roofed a backhander for a goal.
West Haven goalie Jacob Silva made three consecutive saves with two minutes to go in the second period to keep the contest tied. West Haven then regained the lead as Price pushed the puck toward the net where Ethan Kelly jabbed at it. Bowery then swooped in and fired home the loose puck for a 5-4 lead heading into the third period.
With the game even at five, Studley made a play two minutes later to put the Westies back on top.  He carried the puck down the right wing and fired it onto Bowery's tape for a laser of a shot that found the net.  Then, on a penalty kill, Kelly passed ahead to Price to give the Westies their first two-goal lead at 7-5. 
With the game even at seven, Kelly won a faceoff and Price took the puck into the Stamford zone.  His shot rang off the right post and the puck was knocked back to the point.  Dylan Bosworth got off a slap shot and Kelly redirected it just inside the right post for the game-winner. Silva made 18 saves in the game and West Haven earned the thrilling 8-7 win.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team had a win and a tie in a pair of contests this weekend, defeating Yale on Saturday, and tying Southeastern on the road on Sunday.
The Westies opened the week with a 7-3 victory over Yale 05A at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Saturday morning. Jayden Spreyer led the offense with two goals and two assists, Michael Madera had one goal and three assists, and Cam Delvecchio finished with a goal and an assist.  
Haygen Axelrod, Matt Wezenski and Matt Stevens were solid on defense to support the stellar goaltending of Bryan Hong. Dante Hardt played well offensively.
West Haven jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period as Madera scored 16 seconds into the contest off an assist from Mickey Dowd.  Dowd gave West Haven a 2-0 lead off an assist from Stevens with 8:36 left in the opening period.
With the game even at two, Matt Wezenski made some nice moves in and out of traffic, before scoring with 10:36 left in the second for a 3-2 lead. Yale evened the game with under three minutes left in the second, before West Haven pulled away with four goals in the third.
Just 1:19 into the final period, Delvecchio put the Westies on top for good off assists from Spreyer and Madera, before Delvecchio set up Spreyer 1:20 later for a 5-3 lead.
West Haven increased the lead to 6-3 just 24 seconds later when Madera fed Spreyer on a 2-on-none break. Axelrod also picked up an assist on the goal.
The Westies capped the scoring with 1:20 left as Madera sent a pass to Spreyer, who fed Kyle Droney in front for the four-goal lead.
West Haven had to battle from a two-goal deficit twice on Sunday to play to a 4-4 tie with Southeastern. Spreyer led the offense with two goals, while Madera added a goal and an assist.
Trailing 2-0, Madera cut the deficit in half with 7:31 remaining in the opening period with an unassisted  goal from a sharp angle. Southeastern closed the scoring in the period with another tally with 2:38 remaining for a 3-1 lead over the Westies.
Dowd scored with 4:26 remaining in the second to get West Haven within 3-2, and the score remained that way until the third period.
On the power play, Wezenski fed a perfect pass to Spreyer who found the back of the net with 10:04 to go to even the game at three.
In a period dominated by the Westies with a 13-3 shot advantage, Madera found Spreyer in front for a 4-3 lead with 2:38 remaining in the contest. Southeastern fought back and got the equalizer 1:15 later, ending the game in a 4-4 tie.
Jason Alling played well defensively for the Westies. 

(January 21, 2020) - The West Haven Mite C team hosted the Greater New Haven Mite B team Saturday morning, falling 10-2 to the older and more experienced team.  The Westies played well and showed how much they have improved throughout the season. 
Anthony Parise made some great saves in the goal, while Ben Trenchard and Julius Stokes broke up New Haven attacks and played well defensively.  Logan Cole and Brady Salkins both scored, while Kyle Johnson and Jax Guarino pushed the puck up the ice and back-checked hard to help out the defense.  Joe Mondo worked hard on both sides of the puck for the Blue Devil Mite C's.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team won 4-3 over Watertown A1 at Taft School’s Mays Rink in Watertown on Sunday to improve to 18-12 in Connecticut Hockey Conference competition.
Forward Cameren Lipford (3 goals) put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard first at 10:55 of the opening period. Center Grady Schulte slid a pass across the crease from the right side of the net to a waiting Lipford, who fired a textbook one-timer to make it 1-0. The Red Wings answered and tied it up with just over three minutes left in the first.
Lipford then rebounded a shot by forward Aedan Guarino at 9:00 of the second to make it 2-1. At 3:05 of the period, Aedan Guarino grabbed the puck in the neutral zone, exploded into his offensive zone, and launched a wrist shot from inside the right faceoff circle high to the glove side to give the Westies a two-goal lead.
At 11:16 of the third, Lipford netted a wrister from inside the right faceoff circle high to the blocker side to put the Blue Devils up 4-1. Westies goaltender Alex Werle made several outstanding saves in the period to protect the lead, including a tremendous glove save while momentarily losing his stick with 3:37 left in regulation. Werle, who finished with 25 saves, was once again supported by the defensive prowess of Andrew Grillo and Kyle Guarino.
In the closing minutes of the contest, however, penalties and miscues nearly derailed the Blue Devils’ otherwise strong team performance. The Red Wings pounced on the disadvantaged Westies, cutting it to 4-2 with 1:58 remaining before making it a one-shot game on a power-play goal with under a minute remaining.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team opened play in the inaugural CT Ice Tournament with a pair of games on Sunday at the Milford Ice Pavilion.  The Blue Devils lost the opening game to Hamden A, 9-2, then rebounded to trounce Riverhawks A, 9-0.
West Haven will face Yale on Tuesday night in the last preliminary game.  The top two teams of the four will face off for the CT Ice championship on Sunday, January 26, at Webster Bank Arena prior to the CT Ice college championship games.
Against Hamden, the Westies outshot the Dragons 10-2 in the opening period but trailed 1-0 at the first intermission. After Hamden made it 5-0, Chris Consorte roofed his shot with Brady Price assisting to get the Blue Devils on the scoreboard.
Price took Ryan Pniewski's pass and snapped in a wrist shot to make it 5-2 early in the third period.  Hamden then pulled away late.  Greg Galasso started in goal and made 4 saves.  Jacob Silva made 11 saves in relief.
Later in the day, the Westies faced a Riverhawks team that beat them, 9-5, four weeks ago. This time, the Westies jumped all over their opponent with five first period goals and dominated the action in a 9-0 win.
Price opened the scoring when he roofed a tough angle shot from Alex Bowery.  Sean Studley centered to Price who tipped it to Mike Page who jammed it in. Bowery was denied in front, but skated behind and scored on a wraparound.  Ethan Kelly drilled one through the five hole and Price roofed another wrist shot for a 5-0 lead.
Price earned a hat trick when he converted Bowery's pass to open the second period. In the third period, Studley fired one off the goalie and in, Price converted yet another Bowery feed, and Ryan Pniewski ripped a slap shot from Ethan Kelly to cap the scoring.
Silva was very sharp and notched the shutout with 22 saves.  Pniewski, Leo Mazuroski, Matthew Kelly and Jonathan Charbonneau were also terrific on defense.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team suffered a loss and earned a tie this past weekend.
The Westies opened the week with a 6-3 loss to Wallingford Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Michael Madera led the offense with two assists.
Trailing 3-0, West Haven got within two goals on a goal by Jayden Spreyer off an assist from Madera. Matt Wezenski got West Haven within 3-2, before Wallingford again took a 3-goal lead. Trailing 5-2, Madera sent a nice pass in front to Matt Stevens, who made it a 5-3 game, but the Westies never got closer.
West Haven traveled to Greenwich Sunday morning and played to a 2-2 tie. Wezenski led the way with a goal and an assist.
Wezenski gave West Haven a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal, then set up Mickey Dowd for a 2-1 lead with 11:17 left in the second. Greenwich scored a lot goal to pull out the tie.
Jason Alling, Wezenski and Haygen Axelrod all played well defensively for the Westies, while Bryan Hong was stellar in goal. Dante Hardt, Will Giaquinto and Kyle Dtoney played well on offense.
On Saturday, January 18, the West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team traveled to Choate to play Wallingford. Cody Rocchio (unassisted) started the scoring for the Westies in the first period. In the second period, Matt Wright connect from Zack Fonda to put the Westies up 2-1. Yousaf Ullah (unassisted) extended the lead early in the third and the Westies held on to win 3-1.
On Sunday, Stamford came to Bennett Rink for a rematch against the Westies.West Haven won 3-2.  Yousaf Ullah (unassisted) put the Blue Devils up in first period but the Sharks answered back and went up 2-1. Ullah tied the game at two and then Nate Chiappetta redirected a shot from Ullah to put the Westies up 3-2. 

(September 9, 2019) - The Larry Vieira era of West Haven Youth Hockey began on a high note at Bennett Rink on Saturday, with the new coach’s Squirt A team defeating the Green Dragons of Hamden 11-0.
In West Haven Youth Hockey’s “Opening Faceoff” kickoff event of the 2019-20 season, the Blue Devils shut down their archrival from the drop of the puck, dominating in all phases of the game and serving up a scoring smorgasbord, led by forward Aedan Guarino’s four goals and one assist.
Kyle Guarino, Andrew Grillo and Brooklynn Maher anchored a stingy Westies defense that allowed a mere three shots on standout goalie Alex Werle.
The Blue Devils also received strong contributions from Grady Shulte (2 goals, 3 assists), Cameren Lipford (2 goals, 1 assist), Gavin Coady (1 goal), Kyle Guarino (1 goal) and Michael D’aiuto (1 goal).
On Sunday, Vieira’s upstart Squirt A team bolstered its opening weekend record, defeating Darien A1 7-5 in a hard-fought contest at Stamford Twin Rinks.

















West Haven Squirt A forward Grady Shulte (77) scores one of his two goals against rival Hamden at Bennett Rink on Saturday. The Blue Devils shut out the Green Dragons 11-0 in the season opener. Forward Aedan Guarino, left, led the team in scoring with four goals and one assist. Photo courtesy of Stacie Walsh.
The Blue Devils came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and played well during the game, with Lipford scoring four goals and Werle making 23 saves to lead the team.
Forward Ryan Walsh put West Haven on the scoreboard first with his first goal of the season. Coady and Aedan Guarino added goals before Lipford’s empty-netter in the closing minute sealed the victory for the Blue Devils.
Later on Sunday, the Squirt A team was handed its first loss of the season by Kent A at Bennett Rink.
The West Haven Pee Wee A hockey team opened the season with a pair of home games at Edward L. Bennett Rink this weekend.  The Blue Devils faced two strong teams and lost twice- 9-4 to Hamden A and 8-0 to Darien A.
On Saturday, West Haven celebrated "Opening Faceoff" with the traditional set of games against Hamden.  In Pee Wee A action, the first period was tightly contested.  Hamden struck first with a short-handed goal midway through the period.  Matthew Kelly tied the contest when he fired in the puck with Connor Moriarty and Christopher Consorte earning assists.  Hamden scored on the power play in the final minute for a 2-1 lead after one period. 

















Ron Mastroni scores for West Haven Peewee A against Hamden, September 7, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
Down 3-1 in the second period, Brady Price fed Ronnie Mastroni, who ripped a wrist shot off the goalie and in to make it a one-goal game again.  Hamden scored the next three and led 6-2 at the second intermission. 
Hamden led 9-2 in the third before Price scored two short-handed goals for the Westies.  The first was a breakaway goal and the second was a steal and backhand shot through the five-hole.
Greg Galasso started in goal for West Haven and recorded 13 saves.  Jacob Silva notched seven saves in relief. 
On Sunday morning, the Westies hosted Darien and played a spirited opening period for the second straight day.  Darien led 1-0 at the first intermission as Silva was sharp with twelve saves.
Darien pulled away for an 8-0 win.  Silva finished with 20 saves while Galasso recorded 15 saves in the second half of the contest.
The West Haven Pee Wee B travel hockey team got off to a great start in its opening weekend of play.  On Saturday, the Westies took part in the “Opening Faceoff” festivities against rival Hamden and posted a 7-1 victory. 

















West Haven Peewee B celebrates a goal against Hamden, September 7, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.

Hamden went up 1-0 late in the first period with a screened shot that went high over goaltender Oliver Sawitzy's shoulder. 
Eddie Thomas IV opened the scoring shortly after Hamden got on the board. Thomas took the puck on a face off in the defensive end and took it the length of the ice to the back of the net. 
The Westies scored two more goals in the first period as Julianna Gonzalez netted the puck after a combination of passes from Dan Lavallee and Nolan Fortier.  On the same shift, Gonzalez and Fortier returned the favor and found Lavalle's stick and put the Westies up 3-1 at the end of the first period. 
Early in the second period, Sean Luxeder's neutral ice pass to Dylan Ginsberg was dished off to a quick skating Thomas, who netted the only second period goal of the game. 
The defensive pairings of Heather Fonda and Luxeder, along with Grace Douglas and Jack Francis played key roles in keeping Hamden scoreless for the second and third periods.  The third period was all Westies as both Thomas and Dan Lavallee found the back of the net to each record hat tricks.  Tyler McColgan and Nolan Fortier helped in assisting both players' goals.   
On Sunday, the Westies were back in action with an early morning home game at Bennett Rink against the RiverHawks of Shelton and posted a 4-2 win. 
The Westies came out strong with a goal in the first minute of play.  Thomas took a puck to his backhand and showed he can score from both sides of the blade.  Luxeder found the back of the net with a wrist shot from center ice, and quick skating and puck movement between Thomas and McColgan led to a goal by Gonzalez.  The goal by Gonzalez ended up being the game winner. 
The Riiverhawks came out quick in the second period scoring back to back goals making it 3-2.  Within a minute after the RiverHawks scored two goals, McColgan's pass found Thomas' stick to score the final goal of the game and give the Westies a two-goal lead going in to the third period.   
Penalties found the Westies on their heels early in the third period. Between Oliver Sawitzy's quick glove and hard work by forwards J.J. Hall, Lucas Iversen and Rafi Treat winning key puck battles along the boards and moving the puck out of the defensive end forcing the RiverHawks to regroup, the Westies dug deep in the neutral zone to hold on to the lead throughout a third period battle.   
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team opened the season with a win and a tie. The Westies won the season opener 5-0 against Hamden, before playing to a 3-3 tie against Yale 06 AA.
The Westies opened the season against Hamden as part of the “Opening Faceoff” weekend. Behind the line of Cam Delvecchio, Colin Deane and Cade Simone, the Westies led 3-0 after one period and never looked back.

















Cam Delvecchio (12) scores for West Haven Bantam A against Hamden, September 7, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
Delvecchio led the West Haven offense with two goals and two assists, Deane had a pair of goals and an assist, while Simone finished with a goal and an assist.  
Deane started the scoring just 12 seconds into the contest off assists from Delvecchio and Simone. A great effort by Simone increased the lead to 2-0 with 7:52 remaining in the first, before Deane set up Delvecchio 57 seconds later for a 3-0 advantage.
With the West Haven defense of Sean Bosworth, Dave Brown, Craig Wezenski, Josh Gyolai. Haygen Axelrod and Jason Alling locking down the Green Dragons, and goaltender Brendan Smith turning aside several tough shots early, the Westies took a three-goal lead to the second.
Deane increased the lead to 4-0 off an assist from Delvecchio with 7.6 seconds remaining in the middle period, before Bosworth assisted on Delvecchio’s second tally of the contest with 5:12 remaining. Bryan Hong played well in goal as he helped seal the combined shutout.  
West Haven improved to 1-0-1 with a 3-3 tie against Yale Sunday afternoon at the Northford Ice Pavilion. Bosworth led the way with a goal and an assist, including the tying goal off an assist from Gabe Mongelli with 5:52 left in the third period.
West Haven opened the scoring with 2:25 remaining in the opening period when Simone scored a short-handed tally off assists from Delvecchio and Bosworth.
Yale evened the contest 25 seconds later on the power play, before Dante Hardt scored a power play goal off an assist from Kyle Droney with 1:41 left in the opening period. Yale scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 lead, before Bosworth’s late heroics pulled West Haven even.
Smith again was solid in goal, coming up with several big saves.   
Mickey Dowd, Jayden Spreyer, Matt Stevens, Will Gianquinto, Chris Adkins, and Michael Madera all played well on the weekend for the Westies. 

(September 16, 2019) - Continuing West Haven Youth Hockey’s 50th anniversary tour, the West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team beat ECHO A 7-5 in a barnburner at Bennett Rink on Saturday.
Forward Cameren Lipford had five goals and two assists and goalie Alex Werle made 27 saves to lead the Blue Devils past the Stars of the Bolton-based Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization.
The Westies scored first on a short-handed goal by Lipford with 1:36 left in the first period. The Stars answered with three consecutive goals.
Trailing 3-1 late in the second period, the Blue Devils fought their way back with three straight goals by Lipford, including a power-play goal, to take a 4-3 lead.

















West Haven Squirt A forward Cameren Lipford takes the puck in deep against ECHO A at Bennett Rink on Saturday. The Blue Devils defeated the Stars 7-5 for their third win of the season, buoyed by Lipford’s five goals and two assists and Alex Werle’s rock-solid goaltending. (WHYH Photo/Stacie Walsh).
A seesaw battle ensued.
The Stars scored twice to go up 5-4 with 3:11 remaining in regulation before Westies forward Ryan Walsh tied the game on a rebound from Lipford with 1:57 left. Seconds later, forward Gavin Coady netted the game-winner for the Blue Devils.
Werle’s rock-solid goaltending staved off multiple scoring attempts by the Stars late in the contest and Lipford added an empty-netter, his second in two games, to secure the 7-5 victory for the Westies, the team’s third of the season.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team dropped a pair of games this weekend. The Westies were denied 6-4 by Stamford and 4-1 by Wallingford.
On Saturday morning, West Haven traveled to Stamford to face the Sharks at Terry Conners Rink. Stamford scored the only goal of the opening period on a 5-on-3 advantage and led 1-0 at the first break. Goaltender Greg Galasso was sharp and turned away eight shots in the period.
Down a man just two minutes into the second period, West Haven was able to tie the game at one with a short-handed tally. Ethan Kelly collected a loose puck and found Sean Studley streaking to the net and Studley's one-timer snuck inside the right post. Too many penalties cost the Westies in the period and Stamford led 3-1 at the second intermission.
In the third period, the Blue Devils started to get control of the game. Zach Melchiore rang one off the post and the momentum turned. Ethan Kelly won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Leo Mazuroski who quickly slid it over to Jonathan Charbonneau. The defenseman whistled one off the right post and in to make it 3-2 with 8:22 remaining.
Less than a minute later Charbonneau jumped on a loose puck at the blue line and flipped a shot on goal. It snuck past a screened goalie to tie the game at three.
Stamford struck again to regain the lead, but West Haven came right back on a power play. Ryan Pniewski chipped the puck to Kelly and his shot deflected wide. Ronnie Mastroni buried the rebound to even the game at four with under five minutes to play.
Stamford scored on a 4-on-4 to take the lead with 1:32 to play. The Westies pulled their goalie and won the faceoff with a minute left, Stamford scored an empty net goal to escape with a 6-4 win. Galasso and Jacob Silva split time in goal and made 12 saves apiece.
On Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils hosted the Wallingford Hawks. The visitors took the lead in the opening minute, but Silva was clutch and kept the game at 1-0 the rest of the period.
Penalties again slowed the West Haven offense in the second period and the Hawks eventually made it 2-0 on a man advantage halfway through the period. The Blue Devils eventually cut the lead in half as Mastroni carried the puck through the zone, held off a defender, and slid the puck to Ethan Kelly for a tap-in goal.
Wallingford added a pair of goals in the third period for the 4-1 win. Silva finished with 12 saves and Galasso added nine in relief.
The West Haven Peewee AA is off to a good start after beginning the season on August 23rd during an EJEPL Showcase Series in Philadelphia, Pa.  EJEPL also known as Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League that showcases teams along the East Coast from Maine down to Florida.
The Blue Devils were on a roll, winning the first three games, but came up short against the Red Bank Generals in West Haven’s fourth game in two days. 
Peewee AA’s continued EJ play as they looked to take two games last weekend while facing Rhode Island Jr Blues in Warwick, Rhode Island on Saturday and their home opener on Sunday against Montclair Blues.
The trip north proved to be a good one as the Blue Devils headed home with a 6-1 victory over the Jr Blues.
The home opener on Sunday was a hard fought battle with the Blue Devils creating their fair share of opportunities to put the puck in the net, but came up short until 9:37 seconds remained on the clock in the third period. Gabe Locklear picked up a loose puck along the boards in the offensive zone, drawing in a few defenders Locklear fed the puck to Billy Mascari, who dropped it to Nick Salzano before Salzano sent a wrister from the point that found the back of the net.
Goaltending shared by Nate Kempton and Tyler Donroe ultimately sealed the victory as the two combined for the shutout. The do not enter signs Kempton and Donroe posted between the pipes were a big part of Peewee AA’s 1-0 home opening victory and overall 5-1 record thus far.
The Peewee AA team resumed EJ action this weekend on the road against the Montclair Blues AA in New Jersey. Getting the Blue Devils on the board was Mascari, assisted by Gabe Locklear, followed by Brody DiNuzzo shorthanded, and again later, assisted by Mascari, in the contest to give West Haven a 3-0 lead. The Blue Devils hung on to win 4-2. Nicky Stevens found the back of the net for West Haven’s fourth goal.
Peewee AA returned home on Sunday to face the Ramapo Saints AA. The Blue Devils outscored Ramapo 14-2.
Stevens got the Devils started in the first when he put a rebound off the stick of Cooper Deko into the back of the net. Nick Eberhart, Salzano and Mascari each had a goal and an assist. Stevens finished with a goal and two assists. Deko and Thomas Porto each had two assists.
DiNuzzo finished with two goals and two assists, Locklear was outstanding with two goals and an assist, Beckett Stenz and Tim Donohue each had two goals, Drew Kaufman added a goal, and Zach Goetze tallied three assists. Jack Aloi had an assist and anchored the defense.
West Haven stands at 7-1 in EJ play, while looking ahead to this Saturday when the Westies begin CHC action against New Canaan. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team fell to 1-2-1 on the year as it dropped a pair of contests this weekend.
The Westies opened the week with a 6-1 loss to Darien AA Saturday morning in West Haven. Darien scored three times in the opening period and never looked back.

















West Haven Bantam A goaltender Brendan Smith covers up against Darien, September 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Mike Madera.
West Haven’s lone goal came in the second period when Cam DelVecchio picked up a rebound of a Haygen Axelrod shot and scored with 3:36 gone by. Chris Adkins also assisted on the goal.
Darien added another goal in the second and two more in the third for the 6-1 final. West Haven fell to 1-1-1 with the loss.
The Westies then traveled to Wesleyan University and fell to Yale 05AA 7-0 Sunday evening. Yale took a 3-0 lead in the first period, before extending the margin with four more goals in the second.
Bryan Hong made 26 saves and Brendan Smith made five saves in the loss for the Westies.  
In the first four games of the 2019-2020 season, the West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team is 1-2-1. In West Haven’s first tilt on opening day, the Westies bested Hamden 7-0.
In his first game as a Blue Devil, goalie Austin Fruin posted a well-deserved shutout. Defensemen Youssef Ullah and Matt Wright led the scoring with three and two goals, respectively. Zack Fonda and Alex Kurowski also added goals for the Devils first home win.
On Sunday, at Bennett Rink, the Bantams faced a tougher opponent and tied the visiting Riverhawks. Both goaltenders kept shutouts going until late in the third period when the Westies gave up a goal with 4:36 left. A double minor put the Westies, who had been plagued with penalties all game, back on the penalty kill.
The Devils battled hard but not until Youssef Ullah saw a short-handed opportunity to go end to end to tie the game did the Devils break the shutout at the 1:41 mark. Despite a valiant effort with the goalie pulled in the final seconds of the game, West Haven was unable to pull out a win.
On Saturday, the Bantam B team traveled to Newington to play a tough Central A1 team who handed the Devils their first loss of the season.
Central got off to a quick start, building a 4-0 lead after the first period which saw Fruin go down with an injury, only to shake it off and keep battling.
The Westies regrouped for the second period and after battling hard, Alex Kurowski followed his shot on net and scored on his rebound. Central answered back quickly and the score remained 5-1 for the rest of the game.
On Sunday, the Bantam B’s faced off against Southeastern B. The Westies would take another defeat after a slow start, costly penalties and giving up two of four goals while on the power play.
After a tough weekend, West Haven will look to rebound next weekend with three games to play against East Haven, Yale and Stamford. 

(September 23, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team dropped a pair of games this weekend. The Blue Devils fell 7-3 to Stamford A at Bennett Rink on Saturday and 8-3 to Yale A at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Sunday.
In the opening contest, West Haven forward Cameren Lipford deked his way to the net to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1 in the first period. Forward Ryan Walsh assisted on the play.
Lipford contributed two more goals, both assisted by forward Aedan Guarino, in the third period.
Against Yale, Aedan Guarino scored first for West Haven, tying the game 1-1 midway through the first period with Lipford assisting on the play. Trailing 3-1, the Blue Devils trimmed the contest to 3-2 on a goal by Lipford with four seconds left in the first.
Lipford tallied his second goal of the game late in the second period.
Goalie Alex Werle kept the Westies within striking distance in both games, making several outstanding saves.
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team swept its weekend games and posted its first two wins of the season in the process. The Blue Devils won 4-3 over the Riverhawks A, and topped New Canaan A1, 6-3. Peewee A is now 2-4-0 on the season.
On Saturday evening, the Westies headed to The Rinks at Shelton for a road game against the Riverhawks. The home team took a 1-0 lead 4:16 into the game before Brady Price tied things up for the Westies. Price's initial shot was denied, but he grabbed the rebound behind the net and used a lightning quick wraparound to make it 1-1 with 1:56 left in the first period.
West Haven took the lead with a power play goal early in the second period. Ethan Kelly had his shot kicked wide where Ronnie Mastroni collected it. Mastroni circled into the slot and whipped his shot over the goalie's shoulder for a 2-1 lead.
Three minutes later, Connor Moriarty pushed the lead to 3-1. Moriarty patiently waited behind the net with the puck and then snuck in a wraparound shot for an unassisted tally. With just over four minutes left in the period the Kelly brothers connected for a goal. Matt hit Ethan with the puck in stride at the red line and Ethan sniped home a wrist shot for the 4-1 lead.
In the third period, the Riverhawks scored twice and closed to within a goal. West Haven goaltender Greg Galasso made three big saves down the stretch to preserve the win. The Riverhawks pulled their goalie and skated 5-on-3 in the final seconds, but Sean Studley won a crucial faceoff and Galasso thwarted a wraparound attempt just before the final buzzer sounded. Galasso (8 saves) and Jacob Silva (7) split the game in net.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink,  the Westies faced New Canaan A1. Down 1-0 6:54 into the game, the Blue Devils tied it.
Moriarty chipped the puck off the boards to Zach Melchiore, who found Alex Bowery coming down the slot and Bowery buried his wrist shot. Just 2:38 later, the Westies took the lead with a power play goal. Ryan Pniewski hit Mastroni, who fired a missile off the right post and in for a 2-1 advantage. Twenty-nine seconds later it was 3-1 Westies. Ethan Kelly flicked the puck to Mike Page for a nice one-timer. Galasso made six saves in the period for West Haven.
The Blue Devils made it 4-1 at 6:40 of the second period. Bowery fed Leo Mazuroski at the point and then Mazuroski hit Bowery as he rushed the net where Bowery deposited a wrist shot.
Silva relieved Galasso and made two big saves on a New Canaan power play. West Haven then made the score 5-1 with 13.8 seconds left in the period. Jonathan Charbonneau poked checked the puck free at the red line. Mastroni hit Studley as he entered the zone. Studley's shot rang off the post, but Ethan Kelly knocked in the rebound.
Kelly led the penalty kill unit as the Westies killed off two 5-on-3 advantages for New Canaan, both over 1:30 each. New Canaan did get a pair of goals to creep within 5-3, but West Haven iced the game with one more score in the third.
Charbonneau made a nice play to keep the puck in the offensive zone and then found Mastroni in deep. Mastroni kept pounding until he forced the puck in the net for the 6-3 win.
Galasso had six saves and Silva stopped seven shots. The Westies outshot New Canaan 22-16 for the game.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team had its first CHC game of the season in Darien against New Canaan on Saturday. Playing without two key players, Brody DiNuzzo and Nick Salzano, the Westies played hard, but fell 6-4.
West Haven started strong, taking the early lead in the first with Jack Aloi’s goal from the point, assisted by Thomas Porto. Later in the first, a goal from Billy Mascari gave the Westies a 2-0 lead.
New Canaan quickly rebounded with three unanswered goals in the second period. Despite two more goals in the third from Drew Kaufaman, assisted by Zach Goetze and Cooper Deko, New Canaan added a pair of empty net goals, and the Westies fell 6-4.
On Sunday, the Westies traveled to Monsey, New York to face the Ramapo Saints AA for EJ action.
The Westies quickly rebounded from Saturday’s loss and dominated the game, winning 9-1. West Haven received goals from Gabe Locklear (2), John Donahue (2), Goetze, Nicky Stevens, Connor Benz, Nick Eberhart and Mascari. Aloi led the defense with three assists.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team fell to 1-4-1 with a pair of losses this weekend. The Westies opened the weekend with a 6-2 loss against Wonderland AA on Saturday, before dropping a 4-3 decision against the Riverhawks A on Sunday.
At the Edward L. Bennett Rink on Saturday morning, Wonderland scored twice in each of the first two periods for a 4-0 lead. An unassisted goal by Jayden Spreyer got West Haven within 4-1 early in the third, but Wonderland came back with two more goals for a 6-1 advantage.
The Westies battled and received a power play goal from Cade Simone with 1:36 remaining in the game. Christopher Adkins and Matt Wezenski each assisted on the tally.

















West Haven Bantam A goalie Brendan Smith makes a save against the Riverhawks, September 22, 2019. Photo courtesy Mike Madera.
The Westies suffered a gut-wrenching defeat on Sunday, falling to the Riverhawks at the Rinks in Shelton.  Despite superb goaltending from Brendan Smith, West Haven could not hold on to a third period lead as penalties were too much to overcome and the Riverhawks scored three times.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead with 4:50 to go in the opening period as Spreyer picked up a rebound of a Dave Brown shot off the post for a power play goal. Brown gave the Westies a 2-0 lead when he took a pass from Michael Madera and scored with 48 seconds left in the opening period.
The Riverhawks scored once in the second, then scored three times, including twice on the power play, in a span of 2:01 in the third to take a 4-2 lead. Colin Deane scored off an assist from Wezenski with 1:39 left, but West Haven could not get the equalizer.

















West Haven Bantam B celebrates Max Ginsberg's game-winning goal against Yale, September 22, 2019. Photo courtesy of West Haven Bantam B. 
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team opened the weekend with an away double header on Saturday.
First, the Westies faced off against East Haven and suffered their third loss of the season. Despite a goal from Max Ginsberg, off assists from Ashley Welch and Zack Fonda, and another from Matt Wright, the Westies could not overcome 11 penalties and fell 4-2.
The second game was against Yale at Ingalls Rink and saw the Westies jump on the scoreboard first when Danny Johnson deflected a shot from Kevin Gardner. Youssef Ullah also added an assist on the goal.
Yale tied the game at the end of the period and then built a 3-1 lead, but the Westies caught life halfway through the third period with a goal by Fonda off an assist from T.J. Levenduski.
Ginsberg added a goal to tie the game at three off assists from Fonda and Welch. With under 20 seconds left in the game, the Westies called timeout with the face off in their zone. The Westies won the draw and moved the puck down the ice and Ginsberg slid a rebound past the goalie with 0.1 seconds on the clock to get the win.
On Sunday, the Westies faced off against Stamford at Bennett Rink. West Haven continued its momentum from the previous day with Welch assisting Fonda for the first goal within 14 seconds of puck drop.
The goals continued in West Haven’s 12-1 win with three goals each from Gardner and Youssef Ullah, two goals each from Tyler Bernardi and Wright, and a goal from Nate Chiappetta.
Along with Welch, Johnson (2), Fonda (2), Loehfelm (2), Kerzner, Chiappetta and Javed Ullah added assists.
The Westies now stand at 3-3-1 on the season. 

(September 30, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team fell 4-3 to Enfield on Sunday at the Cyr Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Blue Devils cut the Eagles’ lead to 2-1 late in the first period on a goal by forward Cameren Lipford with forward Ryan Walsh assisting on the play.
West Haven forward Aedan Guarino tied the game on an assisted goal early in the second period. Down 4-2 in the third, Lipford added a goal midway through the period to bring the Westies within one. Aedan Guarino assisted on the play.
Goalie Alex Werle played exceptionally well, making 27 saves and keeping West Haven in the contest.
Defensively, the Blue Devils also received strong contributions from Andrew Grillo, Kyle Guarino and Brooklynn Maher.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team won its third straight game with a 4-1 victory over the Darien Ice Cats A1 at the Darien Ice House Saturday morning. The Blue Devils are now 3-4-0 on the season.
The West Haven goaltenders, Jacob Silva and Greg Galasso, were terrific in net as they split time between the pipes and totaled 34 saves. Silva started the game and was sharp as he helped kill off three first period power plays for the Ice Cats. Galasso made several clutch saves as Darien had control for extended stretches of the second and third periods.
Brady Price won a faceoff in the Darien zone and quickly gathered and fired over the goalie's shoulder to give West Haven a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game. It was a short-handed tally.
The Westies scored two second period goals within ten seconds of each other to take control of the game. Ronnie Mastroni grabbed the puck off the boards and toe-dragged it past two defenders before sliding it to an open Ethan Kelly. Kelly snapped it in for a 2-0 lead. Kelly then won the ensuing faceoff to Mastroni who skated into the Darien zone and ripped a laser into the upper corner for a 3-0 advantage.
Darien made it 3-1 late in the second period. But West Haven's defense held strong in the third. Sean Studley would ice the game with an empty netter after Darien went on a power play and pulled their goalie to skate 6-on-4 with two minutes left in the game.
The West Haven Pewee AA travel hockey team won a pair of games this weekend. The Westies opened with a 5-3 victory over Darienn AA on Saturday, then topped the Central Massachusetts Outlaws 5-0 on Sunday.
Looking to bounce back from its opening CHC loss last weekend, West Haven got going quickly. Zach Goetze won a faceoff just outside the defensive zone, moved the puck to John Donohue who took it the rest of the way and scored on a wrist shot 4:16 in.
Nick Eberhart would find Nicky Stevens in front 19 seconds later to put WH up 2-0. Darien evened the score in the second period scoring the only two goals.
The Westies jumped back out in front 47 seconds into the third when Brody DiNuzzo made a behind the back no-look pass in neutral zone to Thomas Porto who immediately redirected it to Gabe Locklear breaking in the zone. Locklear lost a defender before sliding it to Billy Mascari for a 3-2 lead.
Darien answered to even the game, but, with 6:51 left to play Mascari feeds DiNuzzo at the point and  DiNuzzo’s shot deflects off body of Darien defenseman to Porto in front who finds the back of the net for a 4-3 lead.
West Haven iced the contest a few minutes later when Tim Donohue fed Jack Aloi, who moves around a defender, dishes back to Donohue for a 5-3 lead. Deko Cooper and Beckett Stenz provided solid defense.
Against Central Massachusetts, West Haven got off to a slow start until Donohue got the Westies on the board in the second period unassisted. West Haven then piled on four more goals coming from Aloi from the point, assisted by Mascari, Nick Salzano assisted by Porto and Locklear, Stevens from Salzano
and Goetze, and DiNuzzo uassisted
Goaltending by Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton was outstanding. Drew Kaufman and Connor Benz helped create some key turnovers. WH Peewee AA team now sits atop The EJ with a 9-1 record.

















West Haven Bantam A puts the pressure on against Greater New Haven, September 29, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team dropped a pair of contests this weekend. West Haven opened with a 7-2 loss against New Canaan Saturday afternoon in Darien. With the game even at two in the second period, West Haven could not find the back of the net and New Canaan scored four short-handed goals to prevail.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead when Matt Stevens set up Jayden Spreyer with 8:15 left in the first. New Canaan took a 4-1 lead before the Westies cut the deficit in half with 1:51 left in the second on a goal by Mickey Dowd. Michael Madera and Spreyer assisted on the goal.  
New Canaan put the game away with three goals in the third period. Dante Hardt, Kyle Droney and Chris Adkins played well in the loss. Bryan Hong also played well, relieving in goal.  
The Westies then traveled to play Greater New Haven Sunday evening in Northford. Leading most of the game, West Haven watched as Greater New Haven scored twice in the final 3:40 to pull out the win.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead just 2:15 into the contest when Madera knocked in a rebound of a Spreyer shot. After Greater New Haven tied the contest in the second, West Haven took the lead 3:08 later when Spreyer scored off assists from Dowd and Dave Brown.
West Haven goaltender Brendan Smith was outstanding in goal, turning aside 28 shots, including a penalty shot on the third period. 

Offensively, Colin Deane, Will Gianquinto, Cam Delvecchio, Gabe Mongelli and Cade Simone played well in the contest.
Haygen Axelrod, Jason Alling, Sean Bosworth, Matt Wezenski, Josh Gyolai all played well defensively in the loss. 

(October 7, 2019) - The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair games at Edward L. Bennett Rink over the weekend. The Blue Devils pushed their win streak to four games with a dramatic, come-from-behind victory over Central A, 5-4, on Saturday night before losing 8-2 to Southeastern A on Sunday morning. The Westies are now 4-5-0 on the season.
On Saturday night, the Westies hosted the Central Capitals and won in dramatic fashion. Ronnie Mastroni scored twice within 13 seconds in the final minute to give West Haven a 5-4 comeback win.  Greg Galasso was clutch in goal by making several tough stops for the Blue Devils on his way to 18 saves.
Mike Page gave West Haven a 1-0 lead three minutes into the game when he knocked in the rebound of Chris Consorte's initial shot.  Central tied the game with two minutes left in the first, before the Westies regained the lead. Sean Studley sniped one from under the left circle when Mastroni's pass deflected to him in the final minute of the period.
Ethan Kelly's beautiful no-look pass set up Mastroni for a power play goal and a 3-1 West Haven lead early in the second period. Central slowly took control of the game though, scoring late in the second and twice more in the third to take a 4-3 lead.
West Haven called time out and pulled Galasso with just under two minutes remaining.  The Capitals rung one off the post and the Westies stayed alive.  Alex Bowery ripped a shot and Mastroni roofed the rebound while falling down in front to tie the contest with 48 seconds on the clock. 
Matt Kelly then chipped a rolling puck forward. Mastroni gathered it and burst into the Central zone.  He deked the goalie and slid the puck into the net to give himself a hat trick and the Blue Devils a 5-4 win.
On Sunday morning, the Westies had their win streak snapped by Southeastern, 8-2. Brady Price took an outlet pass from Jonathan Charbonneau and cashed in for West Haven early in the second period. Studley went five-hole late in the third period to cap the scoring. Galasso finished with 22 saves in goal for the Westies.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team hosted Nassau County Lions AA Sunday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in a non-league game with only one game over the weekend. The Lions prevailed in the contest 5-3.

















West Haven Peewee AA action against Nassau County Lions, October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy Todd Dandelske. 
The first period showed plenty of action, but it was not until late in the period when the Lions scored the game’s first goal. The second period was owned by the Lions as they tallied four more unanswered goals to go up 5-0. 
The Blue Devils finally got going in the third period. At 13:53 of the third period, the Blue Devils got on the board when Gabe Locklear found a rebound off the stick of Brody DiNuzzo and buried it in the back of the net to get West Haven within 5-1.
Just 25 seconds later,  DiNuzzo picked off a pass in the defensive zone and took it the rest of the way, before setting up Billy Mascari across the crease for the tap in goal to get the Westies within 5-2.
With 4:36 left to play West Haven struck again. Mascari sent a back hander to the front of the net which was redirected by DiNuzzo. Nicky Stevens took the puck around the net for the wrap around goal and cut the deficit to 5-3. 
The game would end the same even though West Haven continued to apply pressure until the very end. Nate Kempton started the game in net, before handing the responsibilities to Tyler Donroe down 4-0. Both goaltenders played very well in the contest.
Jack Aloi, Cooper Deko, John Donohue and Beckett Stenz provided solid defense. Thomas Porto, Zach Goetze, Drew Kauffman, Tim Donohue, Nick Eberhart, Connor Benz, and Nick Salzano all played well. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team came away with a split of two games this weekend. The Westies opened with a 4-2 loss to Northwestern A, before rallying for a 4-3 victory over Watertown A.
In the opener of the weekend, West Haven had a pair of early leads, but could not hold on in the home loss.
Jayden Spreyer opened the scoring when he found the back of the net off an assist from Michael Madera just one minute into the game. Northwestern evened the game 2:26 later, but the Westies again took the lead when Cam Delvecchio scored off an assist from Cade Simone for a 2-1 advantage.
Northwestern scored twice in the second, then added an empty net goal with 24 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Gabe Mongelli , Will Gianquinto, Chris Adkins, and Kyle Droney played well in the loss, as did Brendan Smith in goal.
West Haven then traveled to Shelton Sunday afternoon to play Watertown. Trailing by two goals, then again by one late in the contest, West Haven rallied for the win.

















Bryan Hong makes a save against Watertown A, October 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera. 
Dave Brown got the Westies within 2-1 with his first of two goals when he scored off an assist from Mickey Dowd with 2:42 left in the first. Dowd then evened the contest off an assist from Matt Stevens with 3:56 left in the second, before Watertown scored a short-handed goal with 4:04 left in the game.
Brown scored an unassisted power play goal to even the contest with 2:59 left, and then set up Dowd for the winner with 24 seconds to go.
Bryan Hong was outstanding in goal, making 33 saves, including 12 in the final period. Sean Bosworth, Jason Alling, Matt Wezenski, Haygen Axelrod, and Joshua Gyolai all played well on defense, while Colin Deane was stellar offensively in the win.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team returned to the ice last Friday evening in Northford against Greater New Haven A1 in a tough game which ended in a 3-3 tie.
The Westies took a 1-0 lead on a goal by T.J. Levenduski, assisted by Max Ginsberg, only to give a goal up a minute later. Kevin Gardner got the Westies back on top when he connected on a pass from Yousaf Ullah early in the second.
GNH tied the game on a penalty shot in the second and then took the lead early in the third, but the Westies tied the game with 6:43 left in the contest when Danny Johnson scored off an assist from Levenduski.
Just two days later, the Blue Devils traveled to Bridgeport to play Wonderland B1 where Austin Fruin would post another shutout in a 1-0 victory. Taylor Alfano scored the only goal of the game in the first period.
The Blue Devils continued their road trip on Saturday in Danbury against a much bigger Western B team. Yousaf Ullah’s unassisted tally in the second period would be the only goal of the contest for the Westies as they fell 2-1 to Western. Fruin made 33 saves in the game.
The Westies returned home on Sunday against Greater New Haven in a rematch from the week prior. The two teams came out strong, and played a physical game, but both goalies held shutouts going late into the third period.
With 1:23 left in the game, Johnson slid the puck past the GNH goalie for the go-ahead and eventual game winner. The Westies locked down the Warriors late in the game, including an empty net attack to try and tie the game. Fruin posted another shutout, even after a third period injury.

(October 14, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team picked up a pair of big wins at Bennett Rink this weekend, defeating Wonderland 9-0 on Saturday and South Windsor A 4-3 on Sunday.
In the first game, the Blue Devils were led by the offensive firepower of forwards Cameren Lipford (5 goals) and Gavin Coady (1 goal, 2 assists), and the defensive trio of Andrew Grillo and brothers Aedan and Kyle Guarino, who stymied the Wizards of Bridgeport from the opening faceoff.
The shutout was the second of the season posted by Westies goaltender Alex Werle, who played lights out with 10 saves.
Thirty seconds into the contest, Coady stole the puck outside the red line and took it into the Wonderland zone, scoring on a top-shelf wrist shot all alone to put the Blue Devils up 1-0. Forward Grady Shulte made it 2-0 on a wrister high to the glove side at 8:24 of the first period with forwards David D’Aiuto and Raymond Weston Jr. assisting on the play.
Lipford closed out the period’s scoring deluge with a hat trick. Kyle Guarino set up the first goal on a shot from the right point that Lipford redirected past the Wonderland goaltender.
Lipford continued the team’s onslaught in the second, going coast-to-coast and deking his way to his fourth goal of the game near the 10-minute mark. Forward Ryan Walsh buried a shot in front of the net to spot the Westies a seven-goal lead at 0:57 of the second.
Lipford and forward Michael D’Aiuto each tallied a goal in the third, both assisted by Coady, to give West Haven its fourth victory of the season.
Against South Windsor, the Blue Devils clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, scoring four unanswered goals, including the game-winner by forward Dhruva Garani, on their way to a hard-earned victory.
Lipford had a hat trick and Werle made 26 saves to lead the Westies.
Down 3-0 in the first, Lipford scored on a wrist shot high to the glove side to put the Blue Devils on the scoreboard at 1:25 of the period. Walsh assisted on the play.
Lipford cut the Knights’ lead to 3-2 at 10:52 of the second, launching a wrister from outside the right faceoff circle. He then tied the game on another wrist shot from the same spot at 6:37 of the period.
Garani netted the go-ahead goal, his first of the season, on a rebound from Weston at 3:37 of the second.
West Haven’s indomitable effort in the contest was augmented by the stalwart defense of the Guarino brothers and Grillo, and the spectacular goaltending of Werle, whose quick glove and well-timed poke checks in key moments helped notch the team’s fifth win of the season.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team opened the weekend on the road in CHC action at The Gunnery against NorthWestern Peewee A and came away with a 7-1 victory.
John Donohue put West Haven ahead early with an unassisted goal. Gabe Locklear added to the lead off assists from Billy Mascari and Thomas Porto, before NorthWestern got on the board to cut West Havens lead in half.
The Blue Devils ran away with the game as they scored five more times in the contest. Timmy Donohue scored two unassisted goals, Brody DiNuzzo found Nicky Stevens in front for a goal, Zach Goetze did the same shortly after setting up Stevens again. West Haven’s final goal of the game came when Mascari set up Timmy Donohue for the hat trick.
Tyler Donroe started in net, before handing it over to Nate Kempton up 4-1 as the goaltending was outstanding. Nick Eberhart, Drew Kauffman and Connor Benz played well in the victory.
The Westies hosted the Rhode Island Jr Blues AA in EJEPL action at Bennett Rink on Sunday afternoon and posted a 5-2 victory.
West Haven got going early on as Tim Donohue set up Locklear across the crease giving West Haven a 1-0 lead at 13:08 of the first period. Shortly after, the Blue Devils increased their lead when Stevens delivered a puck on the tape of DiNuzzo in front for a 2-0 lead at 10:46 of the first period.

















Brody DiNuzzo (42) and the Westies celebrate a goal against the Blues, October 13, 2019, in Peewee AA action. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
After the Blues tacked on two goals to even the contest two, West Haven took the lead for good at 11:41 in the second period when Nick Salzano let a wrister go from point, deflecting off a Blues defenseman and in to put the Blue Devils on top 3-2.
The score remained the same until 1:51 in the 3rd period when Locklear won a faceoff just outside the  offensive zone and went the rest of the way beating the goalie for a 4-2 advantage. Just 27 seconds later, DiNuzzo finds a loose puck in the defensive zone, before carrying it up ice and scoring for a 5-2 lead.
Kempton started the game, before exiting with his team up 3-2. Donroe closed the game without allowing a goal. Cooper Deko, Salzano, Beckett Stenz and Jack Aloi provided solid defense. 
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team split a pair games over the weekend and now stand at 5-6-0 overall on the season. The Blue Devils dropped an 8-1 decision to CT Jr. Whalers and then rebounded to defeat Western Major, 5-2.
On Saturday morning at the SoNo Ice House, the Westies got on the board first in the opening period. Ronnie Mastroni took Brady Price's pass and found the back of the net. The Whalers then pulled away for the 8-1 win.
The Blue Devils returned home Sunday morning to host Western Major at Edward L. Bennett Rink. Mikey Page put West Haven ahead midway through the opening period when he took Price's stretch pass and fired a wrister over the goalie's shoulder. Greg Galasso was sharp in goal for the Westies throughout the period.
Western tied the game early in the second, but the Westies grabbed the lead back 44 seconds later. Dylan Bosworth chipped the puck through the defense and then buried his breakaway for a 2-1 lead. Price then made it 3-1 with a short-handed goal. Western scored again and it was a one-goal game after two periods.
Page scored again five minutes into the third period when he corralled a loose puck and went bar down to give West Haven another two-goal lead. Sean Studley finished the scoring when he buried an empty-net goal in the final minute with assists to Mastroni and Ryan Pniewski. Galasso and Jacob Silva combined for 22 saves in net in the 5-2 victory.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team fell in its only contest of the weekend Saturday morning against Ridgefield AA. Despite two goals from Cam Delvecchio and two assists from Cade Simone, West Haven lost 3-2.
Despite a hard-played opening period, Ridgefield took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the final 2:10 of the period, including the second with just 33 seconds remaining in the period.
West Haven cut the deficit in half when Simone set up Delvecchio for a short-handed goal with 11:40 remaining in the middle period. The two were at it again with 2:42 remaining in the game as Simone fed Delvecchio for the equalizer.
The lead was short-lived as Ridgefield rallied with a goal just 31 seconds later for the 3-2 victory.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team played to a win and a tie this weekend, topping Southeasterb B, and knotting Yale.
On Saturday, the Westies traveled to Norwich to avenge an early season loss against the Southeastern B team and came away with a 5-0 victory. The Westies started the scoring in the first period on a goal by Matt Wright off an assist from Taylor Alfano.
Zack Fonda added a goal in the second period from Ashley Welch and Alex Kurowski. With 8:33 left in the third period, Fonda, Welch and Kurowski connected again for Fonda’s second tally of the game. Yousaf Ullah and Kevin Gardner added goals with under two minutes left. After saving all 21 shots he faced, Austin Fruin recorded the shutout.
Sunday brought a tough rematch with Yale A1 and the teams played to a 2-2 tie. Yale scored first at 3:31 in the first period, but Ullah tied the game with an unassisted goal at 1:27 in the first. Alfano’s unassisted goal put the Westies up 30 seconds later.
Yale tied the game in the second period and the score held to the end of the game. With the tie, the Westies improved to 6-4-3 on the season, heading into the Haunted Shootout tournament in Marlborough. 

(October 21, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team played with a lot of heart, but came up short in the 25th annual Haunted Shootout tournament this weekend at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
The Blue Devils fell 7-2 to Nutley-Clifton of New Jersey, 3-2 to the Rye Rangers of New York and 8-4 to Black Ice of central Vermont.
In the three games, forward Cameren Lipford led the Westies in scoring (3 goals, 2 assists), Andrew Grillo and brothers Aedan and Kyle Guarino anchored the defense, and goaltender Alex Werle made 72 saves.
Against Nutley-Clifton, Lipford had two unassisted goals — a wrist shot off the left post, which was short-handed, and a wrister from the right blue line — and Werle made 34 saves.
In the second game on Friday against Rye, Kyle Guarino put the Blue Devils up 1-0 at 8:55 of the first period on a shot from the right point assisted by forward Tyler Silva. The Rangers tied it and pulled ahead 2-1 at 9:05 of the second. Silva then tied the contest on a rebound from Lipford at 0:44 of the period.
Werle kept the Westies in the hard-fought nail-biter, making a remarkable glove save on a two-on-one break at 10:46 of the third.
In the final game on Saturday, Silva scored on a wrist shot from outside the left faceoff circle to give the Blue Devils an early 1-0 lead against Black Ice. Lipford assisted on the play.
Black Ice tied it at 2:45 of the first before scoring three quick goals to close out the period. The team added a goal at 9:07 of the second to go up 5-1.
At 7:19 of the third, Lipford caught a pass from forward Gavin Coady on a two-on-one break and wristed a shot past the Black Ice goaltender to cut it to 5-2. After a Black Ice goal, forward Dhruva Garani scored on a rebound from forward Raymond Weston Jr. at 5:14 of the period to bring the Blue Devils within three.
Black Ice answered with back-to-back goals to go up 8-3 late in the third. Westies forward Michael D’Aiuto scored at 1:00 of the period to cut it to 8-4 with Garani assisting on the play.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team dropped all three of its contests at the Haunted Shootout this weekend. The team is now 5-9-0 on the season.
In Friday's first game of the tournament, the Westies fell 6-2 to Millbrook (NY) Knights.  Connor Moriarty hustled and dove to knock in his own rebound after Zach Melchiore dug the puck off the boards. Alex Bowery's goal got West Haven within one goal after two periods, but the Knights pulled away in the third.  Jacob Silva was solid in net with 23 saves.
In Saturday's early game the Blue Devils were shut out 7-0 by the Maine Moose.
On Saturday evening, the Westies fell 5-2 to Genesis Hockey Club of Pennsylvani.  Dylan Bosworth's rising slap shot tied the game at 1-1 midway through the opening period. Ronnie Mastroni went five- hole to tie at 2-2 early in the second period.  Genesis scored three times in the third for the win.
This past weekend the West Haven Peewee B team headed up north to Marlborough, Massachusetts to play in the 25th annual Haunted Shootout and made it to the championship game Sunday Morningbefore falling in the title game. 
In the Westies first game Friday morning against the Rye Rangers Hockey Club and fell 4-1. The Rangers took the lead, scoring in the first and second period.The Westies were held scoreless until the third period when a string of passes from Juliana Gonzalez and Nolan Fortier ended on  Dan Lavallee’s stick and he found the back of the net past a solid Rye Goaltender. Jack Francis and Grace Douglas had solid games defensively in this game and throughout the tournament. Goaltenders Oliver Sawitsky and newcomer Cedrik Roy split games and played solid in net all tournament.  
On Saturday, the Westies faced off against the New Hampshire Avalanche and won 4-2. The Westies got off to an early 2-0 lead as Lavallee was once again in good position to poke in a rebound to get the scoring started for the Westies.  Eddie Thomas scored the Westies second goal after JJ Hall poked a pass past their defense. The Avalanche were able to claw their way back and tie the game, but the Westies were able to score two more goals to take the lead and the win. 
Juliana Gonzalez had the eventual game winner. J.J. Hall sealed the victory when he smashed home a rebound in the third period. Lucas Iverson’s made great passes in the breakout and in the neutral zone to advance the puck to attack the net.  Rafi Treat was strong on the puck, winning many battles along the boards and in open ice.  
Later that same day, the Westies took on Greater New Haven and won 7-1.  The Westies took an early lead and never looked back. Goals came from Hall, Thomas, Gonzalez, Fortier, and Jack Francis.  
The win against Greater New Haven moved the Westies to second place in the division and setting up for the championship game against Rye Rangers Sunday morning. 
The Rangers were up 1-0 after the first period and led 2-0, before Thomas grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated his way to the top of the slot and beat the goalie just over his blocker. Tyler McColgan had an outstanding tournament playing some great two-way hockey.
West Haven Peewee AA team traveled to West Chester Ice Line Rink in Pennsylvania to take part in The EJEPL 2nd Showcase event where the Devils played in four games over two days. The Devils were missing a key defenseman Cooper Deko, who was out for the Showcase.
West Haven opened up on Friday facing off against Palmyra Black Knights AA and posted an 8-0 victory. Gabe Locklear got West Haven off to a good start as he won the face off, drove the net and scored with 11:39 remaining in the first period. With 22 seconds left in first, John Donohue scored on a wrister unassisted.
In the second period, Brody DiNuzzo scored from the point, assisted by Donohue. Less than two minutes later, Thomas Porto scores from DiNuzzo and Connor Benz. Just 1:30 later, Nick Eberhart jumps in on the action assisted by Porto and Nicky Stevens, before DiNuzzo scored his second of the game unassisted for a 6-0 lead.
Early in the third period Stevens sent a puck across the slot to DiNuzzo who finds a trailing Billy Mascari for a 7-0 lead. A few minutes later, Eberhart found DiNuzzo, who completes the hat trick.
West Haven played Montclair Blues AA in their second game of the day and won 6-1. The Westies struck first when DiNuzzo carried the puck into offensive zone around the back of the net before feeding Jack Aloi at the point who sent a wrister to the back of the net at 10:28. Eberhart made it a two-goal lead assisted by Donohue and Porto. Nick Salzano add a goal, assisted by DiNuzzo.
During the second period of play, Eberhart got his second of the game assisted by Zach Goetze and Porto. Billy Mascari scored shorthanded from Aloi, and DiNuzzo added to the lead assisted by Benz.
On Saturday, West Haven faced Princeton Tigers AA and won 6-3.
Trailing 1-0, Salzano had an answer 28 seconds later when Porto passed to Stevens behind the net who fed Salzano in front. A short while later, Tim Donohue from the corner sent a pass to Locklear in front giving WH a 2-1 lead. A wrister from Aloi left a rebound redirected by Locklear to Tim Donohue who tucked it in. With 1:31 remaining in the second period, DiNuzzo found a loose puck in neutral zone, before taking it rest of the way unassisted. In the third Tim Donohue got his second of the game assisted by DiNuzzo. Benz scored West Haven’s final goal.
The Devils entering their fourth and final game of the Showcase against Howard Huskies AA and posted a 6-1 victory. Nicky Stevens (John Donohue), Locklear (John Donohue), DiNuzzo, and Mascari (Locklear) scored for a 4-1 lead.  Salzano scored the final two, the first off an assist from Benz and the second off assists from and Drew Kauffman and DiNuzzo.
Peewee AA’s went 4-0 and outscored the opposition 26-5.
On Sunday, the Peewee AA’s traveled to South Windsor resuming CHC play against South Windsor Knights A team and posting an 11-0 victory. Mascari scored three goals, while John Donohue, DiNuzzo and Salzano each scored twice. Beckett Stenz had an assist.
Cooper Deko’s defense was outstanding against South Windsor. Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton split all five games over the weekend. Both goaltenders were a huge part of the team’s success.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team lost in the semifinals of the Haunted Shootout in Marlborough, Massachusetts this weekend. After opening the tournament with a pair of victories and playing as the third seed, West Haven fell to Parkland 4-0 in the semifinals.

















West Haven Bantam A's Colin Deane (6) in the Haunted Shootout. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera. 
Brendan Smith and Bryan Hong played well in goal throughout the tournament, while Sean Bosworth, Haygen Axelrod, Dave Brown, Jason Alling, Matt Wezenski, and Josh Gyolai all played well defensively.
West Haven opened the tournament with a 5-1 victory over the Delco Phantams. Brown got the Westies going with a power play goal for a 1-0 lead in the first. Mickey Dowd gave West Haven a 2-1 lead in the second period with a breakaway goal off an assist from Brown, and Cam Delvecchio made it 3-1 with 1:14 left in the second.
Colin Deane, off an assist from Sean Bosworth, and Brown scored in the third period for a 5-1 advantage.
West Haven won the second game of the tournament 9-0 over Genesis. The Westies scored five times in the first period and never looked back.
Delvecchio opened the scoring off an assist from Cade Simone, before Brown made it 2-0. with a slap shot from the point with Simone assisting. Jayden Spreyer gave the Westies a 3-0 lead off an assist from Michael Madera, before Madera put in a rebound of a Brown shot for a 4-0 advantage.
Delvecchio's second of the game off an assist from Spreyer made it 5-0 West Haven after one. Chris Adkins scored, and Bosworth increased the lead to 7-0. Brown and Wezenski, off an assist from Gabe Mongelli, rounded out the scoring in the third.
West Haven fell in the third game 2-1 against the Maine Moose. Trailing 2-0, Delvecchio scored West Haven's lone goal with a tally with 24.9 seconds to go in the middle period.
Gabe Giaquinto, Kyle Droney and Dante Hardt all played well on the offensive side for West Haven.
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team placed second in the 2019 Haunted Shootout in Marlborough, Massachusetts this past weekend.

















West Haven Bantam B action in the Haunted Shootout. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
The Westies won the first game Friday against the Springfield Capitals by a score of 3-2. Yousaf Ullah (unassisted) opened the scoring in the first period, followed by an unassisted goal from Matt Wright in the second. With the score tied, a late game power play goal by Ullah from Wright would hold as the game winner.
Later on Friday, the Westies faced the Rye Rangers and posted a 5-0 victory. Goaltender Austin Fruin got his first shutout of the tourney and improved to 2-0 on the tournament. The West Haven goals were scored by Wright off an assist from Kevin Gardner, Gardner twice, Javed Ullah, assisted by T.J. Levenduski, and Alex Kurowski, assisted by Javed Ullah and Ashley Welch.
West Haven’s third game against the Sharks was a physical test but West Haven posted 2-1 victory to lock up the top seed.
Javed Ullah scored off an assist from Welch to tie the game at one in the second period.  With 3:25 left in the third period, Danny Johnson scored on a rebound from Javed Ullah.
On Sunday, the Westies faced Greater New Haven Warriors and posted 1-0 semifinal victory. Both goalies carried shutouts late into the third period. New Haven called a timeout with the face off in front of Fruin and would allow the Westies to plot a plan of attack. Welch got the face off back to Yousaf Ullah who would break the puck out to a hard skating Wright. Wright created a scoring chance and with the rebound laying in the crease, a hard skating Alex Kurowski knocked in the rebound for the game- winner, moving the Westies into the final.A rematch against the Sharks in the final saw the Blue Devils lose 2-0 and take home second place.

(October 28, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils defeated Enfield 4-3 at Bennett Rink, avenging a 4-3 loss to the Eagles on Sept. 29.
Forward Cameren Lipford scored a hat trick, Gavin Coady tallied a goal and an assist, and goaltender Alex Werle saved 17 shots to lead the Westies to their sixth win of the season.
After a scoreless first period, the Blue Devils trailed 2-0 before Lipford fired a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle at 2:06 of the second to make it a one-shot game. Less than a minute into the third, Lipford tied it on a top-shelf backhand in front of the net.
Coady put the Westies up 3-2 at 10:02 of the third, banking a shot off the Enfield goaltender’s pads from the right side of the net. The Eagles answered with a tying goal, but the Blue Devils never wavered, thanks to strong defense by Andrew Grillo and solid goaltending by Werle.
With 3:00 left in regulation, Lipford scored on a wrister from the right faceoff circle on a beautiful pass from Coady to seal the victory for the Westies.
On Sunday, West Haven fell 7-4 to Connecticut Ice Cats A at Stamford Twin Rinks.
Lipford scored all four goals for the Blue Devils, one of which was assisted by forward Tyler Silva and the other by defenseman Kyle Guarino. Werle stopped 15 shots against the Darien-based Ice Cats.
On Saturday night, the West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team headed to "The Whale", Yale's Ingalls Rink, to face Yale 2008A.  Five different players scored goals in a balanced attack as the Westies won, 6-4.  Dylan Bosworth netted two goals, Connor Moriarty had a goal and assist, while Alex Bowery, Mike Page and Ronnie Mastroni scored a goal apiece.
Moriarty fed Bowery from behind the net and Bowery pounded in his own rebound to tie the game at 1-1 less than a minute after Yale opened the scoring. Moriarty then tied the game again at 2-2 when he banged home the puck after a scramble in front with 2:33 left in the period.
Just 20 seconds into the second period, Bosworth picked the puck off a defenseman's stick and buried his slap shot to give the Westies their first lead.  Six minutes later, Sean Studley found Page from behind the net and Page snapped home a wrist shot for a 4-2 lead.  After a Yale power play goal, Jacob Silva made a tough save on a long shot at the buzzer to end the second period.
Chris Consorte fed Mastroni in the slot for a goal and a 5-3 lead early in the third period.  Yale closed to 5-4, but Bosworth then finished them off. He won the puck with a check, skated at the net, and wristed it to the far post to cap the scoring.  Greg Galasso started in goal and made seven saves while Silva turned away nine shots in relief.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies faced off with Mid-Fairfield Girls 12U Major 1.  In an entertaining game the teams skated to a 0-0 tie.  Silva started and made 9 saves.  Galasso finished up and posted 11 saves, including one on a breakaway in the third period and another when he denied the rebound attempt. West Haven's defensemen Leo Mazuroski, Ryan Pniewski, Matthew Kelly and Jonathan Charbonneau were solid throughout the game.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team looked to extend its seven-game win streak over the weekend as they traveled to Ridgefield to face off against Ridgefield Peewee AA’s and posted a 5-3 victory.
With 11:34 left to play in the first period, Billy Mascari scored for a 1-0 lead. Ridgefield would answer a minute later, before Nicky Stevens found Nick Eberhart who gave WH a 2-1 lead at 7:46 in the first. Even at two, Gabe Locklear scored with 56 seconds left to play in second period for a 3-2 lead. With the game even at three, Locklear took matters into his own hands scoring on a breakaway and providing the game winner. Nick Salzano scored into an empty net for the final.
Nate Kempton played the entire game in goal and made a huge sequence of saves to preserve the lead late in the third period.
On Sunday, the team traveled to Cromwell to face Peewee AAA Jr Wolfpack. The Blue Devils dominated the game from start to finish in a 6-0 win.
Tim Donohue got the Devils on the board with help from Billy Mascari and Jack Aloi. Cooper Deko capitalized on a pass from Nicky Stevens to Nick Salzano in front as Salzano redirected the puck and Deko sent it to the back of the net. Locklear found a loose puck in the neutral zone and went the rest of the way unassisted followed by Nick Eberhart. Mascari added another assisted by Locklear and Donohue. The final goal of the game was scored by Locklear, his second of the game assisted by Mascari.
Goaltender Tyler Donroe was outstanding while earning another shutout.

The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team posted a victory in its lone contest of the week, defeating Avon 3-2 at Avon Old Farms Sunday afternoon.
Bryan Hong was stellar in goal, turning aside 23 shots, including six in the third period. After surrendering an early goal, Hong made nine saves in the opening period.
Trailing by a goal, Dave Brown scored off an assist from Cam Delvecchio to even the game after one period.
The Westies took the lead for good 19 seconds into the second when Brown sent Cade Simone in for a 2-1 advantage.
West Haven increased the lead to 3-1 just 15 seconds into the third on a goal by Mickey Dowd off an assist from Jayden Spreyer.
Avon answered 3:16 later, but could not get the equalizer.
With only one contest, the West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team faced off against Simsbury B Sunday afternoon and posted an 8-1 victory.
In his first game, interim goalie Javed Ullah would be put to the test against a hard skating Simsbury team. The Westies found the back of the net first when Cody Rocchio scored from Deklan Loehfelm halfway through the first. Simsbury answered back and Youssef Ullab made it 2-1 at the end of the first period.
The Westies built their lead in the second period with goals from; Yousaf Ullah (Ashley Welch), Ashley Welch (Max Ginsberg and Zach Fonda), Taylor Alfano (Rocchio) and Yousaf Ullah up complete his hat trick.
Going into the third period with a 6-1 lead, the Westies looked to limit shots against, keep the pressure on Simsbury and added goals from Yousaf Ullah, Ginsberg (Ashley Welch). The Westies nailed down the 8-1 win for Javed Ullah’s first win as interim goalie in which he turned all shots but one away. 

(November 5, 2019) - The road warriors of the West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team won their seventh game of the season on Sunday.
The Blue Devils defeated ECHO A 9-6 at the Bolton Ice Palace behind forward Cameren Lipford’s five goals and goaltender Alex Werle’s 23 saves. Forwards Grady Schulte and Tyler Silva contributed two goals each for the Westies.
The Blue Devils worked hard and played well, outskating the Stars of the Eastern Connecticut Hockey Organization from the drop of the puck and taking advantage of scoring opportunities on their way to a convincing victory.
Just over a minute into the contest, Schulte put the Westies on the scoreboard first on a shot that bounced over the ECHO goaltender. The Stars tied it two minutes later before briefly pulling ahead 2-1 at 8:30 of the first period.
Lipford answered for the Blue Devils at 6:19 of the first, scoring on a rebound from defenseman Andrew Grillo. Schulte then made it 3-2 on a power-play goal from the left faceoff circle to close out the period.
The Westies opened the floodgates in the second, notching five goals. Lipford started the offensive juggernaut at 11:50 of the period, launching a wrist shot from inside the right blue line to make it 4-2. At 9:27 of the second, Silva backhanded a rebound past the ECHO goaltender to put the Blue Devils up 5-2.
After the Stars cut the Westies’ lead to 5-3, Lipford answered with a short-handed goal from the right faceoff circle to make it 6-3 with defenseman Kyle Guarino assisting on the play.
At 4:55 of the second, Lipford caught a pass from Grillo and wristed a shot high to the blocker side to put the Blue Devils up 7-4. Silva made it 8-4 at 2:24 of the period, scoring in front of the net on a pass from forward Aedan Guarino.
Midway through the third, Lipford scored from the right faceoff circle to make it 9-5 and preserve the win for the Westies.
On Saturday, West Haven fell 9-2 to Stamford A at Terry Connors Rink. Lipford and Silva scored for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Peewee AA team was in action Friday night, hosting the Jr Wolfpack AAA at Bennett Rink where the Westies posted an 8-2 victory.
Brody DiNuzzo did not waste any time starting the scoring as he intercepted a pass in front of his own net before going coast to coast to give the Westies a 1-0 lead with 11:58 left in first. Just minutes into the second period, Thomas Porto found the back of the net after Nick Eberhart led Nicky Stevens in the offensive zone with a pass.
With 9:01 remaining, DiNuzzo went coast to coast again as he picked up a loose puck behind his own net and beat the goalie on a wrister for a 3-0 advantage. The Westies tacked on five more goals, scored by Porto, Jack Aloi, Billy Mascari, Nick Salzano and Tim Donohue. Gabe Locklear was outstanding assisting on multiple goals and Zach Goetze played very well.
Strong defense from John Donohue, Cooper Deko and Beckett Stenz played a key role in West Haven posting the win. The goaltending was split by Tyler Donroe and Nate Kempton, who both played very well in net.
On Saturday, the Westies hosted South Windsor in CHC action in Hamden. West Haven proved to be too much for the Knights as the team peppered South Windsor in a 12-0 victory.
Deko got the Westies going as he sent a shot from the point past the goaltender. The flood gates opened as John Donohue, Locklear, and Connor Benz each tacked on two goals.  Tim Donohue added one goal, but it was Porto who stole the show with a four-goal game.
Kempton and Donroe combined for the shutout as they were solid between the pipes. With the win, West Haven extended its win streak to 11 straight games. 
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team pushed its undefeated streak to four games with two wins this weekend. The Blue Devils defeated Ridgefield A, 3-1, and blitzed Watertown A, 10-3.  West Haven is now 8-9-1 overall and 7-5-0 in CHC league play.
On Saturday evening at the Winter Garden Ice Arena, the Westies got a pair of goals from Mike Page and a couple of brilliant saves from Jacob Silva down the stretch to knock off Ridgefield, 3-1.
Ridgefield took an early 1-0 lead before the Blue Devils settled in and took control of the game.  Matt Kelly passed to Sean Studley who fired a stretch pass that split the defense to Ronnie Mastroni.  Mastroni deked and scored to tie it 7:12 into the game.  With three minutes left in the first period, Brady Price skated around a defender and left a drop pass for Mikey Page's one-timer.  The goal gave West Haven a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Early in the second period, Jonathan Charbonneau flicked a pass to the front of the goal where Page jammed it home giving the Westies a two-goal lead. Silva, who ended with ten saves, made a pair of crucial kick saves in the third period to ice the win.  Greg Galasso started in net and posted nine saves.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies scored six goals in the second period, including three by Mastroni, to drop the Watertown Red Wings by a final score of 10-3.  Chris Consorte and Alex Bowery each scored twice in the victory.
The Blue Devils spent much of the first period killing penalties but managed a 2-1 lead at the break.  Matt Kelly passed to Ryan Pniewski for a shot from the point and Studley jammed home the rebound to open the scoring.  Bowery then converted Price's pass from behind the net.
Mastroni scored on two breakaways to open the second period with assists from Bowery and Connor Moriarty.  Mastroni then took Bowery's pass and went between his legs for a goal through the five-hole to earn his hat trick.
Zach Melchiore cashed in Consorte's pass followed by goals from Bowery and Page to give the Westies an 8-2 lead after two periods.  Consorte scored two goals twenty seconds apart, one from Moriarty and one unassisted, to complete the scoring in the third period. Silva and Galasso combined for 14 saves in goal. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend, falling to the Riverhawks and topping Stamford.
West Haven opened the weekend with a 7-3 loss against the Riverhawks Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Cade Simone led the offense with two goals, Cam Delvecchio added a goal and an assist, and Dave Brown and Sean Bosworth also had assists.
Simone gave West Haven a 1-0 first period lead off an assist from Brown, but the Riverhawks closed the period with three straight goals. Delvecchio set up Simone 3:35 into the second to get the Westies within a goal, but the Riverhawks again answered with three more tallies for a 6-2 lead.

















Cade Simone (91) scores against Riverhawks, November 2, 2019. Photo courtesy Mike Madera.
Delvecchio then scored off an assist from Bosworth with 1:50 remaining, but the Westies never got closer. 
West Haven got back on the winning track with a 5-1 road victory over Stamford Sunday evening. Bosworth and Mickey Dowd each scored twice, while Jayden Spreyer and Michael Madera each had a pair of assists.

Bosworth opened the scoring for the Westies with a tap-in of a Brown pass in front, before Stamford evened the contest 3:47 in.
Bosworth gave West Haven a lead it would never relinquish when he tapped in a pass from Colin Deane 2:25 into the second period. Delvecchio increased the margin to 3-1 when he scored off assists from Simone and Haygen Axelrod with 27.2 seconds left in the period.
Just 13.8 seconds later, the Westies had a 4-1 lead when Dowd scored in front off assists from Spreyer and Madera. The trio was at it again with 3:57 remaining in the game when Spreyer and Madera set up Dowd in front for the 5-1 final.
Brendan Smith played well in goal, making several key saves in the second period. The defense of Brown, Axelrod, Jason Alling, Matt Wezenski, Bosworth, and Josh Gyolai was solid in the victory.  

(November 12, 2019) - The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team had its win streak snapped and its offense held in check over the weekend.  The Blue Devils lost to Wonderland A, 3-1, and Yale 2007A, 5-2.  West Haven is now 8-11-1 overall and 7-7-0 in CHC play.
On Saturday morning at the Wonderland of Ice, the Wizards and Westies skated to a 0-0 tie after one period.  Jacob Silva was sharp in goal for the Westies. Wonderland broke through with a pair of goals, the first with a man advantage, just over one minute apart early in the second period.  West Haven cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal two minutes into the third period. 
Brady Price carried the puck into the offensive zone.  His pass was gathered by Mike Page who spun and fired a wrist shot that found the net.  The Westies created a few more chances but were unable to capitalize. The Wizards scored in the final seconds for a 3-1 win.  Silva finished with 26 saves as Wonderland outshot West Haven, 29-22.
On Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Yale 2007A.  Yale took a 4-0 lead before Ronnie Mastroni got West Haven on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal with five minutes to play in the second period. 
After another Yale tally, the Westies completed the scoring when Alex Bowery fed Price for a back-hand goal late in the third period.  Greg Galasso and Silva split the game in goal and combined for 22 saves.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team dropped a pair of contest this weekend. The WEsties fell to Darien AA Saturday evening and lost at home against Yale on Sunday.
West Haven opened the week with an 8-1 loss against Darien AA in Stamford Saturday evening. Trailing 2-0 in the first period, West Haven cut the deficit in half when Colin Deane scored off an assist from Cam Delvecchio with 2:47 remaining in the opening period. Darien scored less than 10 seconds later and the Westies never got closer again.
Darien put the game away with two goals in the second period and three more in the third.
The Westies hosted Yale Sunday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink and fell 4-2. Delvecchio scored both goals for the Westies.
Trailing 2-0, Delvecchio scored with 31 seconds remaining in the opening period off assists from Deane and Haygen Axelrod. Yale scored twice in 51 seconds for a 4-1 lead in the second, before Delvecchio cut the deficit in half with 7:44 to go in the game off an assist from Dave Brown.
West Haven put pressure on, but could not get any closer.  
The West Have Blue Devils U-16 team, which is currently ranked 15th nationally in Tier II, captured the Tier II state championship in thrilling fashion this past weekend.

















West Haven U-16 wins Tier II state championship. Photo courtesy WHYH. 
The weekend started off with a semifinal game against the number four seed Darien Blue Wave. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead seven minutes into the game and never looked back. West Haven got scoring up and down the lineup and defeated Darien 11-0 to move on to the championship game against the Wonderland Wizards.
During the championship game on Sunday morning, the Blue Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead, getting goals from Anthony Ramano and Eli Brubacher. It was a back and forth game, but the Blue Devils were able to lock down their defensive zone coverage and win the game 2-1 in what was a true team effort by each and every individual.
Coaches Erik Roos and Rick Beckwith have now won eight straight U-16 state championships. The Westies will play in Troy, Michigan (April 2-6), where they will be competing once again for a national championship.
Roos and Beckwith will be heading back to the same venue where they captured their 2013 National Championship. 

(November 18, 2019) - The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team beat the Connecticut RiverHawks 8-3 at The Rinks at Shelton on Sunday to notch its eighth win of the season.
Forward Cameren Lipford scored five goals and tallied an assist and goaltender Alex Werle saved 15 shots to lead the way for the Blue Devils.
Just 33 seconds into the game, Lipford put the Westies up 1-0 with forward Aedan Guarino assisting on the goal. The RiverHawaks tied it at 7:23 of the first before Lipford made it 2-1 at 2:47 of the period.
Bolstered by strong efforts offensively and defensively, the Blue Devils never looked back. Center Grady Schulte made it 3-1 at 10:10 of the second with Lipford assisting on the play. Lipford and Aedan Guarino then scored three minutes apart to give the Westies a four-goal lead. The RiverHawks cut it to 5-2 at 1:18 of the period.
Lipford opened the third with a goal assisted by forward Ryan Walsh, followed by a goal set up by Aedan Guarino. The RiverHawks cut it to 7-3 before Schulte netted his second goal of the contest at 1:23 of the period to seal the victory for the Blue Devils.
On Saturday, West Haven fell 7-4 to Yale A in a tough game at Bennett Rink.
The Blue Devils struck first, with Lipford scoring 41 seconds into the game on a pass from center Tyler Silva. Lipford made it to 2-0 on a wrist shot from downtown at 9:16 of the first. Aedan Guarino assisted on the goal.
Werle, who stopped 38 shots during the game, made a pair of showstopping glove saves at 7:59 and 2:39 of the first to keep the Westies in the contest. Yale cut it to 2-1 at 1:55 of the period.
In the second, Yale tied the game on a power-play goal before scoring at 7:37 of the period to go up 3-2. Yale then scored twice in two minutes to make it 5-2. Lipford cut it to 5-3 on a rebound from Aedan Guarino at 2:00 of the second. Silva also assisted on the play.
At 5:40 of the third, Schulte made it a one-shot game, firing a wrister from inside the right faceoff circle that sailed off the Yale goaltender’s glove. The Blue Devils could not keep up the momentum, however, as Yale sunk two straight goals to close out the contest.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team has won 16 consecutive contests. The Westies opened the weekend in CHC action playing third-ranked Southeastern in the first of two games on Saturday.
Riding a 13-game win streak. The Westies increased the run to 14 games with an 8-0 victory. Nick Eberhart made sure the streak would not end at 13 as he beat the goalie with a wrister, assisted from Nicky Stevens and Thomas Porto with 3:42 left in the first period.
The Devils piled on seven more tallies. The goals were scored by Eberhart (2), Nick Salzano (2), Billy Mascari, John Donohue, Tim Donohue, and Brody DiNuzzo. Assists went to DiNuzzo (3), Thomas Porto (2), Zach Goetze, Gabe Locklear, Stevens, Tim Donohue and Jack Aloi. Nate Kempton started and finished in net as he turned aside everything Southeastern threw at him while earning another shutout.
West Haven then topped Hamden 10-1. To open the second contest of the day, DiNuzzo found a loose puck in the neutral zone and went the rest of the way, before beating the Hamden goaltender on his backhand with 8:07 remaining in the first.
The Westies tacked on seven more goals, before Hamden found the back of the net. West Haven added two more goals late as the team defeated Hamden 10-1 behind another strong performance in net from Tyler Donroe.
Goals were scored by DiNuzzo (2), Locklear (2), Stevens, Eberhart, Connor Benz, Tim Donohue, and Porto. Collecting assists were DiNuzzo (2), John Donohue, Aloi, Eberhart, Drew Kauffman, Stevens and Mascari. Goetze and Beckett Stenz played well.
West Haven capped the weekend with a 2-0 victory over Whalers Black. Stevens scored the opening goal and DiNuzzo added an empty net goal. Kempton played well in a complete game shutout.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend and now stand at 9-12-1 overall and 8-8-0 in CHC league play. The Blue Devils defeated Watertown A, 10-4, and fell to highly-ranked Avon A, 8-3.
On Saturday night at The Rinks at Shelton against Watertown, the Westies shook off a slow start when Ronnie Mastroni got them on the scoreboard 6:21 into the first period.  Brady Price's slap shot bounced off the boards and Mastroni knocked in the loose puck.  Dylan Bosworth made it 2-0 with a wrist shot before the Red Wings cut the lead in half before the break.
West Haven came out flying in the second period. Connor Moriarty won a face off and Mastroni took the puck to the net to make it 3-1.  Alex Bowery then jammed home a wraparound.  Price roofed a back hand making it 5-1.  Zach Melchiore then fed Mastroni for a breakaway goal.  After a Red Wings score, Chris Consorte found Sean Studley in the slot for a wrist shot.  Price then redirected Bosworth's point shot just before the second period ended.
In the third period, Studley converted another Consorte pass before Watertown scored a pair of goals.  Mike Page wrapped things up with a goal from Bosworth and Bowery giving West Haven the 10-4 victory.  Greg Galasso made six saves in net.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies and Avon were locked in a battle for the first half of the game. Avon scored in the opening minute, but the teams skated evenly into the second period.
Avon scored on a power play for a 2-0 lead, before the Westies got on the board. Bowery gathered a loose puck and found Studley cutting in front for a one-timer to make it 2-1.  Avon responded immediately though and scored three goals in the next three minutes to take control.
West Haven opened the third with a short-handed goal when Price took it to the net and Bowery fired in the loose puck.  Avon responded again, before Page completed the scoring with an unassisted goal.  Jacob Silva was strong in goal at times for West Haven and finished with 32 saves.

(November 27, 2019) - The West Haven Youth Hockey Mite C team played its first two games of the season. On Saturday, the Westies lost 5-3 against a tough Wallingford Hawks squad.  Evan Harrison played well in goal, supported by Joey Mondo and Julius Stokes.  Jax Guarino scored the first goal of the season for the team, and Tony Parise added the second, before Guarino picked up the third. 
Ben Trenchard worked hard to get the puck and created a few scoring chances that forced the Wallingford goalie to make some great saves.  Brady Salkins and Kyle Johnson showed off their growing stick-handling skills as they worked the puck down the ice. 
On Sunday, the Mite C Blue Devils were back in action against a skilled Greater New Haven Mite B team.  New Haven dominated early, but Guarino made some fantastic saves in goal. Mondo and Stokes worked hard to get their team back into the game. Trenchard played a great defensive game, as Harrison, Salkins, Johnson, and Parise tried to put the puck into the back of the New Haven goal.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team defeated Greenwich A 7-4 in a convincing victory at Dorothy Hamill Rink on Sunday. The Blue Devils played with grit and determination for three periods en route to winning their ninth game of the season.
Forward Cameren Lipford (3 goals), center Tyler Silva (2 goals, 1 assist) and forward Aedan Guarino (2 goals) led the offensive charge for the Westies, with goaltender Alex Werle stopping 24 shots to smother the Cardinals’ offense.
In the first period, Silva put the Blue Devils up 1-0, crashing the net and rebounding Lipford’s shot off the Greenwich goaltender. The Cardinals tied it on a power-play goal at 1:46 of the period.
Early in the second, Lipford caught a pass from Silva and fired a wrist shot from inside the right faceoff circle to put the Westies up 2-1. Silva made it 3-1 at 9:27 of the period on a rebound assisted by defenseman Andrew Grillo.
At 6:18 of the second, Lipford went coast-to-coast to give the Blue Devils a three-goal lead. Lipford then scored his third of the contest on a power play, launching a wrister from inside the right blue line at 2:56 of the period.
At 2:16 of the second, Werle made a highlight reel-worthy save. While lying on his back, he reached behind his body with his stick on the ice and batted a shot away, robbing a Greenwich goal.
Grillo and fellow defenseman Kyle Guarino complemented Werle’s tremendous defensive efforts and blocked several shots as well.
At 0:02 of the second, Aedan Guarino scored in front of the net to put the Blue Devils up 6-1.
The Cardinals scored twice to start the third, cutting the Westies’ lead to 6-3. Aedan Guarino put the game out of reach at 3:45 of the period with his second goal of the contest on a rebound from forward Ryan Walsh. The Cardinals scored a final time at 1:35 of the third to pull within three.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team went 2-1 over the weekend with a pair of convincing wins and a close loss.  The Westies knocked off New Canaan A, 9-2, and Greater New Haven A1, 9-6, but dropped a 4-3 decision to Greenwich Skate A.  The Peewee A squad is now 11-13-1 overall and 10-9-0 in CHC action.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils traveled to the New Canaan Winter Club's outdoor rink for a game under the bright afternoon sun. New Canaan jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes before the Westies righted the ship. 
Sean Studley broke into the New Canaan zone and fed Ronnie Mastroni to get West Haven on the scoreboard.  Mastroni later connected with Mike Page for a one-timer with only twenty seconds remaining in the period to tie the game at two.
The Blue Devils erupted for four second period goals to take over the game.  Studley fed Mastroni again in the opening minute.  Brady Price found Page for his second goal of the game,  Studley buried a wraparound goal, and Alex Bowery jammed home a rebound of Chris Consorte's shot to give the Westies a 6-2 lead.
In the third period, Price roofed a wrist shot, Mastroni returned the favor and assisted Studley for a one-timer, and Page's shot deflected to Price, who fired it in to close the scoring and give West Haven the 9-2 win. 
Greg Galasso started in goal  and made four saves, before falling ill and leaving the game. Jacob Silva relieved and shut out New Canaan the rest of the way with 15 saves.  After shaking off the start, the Westies' defensemen- Leo Mazuroski, Ryan Pniewski, Matt Kelly and Jonathan Charbonneau- were stout.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Greenwich Skate Club and fell behind 3-0 in the second period before mounting a comeback attempt. 
While short-handed, Studley dug out the puck and hit a streaking Mastroni who converted a beautiful wrist shot.  Greenwich extended the lead to 4-1 in the third period when, with just over five minutes remaining, the Westies pulled Silva and added the extra attacker. 
Page found Dylan Bosworth at the right point and he fired one over the goalie's shoulder.  With the Westies' net still empty, Bosworth again shot from the point and Studley redirected it in to cut it to 4-3. The equalizer could not be found though and time ran out on the Westies.  Silva made 23 saves in goal.
On Sunday afternoon, the Westies headed to the Northford Ice Pavilion to face Greater New Haven and won 9-6. 
Consorte opened the scoring with a laser assisted by Studley.  Matt Kelly then scored on a power play with assists to Bowery and Bosworth. The Warriors came back with three straight goals to open the second period and went up 3-2. 
Page quickly tied the game when he converted Studley's drop pass. GNH then scored twice more for a 5-3 lead, but Consorte scored less than ten seconds later when Bosworth won the face off to him.  The Westies tied the game  with 29 seconds left in the period when Studley's shot was saved and Bowery swept in the rebound.
West Haven scored four goals to start the third period and ice the game. Page chipped in Matt Kelly's pass, Price was foiled on a wraparound attempt, but Studley knocked in the rebound, Bowery found a streaking Studley for a wrist shot, and Mastroni converted a breakaway with assists from Kelly and Bowery. 
Galasso started the game and made 13 saves while Silva finished up with 10 saves.
The West Haven Peewee AA travel hockey team has finally arrived atop the CHC ratings as it continues to ride a winning streak which has earned the team rights to the number one rating in the state. The Devils opened the weekend in Long Island against the Nassau County Lions AA on Saturday, looking to avenge an earlier season loss.
John Donohue gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first when he beat the Lions goaltender. Nick Eberhart added to the lead off a beauty started by Thomas Porto behind the net who fed Nicky Steven before he put a pass on Eberharts tape for a goal and a 2-0 lead.
The Lions tried to claw their way back but ultimately fell to West Haven 4-3. John Donohue finished with a hat trick, including the game-winner. Tyler Donroe, despite allowing three goals, played extremely well as he was tested early and often.
On Sunday, the Westies hosted New Canaan (ranked 3rd in CHC) and posted a 6-3 victory at the Bennett Rink.
Donohue delivered again after picking up a loose puck and going the rest of the way shorthanded with 7:23 remaining in first for a 1-0 lead. Donohue scored again 4:15 into the second period, adding to the lead with a power play goal and he completed his hat trick five minutes later for a 3-0 advantage.
Porto opened the third by battling to win possession along the boards, before scoring for a 4-0 lead. New Canaan bounced back to cut the deficit in half, before Nicky Stevens scored off an assist from Eberhart for a 5-2 lead. Leading 5-3 with 33 seconds remaining in the game, Billy Mascari sent a backhand pass across the slot to a wide open Porto, giving West Haven the final margin of victory.
Nate Kempton tended net, completed the game and was outstanding along the way. The Devils are now riding an 18-game winning streak. 
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team swept three games this weekend, topping Greater New Haven, Long Island Mustangs, and Southeastern. Bryan Hong was the story in goal all weekend as he came up with several big saves in each of the three games.
The Westies opened the week with a 5-3 victory over Greater New Haven Friday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. Michael Madera and Dave Brown led the offense with two goals apiece, while Colin Deane added two assists.
Brown gave West Haven a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal 1:19 into the contest, before Madera broke a 1-1 tie in the second period when he knocked in a rebound of a Deane shot. With the game even at two, Brown scored off an assist from Cade Simone for a 3-2 advantage with 5:05 to go in the second.
Cam Delvecchio gave West Haven a 4-2 lead in the third off assists from Jayden Spreyer and Mickey Dowd, and Madera increased the lead to three off an assist from Deane with 1:12 to go.
The Westies won their second of the weekend with a 7-1 victory over Long Island in West Haven Saturday afternoon. Spreyer led the way with three goals, while Dowd and Delvecchio each had a pair of assists.
West Haven took a 3-0 lead in the first as Spreyer opened with an unassisted goal 3:02 in, then scored off an assist from Dowd 2:27 later. Delvecchio made it a 3-0 game off assists from Dowd and Matt Wezenski with 28 seconds left in the first.
Simone increased the lead to 4-0 off an assist from Madera 1:14 into the second, before Matt Stevens scored off assists from Kyle Droney and Josh Gyolai 2:29 later. Chris Adkins scored off an assist from Simone, and Spreyer scored off an assist from Delvecchio with 2:54 left in the second.
West Haven capped the weekend with a 4-1 victory over Southeastern in Norwich Sunday afternoon. Spreyer gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 32 seconds in off assists from Dowd and Delvecchio, before Brown scored with 9:16 left in the opening period off a helper from Will Giaquinto.
The Westies increased the lead to 3-0 when Madera fed Simone in front with 3:58 to go in the middle period. Spreyer capped the scoring off an assist from Dowd.
Dante Hardt and Gabe Mongelli played well offensively, while Sean Bosworth, Haygen Axelrod, and Jason Alling played well defensively.   
The West Haven Bantam B travel hockey team faced off against Echo B in a non-CHC game on Saturday and posted a 4-1 victory. The Westies were led by a hat trick from Zack Fonda and a goal from Danny Johnson. Ashley Welch assisted on all three of Fonda’s goals and Carson Lee and Taylor Alfano would also contribute assists.
On Sunday, the Westies played East Haven in a rematch from earlier in the season and played to a 4-4 tie. The Blue Devils fell behind early in the first, but tied the game when Fonda connected from Lee and Yousaf Ullah. The Westies also received goals from Lee, off an assist from Fonda, and Yousaf Ullah, which was unassisted. 
West Haven fell behind 4-3 with 5:32 left in the third period and goalie Austin Fruin was pulled with under 1:30 for an extra attacker.  Ashley Welch drew the face off back to Taylor Alfano on the point who got off a high shot which found its way to the back of the net for the tying goal.
Fruin fended off an eight second attack by East Haven to seal the tie for the Blue Devils.