(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.
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