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Javed Ullah makes a save against New Canaan, December 12, 2022. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Thomas Porto (94) against New Canaan, December 12, 2022. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.
Westies fall to New Canaan in season opener
By MIKE MADERA
(December 12, 2022) - The West Haven co-op hockey team was looking forward to the start of the 2022-2023 season. After ending the preseason playing well, the Westies were optimistic entering the season opener against New Canaan.
A lack of offense tempered that enthusiasm.
Scoring three times in the second period, New Canaan, the state’s fourth-ranked team, cruised to a 7-0 victory over the Westies at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Monday evening.
West Haven never got on track offensively, being outshot 44-10 in the contest. The Rams pressured West Haven goalies Javed Ullah and Kiryl Astrovukh from the start, with each coming up with some solid saves throughout.
Ullah was sharp from the start, turning aside all 10 shots he faced in the first period and 12 more in the second.
Marcus Burrows had West Haven’s best scoring chance in the first period when his shot from the right faceoff circle was turned aside by New Canaan goaltender Mason Pickering.
After a scoreless first period, the Rams took control of the contest in the second period, scoring twice in the first 3:11.
Trailing 2-0, Lucas Narvaez was denied with a Pickering pad save with 3:20 left in the second. Doster Crowell, who finished with a hat trick, scored his second of the game with 2:07 left in the second for a 3-0 New Canaan lead.
The Rams added a short-handed and power play goal in the third for a 5-0 lead which the Westies could not come back from.Astravukh played well in goal for the Westies, turning aside eight shots in the final stages of the third period.
Guilford tops Westies
WH falls 8-3
By MIKE MADERA
(December 17, 2022) - The West Haven co-op team was looking to rebound from its season-opening loss against New Canaan. Although they took an early lead, the Westies fell to Guilford 8-3 Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Thomas Porto led the offense with two goals and an assist, while Yousaf Ullah added a goal and an assist. Kiryl Astravukh and Javed Ullah combined to make 33 saves, with Ullah stopping 22.
The Westies got off to a good start as Porto scored 2:57 in off assists from Jayden Spreyer and Yousaf Ullah. The Grizzlies evened the game 2:15 later, but after a one-timer by Spreyer was denied, Porto scored on the power play off an assist from Brady Price with 4:59 to go in the first.
The Grizzlies then scored the next five goals to take a 6-2 lead. In between, the Westies had opportunities but shots by Spreyer, Price, and Mike Madera were turned aside, and Marcus Burrows hit the post.
West Haven again got within three goals as Yousaf Ullah scored with 11:27 left in the game off assists from Burrows and Porto. The Westies had another opportunity to get closer, but Spreyer’s shot rang off the post less than two minutes later.
Westies blanked by Fairfield
WH drops 8-0 decision
By MIKE MADERA
(December 19, 2022) - Looking to snap a two-game skid to start the season, the West Haven co-op hockey team played a solid first 11 minutes against a talented Fairfield squad in Bridgeport. The home team then took over.
Scoring four times in the final 4:33 of the opening period, Fairfield topped the Westies 8-0 Monday evening. With the loss, West Haven fell to 0-3.
The Westies had a pair of solid scoring chances prior to Fairfield’s outburst in the opening period, but a 3-on-1 break with Marcus Burrows, Mike Madera, and Brady Price failed to produce a goal. Jason Alling’s point shot was also denied with a glove save by Fairfield’s Connor Zavory.
Javed Ullah, who made 17 saves in the game, was then beaten twice by Owen Gibbons within 42 seconds, before Charlie Swanson scored 1:44 later for a 3-0 lead.
The Westies had another scoring chance in the final minute of the period, but Haygen Axelrod’s shot, which was deflected in from by Sam Marquez, was turned away.
West Haven continued to get its opportunities in the opening minute of the second, but Jayden Spreyer was turned aside from the slot. Trailing 5-0, Thomas Porto also had a shot knocked aside from the slot.
West Haven then had two breakaways late in the second period, but attempts by Spreyer and Marquez were denied.
Kiryl Astrovukh played well with 12 saves, allowing just two goals, including the final in the last eight seconds of the game.
Xavier tops Westies
Close contest ends in 5-0 loss
By MIKE MADERA
(December 21, 2022) - While the search for its first victory is still ongoing, the West Haven co-op hockey team is making strides. Those strides were not enough Wednesday afternoon against Xavier.
Failing to score on a host of scoring opportunities, and watching as Xavier scored three times in the third period, West Haven fell to the Falcons 5-0 in Cromwell. With the loss, the Westies fell to 0-4 on the year.
The Westies had their chances almost immediately in the game as Yousaf Ullah rang a shot off the post just 20 seconds in. A costly penalty led to a Xavier goal to put West Haven behind 1-0 3:54 in, but the chances were there throughout the first.
Mike Madera had a golden opportunity on a breakaway but his shot just sailed over the right corner 6:09 in. Thomas Porto was denied in close 1:18 later, and Madera was turned aside in front with 4:45 left in the opening period.
An evenly played second period saw more of the same after Xavier took a 2-0 lead just 20 seconds in. Brady Price was denied from in front 4:02 in, and Porto had his shot from the right faceoff circle knocked away 1:08 later.
The Westies put on the early pressure in the third period, but a backhander in front by the Falcons found the back of the net 2:37 in.
From there, the Westies had more opportunities. Jayden Spreyer was turned away in front with a pad save 3:10 in, JJ Alling had a shot turned aside from the right faceoff circle with 4:30 gone by, and Haygen Axelrod’s shot from the point was kicked away later in the period.
Westies fall to NDFF in OT
By MIKE MADERA
(January 4, 2023) - Searching for its first win of the season, the West Haven co-op hockey team played its best game of the season. Unfortunately, it was not enough.
Onyx King’s goal with 1:03 left in overtime lifted Notre Dame-Fairfield to a 2-1 victory over the Westies at the Wonderland of Ice Wednesday evening. With the loss, West Haven fell to 0-5.
With the game scoreless after two periods, the Lancers took a 1-0 lead after a West Haven turnover with 6:41 remaining in the third.
The Westies, who had controlled play in the middle period, then mounted the pressure once again in the final four minutes. With a man advantage and an extra skater, a perfectly designed play allowed Marcus Burrows to set up Jayden Spreyer, who ripped a shot from the point in for the equalizer with 0.5 seconds left in regulation.
After Javed Ullah stopped a two-on-none breakaway just 43 seconds into the extra session, the Westies picked up the play once again. Shots by Thomas Porto and Mike Madera were turned aside, Yousaf Ullah’s power play shot just went over the net, and Spreyer hit the post with 2:10 remaining.
With the Westies still pressuring, the puck cycled out of the zone, leading to King’s breakaway goal.
West Haven played its best in the second period, outshooting the Lancers 14-5, with Notre Dame goalie Colby LaSalle stopping each shot.
LaSalle denied Madera with a shoulder save 53 seconds in, turned aside Porto in front 1:33 later, and denied Madera once again with a glove save 3:04 in. LaSalle was the difference in the second period as he denied Yousaf Ullah’s point shot with 11:03 to go, denied Brady Price from the slot 30 seconds later, and Spreyer from the slot a short time after.
The Notre Dame goaltender continued to thwart the Westies, stopping Madera in close with 9:30 to go, and Burrows from the slot with 7:09 remaining in the middle period.
LaSalle then denied Jason Alling with 7:34 remaining in the third of a scoreless game, and Porto from the slot just 13 seconds after the Lancers took the lead.
Javed Ullad made 29 saves in the loss and was particularly impressive in the opening period when he turned aside all 12 Notre Dame shots.
In the Win Column
Westies top East Haven 3-2
By MIKE MADERA
(January 11, 2023) - The West Haven co-op boys hockey team is in the win column.
Led by 37 saves from Kyril Astravukh and two goals by Marcus Burrows, the Westies topped East Haven 3-2 Wednesday evening at Dilungo Rink in East Haven. With the victory, West Haven, which has played significantly better in its last three games, improved to 1-5 on the year.
Astravukh was stellar throughout the contest, making clutch saves the entire game. The West Haven goaltender was at his best in the final period.
Astravukh denied a breakaway by East Haven’s Michael Savo, who scored twice, with 2:10 gone by and the Westies leading 3-1. He then denied John D’Albero in front with a pad save with 9:47 to go, and Cameron Greene from the right faceoff circle with 7:01 to go.
After Savo cut the West Haven lead to 3-2 with 6:35 to go in the third and East Haven increasing the pressure, Astravukh denied East Haven the rest of the way.
Astravukh also came up with a pair of huge saves 1:15 apart with less than five minutes to go in the second period to preserve a 2-1 lead.
East Haven took a 1-0 lead with 5:21 remaining in the first period as a Savo shot was deflected past Astravukh, but the deficit was short-lived. Off a feed from Jayden Spreyer, Mike Madera evened the game from in front 1:06 later.
The Westies continued to pressure, but shots by Burrows, Brady Price, and Thomas Porto were denied in the final 3:18 of the opening period.
West Haven had a pair of odd-man rushes to start the second period, but Spreyer was denied off a feed from Madera, and Burrows was denied off a feed from Price.
Burrows finally gave the Westies the lead they would not relinquish when he ripped a shot off the crossbar and in off an assist from Price with 4:47 remaining in the second.
The Westies scored the eventual winner early in the third. After a point shot by Josh Rodrigue was covered up, Price won the faceoff to Burrows, who rang a shot to the top left corner for a 3-1 lead with 1:52 gone by in the third.
Ridgefield tops Westies
Slow start key to 6-1 loss
By MIKE MADERA
(January 16, 2023) - The West Haven boys hockey co-op team has been playing well of late. After three solid outings, which included West haven’s first win of the season, the Westies could not keep that play going.
Allowing three goals in the first period, West Haven fell 6-1 against Ridgefield at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven Monday evening. The loss dropped West Haven to 1-6 on the year.
West Haven never got going on offense with just ten shots in the game. The Westies were outshot 47-10 in the loss.
Ridgefield took control of the game early with a goal 5:01 into the contest, added a second 48 seconds later, and a third 1:52 after the first.
The Westies had just three shots in the opening period with Josh Rodrigue denied from the point 5:31 in, Theo Diakomis stopped from the right side with 7:23 left in the first, and Zack Fonda denied 48 seconds later.
The Westies came out with more energy in the second period, putting the pressure on from the start. After Mike Madera was stopped with a pad save 20 seconds in, Haygen Axelrod found Jayden Spreyer, who shot in front for a West Haven goal with 1:48 gone by.
Spreyer’s goal was the lone tally for the Westies. Ridgefield answered 2:10 later, taking a 4-1 lead after two periods.
West Haven had two golden opportunities in the third, but Thomas Porto was stopped in front with 6:04 to go, and Brady Price was stopped on a partial breakaway 43 seconds later.
Javed Ullah made 41 saves in the loss.
Westies fall to Cheshire in OT
By MIKE MADERA
(January 18, 2023) - For two-plus periods, it looked as if the West Haven boys co-op hockey team was headed to its second victory of the season. Everything changed in the second half of the third period.
Watching as Cheshire scored twice in the final nine minutes, including the equalizer with 41.6 seconds to go in regulation, the Westies fell to the Rams 6-5 in overtime Wednesday evening in Hamden. The crushing loss drops the Westies to 1-7 on the year.
Despite playing well in three of its last four games, West Haven has just one win to show for its efforts. Wednesday was no different.
The Westies had leads of 3-1 and 5-3, but a short bench could not hold on in the final seconds when Cheshire’s Will Gaudet scored from in front to force overtime with less than a minute remaining in regulation and Cheshire skating with an extra attacker.
The Rams then handed the Westies their second straight defeat when Drew DePodesta scored with 4:16 remaining in overtime as he took a pass from behind the net and tapped the winning goal in.
The late rally by the Rams spoiled what was a valiant effort by the Westies. Senior Kyril Astravukh finished with 36 saves and the West Haven offense was clicking throughout.
The Westies took a 1-0 lead just 1:13 into the contest when Yousaf Ullah scored off an assist from Brady Price.
After Thomas Porto was denied in closed a short time later, Cheshire got the equalizer with 4:45 gone by in the opening period. The Westies then took control of the play.
Jayden Spreyer, who finished with two goals and two assists, gave the Westies a 2-1 lead when his slap shot from the point found the back of the net off an assist from Zack Fonda with 4:17 remaining in the opening period.
Spreyer extended the lead to 3-1 with 2:26 left in the opening period when another blast from the point went in off assists from Mike Madera and Marcus Burrows. Madera finished with two assists on the night.
After Cheshire scored off a rebound 1:53 into the second, the Westies again took a two-goal lead when Porto scored from in front off an assist from Spreyer for a 4-2 advantage with less than four minutes gone by in the second.
West Haven held on to that two-goal advantage and looked as if it would go to the intermission up a pair of goals, but a breakdown led to a breakaway goal by the Rams with 20 seconds to go in the middle period, getting Cheshire within 4-3.
The Westies again took a two-goal lead with 3:58 gone by in the third with a power play goal. After attempts by Spreyer and Madera were denied, the pair assisted on Haygen Axelrod’s first goal of the year to give the Westies a 5-3 lead.
North tops West
Westies fall to North Haven 3-1
By MIKE MADERA
(January 28, 2023) - The West Haven boys hockey team entered Saturday evening’s contest knowing it would need its best effort as West Haven faced an undefeated North Haven team. While the effort was there, West Haven fell short in a 3-1 loss at the Northford Ice Pavilion.
Javed Ullah was solid in goal with 34 saves, including 15 in the third period. The loss was West Haven’s third in a row and dropped the Westies to 1-8 on the year.
West Haven opened the scoring in the first period when Brady Price set up Jayden Spreyer in front for a 1-0 lead 3:56 into the game.
The Westies held the lead for most of the opening period, but they gave up a short-handed goal by Jake Donovan with 2:31 remaining in the period to even the game at one.
West Haven had a golden opportunity in the final minute of the opening period, but a shot by Marcus Burrows on a 3-on-1 break was deflected out of play.
The Westies had quality opportunities in the second as Thomas Porto was denied in front 4:50 in, Spreyer was stopped from the slot, and Josh Rodrigue was denied from the point with 8:52 remaining.
Sam Marquez could not get off a quality shot on a 2-on-1 with 7:40 remaining, and all the missed opportunities came back to hurt the Westies as Tommy Guidone scored with 6:18 remaining for a 2-1 North Haven lead.
The Westies again had more scoring opportunities to close the period, but Jason Alling was stopped from the point, Mike Madera was stopped on the wing with a glove save less than a minute later, and Porto was denied in the final seconds with a blocker save on a 2-on-1.
West Haven never got going in the third period as its best scoring opportunities came 2:44 in when Madera was denied off the left wing and Burrows suffered the same fate with 5:25 to go. In between, Guidone scored his second of the game for a 3-1 North Haven lead with 9:16 remaining.
Hamden blanks Westies
Westies fall 2-0
By MIKE MADERA
(January 29, 2023) - The West Haven hockey team lost its fourth straight contest with a 2-0 decision at Hamden Sunday afternoon. With the loss, West Haven fell to 1-9 on the year.
The Westies had just 23 shots on goal and none found the back of the net. Hamden scored just 35 seconds into the second and that was all the Green Dragons needed.
Kyril Astravukh made 24 saves in the loss, including 10 in the third period for West Haven.
The Westies had opportunities from the start, but just could not connect as Zack Fonda was denied in front less than five minutes in, Jayden Spreyer was stopped on a 3-on-1 less than a minute later, and Thomas Porto was turned aside from the left faceoff circle with 3:55 left in the first.
The Westies looked as if they would take a 1-0 lead late in the opening period, but Mike Madera’s shot off a 2-on-1 sailed wide with 55 seconds remaining.
Trailing 1-0 in the second, Madera was denied from the slot, Yousaf Ullah was turned away from the point, Madera again was stopped in front, and Jason Alling was stopped from the point, all in a span of less than three minutes.
West Haven put on a ton of pressure in the third, but could not convert. Spreyer, Alling, Porto and Madera were denied early, and Haygen Axelrod was stopped at the doorstep with five minutes gone by in the third.
Hamden added an empty net goal with 40 seconds remaining to seal the victory.