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All-State Players -  Gabi Prisco '15; Gabi Prisco '16; Gabi Prisco '17; Veronica Lynn '17; Veronica Lynn '18; Taylor Nowak '18; Veronica Lynn '19; Taylor Nowak '19; Mackenzie Gardner '21; Grace Nowak '21

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West Haven celebrates a goal against Hamden, December 6, 2022. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

WH/SHA tops Hamden
Westie Sharks open season with 4-2 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 6, 2022)
 - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team looks plenty different from the team which lost to Guilford in overtime of the Southern Connecticut Conference finals a year ago. While the faces change, the goals remain the same, competing for the league and state titles.
The Westie Sharks got off to a good start to the 2022-2023 season with a 4-2 victory over rival Hamden Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
Julianna Montano scored twice, including once on the power play, and Julianna Picard had a goal and an assist in the season-opening win. Isabelle Desrosiers made 23 saves in the victory for the Westie Sharks.
Montano got the Westie Sharks off to a quick start when she scored off an assist from Picard for a power play goal just 3:05 into the contest. The lead was short-lived as Hamden evened the contest 1:19 later.
West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy took the lead for good with a pair of second period goals. Montano scored an unassisted goal 2:34 into the middle period for a 2-1 advantage, and Melissa Tsakonas scored with 2:05 remaining in the period for a 3-1 lead.

Hamden cut into the 3-1 deficit just 2:56 into the third, but Picard’s first goal of the year 2:25 later restored the two-goal lead.


Rally falls Short
New Canaan holds off Westie Sharks
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 8, 2022)
 - Fresh off an opening victory over Hamden, the West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team faced another tough task when it traveled to play New Canaan. The Westie Sharks faced an early deficit, and rallied to tie, before falling on the road to the Rams 6-3.
New Canaan took a 3-0 lead in the opening period, before the Westie Sharks were able to settle down. After a scoreless second period, WH/SHA picked up its intensity.
Looking for a spark, Melissa Tsakonas gave the Westie Sharks exactly what they needed when she scored just 1:44 into the third period off assists from Rachel Harrison and Julianna Montano.
Less than five minutes later, the Westie Sharks were within a goal when Julianna Picard scored off an assist from Anne Plunkett. Just 48 seconds later, the game was tied when Ashley Welch scored an unassisted goal.
The rally from the three-goal deficit had the Westies back in the contest, but New Canaan took the momentum away just 20 seconds later with the go-ahead goal. The Rams added another tally 2:40 later, and closed the scoring with 2:19 left in the contest.

Isabelle Desrosiers made 35 saves in the loss for the Westie Sharks.


​Rebound Victory
Westie Sharks top Amity/NH/Cheshire
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 13, 2022)
 - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 9-3 victory over Amity/North Haven/Cheshire at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Tuesday evening. With the victory, the Westie Sharks improved to 2-1 on the year.
Melissa Tsakonas and Julianna Picard led the way with two goals apiece as seven different players scored and 11 different players were in the scoring column.
The Westie Sharks led 2-0 after one period as Anne Plunkett scored off assists from Picard and Taylor Alfano with 7:24 remaining in the period. Julianna Montano increased the lead to a pair of goals with an unassisted tally with 1:25 remaining in the opening period.
West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy put the game away in the second period with a pair of goals in 25 seconds as Picard scored off an assist from Plunkett, and Tsakonas scored off an assist from Olivia Twarowski 4:48 into the middle period.
Leading 4-1, the Westie Sharks added two more goals in the final minutes of the period for a 6-1 advantage.
Kelly Manfield gave the team a 5-1 advantage off assists from Chase Ireland and Emma Bausch, and Ashley Welch scored off assists from Bausch and Alfano in the final second of the period.
Tsakonas scored an unassisted goal 44 seconds into the third, and Picard followed suit 2:54 later. Rachel Harrison capped the scoring for the Westie Sharks at the 8:16 mark.

Evelyn Twarowski made 16 saves in the win for the Westie Sharks.


​Overtime Winner
Picard leads Westie Sharks to win over Guilford
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 15, 2022) 
- Traveling to East Haven to face Guilford, the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team knew it was in for a tough game. Julianna Picard and Evelyn Twarowski were up to the challenge.
Behind three goals and an assist from Picard, including the game-winner in overtime, and 35 saves from Twarowski, the Westie Sharks topped Guilford 4-3. With the victory, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy improved to 3-1 on the year.
The Westie Sharks took a 1-0 lead just 36 seconds into the contest when Anne Plunkett scored off an assist from Picard. Guilford evened the game with less than five minutes remaining in the opening period, but the Westie Sharks responded when Picard scored an unassisted goal with 2:48 left in the period.
With the game even at two in the third period, Picard was at it again, scoring an unassisted goal with 1:58 remaining for a 3-2 advantage. Guilford needed just 1:11 to respond to send the game to overtime.
Picard was not going to let her team come away without the victory as her third unassisted goal with 3:20 gone by in overtime gave the Westies the win.

Twarowski was solid in goal, making 12 saves in the first period, 10 more in the third, and four in overtime before Picard’s winner.


WH/SHA tops Hand
Blake picks up 100th career victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 17, 2022)
 - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy hockey team posted its fourth win in five games with a 10-3 road victory over Hand Saturday evening. The win was also a milestone as it was the 100th for head coach Erin Blake.
Anne Plunkett, Julianna Picard and Olivia Twarowski led the offense as each scored twice and added an assist. Rachel Harrison, Julianna Montano, Melissa Tsakonas, and Chase Ireland each added a goal, while Harrison also had an assist. The Westie Sharks had 10 players in the scoring column.
Trailing 1-0, the Westies Sharks took a 3-1 lead after one period on goals by Twarowski, Ireland, and Picard. Hand got within 3-2 in the second, but once again the Westie Sharks went on another run.Goals by Plunkett, Tsakonas, Picard and another by Plunkett put the Westie Sharks on top 7-3 after two. 

Twarowski, Julianna Montano and Harrison ended the scoring in the third period.


High Five
WH/SHA improves to 5-1 with win 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(December 20, 2022)
 - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team won its fourth straight contest with a 2-1 decision over St. Joseph/Trumbull Tuesday evening. With the victory, the Westie Sharks improved to 5-1 on the year.
Isabelle Desrosiers made 15 saves in the win.
In a tightly contested game, the Westie Sharks took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Julianna Picard scored just 2:10 into the contest off assists from Geena Montano and Taylor Alfano.
With the game even at one, West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy took the lead for good when Ashley Welch scored off an assist from Chase Ireland with 50 seconds remaining in the second.

Welch’s goal held up as the Westie Sharks won their fourth straight contest.


WH/SHA blanks Hamden
Westie Sharks improve to 6-1 with 2-0 victory
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 4, 2023)
 - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team won its fifth straight contest and improved to 6-1 with a 2-0 victory over Hamden Wednesday evening.
Isabelle Desrosiers was solid in net, making 24 saves to post the shutout. Desrosiers was particularly effective in the third period with 10 saves to preserve the shutout.
While Desrosiers made seven saves in each of the first two periods to keep Hamden off the scoreboard, the Westie Sharks scored the only goal they would need in the second period as Olivia Twarowski scored off assists from Kelly Manfield and Rachel Harrison at the 5:50 mark.

The Westie Sharks picked up an insurance goal when Anne Plunkett scored off an assist from Geena Montano at the 14:36 mark of the third period for a 2-0 advantage.


WH/SHA falls to Guilford
Defensive effort not enough for Westie Sharks 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 10, 2023)
 - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team dropped its second straight contest with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Guilford Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. Despite a solid defensive effort and clutch goaltending from Isabelle Desrosiers, the Westie Sharks could not pull out the victory.
Desrosiers was tough in net as she stopped 18 shots for the Westie Sharks, including nine in the third period. Unfortunately for the Westie Sharks, Guilford goaltender Kadence Epke was equally impressive, turning aside 29 West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy shots, including 14 in the second period.
Trailing 1-0, the Westie Sharks got the equalizer with 6:34 remaining in the contest as Olivia Twarowski scored off an assist from Ashley Welch.
The tying goal would hold up for 3:08, before Guilford scored the winner when Julia Crisci scored off an assist from Isabella Jackowicz.

The Westie Sharks had just seven shots in the final period, with Epke coming up big in goal for Guilford. 


Simsbury tops WH/SHA
Westie Sharks fall 3-2 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 14, 2023)
 - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team has hit a rough patch. Unable to score the equalizer in the final nine minutes, the Westie Sharks fell 3-2 at Simsbury Saturday evening.
The loss was the third straight for the Westie Sharks and dropped their record to 6-4 on the season.
Isabelle Desrosiers made 18 saves in the contest as the team played solid defensively. Desrosiers made 11 saves combined in the first two periods and seven in the third.
Trailing 1-0, the Westie Sharks evened the contest when Rachel Harrison scored an unassisted goal in the second period.

Simsbury scored late in the second and early in the third for a 3-1 lead, but the Westie Sharks battled back. Julianna Picard scored off an assist from Anne Plunkett with 9:02 remaining, but the Westie Sharks could not get the equalizer.


Losing Streak Over
WH/SHA tops Masuk 5-1 
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 17, 2023)
 - The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team snapped its three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over Masuk Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. With the victory, the Westie Sharks improved to 7-4 on the year.
Anne Plunkett scored twice, Julianna Montano had a goal and two assists, and Geena Montano recorded a pair of assists in the win. Isabelle Desrosiers made 18 saves for the Westie Sharks.
West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy scored the only goal of the first period, just five minutes in, when Julianna Montano scored an unassisted goal.
The Westie Sharks increased the lead to 3-0 with a pair of second period goals as Julianna Picard provided the second goal off assists from Julianna Montano and Geena Montano 4:26 in, before Taylor Alfano scored an unassisted goal with 46 seconds remaining in the period for a 3-0 advantage.
Plunkett helped put the game away in the third period with a pair of goals as she scored a short-handed goal off an assist from Julianna Montano 2:17 into the third for a 4-0 advantage.

Leading 4-1, Plunkett gave the Westie Sharks some breathing room when she scored off assists from Geena Montano and Picard with 5:25 remaining for a 5-1 advantage.


Rally falls Short
Hand tops WH/SHA in OT  
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 21, 2023)
 - Looking to keep the momentum from four days earlier when the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team had a solid victory over Masuk, the Westie Sharks were unable to do so.
Despite rallying with two goals in the final 1:19 to force overtime, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy fell to Hand 5-4 in overtime Saturday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven. With their fourth loss in five games, the Westie Sharks fell to 7-5 on the year.  
Trailing 4-2, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy inched closer when Julianna Montano scored with 1:19 remaining in the third. With the pressure on, Julianna Montano scored her second of the period off an assist from Anne Plunkett with 36 seconds remaining in regulation.
The hard work of the Westie Sharks went for naught when Hand scored the game-winner at the 3:02 mark of overtime.
West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy took a 1-0 lead just 4:44 into the game on a goal by Heather Fonda off an assist from Taylor Alfano. Hand evened the game 1:08 later, before the Westie Sharks took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Julianna Picard off an assist from Chase Ireland with 1:11 left in the second period.
Hand scored the first three goals of the third period, before West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy staged its late rally.

Isabelle Desrosiers made 26 saves in the loss for West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy. 


WH/SHA tops Ridgefield
Twarowski, Montano, Plunkett, Alfano lead the way  
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 24, 2023)
 - Following a tough loss to Hand, the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team was looking to get back on track. Traveling to Ridgefield, the Westie Sharks did exactly that.
Behind 27 saves from Evelyn Twarowski, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy defeated Ridgefield 4-2 on the road Tuesday evening. With the victory, West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy won its second contest in three games and improved to 8-5 on the year.
Twarowski was impressive from the start with six saves in the first period, but she got even better as the game went on with nine saves in the second period and 12 more in the third.
Geena Montano, Taylor Alfano, and Anne Plunkett led the offense as Montano finished with two goals and an assist, Alfano had one goal and two assists, and Plunkett finished with three assists.
West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy scored the lone goal of the opening period when Alfano tallied off an assist from Geena Montano.
After Ridgefield evened the game early in the second, Julianna Picard got the Westie Sharks back on top off assists from Alfano and Plunkett for a 2-1 lead after two.

Ridgefield again evened the game early in the third, but Geena Montano gave the Westie Sharks the lead 2:43 into the third and added an insurance tally with 4:22 remaining. Plunkett assisted on both goals, while Alfano added an assist on the second goal by Montano.


WH/SHA tops Amity/NH/Cheshire
Picard, Montano, lead Westie Sharks  
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 26, 2023) 
- The West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team won its third contest in four games and improved to 9-5 on the year with a 4-2 victory over Amity/North Haven/Cheshire in Hamden Thursday afternoon.
The Westie Sharks were led by Julianna Picard with two goals and an assist and Geena Montano with one goal and two assists. Evelyn Twarowski made 22 saves in the victory, including nine in the second period.
West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Montano scored off an assist from Picard. Montano then set up Ashley Welch for a 2-0 lead late in the first, before the Blades scored three minutes into the second period to get within a goal.

Less than two minutes later, Picard scored off assists from Montano and Taylor Alfano. When Picard scored the first goal of the third period, the Westie Sharks had a commanding 4-1 lead. 


Blanked
Westie Sharks fall to East Catholic 2-0  
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 27, 2023)
 - Having won two games in a row and three of four entering Friday evening’s contest at East Catholic, the West Haven / Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team was looking to keep the momentum going.
East Catholic had other ideas. After two scoreless periods, East Catholic scored twice in the final 8:09 to top the Westie Sharks 2-0.
Isabelle Desrosiers was solid in goal for the Westie Sharks, making 29 saves in the contest. Desrosiers made 10 saves in the first period, 12 in the second, and seven more in the third.

On the flip side, the Westie Sharks (9-6) managed just 14 shots in the game, including six in the first period and five more in the third.


Greenwich tops WH/SHA
Westie Sharks fall 4-2  
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(January 31, 2023)
 - The West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy girls hockey team knew it was going to be in for a battle Tuesday evening at the Edward L. Bennet Rink in West Haven. Turns out, the Westie Sharks were correct.
Despite 22 saves from Isabelle Desrosiers, including 12 in the third period, West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy fell to Greenwich 4-2. The loss was the second straight for the Westie Sharks and dropped their record to 9-7.
In a game which featured 10 penalties, West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy took the lead 7:08 into the contest on an unassisted goal by Geena Montano.
Greenwich responded to even the contest 5:02 later and went on to take a 3-1 lead, before Ashley Welch scored off assists from Julianna Picard and Anne Plunkett with 6:33 remaining in the middle period.

The Westie Sharks never got the equalizer and Greenwich scored in the final 32 seconds to seal the contest.