WH YOUTH HOCKEY 2020
(September 13, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B hockey team opened the season on a strong note, playing the Wallingford Hawks A1 and coming away with the victory.
Logan Minio opened the scoring for West Haven, picking off a pass and beating the goalie with a nice backhand shot. Minio doubled his account after Ben Trenchard back-checked to steal the puck, and played a pass to Minio to put away. Anthony Parise, Brady Salkins and Jax Guarino also found the back of the net. Evan Harrison played a great game between the pipes, only letting in a single goal and making several great saves. Ryan Schempp and Joe Mondo played well defensively, while Kyle D'Agostino, Conner Owens and Ethan McGrath created some good scoring chances and worked hard to limit Wallingford's chances on goal.
(September 20, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B travel hockey team made it two wins out of two as West Haven took on Western at home Saturday morning, winning 8-2. Logan Minio continued his scoring streak, as he led the Westies to the victory. Brady Salkins, Anthony Parise and Jax Guarino also added goals. Ben Trenchard and Ethan McGrath were solid on both sides of the puck, back-checking to disrupt attacks and joining the rush on Western's goal. Joe Mondo, Ryan Schempp and Conner Owens were solid on defense as they limited Western's shooting opportunities. Evan Harrison made some fantastic saves, securing the win for his team.
Sean Studley looks to make a play in West Haven Peewee A action, Saturday, September 19, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team opened the home part of its regular season with a 3-1 victory over Brewster (NY) hockey at the Edward L. Bennett Rink Sunday morning.
In a contest which saw just one penalty in the game (Brewster), outstanding defense by Marco Goodmaster, Nikolas Allan, Robert McCarthy, Max Schroeder, and Jack Aloi, and solid goaltending from Bryan Hong, the Westies struck late in the second period and added two more goals in the third for the two-goal victory.
Brady Price (61) and Ben Gilbert (r.) celebrate one of two goals by Gilbert, September 20, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
The line of Ben Gilbert, Brady Price, and Ronnie Mastroni produced six points, with Gilbert leading the way with a pair of goals. Price had a goal and two assists, and Mastroni added an assist. McCarthy also picked up an assist in the win.
Trailing 1-0 after a failed three-on-one by West Haven went the other way for a Brewster goal early in the second, the Westies evened the contest at one with 3:53 left in the middle period when Gilbert ripped a shot to the back of the net off assists from Price and McCarthy.
Despite opportunities from West Haven, the game remained even at one until 5:49 remained in the third period as Gilbert scored his second of the contest off a set up from Price. Price capped the scoring off an assist from Mastroni with 2:46 remaining when the shot deflected in off his skate for a 3-1 lead.
(September 27, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B hockey team took on a strong Central B team Saturday morning. The Blue Devils jumped to an early lead behind Jax Guarino's goal, but fell behind despite the solid play of Evan Harrison in goal.
Logan Minio scored the only other goal for the Westies, and Brady Salkins and Tony Parise saw numerous shots on goal turned away by the Central netminder. Ryan Schempp continued his strong play defensively, and Joe Mondo and Ethan McGrath worked hard to win the puck back. Connor Owens and Kyle D'Agostino battled hard against the aggressive Central team in the corners for the puck, and Ben Trenchard broke up passes and blocked shots in his effort for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team earned its first two wins of the season this weekend. The Blue Devils thrashed Mid Fairfield Girls 12U, 11-0, on Saturday and then battled Greater New Haven B Red for a 2-1 win Sunday morning. Both games were played at Edward L. Bennett Rink.
Saturday night marked the first career youth hockey coaching win for head coach Evan Mink and his brother/assistant coach Adam Mink. Both Mink brothers are former WHYH players.
On Saturday night, seven different players scored goals as the Westies dominated Mid Fairfield. Zach Melchiore scored the opener on a power play off a rebound of Cameren Lipford's shot. Aedan Guarino jammed home Jonathan Charbonneau's point shot, and Rafi Treat fired a laser off a long outlet pass from Lucas Iversen to make it 3-0 after one period.
In the second, the Westies came out firing. Sean Studley scored from the slot and Lipford cashed in a breakaway in the opening minute. Studley and Melchiore fed Lipford for a tally four minutes later. Mikey D'Aiuto then popped in his own rebound for a 7-0 lead after two periods.
In the opening minute of the third, Studley deked and scored on a wraparound, before Melchiore one-timed Lipford's feed. Guarino assisted on Eddie Thomas' goal, and Lipford closed out the scoring with a tap in from Studley.
Cedrik Roy in goal for the West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team. Photo by Mike Madera.
West Haven outshot Mid Fairfield, 49-23. Goaltenders Cedrik Roy (11 saves) and Kai Lupa (12) combined for the shutout in net.
On Sunday morning, Greater New Haven and the Westies battled hard for the full 45 minutes. Studley put West Haven up 1-0 just 3:57 into the game. Melchiore slid the puck to Lipford for a shot that was blocked. Off the ensuing scramble, Melchiore tipped a pass that bounced out front where Studley whacked it home. The Warriors tied it four minutes later.
The Blue Devils regained the lead with a power play goal eight minutes into the second period. Leo Mazuroski picked up a loose puck and fired a low, hard shot just inside the far post. With three minutes remaining in the second period, Lupa stoned a breakaway with his blocker to keep West Haven in front.
West Haven’s defense of Charbonneau, Mazuroski, Ryan Pniewski and Gavin Coady was solid down the stretch. The goaltending was strong as well as Roy made 11 saves, while Lupa made 14 in net.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team won both of its games this weekend at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, topping Suffolk Pal (NY) AA on Saturday and Ridgefield AA on Sunday.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 7-2 victory over Suffolk. Behind the solid goaltending of Tyler Donroe, West Haven never trailed in the game, leading 3-1 after one period and 6-1 after two periods of play.
Brady Price led the West Haven offense with two goals and one assist, while Nick Eberhart and Ben Gilbert each scored twice, and Robert McCarthy had two assists.
Price scored twice in 24 seconds, the first off assists from Ronnie Mastroni and McCarthy, for a 2-0 lead with 6:41 left in the first period. Gilbert extended the lead to 3-0 off an assist from Price with 3:25 remaining in the first, before Suffolk answered 53 seconds later.
Eberhart sandwiched goals around a tally from Matt Stevens for a 6-1 lead, with McCarthy assisting on the first Eberhart goal and Anthony Ursini helping on the second. Thomas Porto picked up the helper on the goal by Stevens. Gilbert capped the scoring with an unassisted tally in the third.
West Haven won its third straight contest with a 4-2 victory over Ridgefield Sunday morning. Mickey Dowd led the way with two goals, while Porto added a goal and an assist. Bryan Hong played well in goal for the Westies.
Trailing 1-0, Porto evened the contest off an assist from Stevens with 2:50 remaining in the second, before West Haven scored three times in the third to pull out the victory.
McCarthy gave West Haven the lead for good with an unassisted goal with 9:40 remaining, before Dowd scored twice in the final 8:52, the second off an assist from Porto.
In its only contest of the weekend, the West Haven Youth Hockey’s Bantam A team welcomed New Canaan A1 to the Bennett Rink and came out with a 2-1 victory.
After a very back and forth first period, West Haven struck first in the second period when a shot from the point by Mark Torre deflected in off the post. Yousaf Ullah was credited with the assist on Torre’s opening goal.
The Blue Devils were able to keep the score at 1-0 throughout the second period and into the third. New Canaan tied the game with six minutes remaining in the game off a bouncing puck, but the Westies answered just two minutes later to take the lead.
Torre ripped a puck on net, where Alex Kurowski was able to bury the rebound by standing in perfect position in front of the net. West Haven ended up closing out the game with a well-deserved victory, bringing its season record to 2-1.
Theo Diakomis, Brody Elam and Chris Consorte played well at forward. Haygen Axelrod, Javed Ullah and Joe DiGioia all contributed on defense in the win.
In goal, John Kennedy played the first two periods with some key saves to keep the Blue Devils in the game. Greg Galasso came in the third period and made some spectacular saves to seal the deal for the victory.
(October 4, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B travel hockey team had two games this past weekend, the first taking place at home on Saturday morning as the Westies took on the West Haven Mite C's.
The Mite B's looked solid throughout the game as they passed the puck well and played well as a team. Kyle D'Agostino and Ethan McGrath made some key stops defensively, while Tony Parise made some key plays in the attacking end. Evan Harrison once again played great in-between the pipes, and Connor Owens hustled up and down the ice.
Sunday morning, the Westie Mite B's were back in action, traveling south to take on New Canaan. The Westies came away with the win, again on the back of solid team play.
Logan Minio and Jax Guarino each picked up a hat trick, with each one getting an assist from Ben Trenchard. Trenchard picked up a goal of his own, banging home a rebound through the five hole.
Ryan Schempp and Joe Mondo were both strong on defense, and Brady Salkins picked up a stellar goal on a breakaway that he slotted past the New Canaan goalie.
The West Haven Peewee A team dropped an 8-3 decision to Greater New Haven A1 on Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink. The Blue Devils are now 2-3-0 on the season.
The Warriors got out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but West Haven worked hard to get on the scoreboard. Cameren Lipford retrieved the puck behind the net and slid a pass out front where Zach Melchiore jammed it home with seven seconds left on the clock.
GNH added to their lead in the second period and led 6-1 at the second intermission. The Westies showed grit in the third period and controlled much of the play.
Lipford fed Mikey D'Aiuto for a wrist shot and Sean Studley snapped home the rebound to make it 7-2. Just over one minute later, Studley carried the puck over the blue line and sent a perfect pass to Lipford who roofed his shot to cut the deficit to 7-3.
The Warriors outshot the Westies for the game, 30-22. Kai Luca started in goal for the Westies and Cedrik Roy played the second half of the game in net. The pair combined for 22 saves.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team won a pair of games this week, defeating Darien AA and Central AA.
The Westies traveled to play Darien Saturday evening and behind a complete team effort, posted a 1-0 victory. Mickey Dowd scored off an assist from Matt Stevens with 3:42 remaining for the game’s only goal. Bryan Hong was solid in goal for the Westies to post the shutout.
West Haven hosted Central AA on Sunday and won 4-3. Dowd scored twice and Stevens added a goal and an assist in the victory.
Dowd gave West Haven a 1-0 lead with 18.3 seconds left in the first off an assist from Max Schroeder, then gave West Haven a 2-1 lead with 5:41 left in the second off assists from Stevens and Marco Goodmaster.
With the game even at two, Stevens scored on a loose puck in front with 7:07 to go, before Robert McCarthy scored off an assist from Thomas Porto 54 seconds later.
(October 11, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B travel hockey team picked up another win this weekend, as they battled the Hamden Green Dragons Sunday morning.
Anthony Parise stepped up for his team to take over net minder duties, making several huge saves to keep the Westies in the game. Brady Salkins scored the opener for the Blue Devils, and slotted the puck home two more times to pick up the hat trick. The scoring was spread around as Logan Minio, Jax Guarino, Ryan Schempp and Benjamin Trenchard all scored, with Trenchard slotting home a rebound off of a Minio shot late in the game.
Joe Mondo had a strong performance, using his speed to back check and fore check throughout the game. Connor Owens and Ethan McGrath made several key passes and Kyle D'Agostino made some big plays defensively in the win for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Squirt B team went 3-0-1 in the Andy Noel Columbus Day Classic to secure a spot in the division final to be played on Monday. The Westies face the Putnam Panthers, whom they fell to on Saturday despite a hard-fought battle. In spite of the loss, the Westies regrouped and posted impressive wins against Pelham and the Southern Stars.
Brendan Silva played outstanding in net in every game. Jackson Troyer dominated offensively, leading the Westies with six goals, several of which were unassisted. Troyer was followed by Josie Reed with two goals and Marchello Criscuolo with one goal.
Forwards Jocelyn Kenny, Sophia Locklear, Sydney Reed and Paul Clini all contributed offensively, with Locklear, Sydney Reed, Clini and Josie Reed all earning assists. The Westies were anchored defensively by the solid play of Ava Schoeman, Caitlin Aloi and Josie Reed.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team fell in a pair of contests this weekend to the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Major team. The Westies fell 6-1 on Saturday in Cromwell and 6-2 at home on Sunday.
West Haven trailed 4-0 on Saturday, before Mickey Dowd scored off assists from Thomas Porto and Marco Goodmaster with 9 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the game before Hartford responded 2:20 later and added another in the final minute.
The Westies fell 6-2 Sunday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink. Hartford took a 3-0 lead in the first, before Dowd scored an unassisted goal with 1:44 left in the first. Trailing 6-1, Dowd scored with 5:57 remaining to get West Haven closer.
(October 18, 2020) - The West Haven Youth Hockey Mite B team was in action twice last weekend. Saturday saw the Westies hosting a strong Riverhawks Gold team. It was a tough battle as the goalies from both teams made several key stops.
Westie net minder Evan Harrison kept his team in the game with quite a few big saves. The Westies were led offensively by Logan Minio and Brady Salkins, and Ryan Schempp was a big presence on defense. Connor Owens worked hard along the boards for West Haven and Joe Mondo put on the pressure on the fore check.
On Sunday, the Mite B's took on the Green Dragons of Hamden. The Westies started strong, with Minio opening up the scoring. Jax Guarino, Anthony Parise, Schempp and Salkins also found the back of the net. Kyle D'Agostino had an assist, and Ethan McGrath made several nice passes to his teammates up the boards to start the attack on the Hamden goal.
The West Haven Pee wee A travel hockey team swept the weekend and posted two solid wins over CHC league opponents.
On Saturday afternoon at the Sono Ice House, the Westies dominated CT Jr. Whalers B, 12-3. On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils downed Central A, 3-2. The Westies are now 4-3-0 in CHC play.
On Saturday, the Whalers took an early 1-0 lead, before Eddie Thomas scored a pair of goals to put the Westies ahead. The first was assisted by Leo Mazuroski and the second by Mikey D'Aiuto. Matt Molnar made it 3-1 with a rising wrister from Rafi Treat.
The Blue Devils then took over the game in the second period by scoring seven goals. Aedan Guarino scored from the slot and Treat snapped in a wrist shot. Cameren Lipford scored with his backhand and Mazuroski fired in a laser. Sean Studley notched two goals, before Lipford converted another backhand shot to make it 10-3 after two periods.
In the third, Zach Melchiore fed Lipford for a breakaway goal and Johnny Charbonneau converted Thomas' pass. Cedrik Roy made five saves to post the win in goal for the Westies.
On Sunday morning against Central A, Kai Lupa got the start in goal and made several clutch saves while Mazuroski, Charbonneau, Ryan Pniewski and Gavin Coady played solid defense all game long.
The Westies took a 1-0 lead 6:37 into the game with a hard-working goal. Lipford's initial shot was saved and Studley fetched it behind the net. He flipped a nice pass out front where Melchiore came down the slot and cashed it in.
Almost four minutes later, Mazuroski made a nice play in the defensive zone to collect the puck. He then shoved a pass ahead through two Central players that Lipford took to goal and converted for a 2-0 lead.
Early in the second period, Central made it a 2-1 game, but Lupa made a few key stops to keep it a one-goal game. Treat then bulled his way up the right boards, cut to the net, and jammed the puck past the Central goalie to make it 3-1 with 2:03 left in the second period.
The Westies did a great job of limiting the chances for Central in the third period. Central made it 3-2 with eleven seconds left in the game, but Studley won the ensuing faceoff and the Westies skated to victory. Lupa made 21 total saves to earn the win in net.
(October 25, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B team traveled to South Norwalk Sunday morning to face the CT Junior Whalers, and came home with the win behind the strong defensive play of Ryan Schempp and Ben Trenchard, and the goaltending of Evan Harrison. Logan Minio and Anthony Parise contributed to the win by putting the puck into the back of the net. Jax Guarino and Connor Owens made some great passes to put their teammates into scoring positions, and Joe Mondo hustled up and down the ice in the win.
The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team went 2-0 this past weekend, starting with a 6-5 win against the Greater New Haven Warriors at Bennet Rink on Saturday. Sophia Locklear opened the scoring for the Westies with an unassisted goal in the first period. Locklear added another goal along with Jackson Troyer 15 seconds apart late in the first to give the Westies a 3-1 lead.
Troyer scored again in the second period, but with three seconds left, Greater New Haven tied the score at four. The Westies were able to take and maintain the lead in the third period with goals from Sydney Reed and Locklear, who finished the day with the hat trick.
Holden Napoletano, Marchello Criscuolo and Josie Reed were all credited with assists in the victory.
On Sunday, the Westies faced the Southern Stars at the Milford Ice Pavilion for the two teams second meeting of the season. With stellar goaltending from Brendan Silva, the Westies were able to shut out the Stars for a 3-0 win. Despite numerous scoring chances from the Westies, the score remained scoreless until the Westies eventually got on the board when Josie Reed received a pass from Paul Clini and went coast to coast in the middle of the second. Napoletano and Locklear each added a goal, with assists from Jackson Troyer and Caitlin Aloi.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team split a pair CHC league games over the weekend. The Blue Devils defeated the Central A Capitals, 5-4, and then fell 9-5 to New Canaan A1. West Haven is now 5-4-0 in CHC play.
On Saturday afternoon at Newington Arena, the Westies took a 2-0 lead in the first period and stayed in front for the rest of the game to earn the victory. Sean Studley's backhand shot was saved, but Cameren Lipford buried the rebound for a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period.
With 1:25 left in the first, Studley took the puck to the corner where a defenseman knocked it toward the slot. Lipford deposited it in the net to go up 2-0.
With West Haven leading 2-1, the two teams combined for six goals in the third. In the opening minute, Lipford made a sweet move around a defender and pushed a shot on goal. Zach Melchiore jumped on the rebound to give the Westies a two-goal lead.
Three minutes later, Melchiore pounced on another rebound, this time off a Studley backhand, to make it 4-1. Central would not go away and scored twice within 28 seconds to cut it to 4-3 with nine minutes left in the game.
Just 25 seconds after the Caps closed the gap, Melchiore slid a pass to Studley who redirected it in and the Westies regained the two-goal lead. Central scored once more, but strong defending by Johnny Charbonneau and Leo Mazuroski gave West Haven the win. Cedrik Roy was solid in net for the Blue Devils with 19 saves.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies could not maintain momentum for any lengthy stretches and lost to New Canaan, 9-5. The visitors took a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the game, but Melchiore made it 2-1 when he skated into the zone and his shot deflected up and over the goalie with 22 seconds left in the first.
The Westies immediately tied the game at two just 27 seconds into the second when Studley dug the puck out from behind the net and Lipford one-timed his backhand pass home. New Canaan rallied for a pair of goals less than a minute later to regain a two-goal advantage. Lipford made it 4-3 off an assist from Studley 39 seconds later, but New Canaan made it 5-3 just 25 seconds later.
Eddie Thomas drove the puck to the net and it deflected in off the goalie to cut it to 5-4 with 9:13 left in the second period.
Trailing 7-4, West Haven countered again as Lipford fired a bouncing puck from the corner that Studley settled and fired into the top corner to make it 7-5 with over ten minutes left in the game.
Kai Lupa was in net for the Westies and made 21 saves on the day.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team split a pair of games this weekend. West Haven opened the weekend at Bennett Rink in West Haven with a 6-3 loss to the Yale JR Bulldogs AA team.
After going down two goals to start the game, the Westies were able to bring the game within one goal, before the end of the first period off a goal from Javed Ullah, with Alex Bowery getting the helper.
The Bulldogs made it 3-1 in the beginning of the second, but the Blue Devils once again were able to score to make it a one goal game. Bowery was able to capitalize off of a rebound by Chris Consorte. After going down 5-2, West Haven scored off an unassisted goal by Yousaf Ullah on a low hard shot to make it 5-3.
Yale scored late in the game for the final score of 6-3. John Kennedy played a full game in goal, keeping West Haven in the game. Haygen Axelrod, Theo Diakomis and JJ Alling all played well in the hard-fought loss.
On Sunday, the Bantam A’s traveled to Newington to take on the Central Capitals where the Blue Devils skated to a 6-3 victory.
Alex Kurowski got the scoring started for West Haven on a short-handed unassisted goal. Mason Maiocco scored the next goal to make it 2-0, with an assist from Yousaf Ullah. Kurowski scored his second of the game off assists from Yousaf Ullah and Bowery to make it 3-0, before Maiocco scored his second of the game to make it 4-0, with Connor Moriarty being credited with the assist.
After the Capitals scored twice to make it 4-2, the Westies answered 20 seconds later off of a turnover which lead to a breakaway goal by Bowery to make it 5-2. Moriarty got his own goal off a rebound in front from Brody Elam’s shot from the point.Greg Galasso played in goal the entire time for the Blue Devils, making some spectacular saves. Dylan Bosworth, Joey DiGoia and Connor Bunnell all played exceptionally well in the win.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team went 2-1-1 in the EJEPL Showcase in Pennsylvania this weekend.
The Westies opened play Saturday morning with a 1-1 double overtime tie against the Long Island Gulls AA. West Haven scored its lone goal when Ron Mastroni scored off an assist from Brady Price on the power play with 5:42 left in the opening period.
Long Island evened the game 2:16 into the third and neither team scored again. Tyler Donroe was stellar in goal for the Westies with 40 saves.
After falling to Millbrook AA 4-0, West Haven rebounded with a 4-2 victory over Richmond AA Sunday morning. Donroe was again solid in goal with 24 saves, while Jack Aloi, Marco Goodmaster, Nikolas Allan, and Max Schroeder played very well defensively.
Michael Madera gave the Westies an early 1-0 lead when he scored in front off an assist from Ben Gilbert 5:49 into the contest. West Haven pulled away with two goals in the final 4:40 of the opening period when Gilbert scored unassisted and Allan scored off an assist from Zach Goetze with four seconds left in the first period.
Leading 3-1, West Haven put the game away with 8:41 left in the game as Gilbert scored his second of the game on the power play. Anthony Ursini, Dominic Dicioocio, and Nick Eberhart played well in the win.
The Westies closed the tournament with a 5-4 overtime victory over the Cutting Edge King Cobras AA. Mastroni capped the weekend when he scored 48 seconds into the extra session off an assist from Goodmaster.
The Westies took a 1-0 lead with 4:56 to go in the first as Thomas Porto picked up a loose puck and fed Matt Stevens for a short-handed goal.
With the game even at one in the third, Mastroni fed Gilbert for a power play goal and a 2-1 lead with 3:13 gone by. Madera gave West Haven a 3-2 lead with 6:23 to go in the third off assists from Price and Aloi, and Mastroni extended the margin to a pair of goals with 5:06 to go.The King Cobras scored twice in the final 4:09 to force overtime, before Mastroni won the game for West Haven. Donroe made 25 saves in the win for West Haven.
(November 2, 2020) - The West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team went 1-1 this weekend, with a tough loss to Wonderland Wizards on Saturday. Despite strong pressure from the offense and solid defense and goaltending, the Westies were unable to get on the board and fell 2-0.
On Sunday, the Westies played the Shoreline Sharks Green and posted an impressive 7-0 win. The scoring starting early in the first period when Sophia Locklear scored off a rebound from Caty Aloi’s shot. Less than a minute later, Jackson Troyer scored an unassisted goal, followed by Locklear, who scored off a perfect pass from Sydney Reed.
Paul Clini scored later in the first after a back and forth pass from Troyer. Troyer added another goal, unassisted, to end the first period with a 5-0 West Haven lead. Josie Reed and Aloi each added an unassisted goal in the third period to give West Haven a 7-0 lead.
Brendan Silva was strong in the net the entire game and earned the shut out.
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team lost a close-fought, 5-4 battle with Riverhawks A on Sunday in its only game of the weekend. The Blue Devils are now 5-5-0 in CHC league play this season.
On Sunday morning at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies took a 1-0 lead 6:04 into the game with a short-handed goal as Zach Melchiore won the puck along the left boards and shoveled a pass out to Sean Studley. Studley burst through the neutral zone and flipped in a backhand while being dragged down by a Riverhawks defenseman. The Riverhawks tied it at 1-1 with just 18 seconds left in the period.
The Riverhawks kept momentum through the second period and built their lead to 3-1. With 32 seconds left in the period, the Westies got back in the game at 3-2 when Studley got around a defenseman and slid the puck across the face of the goal where Cameren Lipford tapped the puck home.
The Riverhawks made the score 4-2 6:05 into the third period, but the Westies got the goal right back 29 seconds later. Lipford jabbed the puck out front where Melchiore rammed it in.
Four minutes later, Eddie Thomas drew a penalty when he was tripped on a breakaway. On the ensuing power play, Studley beat two defenders and centered the puck to Melchiore, who one-timed a shot in to tie the score at 4-4 with 4:14 left in the game. The Riverhawks won the faceoff and scored 13 seconds later to make it 5-4.
The Westies pulled their goalie in the final minute and created some chances, but could not find the equalizer. Kai Lupa made 19 saves for the Westies. The Blue Devils outshot the Riverhawks, 32-24, for the game.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team split a pair of home contests this weekend, falling to the Long Island Gulls 3-2 on Saturday, before topping the Ct. Jr. Whalers 6-1 on Sunday.
In the loss to Long Island, West Haven trailed 1-0 before Ronnie Mastroni scored off an assist from Ben Gilbert with 13:08 left in the second period to even the game at one.
The Gulls scored the next two goals and led 3-1 before Matt Stevens scored off an assist from Robert McCarthy with 1:48 remaining in the contest to get West Haven within a goal. Despite a hard-fought effort, West Haven could not get the equalizer.
Bryan Hong made 27 saves in the loss for West Haven.
The Westies got back on the winning track with an impressive victory Sunday over the Jr. Whalers. Eight different players were in the scoring column with Stevens and Thomas Porto each recording a goal and an assist.
Tyler Donroe was solid in goal, and the defense, led by Jack Aloi, Marco Goodmaster, Nikolas Allan, Max Schroeder, and McCarthy was stellar in the victory.
West Haven struck quickly in the contest as Mastroni deflected in Aloi’s shot from the point 1:40 into the contest. Stevens gave the Westies a 2-0 lead off an assist from Porto 5:21 in, before Gilbert scored an unassisted goal 4:07 into the second for a 3-0 lead. Just 1:23 later, West Haven increased the lead to 4-0 when Michael Madera one-timed a pass from Mickey Dowd in for a goal.
Marco Goodmaster (16) scores for West Haven against Jr. Whalers, November 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
West Haven closed out the contest in the third period with two more goals. Leading 4-1, Goodmaster scored from the slot off an assist from Stevens, before Porto closed the scoring with 5:25 to go off an assist from Dowd.
Zach Goetze, Anthony Ursini, Dominic DiCiooccio, Brady Price, and Nick Eberhart all played well in the win.
Hosting both of its games at the Edward L. Bennett Rink this weekend, the West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team welcomed the Avon Panthers Saturday morning and skated to a 2-2 tie.
After a scoreless first, the Panthers got on the board first in the first minute of the second period. The Blue Devils responded to even the score with four minutes left in the period off a laser from Alex Bowery, with Alex Kurowski getting the helper.
Alex Bowery (11) celebrates a West Haven goal against Avon, October 31, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
West Haven had a goal disallowed early in the third period off a rebound in front, which would have given the Westies the lead. Avon scored again to go up by one with 8 minutes to go, only to have the Westies respond a minute and a half later off a goal by Kurowski. Bowery was credited with the helper on Kurowski’s game-tying goal, which is how the game finished. Although it was a tie game, West Haven dominated on puck possession and moving the puck in the offensive zone.
Greg Galasso started the game in net, giving his team a dominant performance, with John Kennedy cleaning up in the second half, keeping his team in the game.
Haygen Axelrod, JJ Alling and Dylan Bosworth all played well on defense. Chris Consorte had a stellar showing on offense for the Blue Devils.
On Sunday, the Watertown Red Wings made a trip to West Haven, where the Blue Devils came out on top with a 5-2 victory.
Yousaf Ullah wasted no time netting the first goal of the game in the first 34 seconds of the opening period, with assists credited to Kurowski and Bowery. After a back and forth 7 minutes, Theo Diakomis gave the Blue Devils a two-goal cushion by netting a goal of his own, with Javed Ullah getting the assist. Connor Moriarty scored with 2:30 remaining in the first period off an assist from Javed Ullah. Just 30 seconds later, Diakomis scored his second of the game with an unassisted goal to give his team a 4-0 lead.
Yousaf Ullah scored his second of the afternoon in the first two minutes of the second period to make it 5-0 West Haven. Watertown would go on to score two goals of their own later in the second period. West Haven once again dominated on puck possession and in shots on net, but neither team scored in the third, leading to a 5-2 win for the Blue Devils.
Kennedy started in net with Galasso relieving him in the second half of the game. Each gave up a goal, and both had some spectacular saves to keep Watertown at only two goals.
Brody Elam, Connor Bunnell and Joey DiGioia all played well on defense. Mason Maiocco had a pair of scoring opportunities on offense for the Blue Devils.
(November 9, 2020) - The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team won both of its games this weekend, moving its winning streak to three games.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 5-1 victory over Yale AA Saturday at the Edward L. Bennett Rink as Thomas Porto led the way with two goals and Tyler Donroe was solid in goal, making several stellar saves.
West Haven Banatam AA celebrates a goal over Yale AA, November 7, 2020. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead with 4:39 left in the first period as Marco Goodmaster scored from the point off an assist from Dominic DiCiooccio. Matt Stevens increased the lead to 2-0 2:02 into the second, before Yale got within 2-1.
The Westies then closed the contest out with three goals in the third period. Porto scored off assists from Stevens and Robert McCarthy 2:04 in, then added his second off an assist from Jack Aloi with 3:58 to go for a 4-1 advantage. Mickey Dowd added an empty net goal with seven seconds remaining for the Westies.
West Haven traveled to West Hartford Sunday afternoon and came away with a 4-1 victory. Stevens led the way with a hat trick, while Porto and Zach Goetze each had a pair of assists.
Stevens gave West Haven a 1-0 lead 3:30 into the contest off an assist from Goetze, before Ben Gilbert scored off an assist from Brady Price with 2:45 left in the second for a 2-0 lead.
Leading 2-1, Porto and Goetze set up Stevens for a 3-1 advantage, before Stevens scored 29 seconds later for a 4-1 advantage with 5:35 left in the game. Bryan Hong played well in goal to pick up the win for West Haven.
Anthony Ursini, Ronnie Mastroni, Michael Madera, and Nick Eberhart all played well as the Westies were short-handed the entire weekend.
(November 16, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B hockey team played twice this weekend, going 2-0. On Saturday, the Westies hosted East Haven, coming out on top behind the strong goalkeeping of Evan Harrison.
West Haven set the pace when Brady Salkins scored early in the game, quickly followed up by Ryan Schempp scoring two quick goals in succession. Ethan McGrath picked up his first career goal for West Haven, and Kyle D'Agostino picked up two of his own. Tony Parise scored as well, and Salkins added two more to pick up the hat trick. Jax Guarino showed a lot of hustle, getting up and down the rink to guide his team to victory.
Last Sunday, the Blue Devils traveled to Avon. In a tight game, Logan Minio put the Westies up early with a great goal jammed in between the post and the goalie's pads. Avon tied the game, but the Westies go-ahead goal was a great play as Ben Trenchard won the puck behind his own goal, and then played a pass up the boards to Minio. Minio found Connor Owens open in front of the Avon goal, and made a pass to Owens, who shot it past the Avon goalie.
Schempp added to his weekend tally, scoring again. Joe Mondo played a great game in the win, using his speed to back check and break up a few plays.
The West Haven Bantam A travel hockey team had only one game over the weekend, and the Westies had a compete team effort to secure the win. On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed the South Windsor Knights to the Bennett Rink where West Haven skated to a 6-0 victory.
Yousaf Ullah got things started by going coast to coach and deking all the Knights that challenged him. M.J. Torre scored to close out the first period off a shot from the top of the circles, beating the goalie through the pads. Haygen Axelrod and Dylan Bosworth were credited with assists on Torre’s goal.
The second period brought two more goals for Torre to get the hat trick, with one of the goals being on the power play. Bosworth got the assists on both, making it a three-point day for the defensemen.
Alex Kurowski scored with four seconds remaining in the second period to make it 5-0, Torre was credited with the assist for his fourth point of the day.
Kurowski finished the scoring with nine minutes to play in the game with an unassisted goal. Connor Moriarty, Javed Ullah, Chris Consorte and Theo Diakomis all played well on offense.JJ Alling and Brody Elam were strong on the defensive end. Greg Galasso and John Kennedy split time in the game, combining for the shutout in goal. The pair stopped a total of eight shots in the game.
(November 23, 2020) - The West Haven Mite B travel team took the trip down to New Canaan to play at New Canaan’s outdoor rink Sunday morning. The Westies jumped out to an early lead from a Tony Parise goal, after he followed up a Ryan Schempp shot and nailed home the rebound.
Schempp later picked up a goal of his own and Parise picked up the hat trick. Jax Guarino, Brady Salkins and Logan Minio also picked up goals. Connor Owens and Ethan McGrath found a strong partnership, as Owens assisted on McGrath's goal and then McGrath returned the favor on the next shift, setting up Owens in front of the New Canaan net. Kyle D'Agostino rounded out the scoring for the Westies.
Evan Harrison came up with some big saves between the pipes, assisted by Ben Trenchard and Joe Mondo, who were both solid on defense in the win for the Blue Devil Mite B's.
Dylan Spreyer (93) battles for the puck in Mite A action.
In the final weekend of play before the mandatory pause, the West Haven Squirt B travel hockey team opened with a 3-2 win against the Southern Stars.
After trailing 0-1 in the first period, the Westies got on the board when Jackson Troyer scored unassisted. With less than a minute left in the opening period, Josie Reed scored off a pass from Ava Schoeman to give the Westies the lead. Troyer added another unassisted goal in the second period.
Despite a late goal in the third period from the Stars to cut the lead by one, the Westies were able to maintain the lead and earn the win due to the solid goaltending of Brendan Silva. Forwards Sydney Reed, Jocelyn Kenny, Paul Clini and Marchello Criscuolo all contributed offensively.
On Sunday, the Westies faced a tough Watertown Red Wings team for their first meeting of the season and played to a 5-5 tie.
The Westies found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period. Never a team to quit, West Haven quickly regrouped and posted three goals in the second period – Troyer unassisted, Sophia Locklear, assisted by Ava Schoeman, and Schoeman unassisted.
The second period ended 3-3 after Watertown tied the game with less than a minute left in the period. Watertown added two more goals in the third and the Westies found themselves trailing again, 5-3.
Brynn Gooley and Holden Napoletano had a few scoring chances, but it was Schoeman who was able to cut Watertown’s lead when she went coast to coast late in the third.
After pulling the goalie to add the extra man advantage, the Westies applied strong pressure in the last minute. With 42 seconds left in the game, Locklear received a pass from Caitlin Aloi and buried the puck to tie the game at 5-5.
After a layoff of almost three weeks, the West Haven Pee Wee A hockey team returned to the ice for three games this weekend. On Friday night, the Blue Devils traveled down I-95 to Greenwich for an outdoor game under the lights at the Greenwich Skating Club against Greenwich A and fell 8-1.
Sean Studley put the Westies up 1-0 less than three minutes into the game when he contained a loose puck in the slot and roofed it. Leo Mazuroski was strong on defense for the Blue Devils, but Greenwich pulled away for an 8-1 win. Cedrik Roy (17 saves) started in goal and Kai Lupa relieved (7) for the Westies.
On Saturday afternoon, the boys played another outdoor contest, this time against New Canaan A1 at the New Canaan Winter Club, and fell 10-2.
Under a hot sun, Eddie Thomas scored on a wraparound to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. Studley blew through a pair of New Canaan defenders and went bar down while being dragged down from behind in the second period. Lupa started in goal and made 10 saves while Roy made eight saves in relief.
The Westies returned home to Edward L. Bennett Rink on Sunday for their final game before the shutdown and fell to Darien 6-3.
Darien took an early 2-0 lead before Lupa came on in relief in goal and held them in check. Lupa made many clutch saves and allowed the Westies to creep back in the game in the third period.
Down 5-0 with 10 minutes to play, Thomas flipped the puck out front from behind the net where Zach Melchiore knocked it home.
Darien scored a power play goal, but the Westies kept coming. Gavin Coady's shot from the point was redirected inside the near post by Thomas. In a flurry out in front of the Darien net, Melchiore knocked the puck to Studley who flipped in a back hand shot to make it 6-3. Mazuroski and Johnny Charbonneau were tough on defense for the Blue Devils.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team closed out the regular season before the mandated pause with a pair of hard-fought contests this weekend. Unfortunately for the Westies, they were on the short end of the scoreboard each time.
In their first game in two weeks, the Westies played host to Ridgefield AA Saturday evening and fell 3-0. West Haven had plenty of scoring opportunities early, but could not cash in. Ridgefield took an early 1-0 lead, and held on before putting the game away in the third period.
Tyler Donroe played well in goal for the Westies, while Marco Goodmaster, and Jack Aloi were solid on defense. Nick Stevens, Mickey Dowd, Michael Madera, Brady Price, and Ronnie Mastroni all played well on the offensive side.
Tyler Donroe makes a save against Ridgefield in Bantam AA action this weekend. Photo courtesy of Mike Madera.
The Westies then hosted Darien AA Sunday afternoon and fell 3-2. Bryan Hong made several tough saves, while Nik Allan, Robert McCarthy and Max Schroeder were solid on defense.
Trailing 1-0 in the first, Zach Goetze evened the contest off an assist from Schroeder. The Westies took a 2-1 lead when Matt Stevens scored off an assist from Allan with 2:56 left in the first, but Darien evened the game in the second, and took the lead for good halfway through the third.
Thomas Porto, Anthony Ursini, Ben Gilbert, Dominic DiCiooccio, and Nick Eberhart all played well on the offensive side.
With Governor Lamont’s order to pause youth sports going into effect on Monday, the West Haven Blue Devils Bantam A team looked to finish off the 2020 portion of their schedule with two victories. It turned out to be the best weekend of their season to date.
On Saturday, the Blue Devils welcomed the Wonderland Wizards A team to the Bennett Rink. When these teams met two weeks ago, the Wizards came out on top 6-0 in a game the Westies looked to forget.
Going into the third period of this past Saturday’s game, was down once again by a score of 2-0 in a hard fought contest by both teams, but battled back to post a 3-2 victory.
With two minutes to go, the Westies used their only timeout to gather themselves and strategize the final few minutes of the contest. With 1:37 to go in the game, West Haven finally got on the board off a shot in front by Alex Kurowski, off a feed from Yousaf Ullah.
31 seconds later, MJ Torre roofed a goal on a shot from the outer circle to tie the game, with Kurowski getting the helper.
After a Wonderland timeout, the Blue Devils scored the game-winning tally on Torre’s second goal of the game, going five-hole just 16 seconds after the timeout, securing the comeback victory for the Blue Devils.
Mason Maiocco and Theo Diakomis both played well on forward. Connor Bunnell and Dylan Bosworth were solid on defense. John Kennedy started the game in goal against the Wizards with Greg Galasso coming in to finish the game.
On Sunday, the Bantam A’s took a road trip to the Rose Garden Ice Rink in Norwich to take a tough Southeastern Seahawks team, who they lost to 4-1 just a month prior. This time, the Westies skated to a 6-1 victory over the Seahawks.
West Haven got things started by scoring three goals in the first period. The first came midway through the period off a shot from Chris Consorte with Torre being credited with the assist. Torre scored his own goal just 1:12 later.
After the Seahawks scored less than a minute after the Blue Devils second goal, the Westies immediately answered just 30 seconds later with Kurowski’s second goal of the weekend. Javed Ullah was credited with the assist.
The second period saw only one goal, coming from Yousaf Ullah’s unassisted goal to make it 4-1. Torre went on to score the final two goals of the game in the third period, making it a hat trick for the forward and his sixth point of the weekend. Javed Ullah assisted on Torre’s final goal of the game.
Galasso started the game in goal, stopping seven of eight shots he faced. Kennedy came in to finish the game in relief, stopping all seven shots he faced. Alex Bowery and Connor Moriarty played well in the game on forward. Brody Elam, Joey DiGioia, JJ Alling and Haygen Axelrod all played strong on defense.
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(February 7, 2021) - The West Haven Mite B travel hockey team jumped right back into action following the pause, playing two games on Saturday, February 6. On Saturday morning, the Westies played a split-squad game with the West Haven Mite A's. Both teams were excited to be back on the ice, and the action was back and forth.
Evan Harrison did not miss a beat, as he was stellar in the net once again. Anthony Parise and Connor Owens scored, while Ryan Schempp came up with several big plays defensively.
Saturday evening saw the Westies play East Haven. The Westies dominated from start to finish, with each player on the team scoring and getting an assist, except for Harrison in goal who limited the chances of East Haven. West Haven passed well and held strong against the aggressive play of East Haven.
Ben Trenchard picked up two goals, crashing the net each time to bang in a rebound. Logan Minio was strong in his stickhandling and was aggressive going to goal. Kyle D'Agostino did a great job setting up his teammates, and Jax Guarino dove in front of the puck to block a sure East Haven goal on defense. He also added goals of his own on offense. Brady Salkins and Ethan McGrath both found the back of the net after picking off passes while getting into good positions defensively. Joey Mondo picked up a hat trick.
WHYH. Photo courtesy of Jolene Guarino
The West Haven Peewee A travel hockey team returned to the ice and split its two games this weekend. The Blue Devils showed grit in a loss to Stamford A, but rebounded with an offensive explosion in defeating the Jr. Whalers B team. The Peewee A record is now 6-9-0 in CHC league play on the year.
On Saturday afternoon, the Westies traveled to Terry Conners Rink in Stamford to take on the Sharks. Kai Lupa was sharp in goal for the Westies in the early stages of the game. Stamford applied pressure throughout, but Lupa made save after save to keep the Westies in the contest.
Then, 8:04 into their return to play, the Westies ran their breakout to perfection. Zach Melchiore fed Sean Studley who carried the puck out of their zone. Studley saucered a perfect pass to Cameren Lipford who buried his wrist shot and West Haven had a 1-0 lead.
The score remained 1-0 almost halfway through the second period when Stamford finally broke through. The Westies were eventually worn down by Stamford's size and depth and fell by a final score of 7-1. Lupa finished with 29 saves.
The Blue Devils returned home to Edward L. Bennett Rink on Sunday morning just before the snow arrived. West Haven faced the Jr. Whalers and Eddie Thomas got the Westies on the board first with a nice deke on a breakaway with Lipford assisting.
Studley then made two fantastic plays less than a minute apart to put West Haven up 3-0. He shredded three defenders, got tripped to the ice and still managed to slide the puck to Melchiore who roofed his one-timer.
Studley showed his speed to beat everyone to the puck and centered to Lipford who showed great hands to deflect it in out of the air. Thomas closed out the scoring in the first with a wrist shot from Jonathan Charbonneau giving West Haven a 4-0 lead.
Aedan Guarino battled hard behind the net and fed Thomas for his hat trick to open the second period. Lipford backhanded one home from Charbonneau, and Guarino drilled a wrist shot from Thomas to make it 7-0 after two periods.
The Westies kept coming in the third period when Leo Mazuroski scored a pair of goals. The defenseman lasered in a wrister from the blue line and then skated around a pair of defensemen and showed quick hands to deposit home another.
Melchiore chipped in another goal to make it 10-0. The Whalers added two late tallies for a final score of 10-2. Lupa made six saves in net for the Westies.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team lost two of three games this weekend in its return from the pandemic pause. After falling to Darien AA and Simsbury A, the Westies closed the weekend with a victory over Central AA.
The Westies opened the weekend with a 5-2 loss against Darien AA in Stamford. Trailing 1-0 in the first period, Thomas Porto evened the score off an assist from Robert McCarthy with 4:47 remaining.
West Haven took a 2-1 lead with an unassisted goal by Mickey Dowd with 8:01 remaining in the second, but Darien needed just 1:17 to get the equalizer.
Despite numerous opportunities, West Haven could not capitalize in the third period. Darien then took a 3-2 lead with 5:50 remaining and added two more goals in the final 2:07 for the 5-2 win.
West Haven dropped its second straight with a 3-2 loss to Simsbury A Sunday morning in Simsbury. After a scoreless first period, Simsbury struck first, but West Haven even the contest 52 seconds later when Ben Gilbert scored off an assist from Ronnie Mastroni with 8:36 remaining in the second period.
Trailing 2-1, West Haven got the equalizer when Dowd scored off assists from Matt Stevens and McCarthy with 2:20 remaining. That tie did not last long as Simsbury needed just 14 seconds to take the lead for good. Bryan Hong made 34 saves in the loss for West Haven.
West Haven got back on the winning track with a dominant 4-0 victory over Central AA Sunday afternoon in Newington. Tyler Donroe was stellar in goal as he picked up the shutout in the win.
West Haven took a 1-0 lead in the first period and never looked back as Brady Price scored off assists from Gilbert and McCarthy at the 3:21 mark of the opening period.
Porto deflected a Jack Aloi shot in for a 2-0 lead 1:21 into the second, and Stevens scored off an assist from Nikolas Allan with 8:50 remaining in the third for a 3-0 advantage. Gilbert closed the scoring with a goal from in front with 4:43 left for the 4-0 final.
(February 14, 2021) - On Sunday morning, the West Haven Mite B traveled to the Wonderland of Ice for a Valentine's Day battle.
The Westies set the stage early, working hard and moving the puck. Tony Parise picked up the hat trick, with Logan Minio, Kyle D'Agostino, and Jax Guarino each adding two goals apiece. Ryan Schempp and Ben Trenchard were both stellar on defense, contributing to Evan Harrison's shutout in goal.
Schempp picked up a goal of his own, while Trenchard had a nice assist to set-up Brady Salkins for a goal. Connor Owens and Joe Mondo both played well on the wings, forechecking and backchecking to help secure the win.
Ethan McGrath rounded out the strong play for the Blue Devils, making some good plays defensively and some good passes to spark a few solid counter-attacks.
The West Haven Mite C hockey team faced off against the Wallingford Hawks on Saturday. The Blue Devils had a strong start off the whistle with a goal scored by Trevor Gyllensten at 4:40 in the first, assisted by Jameson Schemp. Wallingford's defense held strong, but the Blue Devils continued their assault with another unassisted goal scored by Mason MacDonald at 9:37, who also had a strong game defensively. His goal was shortly followed by an amazing snipe from mid-ice by Jameson Schemp at 11:15, unassisted.
Trevor Gyllensten scored with 4:27 left in the first with an outstanding assist from Henry Seslar, before Wallingford was able to sneak one by West Haven goaltender Noah Silverman, who had an outstanding first half between the pipes.
The Devils came back even stronger in the second with an unassisted goal by Seslar 11 seconds. The goal was shortly followed up by an unassisted goal by Matteo Kenworthy at 1:24. Gyllensten scored two more unanswered goals, before the Hawks managed to regain some ground and came back to score another.
Seslar scored again, before Tyler Gyllensten scored at 12:33 off an assist from his brother Trevor. This was followed up by another goal by Trevor Gyllensten, assisted by Keegan Jackson.
Jackson, along with Landon Silverman and Alex Jones were impenetrable on defense. Jones had some strong attacks on goal, but just couldn't manage to find an opening.
The team wrapped up the weekend by playing Milford on Sunday. Tyler Gyllensten played well offensively with numerous goals and assists.
The Devils showed the net a lot of love on Valentine's Day. Tyler Gyllensten continued his scoring and Seslar had his assists. Silverman’s command of the puck was second to none and he was able to touch the back of the net several times.
Kenworthy scored and assisted on tallies as did Trevor Gyllensten. Another force on the ice was Seslar who scored and picked up assists of his own as did Alex Jones.
Schemp scored and was a vital defender along with the might of Keegan Jackson, who was also able to put one on the board. MacDonald also scored. Silverman played well in goal.
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team earned a win and a tie this weekend to push its record to 7-9-1 in CHC league play. The Blue Devils came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie Whalers A, 5-5, and then outworked Simsbury A1 in a 6-4 victory.
On Saturday afternoon, the team traveled to Champions Rink in Cromwell to face the Whalers. The home team jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Westies came battling back. With just over a minute left in the first period, Leo Mazuroski made a heads-up pass to Gavin Coady to start the break out. Sean Studley knocked the puck ahead to Zach Melchiore, who converted a breakaway and made the score 4-1.
Despite starting the second period shorthanded, the Westies kept up the pressure. In the opening minute, Melchiore knocked the puck off the boards where Studley chipped the puck ahead and raced after it. He roofed his wrist shot for a short-handed tally that cut the Whalers' lead to 4-2. Goaltender Kai Lupa made a huge save midway through the period when he stoned a breakaway.
The third period began with the Westies facing a 5-on-3 disadvantage, but got to work on the penalty kill. Mazuroski eventually won the puck along the boards and fed Lipford for a breakaway that he buried to make the score 4-3. Just 28 seconds later, Studley poke checked the puck away, raced out of the zone and slid a pass over to Lipford who again buried a rising wrist shot. Lupa made another stop on a Whalers breakaway before finally yielding a goal which put the Whalers back on top at 5-4.
West Haven would not quit and pulled the goalie in the final minute. The Westies flooded the front of the net and Eddie Thomas finally jammed home a rebound of Melchiore's shot to tie the game at 5-5 with 47 ticks left in the game. Lupa ended with 22 saves as the Westies outshot the Whalers 28-27.
On Sunday, at Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Westies hosted Simsbury A1 and posted a 6-4 victory. The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power play goal. Melchiore evened the score when he made a dazzling backhanded pass from his knees behind the net that Lipdord redirected home.
Mazuroski continued his fine play when he kept the puck in the zone with his glove at the blue line, then weaved through two defenders and went bar down for a 2-1 lead at the first intermission.
Mazuroski chipped the puck out of the zone early in the second period where Studley gathered it. He burst through the neutral zone and sniped in a wrist shot for a 3-1 lead. Later, Melchiore blocked a shot and Studley took the puck over the red line. He knocked it through a defenseman's legs and then deked the goalie for a tap-in backhand giving the Westies a 4-1 lead. Simsbury came rushing back though and scored three straight goals to even it at 4-4 heading into the third period.
The Westies regained the lead two minutes into the period when Ryan Pniewski fired a laser from the point and Melchiore pounced on the rebound. Lupa made a couple of crucial saves before a power play goal iced the game for the Blue Devils.
Studley won a faceoff directly to Mazuroski who fed Johnny Charbonneau for a low wrist shot through the five hole that capped the scoring. Coady, Charbonneau, Pniewski and Mazuroski were solid on defense and Lupa finished with 13 saves in the win.
The West Haven Bantam AA travel hockey team played to a 1-1 tie against Wonderland AA in its only contest of the weekend. Sunday’s game at the Edward L. Bennett Rink saw the Westies dominate the majority of the game, only to see Wonderland get the equalizer with 30 seconds remaining in the contest.
After a scoreless first period, West Haven scored its lone goal in the second period with 7:16 remaining. Brady Price started the play by getting the puck in the zone to Ronnie Mastroni. With traffic in front, Ben Gilbert found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.West Haven had several opportunities to extend the lead, but could not capitalize over the final 23 minutes. Wonderland took advantage and scored the tying goal in the final minute of the game.
(February 21, 2021) - The West Haven Mite B travel hockey team played a home and away series with Ridgefield. On Saturday, the Westies were the hosts with both teams playing strong offensively. Logan Minio and Anthony Parise both picked up hat tricks. Ethan McGrath scored a great goal after a passing sequence involving Ben Trenchard and Brady Salkins.
Trenchard would get another assist, as he and Minio combined to set up Connor Owens for a goal. Ryan Schempp and Jax Guarino both played a strong game defensively, and both contributed offensively as they both put the puck in the back of the net, with Joe Mondo getting an assist on each of their goals.
Evan Harrison came up big in goal a few times, especially late in the game with a big kick save. Harrison was helped by Kyle D'Agostino, who blocked a shot in the dying seconds of the match.
The two teams were back in action Sunday morning, this time in Ridgefield. Harrison was even stronger in-between the pipes, only allowing three goals.
The team passed well on Sunday, scoring a few goals after connecting multiple passes. Connor Owens scored a hat trick, with Minio and Salkins getting assists. Minio and Salkins both scored as well, with McGrath setting up Minio with a great pass through two defenders.
D'Agostino, Schempp and Guarino would also find goals. Trenchard and Mondo were superb on defense, blocking shots, cutting off passes, and working hard to win the puck back and start the Blue Devil counter attacks. Parise also had an assist in the game.
The West Haven Mite C team faced off against the East Haven Hornets Mite B team in what turned out to be a nail biter of a game.
The Devils gained some ground off the bat with an unassisted goal by Tyler Gyllensten 25 seconds in. His goal was answered right back by East Haven which set the tone of the game. Henry Seslar was the next Blue Devil to get one on the board with a coast to coast pass from Keegan Jackson, who had his own unassisted goal following Seslar's at 21:30. The first period was wrapped up with yet another Tyler Gyllensten goal assisted by Mason MacDonald at 23:15.
MacDonald managed to get one of his own on the board with an unassisted goal at 12:33 in the second. Keegan Jackson was short to follow McDonald's lead by getting his second unassisted goal of the day at 16:18. Seslar capped off the day with a touch to the back of the net on an assist from Matteo Kenworthy at 21:07.
All of this would not have been possible without the defensive prowess and play-making abilities of the rest of the Blue Devil squad led by Noah Silverman, brother Landon Silverman, Trevor Gyllensten and Alex Jones.
Jameson Schempp had a red-letter day between the pipes and was the quintessential example of resilience when he took a shot off the helmet only to bound back and hold the Hornets at bay.
The West Haven Peewee A hockey team played four exciting games in just two days this weekend. The team went 1-2-1 in the four games and have an overall record of 8-11-2 in CHC league play.
Playing their fourth game in roughly 28 hours, the Westies took the ice at the SoNo Ice House on Sunday afternoon for a rematch with the Jr. Whalers A1. The Whalers had topped the Blue Devils, 6-4, earlier in the day in a hard-fought contest. When the home team scored 15 seconds into the game and pushed their lead to 3-0 later in the opening period, things did not look good for West Haven. The boys dug deep though and started to climb out of the hole they were in.
Eddie Thomas got the Westies on the scoreboard with an unassisted tally to make it 3-1 after one period. Cameren Lipford made it 3-2 early in the second period with assists from Sean Studley and Zach Melchiore. Kai Lupa made several outstanding saves in net for the Westies but a Whalers goal made it 4-2 at the end of the second period.
Studley then began the Westies' third period comeback with an unassisted goal. Less than a minute later, Thomas weaved his way through the Whalers and fired in to tie the game at 4-4 with 10:58 left in the game.
Studley then blocked a shot and pounced on the puck leading to a breakaway. His wrist shot found the back of the net and the Blue Devils led 5-4 halfway through the third.
The Whalers went on a power play looking to tie but the forecheck of Studley and Melchiore was too much. They poke checked the puck loose in the neutral zone and forced a 2-on-1. Studley slid a backhand pass to Melchiore, who banged it home for a 6-4 lead. Then, with 1:21 left, Studley completed his second hat trick of the weekend with an empty-net tally.
Lupa finished with 23 saves in the 7-4 comeback victory. Leo Mazuroski, Johnny Charbonneau, Ryan Pniewski and Aedan Guarino, who switched from forward to defense earlier in the day, shut down the Whalers offense in the third period.
On Saturday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, the team hosted Hamden A1. The Green Dragons took a 2-0 lead after one period. Melchiore got the Westies on the scoreboard eleven seconds into the second when he jammed home Thomas' feed from behind the net.
Hamden then scored a power play goal, but Studley got the goal right back when he took the ensuing faceoff straight to the net and fired in a wrist shot. Hamden scored another power play goal and added another score to lead 5-2 after two periods.
Studley took the opening faceoff in the third behind the Hamden net and banked in a shot off the goalie's back to cut it to 5-3. With 7:46 left in the game, Lipford gathered the puck in the Westies' zone and banked a pass off the boards. Studley snared it for a breakaway and completed a hat trick as he went five-hole to make it 5-4.
Less than a minute later, Lipford picked the puck from a defender and dropped a pass to Studley who dropped it to Melchiore for the tying goal with a wrist shot. Lupa made 15 saves in net for the Westies in the 5-5 tie.
On Saturday afternoon at The Rinks at Shelton, the Blue Devils faced the Mid Fairfield Stars Girls 12U-1 team. Melchiore banged home a rebound and the Westies led 1-0 just 30 seconds into the game.
The Stars tied the game only 21 seconds later. In end-to-end action, the teams skated back-and-forth without a goal for almost two periods, before Studley found the net. He walked the puck over the blue line and fired home a wrist shot over the goalie's shoulder for a 2-1 lead.
The Stars tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period and then gradually pulled away with three more goals in taking a 5-2 win. Lupa had 22 saves in goal.
On Sunday morning at the Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils hosted the Jr. Whalers A1. Studley knocked in a loose puck and West Haven led 1-0 after 16 seconds. Only 1:20 later, Melchiore found a streaking Lipford for a breakaway and he snapped in a rising wrist shot for a 2-0 lead.
The Jr. Whalers tied the game with a pair of goals late in the first. The Whalers scored three more times in the first half of the second period to up their lead to 5-2.
The Westies got back in the game when Mazuroski fired from the point on the power play. Studley redirected the puck to Lipford, who cashed in from a tough angle to make it a 5-3 game heading into the third period.
The two teams battled for over ten minutes before the Westies made it a one-goal game again. Mazuroski did all the work himself when he kept the puck in the zone, skated around a Whaler, and went bar down with a wrist shot with 4:07 to play.
The Westies kept coming hard but ultimately yielded a late power play tally and lost 6-4. Lupa stopped 20 shots in goal for West Haven.
The West Haven Bantam AA team suffered a loss and posted a tie in two contests this weekend.
West Haven opened the weekend with a 3-2 loss at Bridgeport against the Wonderland Wizards.
West Haven trailed 1-0 after one period, but evened the game in the second when Ben Gilbert scored off an assist from Jack Aloi. The Westies trailed 2-1 entering the third and were down a pair when Brady Price scored off an assist from Nikolas Allan with 6:46 remaining. West Haven never got closer and fell in the weekend opener to Wonderland.
The Westies were then in good position to get back on the winning track as they hosted the Northwest Icecats A team Sunday afternoon at the Edward L. Bennett Rink in West Haven.
West Haven led 3-0 entering the third period, but could not hold on in a 3-3 tie. The Icecats scored three times in a span of 2:04 of the third period, including twice on the power play, to tie the game in the final period.
The Westies took a 1-0 lead just 2:15 into the contest when Anthony Ursini scored his first goal of the year when he poked in a loose puck in front. Ursini’s goal held up until the Westies took a 3-0 lead in the second period.
West Haven goaltender Bryan Hong made several stellar saves in the period and West Haven gave the netminder a 2-0 lead when Marco Goodmaster cruised through the slot and ripped a shot to the top corner for a 2-0 advantage 5:08 into the second.The Westies increased the lead to 3-0 with 1:47 remaining in the middle period when defenseman Max Schroeder scored off assists from Goodmaster and Mickey Dowd. West Haven did not build on the lead and Northwest rallied for the tie in the third period.