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(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.
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