(September 11, 2022) - The West Haven Squirt AA hockey team returned to the ice with a championship appearance and four wins in the ECC Labor Day tournament in Northford.
The Westies opened the tournament with a 7-1 win over the Elite HockeyAAA. Charlie Gunning had three goals and Jeremiah McGrath had two goals in the win.
Colby Cushing and Dylan Spreyer also found the back of the net, while assists came from Nick Ciccosanti, Peyton Berlepsch and Dane Walsh. West Haven’s defensive efforts were led by Daniel Moll, Henry Strada and Cody Young, and Michael Paone and Gabe Calabrese split duties in the net.
The Westies fell behind the Connecticut Junior Rangers, before rallying to a 5-2 win in the second contest. AJ Farrell took over from his defensive post as his first shot from the point was tipped by Gunning to even the score. One minute later, Farrell took matters into his own hands in burying his own shot from the point.  
Gunning, McGrath and Spreyer all found the back of the net. Paone and Calabrese combined for the win in goal.
Young then helped power the Westies to a 7-3 win over the Vermont Flames with goal and solid defensive play. Gunning scored four goals and McGrath scored twice for the Westies. Berlepsch, Ciccosanti and Alex Janei added assists, while Paone and Calabrese again split goaltending duties.
In the semifinals, Farrell again found the back of the net from the point to lead the Westies to a 3-1 win over the Connecticut Junior Rangers. Gunning broke free for two goals with an assist from Walsh and Strada.
The run ended for the Westies as they pushed MassConn United to overtime, before falling 4-3 in overtime.  
The Westies took a 3-1 lead behind two goals by McGrath and one by Cushing, with assists coming from Ciccosanti and Moll. Young and Farrell were solid on defense, while Calabrese handled the net with several solid saves.
The Westies returned to action this weekend with a split of games against Mid-Fairfield.  
In the opener, Gunning scored three times and Ciccosanti added two in a 7-2 win. McGrath and Spreyer rounded out the scoring, with assists coming from Farrell, Strada, Janei and Moll. Paone picked up the win between the pipes.
The Westies lost 3-2 to Mid- Fairfield 2013 as McGrath and Spreyer scored in the loss. Young, Berlepsch and Walsh had assists, while Calabrese was solid in net.
The West Haven Squirt A travel hockey team opened the 2022-2023 season Saturday morning at Bennett Rink with a 4-4 tie against the Greater New Haven Warriors.  Looking to defend their state title from the 2021-2022 season, the young Westies showed perseverance as they fought back after being behind 4-2 late in the second period.
Evan Harrison had an acrobatic performance between the pipes, stopping numerous well-placed shots by the Warriors. He was supported by a great defensive effort by Kyle Johnson, Joey Mondo, Conner Owens, and Ryan Schempp, locking down the blue line and solid back-checking. The offensive effort was supported by Kyle D’Agostino, Jax Guarino, Anthony Parise, and Brady Salkins, who showed a lot of hustle and were quick on the puck.
The Warriors scored late in the first period to get things started off, but their lead was short-lived as center Logan Stackpole scored an unassisted goal three minutes later to tie the game at the end of the first period.
The Warriors scored again mid-way through the second period to take the lead once again. With 5:15 left in the second period, forward Colin Whelan stuffed the puck into the net off a rebound from a hard wrist shot from forward JJ Charbonneau to tie the game up once again.
Two minutes later, the Warriors once again took a 3-2 lead and then scored another quick goal to take a 4-2 lead with two minutes left in the period. The two-goal lead would only last about 30 seconds as Owens scored off an assist from center Colton Bruneau.
Down 3-2 in the third period with 8:44 left in the game, the Westies moved into the offensive zone and set up a nice play which allowed Logan Minio to score off assists from Stackpole and Schempp to even the game at four.
The West Haven Squirt A1 travel hockey team had quite the opening weekend, facing off against Greater New Haven Warriors and the Connecticut Junior Whalers. The Blue Devils put on a defensive skills tutorial in their openers, only allowing four goals the entire weekend and topping the Warriors 10-3 and the Junior Whalers 8-1. 
Tyler Gyllensten chalked up the season's first goal against the Warriors. Gyllensten went on to cap off the weekend with the season's first hat trick, as well scoring three more goals and adding two assists.
Julius Stokes was virtually untouchable on his approaches up the ice and scored four goals and added assists. Olivia Persico went on to score two goals, along with Noah Silverman and Alex Jones, who both scored twice and chalked up an assist each.
Other notable mentions for their offensive prowess included Mason MacDonald and Jameson Schempp each with one goal and one assist, and Carter Liston, who created numerous opportunities for the young Devils and finished with two assists. 
The team also received a tremendous defensive effort brought forth by Ben Trenchard and Aran Dahya, who scored his first West Haven career goal Sunday against the Junior Whalers. 
Matteo Kenworthy had no issues ironing out the crease, only allowing one goal against the Junior Whalers in his Squirt A1 debut between the pipes. Ethan McGrath took control of the Junior Whaler's goal and shut down his own team's advances after the Junior Whaler's own goaltender was unable to continue due to a lower body injury.

(September 18, 2022) - The West Haven Bantam AA hockey team earned its first win of the 2022-23 season with a road win over Greater New Haven A on Saturday morning at Northford Ice Pavilion.
Sean Studley put the Westies up 1-0 when he fired home a rebound of Ethan Kelly's shot with just under a minute to play in the opening period. The Blue Devils went up 3-0 with a pair of second period goals as  Dylan DiCioccio scored with assists from Matt Kelly and Michael Madonick, before Will Hamre tallied with helpers by Leo Mazuroski and Cam Lipford.
GNH scored early in the third period, before Ethan Kelly made it 4-1 less than a minute later. GNH cut it to 4-2, before Ethan Kelly scored twice more to complete his hat trick and make the final score 6-2.  Goaltender Bryce Upson was solid in net to earn the win.
On Sunday morning at the Edward L. Bennett Rink, the Blue Devils had a 3-0 lead with a minute to play in the second period, before dropping a 5-4 decision to Junior Bulldogs AA.
Kelly opened the scoring in the first when he weaved through traffic and snapped home a wrist shot. Less than a minute later, Mazuroski dumped the puck and Madonick whipped a centering pass where Charlie Strada jammed in the one-timer for a 2-0 lead. One minute into the second, Studley stole a pass along the boards, got control of the puck and roofed it to make it 3-0.
The Bulldogs scored four times in less than five minutes to take the lead early in the third, before Ethan Kelly split two defensemen and fed Madonick for a rising wrist shot to tie the game at 4-4 with 8:39 to go. 
The Blue Devils opened their 2022-23 season last week and skated to a 3-3 tie against Western A at Bennett Rink. 
Down 2-0 in the opening period, Kelly took a feed from Studley and Mazuroski, skated over the blue line and fired in a laser.
Down 3-1, Madonick stole a pass at the blue line and fired home a low wrister with only 2.8 seconds left in the first period.  Matt Kelly banged home a loose puck on a power play in the third period, with assists from Studley and Sam Malangone, to even the game at 3-3.  Upson was clutch in goal in the third as the Westies earned the tie.
The West Haven Youth Hockey Squirt AA split a pair of games last weekend. On Saturday, the Westies dropped a 4-2 contest to Westchester Express AA. 
A.J. Farrell started the scoring with a shot from the point.  After falling behind 3-1, Cody Young took a pass from Charlie Gunning and Colby Cushing and buried a goal to cut lead to one.  An empty net goal finalized the scoring.  Gabe Calabese was solid in net for West Haven.
The Westies bounced back with a 6-1 win over Ridgefield AA. Daniel Moll started the scoring by going end to end.  Gunning netted two goals and Jeremiah McGrath, Dylan Spreyer and Alex Janei also scored.  Assists for the Westies came from Henry Strada, Gunning, Cushing and Farrell.  Michael Paone got the victory in between the pipes.
In yet another impressive defensive display, the West Haven Squirt A1 squad was able to skate away with its third win of the season in as many games. 
The young Devils were able to keep the Hamden Dragons down to only six shots on goal which goaltenders Ethan McGrath and Matteo Kenworthy were able to keep out of harm's way while splitting the goaltender assignment. 
Noah Silverman started the day of with a quick breakaway which led to an unassisted goal at 30 seconds into the first and went on to get his first hat trick of the season. Julius Stokes was short to follow Silverman's lead with his own unassisted goal at 1:20 into the first which was followed by another unassisted goal and three assists in the second period.
Two of those assists where for Trevor Gyllensten, who racked up a five-point day by scoring four goals and one assist.  Carter Liston assisted one of Gyllensten's third period goals.
Gyllensten returned the favor two minutes later and set Liston up for his own goal which made two for the day with an unassisted goal earlier in the second. Also continuing his scoring streak was Aran Dahya, who was able to rack up two unassisted goals of his own.