A late-game slugfest of scoring left one team standing and that was Darien.
The Wave had the winning goal from Corinne Bevill and Elise Maro with a goal and assist in the last five minutes of a 3-2 victory over Morristown-Beard, N.J. at the Darien Ice House on Tuesday.
There wasn’t that much time left so I shot the puck towards the net, so one of them could get a rebound.
— Elise Maro
“I thought we played well today considering how good Morristown-Beard is and how early it is in the season,” said Bevill. “The freshmen really stepped up — Nelle Kniffin and Kate Bellissimo — and I thought that we had a lot of good chances but couldn’t quite capitalize on them.”
Darien put 34 shots on goal with Lyndsay Pych making a lot of stops.
Hallie Kreppein made four saves in goal for the Wave.
Shea van den Broek scored shorthanded and unassisted to give the Wave a 1-0 lead in the second period.
Morristown had a 5-on-3 power play, was stopped, but tied it with the teams skating even strength with five minutes to go for 1-1.
Emily Kitchen scored from Ali Palazzetti.
Maro answered right back.
“Kate Bellissimo gave me a great pass and the goalie was a little off her angle so I shot top corner,” Maro said, with Bellissimo and Cate Droogan having the assists on the 2-1 goal. “It was really exciting and it was a real momentum changer for our team.”
Keegan Heher tied it 2-2 with seconds ticking loudly off the clock.
Then came the big one.
“On the last goal I saw that Corinne and Shea were going towards the net,” said Maro. “And there wasn’t that much time left so I shot the puck towards the net, so one of them could get a rebound.”
“My goal was such a good shot from Elise,” Bevill said. “And I just happened to bat it down at the last second and score.”
Darien goes to 2-0 on the season with New Canaan in its sights.
“These games are crucial for our team because we still have some stuff to work on and this allows us to identify that,” Maro said. “Overall I think our team has been working really well together and I hope we can build on that for our game on Saturday against New Canaan.”
The Wave plays the Rams at the Ice House 4pm Dec. 23.