Darien girls hockey ices West Haven/SHA
The Darien girls ice hockey team picked up another key victory as the Blue Wave toppled West Haven/SHA, 7-4, at Bennett Rink in West Haven on Wednesday.
Six players scored for the Wave, with Kelly Raymond netting two goals, and Caitlin Chan and Chelsea Donovan each getting a goal and an assist.
Darien stretched its unbeaten streak to eight games (7-0-1), while solidifying its hold on one of the top four spots in the state playoff race. Twelve teams will qualify for the tournament, with the top four seeds earning first-round byes.
Catherine Martin, Kit Arrix, and Lucie Edwards all scored for Darien (13-2-1), and Colleen Cassidy, Cate Droogan, Nelle Kniffin and Sarah Hearns had one assist apiece.
Taylor Nowak scored twice for West Haven/SHA (11-6-0), and Mackenzie Gardner and Mia Celentano each had a goal.
Darien took over the game early, as Martin and Arrix scored first-period goals for a 2-0 lead.
Darien’s Edwards and West Haven’s Gardner traded power play goals to open the second period, but the Blue Wave then extended its lead to 5-1 on goals by Donovan and Chan.
Nowak scored the final goal of the second period for West Haven, but Darien carried a three-goal advantage into the third.
Raymond then scored two goals eight seconds apart to make it a 7-2 game. Hearns and Donovan assisted in the goals.
West Haven/SHA netted the final two goals of the game, but the Wave had already iced the victory.
Darien had a 37-33 edge in shots, with Wave goalie Claire Haupt making 29 saves, and West Haven netminder Hailey Alfano collecting 30 saves.
DARIEN 7, WEST HAVEN/SHA 4
DARIEN 2 3 2 - 7
WH/SHA 0 2 2 - 4
Darien: Kelly Raymond 2g; Caitlin Chan 1g, 1a; Chelsea Donovan 1g, 1a; Catherine Martin 1g; Kit Arrix 1g; Lucie Edwards 1g; Colleen Cassidy 1a; Cate Droogan 1a; Nelle Kniffin 1a; Sarah Hearns 1a.
West Haven/SHA: Taylor Nowak 2g; Megan Froehlich 2a; Mackenzie Gardner 1g; Mia Celentano 1g; Jenna Hunt 1a; Emilee DeGrand 1a; Jianna Cohrs 1a.
Saves: D - Claire Haupt 29; WH - Hailey Alfano 30.
Shots: D - 37, WH - 33.