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Darien girls hockey team closes out regular season by tying Ridgefield, beating Stamford

Updated 12:28 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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The Darien Girls hockey team got a third period goal from Sage Thacher with just 26 seconds remaining to come away with a 2-2 tie against Ridgefield on Friday at Terry Conners Rink. Lily Christensen notched the assist on Thacher's equalizer.

Maeve Reilly of Ridgefield scored first with five-and-a-half minutes left in the first period, assisted by Anna Marcus. Darien's Chandler Kirby scored 30 seconds later with an assist from Sammy Nielsen.

Later in the first period, Anna Marcus scored for Ridgefield with assists from Reilly and Katie Curnan for the 2-1 lead.

Darien remained in second place in the FCIAC standings after the scoreless overtime.

Darien had 30 shots on goal in the first three periods and another five in overtime. Ridgefield notched 11 shots on goal in regulation and one more in overtime.

Darien's Shannon Hall made 10 saves, while Ridgefield's Heather Ogden came up with 34 saves.

In Saturday's regular season finale, Darien scored a 9-4 win over Stamford/Westhill/Staples at Terry Conners Rink.

Darien's Georgia Cassidy opened the scoring with assists from Marissa Baker and Julia Arrix. Cassi Niolene pulled Stamford even with an assist from Jess Blasnik. Cassidy scored her second goal with help from Rebecca Schaffer and Thacher. Julia Arrix made it 3-1 at the end of the period with assists from Marissa Baker and Cassidy.

Darien extended its lead to 4-1 in the second period when Christy Conley scored for with help from Thacher. Blasnik scored on a breakaway, and then Niolene closed Darien's lead to 4-3 with help from Kelly Guharian and Val Vaillant. Darien's Sammy Nielsen scored with assists from Ellie Bennett and Thacher to give Darien a 5-3 lead heading into the third.

Darien broke the game open in the third period with four more goals: Amanda Sload with assists from Nielsen and Christensen, Nielsen with an assist from Bennett, Baker assisted by Allegra Molkenthin and Arrix and Rebecca Schaffer assisted by Cassidy. Stamford scored one by Blasnik, who was assisted by Ciara Killian.

The Blue Wave outshot the Knights 47-6.

Darien enters the four-team FCIAC playoff tournament as the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 3 Ridgefield in the semifinals at the Darien Ice Rink on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The other FCIAC semifinal is No. 1 New Canaan against No. 4 Greenwich, also on Wednesday at the Darien Ice Rink at 8:10 p.m.