Darien girls shut out Notre Dame-Fairfield
A day after an ice storm blanketed most of the county, the Darien High School girls' hockey team put Notre Dame-Fairfield in a deep freeze. The Blue Wave dominated the Lancers, using a flurry of second period goals to post a 5-0 victory at the Milford Ice Pavilion on Wednesday night.
"It was a feel good game. We go out and everybody feels good, everybody gets to play," Darien coach Al Gurney said. "We kept our heads up, skated well, and played good defensively."
The best defense for Darien turned out to be a quick-strike offense. Just 1:44 into the game, senior tri-captain Emma Tuzinkiewicz re-directed a shot from Lauren Perkins to give the Blue Wave a 1-0 lead.
"When you have that first goal lead I think we always play better," Tuzinkiewicz said. "It gives you a great first step and a lot of energy at the beginning of the game.
Darien carried that energy into the second period where they blitzed Notre Dame goalie Brooke Bonetti for three goals in a span of 2:55. Senior Ellie Bullitt ignited the outburst with a goal that is worthy of an ESPY. Starting out deep in her own zone, Bullitt weaved her way past the Notre Dame defense, then rifled one past Bonetti into the top right-corner of the net, giving Darien a 2-0 advantage.
"I like to do that. I looked where the goalie was before I shot it. I saw that she was
down, so I went top shelf," said Bullitt, who had three points on the night.
Just 1:19 later, Tuzinkiewicz made it 3-0 when she stuffed home a rebound off a shot from the point by Lily Christensen. It was the second goal of the game for Tuzinkiewicz.
Darien wasn't done. At the 6:47 mark, Sara Shaker took a pass from Emily Tropa on the power play and unloaded a shot from near the top of the circle. Bonetti got a piece of it, but it just trickled into the net, giving the Blue Wave a commanding 4-0 lead. Darien outshot Notre Dame 21-4 in the period.
"We had a lot of fire and started moving and getting to the net," Tuzinkiewicz said. "We beat Notre Dame to the puck and took really good shots. That's what caused those three great goals."
Lauren Perkins finished off the scoring in third period, using a nifty move to beat Jordan
D'Aurio, who had replaced Bonetti in goal. Shannon Hall turned away eight shots to help Darien post the 5-0 shutout. It was the third straight win for a Darien team that is starting to hit its stride.
"We've been making some changes and trying to get out personnel where we want it as we get closer to the end of the year," coach Gurney said. "I tell the team we want to keep getting better every game and I think we are."
Darien is off until Wednesday when they host Wilton in an FCIAC contest.