Darien girls hockey beats Hall/Conard
DARIEN -- After Snowmaggedon put the Darien girls hockey team off schedule, the Blue Wave had to play back-to-back games for the first time this season.
After a quick start to the game the Blue Wave looked to be in control, but a strong push from Hall/Conard made the girls fight for every minute of their 4-2 victory.
"I'd like to make a lot of excuses and you could use that as one," Darien coach Jamie Tropsa said of his team's uncharacteristic subpar performance. "We missed a couple practices and last night we were a little rusty but we looked better then than tonight."
Darien (12-1) came out of the gate firing as Marissa Baker scored off a rebound and Georgia Cassidy netted two of her own, but the rest of the way Hall/Conard looked like a different team, and certainly not a 2-9 one.
"That's a tough team we played tonight," Tropsa said of the Warchiefs. "What impressed me the most was the way they competed, they fought right to the end especially in front of the net, they were battling hard."
Hall/Conard scored twice in the second period, both off rebound chances right in front of the net. The first came from Kaitlin Schulken and then four minutes later Emma Gotthelf brought her team to within a goal.
Darien added the final goal of the period when Schuyler van den Broek stole a puck in Warchief territory and buried her shot top shelf. The two teams remained scoreless for the remainder of the game despite two late power-play chances for Hall/Conard.
We were lucky enough to get out of this," Tropsa said of the victory. "They had a couple really good chances but it's just keeping focused every time you step on the ice."
If there are such things as moral victories Hall/Conard coach Bruce Woolley said that's what his team earned Thursday night.
"We've been looking for the right recipe," Woolley said of his team that was been trying to put a full game together. "We've been mixing things up every game and I think tonight we managed to put out three lines that gave our first two some rest and it seemed to have worked. Darien has been beating up on some of the SCC teams this year so for me it's like a win."
The shining star for the Warchiefs was sophomore goalie Shannon Racz who despite giving up four goals made 38 saves to keep the game in reach for her squad, something Woolley says isn't uncommon for her.
"That's pretty typical for this team with her in the net," Woolley said. "She's up in the 30's(saves) each game, a couple times have been in the 40's."
For Darien the off night isn't something it is worried about. With their outstanding record the Blue Wave lean on their depth in games where everyone may not be on their game, something that has worked to their advantage.
"We have five lines that score and our defense can too," Cassidy said. "So basically everyone on the ice every shift is able to score, everyone's capable of the same thing which is really nice."
Darien 4, Hall/Conard 2
DARIEN 3 1 0--4
HALL/CONARD 0 2 0--2
Records: Darien 12-1; Hall/Conard 2-9
Goals: D--Marissa Baker, Georgia Cassidy 2, Schuyler van den Broek; HC--Kaitlin Schulken, Emma Gotthelf. Assists: D--Sammy Nielsen; HC--Allesandra Mitrano, Lindsay Penn. Goalies: D--Izzy Scribano (14 saves); HC--Shannon Racz (38). Shots: D--43; HC--18.