Darien girls ice hockey team continues torrid scoring, beat New Canaan 8-3
DARIEN — The Darien girls hockey team kept up its torrid scoring pace Monday night against rival New Canaan, using a five goal second period en route to an 8-3 victory.
The Blue Wave have now totaled nine, six and eight goals in their three contests and have a 3-0 record to show for it. The Rams opened their season with the loss.
“We just created enough good opportunities to get the puck behind their goalie,” Darien coach Jamie Tropsa said of the second-period onslaught. “Their goalie played great the first period and we didn’t do a good job of getting chances but in the second we did a much better job.”
What’s even more impressive of Darien’s eight goals is that they were scored by seven different players.
Georgia Cassidy got the scoring started 1:15 into the game with a shot that got through Sarah Klearman’s pads. Sammy Nielsen then followed with 2:27 left in the first on a nice cross from Hannah McLane after she stole the puck at the blue line.
In the second period the Wave scored five goals in six minutes. First Amanda Sload snuck one through the five hole of Klearman, then Julia Arrix netted one off a cross from Marissa Baker. The lone multi-goal scorer, Cassidy, was able to get the puck through two defenders before backhanding in her second goal.
Luck was even on the side of the Blue Wave as Schuyler van den Broek tried a centering pass from behind the net that ricochet off Klearman and went in. Baker then scored the final goal of the second when she netted one just 18 seconds after van der Bloek’s.
Tropsa credits the youth program in the town for the success of his senior-laden team.
“It’s a lot of the youth program in Darien,” Tropsa said of his team’s early success. “I have a lot of freshmen who are preparing for the future and it’s great to see youth hockey doing so well in this town.”
New Canaan scored once in the first when Catherine Granito made the most of a breakaway opportunity to tie the game at one. In the third Emma Rosenstein tallied twice, the second coming on a breakaway when the Rams were shorthanded.
Darien’s Cassidy Schiff added the exclamation point for the Wave on the same power play.
“If you want to take moral victories we won the third period,” New Canaan coach Rich Bulan said. “So it’s something to build on for us.”
While a five goal deficit isn’t the way Bulan wanted to start the season he mentioned the pedigree of Darien, whom he thinks is one of the best teams in the state, and that his youth is something that will take time to take shape.
“We’re going to be fine,” Bulan said. “We’ve got a long way to go, they’re obviously a great team but it was our first game; the good thing is there’s a long way to go.”
DARIEN 2 5 1—8
NEW CANAAN 1 0 2—3
Records: Darien 3-0, New Canaan 0-1
Goals: D—Christy Conley, Sammy Nielsen, Georgia Cassidy 2, Julia Arrix, Schuyler van den Broek, Marissa Baker, Cassidy Schiff. NC—Catherine Granito, Emma Rosenstein 2. Assists: D—Baker. Goalies: D—Izzy Scribano 11 saves; NC—Sarah Klearman 16. Shots: D—23 NC—14.