HS girls hockey: Wilton skates past SWS co-op
By ALEX MORSANUTTO
Hour Correspondent | Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:33 pm
NORWALK -- The Wilton-McMahon girl's hockey team did not let the impact of Saturday's 6-1 loss to Conrad-Hall carry over against the Stamford-Westhill-Staples (SWS) team, taking a 7-2 victory Wednesday at SoNo Ice House.
The Wilton victory brings the Warriors to 3-3 for the season and snapped a two-game winning streak for SWS, whose loss dropped them to 2-3.
"They came focused," said Wilton coach Melissa Hawkins. "They took the high intensity from last night's practice and carried it over to the game today."
The seven goals for Wilton were the most the team scored this season, and a large part of it had to do with senior Alex Macarelli, senior captain Perri Blicht, and junior captain Nicole Lue of Brien McMahon, all of whom scored two goals.
"I thought everyone on our team played awesome," said Lue. "We've been working really hard in practice, and to see people step up and transfer that to the ice today was great."
With 7:29 left in the second period SWS made it 3-2 when Staples junior Meg Fay scooped the puck into the upper left corner on a pass from junior Cassie Miolene. However, the high-flying Wilton offense did not slow down, with Blicht scoring at 2:14 to give the Warriors a two-goal lead. Wilton led 4-2 going into the third period.
"We just couldn't find a way to get back into it," said SWS coach Eli Williams. "We came back at 3-2, but we just didn't have enough in the tank to get even with them."
Lue sparked the offense with a goal in the first period at 13:26, when she won the faceoff in the attacking zone for Wilton, grabbed the puck and placed it in the corner of the net.
SWS found a hole in Wilton's gritty defense at 2:46 in the first period when Miolene scored on a short pass from Fay.
Wilton responded immediately, with Macarelli using swift puck handling to deliver an assist to freshman Meghan Keating for a goal at 2:10. Wilton would score again soon after when Liu broke free from the defense, passed the ball under the legs of a defender, and found Macarelli to score with 1:27 left in the first period.
"Offensively, we worked well today in crashing the net and going in for rebounds, which is something we haven't done in the past," said Hawkins. "The girls were hard on the puck from the get-go, the first girl in was directing traffic. Instead of them deciding where to go and we react, we forced them in going to where we wanted them to go."
After Blicht's goal put Wilton up 4-2 going in to the third period, SWS came on the ice prepared for a comeback. However, Wilton's defense, led by goalie Brooke Jonsson (22 saves) and Blicht, did not let up.
"Brooke kept us in the game with some key saves for us," said Hawkins. "She was the backbone of the defense and made sure to communicate who was open, and where the puck was, in times when we were scattered."
Wilton's offensive trio of Macarelli, Lue, and Blicht secured the victory by scoring a goal each to finish the game 7-2.