Week 1: Centaurs roll to season-opening win; fall short vs. Suffield
The new Centaurs cooperative girls ice hockey program opened its season on a really nice note as it rolled past the Amity Co-Op Blades, 6-1, at the Lou Antorino Rink in Hamden in the season opener for both Wednesday.
Woodstock Academy went back to the ice on Saturday and fell short against the Suffield Co-Op, losing 6-4, at the Enfield Twin Rinks.
The season opener, however, was even better than many, including second-year head coach Eric Roy, expected.
"The team was fired up,"Roy said. "We came out right from the first drop of the puck, it was nice to see."
The Centaurs got the first goal just 5 1/2 minutes into the game when freshman Paige Hinkley took a pass from Mia Williamson and stuffed the puck into the back of the net.
Freshman forward Maci Corradi added a goal in the first period and then added a hat trick in the third to finish with four goals and an assist.
"She is a freshman and you don't expect it but she led the team. I gave her a role as a defensive center, she took that and played great in our zone, and then she helped our players get some opportunities and buried her chances," Roy said.
Senior Keynila Hochard scored a goal and assisted on three others.
"I'm not sure what we expected, but we didn't expect (six goals). Our goals weren't pretty, they were all of the hard-working variety, which was fantastic to see. We worked all 45 minutes of that hockey game," Roy said.
Williamson finished with two assists for the Centaurs.
Riley Faber and Sophia Gouveia added an assist each.
Senior goalie Elizabeth Morgis made 22 saves in the net for Woodstock Academy.
"She was thrown into the starting role (after Mia Dang's graduation) and she made the saves we needed when we needed them and we were able to get the puck out of our zone and into their net," Roy said.
Suffield (2-0) was the team that jumped out of the blocks quickly on Saturday.
Josefina Cuevas scored two goals and Natalie Ewald added a goal and an assist in the first 20 minutes of play as the Wildcats broke out to a 4-0 lead.
Sophomore Juliette Hammer broke the ice for the Centaurs as she scored off an assist from Gouveia halfway through the second period.
Emily Greene scored for Suffield 4 minutes, 4 seconds into the third period which didn't seem all that important at the time as it gave the Wildcats a 5-1 lead.
It turned out to be crucial.
The Centaurs went on a tear with Gouveia scoring with 6 1/2 minutes to play, followed 23 seconds later by a Hochard goal and just three minutes after that, Faber tallied to cut the deficit to one.
Suffield added an insurance goal as time expired to account for the final.
Gouveia finished with two assists while Grace Lescault, Williamson, Corradi and Caitlyn Flynn also had assists for the Centaurs.