High School Roundup Greenwich girls hockey tops Trumbull/St. Joe
Getting off to a quick start has been one of the Greenwich High School girls ice hockey team’s trademarks the past several seasons and Saturday, the Cardinals continued the trend.
Scoring four first-period goals, Greenwich set the tone quickly and never looked back.
Eight players tallied for Greenwich, which raised its record to 3-0 with a decisive 9-3 win over an improving Trumbull/St. Joseph squad at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.
Freshman Lexi Danielson registered two goals and one assist, while senior defender Hayley Duffy also had two goals and one assist to pace the Cardinals.
Sophomore Delaney Roth, junior Sydney Orszulak, senior Jennifer Kelly, junior Lucy Fulton and Kelly Pompa each had a goal for the victors.
“The girls played hard, we asked them to get out on the forecheck early and move the puck and we accomplished that today,” GHS coach Alex Lerchen said. “It was a good team win.”
Trumbull/St. Joseph was led by two goals from senior Erin Owens and one from Caroline McNabola. Roth scored the game’s first goal. After stealing the puck deep in Trumbull/St. Joseph’s zone, she went top shelf with a snap shot at the 12:23 mark of the opening period.
Duffy tallied 35 seconds later from close in and Orszulak knocked a rebound past Trumbull junior goalie Katelyn Kranzanski with 7:17 remaining in the first period, making it 3-0.
“Our team was ready to go today,” Lerchen said. “Trumbull has some solid forwards and their defenders are strong, so we couldn’t take them lightly.”
Kelly tallied off a rebound with 4:46 to go in the first period, putting GHS on top, 4-0. The visitors countered with a goal from McNabola with 48.5 seconds left in the first period, cutting the home team’s edge to 4-1.
After Danielson scored, giving Greenwich a 5-1 second-period lead, Trumbull notched two straight goals, with Owens tallying twice, to bring the visitors to within 5-3. But Greenwich opened the game back up with goals from Danielson and and junior Emma Wingrove.
Pompa registered her first career goal in the win.
“I broke out on my own and someone was behind me and I quickly shot it in,” Pompa said of her first varsity goal. “I thought everyone played so well and everyone made so many nice passes at the end. It was a great game.”
Orszulak and junior Katie Piotrzkowski helped pace Greenwich’s defensive effort.
“Our passes were really crisp and we tried to work together and come out strong,” Orszulak said. “We are starting out really strong and I can’t wait to see us get more wins throughout the season. We have worked so well and communicated really well so far.”
Fulton also scored her first goal for Greenwich.
“I just had open ice in front of me, skated down and took a shot,” Fulton said of her goal. Coming off two FCIAC wins the two past years, hopefully we will get another one. It’s been cool to see the team grow and continue to grow.”
Freshman Morgan Dall, who started, made seven saves for GHS. Sophomore Hannah Goldenberg replaced Dall midway through the second period and finished with 10 saves.
For Trumbull/St. Joseph, Kranzanski made 19 saves.
Up next for Greenwich is the Winter Classic against New Canaan at Greenwich Skating Club on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.