Girls hockey: Trumbull-St. Joseph defeats Fairfield, 4-1

Bailey DelSalto controls the puck against Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe. — Andy Hutchison photo
Bailey DelSalto controls the puck against Fairfield Warde-Ludlowe. — Andy Hutchison photo

The Trumbull-St. Joseph co-op girls hockey team avenged an early-season loss to Fairfield Ludlowe-Warde with a 4-1 victory at the Rinks at Shelton on Saturday night. Trumbull picked up its second win of the season.

Caroline Prezioso scored two goals and assisted on another. Bailey Brooks and Ashley Osterberg each had a goal and Lydia Prezioso added an assist for the Eagles.

Trumbull goaltender Gina Moriello stopped 29 shots, as Fairfield finished the game with a 30-22 shots on goal advantage.

Brooks scored in the first period on a goal assisted by Caroline Prezioso, who found the back of the net in each the second and third periods

Lydia Prezioso skated behind the net and made a centering pass that made its way to Osterberg for a power play tally to cap the scoring.

Moriello, Trumbull’s captain, came up with some strong saves to keep her team in the lead. “It took a lot of concentration and focus, and a lot of teamwork,” Moriello.

This matchup is always a fun one for the skaters on both sides, since many of them played together in youth hockey before going their separate ways in high school.

“We’re friends with a lot of the girls on the team,” Moriello said.

Although the opposing players may get along, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to win. The Eagles were pleased to get a little payback against their familiar counterparts after losing a lead in the first meeting.

A key to the turnaround, Trumbull coach Paula Dady said, was that her lineup was much closer to being complete this go around. “It definitely makes a difference when you have all of your key players.” Dady said.

Time — the teams last met in the opening week of the season in the middle of December – also played a part.

“The extra practice and time together as a team definitely helped us,” Dady said. “I feel like it all finally came together. We had an outstanding game. We were ready to play.”

Trumbull may only have a pair of victories in 10 games but one of the defeats was in overtime, and there was another setback decided by one goal, and also a two-goal loss.

“Our record has not reflected our level of play. We’ve played some outstanding games,” Dady said.