In its first season together as a coop girls hockey team, coach Paula Dady’s skaters from Trumbull High and St. Joseph are impressing the opposition.
“They (Trumbull) made a nice comeback. They made it a little too close for comfort,” Greenwich High coach Brett Farson said after his Cardinals (6-6) held off T/SJ by a 5-3 margin at The Rinks in Shelton on Saturday night.
“I wish we had another period to play, or at least five minutes more, the outcome might’ve been different,” said Dady, who is assisted by Shannon Curren and team managers Nora Collins, Sandra Brenha and Kelly Reho.
St. Joseph became Trumbull’s co-op partner this year, replacing Staples of Westport.
T/SJ boasts seniors Val Deeb, Nila Caballero, Sarah Walewski (St. Joseph) and Nina Danforth. Kelsy Meise (St. Joseph), Rebecca Buck and Rosa Moriello are juniors.
Hannah Duda (St. Joseph), Kaly Gonski and Molly Chapman are sophomores and Gina Moriello, Ashley Osterberg, Bailey Brooks and Caroline Prezioso are freshmen.
Danforth scored two goals when the Eagles (6-5) rallied from a 5-0 deficit before eventually falling to their FCIAC rivals.
“We had a weak start and that hurt us,” Danforth said. “The biggest difference now with our team is we’re playing as a unit. Our fore-checking was the key tonight. Once we started doing that, it opened the ice up for us.”
T/SJ’s downfall was giving up four second-period goals.
The slow start put the Eagles in a huge hole, as Greenwich got a first-period goal from Erin Ferguson at 5:39. Each team had five shots on goal.
In the second period, the Cardinals took control and established their big lead. Maddie Graves and Emily Bacon scored two goals each, as Greenwich went out to a 5-0 advantage.
Danforth countered with her first goal at 13:01 of the second and T/SJ trailed 5-1 heading into the final 15 minutes.
In the third period, the locals outshot the Cards 12-7.
Danforth scored her second goal at 3:51 before Buck stole the puck and scored on a breakaway at the 4:02 mark. Gonski scored the other goal.
In the end, Trumbull produced more shots, 23-21. Greenwich’s Lisa Lewis made 20 saves, while Trumbull’s Gina Moriello turned aside 16.
“We never gave up and that’s what I like about our team,” Dady said. “This is a group of girls who have integrity and they play with class.”
T/SJ rallied from a 3-1 deficit after one period to defeat Wilton High, 5-4, on the road on Thursday.
Gonski scored two goals, and Danforth, Caballero and Brooks one each.
Meise, Gonski, Osterberg, Walewski and Caballero had assists.