Girls Ice Hockey: Fine performances/Games to watch
Caitlyn Caldon, ETB: Caldon amassed 35 saves and allowed just one goal to help ETB tie the Amity co-op, 1-1, on Jan. 4 at Astorino Rink in Hamden. For the season, Caldon has a 1.49 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
Demeri Carangelo, Hamden/Wilbur Cross/Lyman Hall: Carangelo had a hat trick and an assist for four points in the Hamden co-op’s 10-8 loss to West Haven/SHA last Wednesday.
Tess Csejka, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire: Csejka had four points on two goals and two assists as the Amity co-op topped Hamden/Wilbur Cross/Lyman Hall 6-2 at Astorino Rink on Saturday.
Sidney Falterer, Fairfield: Falterer racked up 51 saves as the Fairfield co-op tied New Canaan 3-3 at the Wonderland of Ice on Friday.
Megan Froelich, West Haven/SHA: Froelich collected five points with two goals and three assists as West Haven/SHA won a slugfest with the Hamden co-op, 10-8, last Wednesday at Astorino Rink.
Kaleigh Harden, New Canaan: Harden scored two goals in the third period as the Rams topped Greenwich 4-1 at the Darien Ice House on Thursday. Her first goal was a killer, as she found the net just 40 seconds after Greenwich had closed the gap to one.
Sam Henchcliffe, Fairfield co-op: Henchcliffe scored four goals in two games as the Fairfield co-op downed Branford/North Branford/East Haven 3-2 on Saturday, and Stamford/Westhill/Staples 5-3 on Monday.
Bethany Karp, Notre Dame-Fairfield: Karp, a junior goalie, collected 80 saves over two games earlier this month. She returned from an injury and, in her first game back, made 41 stops in a 6-2 victory over Guilford at The Rinks at Shelton on Jan. 3. Karp then made 39 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Daniel Hand co-op at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Jan. 8.
Grace Melanson, Simsbury: Melanson had a hat trick in the Trojans’ 7-2 victory over ETB last Wednesday. Two of the goals came in the first period when Simsbury took a 4-0 lead.
Taylor Nowak, West Haven/SHA: Nowak scored four goals, one each in the first and third periods, and two in the second, as the Sharks edged Notre Dame-Fairfield, 6-5, at Bennett Rink on Saturday.
Daniella Vickerman, Guilford: The sophomore forward tallied four goals for more than half of the Indians’ scoring in a 6-1 victory over Branford/North Branford/East Haven at Veteran’s Rink in East Haven on Friday.
GAMES TO WATCH
Darien vs. Greenwich at Hamill Rink, Thursday, 8 p.m.: This is the second meeting of the season between the two FCIAC powers. Darien won the first meeting 2-0, and took three of four clashes last year. Greenwich, however, won a big one when they defeated the Wave in overtime of last year’s FCIAC semis.
Greenwich vs. West Haven/SHA at Bennett Rink, Saturday, 1 p.m.: Greenwich’s stretch of big games continues with a road trip to take on an SCC contender. West Haven entered the week undefeated, while Greenwich had just two losses to Darien and New Canaan.
Darien vs. Suffield co-op at Enfield Twins Rink, Saturday, 5:20 p.m.: The Blue Wave heads north to take on unbeaten Suffield in an FCIAC-CCC showdown. These two teams last met in the 2018 state championship game, with Darien winning 5-2.
New Canaan vs. East Catholic co-op (ETB) at Newington Ice Arena, Saturday, 6:35 p.m.: Another inter-conference battle pits defending FCIAC and state champion New Canaan, against perennial contender East Catholic of the CCC.
Amity vs. Simsbury at the International Skating Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The Amity co-cop, which has a 7-2-1 record this season, takes on unbeaten Simsbury (6-0), which owns the top spot in the state point rankings. Simsbury has allowed just six goals this season.
West Haven/SHA vs. New Canaan at Darien Ice House, Monday, 6 p.m.: A meeting of the top two seeds in last year’s state tournament. Both teams were ranked in the top six in the state standings entering this week.
Simsbury vs. Suffield co-op at Enfield Twin Rinks, Monday, 8:10 p.m.: Simsbury and Suffield are both unbeaten this season, so something could give here. They’ll play twice in a span of six days, as Simsbury hosts the second game on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Darien at Morristown-Beard (NJ),, Wednesday, 4:45 p.m.: The Blue Wave visits the New Jersey power in their annual meeting. Darien won this meeting for two straight seasons, before Morristown-Beard took the game last winter, 3-1.
— Dave Stewart