Greenwich High

Greenwich girls hockey team edges Fairfield in OT on Roth’s goal

Greenwich directed shots on goal at Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde goalie Sydney Falterer from all angles for three periods, but couldn’t solve the standout senior netminder.

Registering more than 30 shots over three periods, the Cardinals girls hockey team was embroiled in a scoreless tie as the FCIAC matchup went into overtime.

Then Delaney Roth gave the Cardinals what they were seeking for more than 45 minutes of action.

Roth’s goal with 5:06 remaining in overtime lifted Greenwich to a dramatic 1-0 victory over Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe Thursday evening at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink. The Cardinals, who began their season with a 4-3 triumph against Ridgefield/Immaculate/Danbury, improved their record to 2-0.

“The effort was definitely there tonight, we definitely have things to work on like spreading the puck out a little bit better and using our lanes, but I’m impressed with the heart and determination they showed,” Greenwich coach Alex Lerchen said.

On the game-winning goal, Roth was alone as she skated down the right wing, after receiving a pass from Emiri Fukuchi. As she reached the right faceoff circle she executed a snap shot that found its way past Falterer, giving Greenwich the win 2:54 into the eight-minute overtime session. Falterer was outstanding in goal, turning away more than 35 shots, a number of which were off rebounds from close in.

“We definitely peppered their goalie,” Lerchen said. “Sydney was going to make the first save. She was ferocious in net and we were trying to jam something home to no avail.”

Senior goalie Hannah Goldenberg made 15 saves in the winning effort. Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde senior Sophia Mughal threatened to tally the game’s first goal, but Goldenberg registered a save with 2:20 left in the third period. The Cards threatened to scored on many more occasions.

The first period ended with Greenwich on a power play, as Delaney Roth posted several shots on goal. Junior forward Lexi Danielson tested Falterer with a slap shot from the slot early in the second period and sophomore Kelsey Roth followed with a shot from the wing, but Falterer kept it a scoreless game. The puck stayed in Fairfield’s zone the majority of the game, as the Cardinals used an effective forecheck to help create opportunities throughout.

Sophomore Sophie Roth, sophomore Caroline Lawrence, Fukuchi (senior), Lily Bates (junior), Elizabeth Anderson (junior) and Peyton Jelinek (sophomore) also put the puck toward the net, before Delaney Roth lit the lamp in overtime. Led by Delaney Roth and junior Tess Marciano, Greenwich’s defensive effort was stellar in front of Goldenberg in goal.

“Our ‘D’ played great,” Lerchen said. “We talked about picking up traffic in front of the net and getting it out of the zone quicker, which we did today. Tess and Delaney are being leaders out there. Overall, we progressed nicely and we really came alive in the third period – that’s when we started to play better.”

Next on Greenwich’s schedule is Trumbull/St. Joseph, which visits Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink Monday at 3 p.m.

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