Greenwich High

Trumbull/St. Joseph comes back to defeat Greenwich girls ice hockey team in FCIAC matchup

Greenwich’s girls ice hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, a tough 2-1 defeat at the hands of Trumbull/St. Joseph at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink on Monday.

Trailing 1-0, Trumbull/St. Joseph used a goal apiece in the second and third periods to register the well-earned win. The Cardinals (2-1), who started their season with victories against Ridgefield/Immaculate/Danbury and Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde, received a goal from junior forward Lexi Danielson. Kendall Conley and Megan McCarthy tallied for the Eagles, who saw goalie Elsa Haakonsen record 19 saves.

Trumbull played a strong, aggressive game and we were much too passive,” Greenwich coach Alex Lerchen said. “We couldn’t finish in front or win puck battles.”

McCarthy, a senior, scored the go-ahead goal with 11:23 remaining in the third period. Gathering a pass from Conley, McCarthy took a hard shot from the left wing that found its way past Greenwich junior goalie Morgan Dall, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead. Haakonsen, a senior, made a key save off a 2-on-1 just past the midway point of the third period, preserving the Eagles’ 2-1 advantage.

Sophomore Elizabeth Anderson tested Haakonsen with a pair of shots on goal late in the third period, as did Danielson and sophomore Caroline Lawrence, but Haakonsen kept Trumbull/St. Joseph in the lead. Following a scoreless first period in which Greenwich held a 7-2 shots-on-goal advantage, the Cardinals took a 1-0 edge when Danielson, who was positioned on the right wing, lifted a shot over the shoulder of Haakonsen with 13:27 to go in the second period.

On a power play, Trumbull/St. Joseph evened the score at the 5:15 mark of the second period. A freshman, Conley scored off a tough angle shot from the right faceoff circle, making it 1-1. Greenwich earned a power play late in the second period, but could not tally the go-ahead goal. In the first period, junior Tess Marciano, senior Delaney Roth, Danielson and Anderson put the puck on net, but Haakonsen was up to the task in goal. Dall tallied 14 saves for Greenwich, which is in action again on Wednesday against Stamford-Westhill-Staples at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink at 5:15 p.m.

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