Greenwich High

Cardinals girls hockey team gets back on winning track, after its first loss

Following a one-goal loss to Trumbull/St. Joseph on Monday, the Greenwich girls ice hockey team got right back on the winning track on Wednesday, doubling up the combined Stamford-Westhill-Staples squad, 6-3, at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.

It was a good day for Greenwich’s Roth family, as sophomore sisters Sophie and Kelsey Roth combined for three goals in the victory. The win upped the Cardinals’ record to 3-1.

“It was a nice complete effort as a team,” Greenwich coach Alex Lerchen said. “Our intensity, hustle and getting pucks in their end was impressive.”

Junior Lily Bates gave Greenwich a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal 1:14 into the first period. Sophomore Elizabeth Anderson made it 2-0, tallying off assists from Sophie Roth and sophomore Caroline Lawrence at the 9:43 mark of the opening period. Kelsey Roth capped a three-goal first period for the Cards, scoring with 1:05 left to put the team ahead, 3-0.

In the second period, Sophie Roth opened the scoring 2:01 into the stanza, giving Greenwich a 4-0 lead. Lawrence and Anderson were each credited with assists on the play. Sophie Roth struck again at the 8:45 mark, stretching the home team’s advantage to 5-0. Stamford-Westhill-Staples’ first goal of the game came off a power play with 34 seconds to go in the second period, with junior Meadow Gilchrist converting a shot.

The third period saw junior Lexi Danielson tally for the victors. Gilchrist added a second goal and junior Piper Fine scored in the final period for Stamford-Westhill-Staples. Senior goalie Hannah Goldenberg made 16 saves for the Cardinals. Sydney Butler stopped 26 shots in the loss.

“Our ‘D’ was great, they were moving the puck up the ice and Hannah stood tall and did her job as usual,” Lerchen said. “We gave up a couple of late ones, one of which was on the power play. That Stamford first line is dangerous, so you have to be aware of where they are.”

Lerchen has been impressed with what he’s seen from each one of the team’s FCIAC opponents.

“This is my seventh year now and this is the strongest it’s been from top to bottom,” Lerchen said. “This is the most parity we’ve seen in the FCIAC in my seven years, which is great to see. It shows that girls hockey is growing and the talent across the board has increased. “

Up next for Greenwich is a matchup against conference rival New Canaan Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.


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