Facing a two-goal deficit, the Greenwich High School girls hockey team came back to forge a 2-2 tie against Trumbull/St. Joseph Saturday night at Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton.
“It was a hard-fought, back and forth battle,” Greenwich coach Alex Lerchen said. “Both teams were grinding and just trying to get some traffic in front of the net throughout the game.”
Trumbull/St. Joseph, which posted a 2-1 win against Greenwich on Feb. 15, took a 1-0 lead on a goal from senior Megan McCarthy 5:19 into the first period. The Cardinals fell behind 2-0 when Madelynn Silberger tallied at the 7:41 mark of the second period off an assist from sophomore Kendall Conley.
Greenwich closed to within 2-1 with a power play goal with five seconds remaining in the second period. With the Cards on a 5-on-3 power play, junior Lexi Danielson scored off an assists from junior Tess Marciano and sophomore Caroline Lawrence. The equalizer came in the third period for Greenwich. Sophomore Kelsey Roth got her stick on the puck during a scramble in front of the net and knocked it in, tying the score at 2-2 with 9:15 left in the third period.
Sophomore Sophie Roth and Lily Bates each assisted on the tying tally. Greenwich outshot Trumbull, 43-19 and Trumbull goalie Elsa Haakonsen made 41 saves for the game. Cardinals goalie Hannah Goldenberg made 17 saves.
“I was certainly impressed with the way we came back,” Lerchen said. “Trumbull is a scrappy team, they have a short bench and they are going to keep fighting. We had a lot of opportunities in the third period and overtime.”
Greenwich, which is 6-4 on the season, has a road game against Stamford-Westhill-Staples on Wednesday at 7 p.m.