Led by junior captain Ellie Volpe, the Greenwich Academy ice hockey team scored four goals in the second period on its way to a 6-1 win over Greenwich Country Day School in a game held at the Greenwich Skating Club on Thursday.
Volpe registered two goals and one assist for the Gators, who held a 1-0 lead after the first period, before netting five goals in the second period.
“I thought we were great,” Greenwich Academy coach Erin Brawley said. “We have worked hard but have come up on the short end of the stick sort of the stick in some of our games, but today we were getting shots to the net and we were getting players to the net. All 20 of our players were contributing however they could.”
Brawley was also impressed with Greenwich Country Day, which has a new program.
“They are definitely going to come on strong in a year or two,” Brawley said of Greenwich Country Day. They hung in there. It was a close first period, we were only ahead, 1-0. They have girls on their team that can go and can play. I’m excited that they are a team that will compete. It gives us a local team to play, which was nice.”
GA took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by sophomore Peyton Williams. Volpe assisted on the goal.
“Ellie took the puck in down in the corner, came around the net and found Peyton in the back door, it was a nice goal,” Brawley said.
Williams set Volpe up for a goal in the second period, then Volpe tallied again, making it 3-0. Junior Cameron Butz scored her first goal of the season, putting the Gators on top, 4-0. Rebecca Arpano, also had a goal in the winning effort.
In the third period, junior Nina Herceg notched her first NEPSAC goal of the year for the victors. Liana Seeley got the shutout in goal for GA, making 12 saves. Brawley said both teams enjoyed playing outdoors at Greenwich Skating Club.
“It was fun for us to be outside,” Brawley said. “A lot of our girls grew up playing at the skating club or they went to Greenwich Country Day for their middle school years, so it was kind of a Homecoming for them and it takes you back to when you grew up playing.”
GA is back in action on Friday against host Rye Country Day School.