Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy uses two-goal third period to defeat Newtown Country Day School and finish its hockey week, 2-0-1

Chloe Cleaves scored a goal for Greenwich Academy in its win against Newton Country Day School.

Greenwich Academy’s ice hockey team capped a successful week in style today, utilizing a strong third period to skate by Newton Country Day School, 2-1, in a game held at Pomfret School.

The Gators, who posted a record of 2-0-1 for the week, erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring two goals in the third period. Trailing 1-0, Greenwich Academy tied the score when forward Peyton Williams notched a power play goal off an assist from Winnie Welch and Chloe Cleaves with 13:54 remaining in the final period.

Cleaves scored the game-winner, tallying at the 11:23 mark of the third period off a pass from Ella Zea and Niamh Cooney, making it 2-1. Newton Country Day took a 1-0 lead with 6:38 remaining in the first period on a goal from Kate Vander.

“While they got the better of us in the first period, we battled hard and put the pressure on them during the second,” GA coach Erin Brawley said.

Liana Seeley made 22 saves in goal to spark GA’s win against Newton.

“Liana Seeley stood tall as always,” Brawley said. “Our defensive play was paced by Chloe Cleaves, Cameron Butz, Rebecca Arpano and Peyton Williams. Offensively, we had great efforts from Ella Zea, Winnie Welch, Nina Herceg, Ellie Volpe, Caroline Watts, Niamh Cooney and Lila Cabot.”

On Friday, the Gators rolled to a 5-0 triumph against Rye Country Day School in a game played at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford. Greenwich Academy scored two goals in the first two minutes of play and cruised thereafter.

Herceg scored at the 16:05 mark of the first period off an assist from Cleaves. Williams added a goal with 15:23 left in the first period off a pass from Volpe, giving GA a 2-0 advantage.

Herceg tallied again in the second period off an assist from Welch for GA’s third goal. Volpe converted a shot with 15:36 to go in the second period, with Eloise Warden being credited with the assist for her first career point.

In the third period, Loehnis scored her first career goal with 7:30 left to play. Cleaves assisted on the tally.

“It was a true team effort, with production from all four lines and a hard-fought win,” Brawley said. “We’ve been working on our offense and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities. With continued pressure in the zone, we know more opportunities will open up for us.”

Seeley stopped 16 shots for the victors. Wednesday saw Greenwich Academy skate to a 1-1 tie against Darien, which is unbeaten on the season. The non-conference matchup marked the second time the Gators and Blue Wave dueled to a 1-1 draw.

Cleaves scored GA’s goal, while Seeley made 22 saves.

“It was a great effort by both teams, in a hard-fought battle against a well-coached Darien team,” Brawley said.

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