2022 CHSGHA girls ice hockey conference tournament capsules



Semifinals, Monday, Feb. 21

No. 3 ETB vs. No. 2 Avon co-op (Newington Arena), 4:25

No. 4 Hall/Conard vs. No. 1 Simsbury (ISCC), 2:50

Final, Friday, Feb. 25

At Trinity College, 8:30


PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mackenzie Chapman, Simsbury, F, Sr.; Meghan Croyle, ETB, F, Sr.; Nicole Partridge, Avon co-op, F, Jr.; Bridget McGann, Hall/Conard, F, Sr.; Molly Walsh, Simsbury, F, Sr.; Mary McKiernan, ETB, D, Sr.; Shelby Little, Avon co-op, D, Sr.; Kaitlyn O’Brien, Simsbury, G, Sr.

OUTLOOK: Simsbury overcame a few key injuries this season and secured the conference’s No. 1 seed. The Trojans are a perennial conference favorite, but they did stumble with back-to-back games to Darien and Avon last week. Still, the path to the title goes through Simsbury and they have one of the state’s top goalies in Kaitlyn O’Brien between the pipes. ETB, the No. 3 seed, has played Simsbury tough the past few seasons, with four of five meetings ending in one-goal games or ties. The Storm will first have to get past Avon, which finished the regular season hot with five straight victories, including a 2-1 OT win against the Trojans. All six CCC teams have qualified for the CHSGHA state tournament.


PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kaleigh Harden, New Canaan, F, Sr.; Meadow Gilchrist, Stamford/Westhill/Staples, F, Sr.; Chelsea Donovan, F, Darien, Jr.; Lexi Danielson, Greenwich, F, Sr.; Ceci Stein, Darien, D, Sr.; Lexie Tully, New Canaan, D, Soph.; Tess Marciano, Greenwich, D, Sr.; Nikki Ferraro, New Canaan, G, Fr.; Sydney Butler, Stamford/Westhill/Staples, G, Sr.



Semifinals, Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Darien Ice House

No. 4 Greenwich vs. No. 1 New Canaan, 4

No. 3 Darien vs. No. 2 Stamford/Westhill/Staples, 5:50

Final, Saturday, Feb. 26

At Darien Ice House, 2:30

OUTLOOK: New Canaan is unbeaten in its last 31 games (30-0-1) dating back to early last winter and has won all but two games by two or more goals this season. The Rams are loaded and have numerous weapons, led by senior forward Kaleigh Harden. The Stamford/Westhill/Staples co-op has had a breakout campaign, going 17-2-1 and going unbeaten over a stretch of 15 games (14-0-1). Senior Meadow Gilchrist is a force and recently surpassed 100 career goals. Darien is a perennial championship contender and has won five of six heading into the playoffs. The semifinal match-up between Darien and SWS shapes up as a thriller after the two teams played to a scoreless tie in overtime on Jan. 19. Greenwich, the No. 4 seed, tripped out of the gate but is back in the FCIAC and state playoffs again. The Cards will face a tough challenge against New Canaan in the semis.



PLAYERS TO WATCH: Maddie Epke, Guilford, F, Sr.; Sofia Cuozzo, Guilford, F, Soph.; Maya Boyhen, West Haven/SHA, F, Sr.; Julia Crisci, Hamden, F, Jr.; Avery DePodesta, Amity, F, Sr.; Maya Komorowski, Masuk, F, Jr.; Olivia Gill, Guilford, D, Sr.; Meghan Dupre, West Haven/SHA, D, Sr.; Kolby Becker, Hamden, D, Sr.; Grace Nowak, West Haven/SHA, Sr.


First Round, Monday, Feb. 21

No. 6 Masuk co-op vs. No. 3 Hamden co-op (Northford Ice Pavilion), 12:30

No. 5 Daniel Hand co-op vs. No. 4 Amity co-op (Astorino Rink), 2

Semifinals, Wednesday, Feb. 23

Masuk/Hamden winner vs. No. 2 West Haven/SHA (Bennett Rink), 4

Hand/Amity winner vs. No. 1 Guilford (Milford Ice Pavilion), 6:30

Final, Friday, Feb. 25

At Bennett Rink, 7

OUTLOOK: All six teams will play in the conference tournament, with No. 1 Guilford and No. 2 West Haven/SHA receiving first-round byes. Those two top seeds have won the last two SCC championships, with Guilford earning its first in 2020, and the Westie Sharks winning last year 5-2 over the Grizzlies. Guilford had lost two straight before beating West Haven/SHA 7-2 in the regular season finale on Saturday. The Sharks will hope to right the ship in the playoffs after losing four straight over the past 10 days. Hamden took the No. 3 seed and, if it can defeat Masuk in Monday’s opening round, would set up an interesting semifinal with West Haven/SHA, as those teams split during the regular season.

— Dave Stewart