CHSGHA girls ice hockey top performers, games to watch


Amanda Benson, New Canaan: The junior defender delivered a hat trick during the Rams’ 5-0 shutout of Darien Saturday at the Darien Ice House.

Bella Bonfiglio, Avon: The junior had eight points, including five goals, in two Nighthawk victories last week. She had a hat trick and two assists in a 6-2 win over West Haven/SHA, and two goals and one assist in a 6-0 shutout of Suffield.

Kelsey Brown, Darien: Brown, a junior forward, had a hand in all three of the Blue Wave’s goals, scoring twice and assisting once, in a 3-1 win over Trumbull/St. Joseph on Monday.

Devon Cavaliere, Trumbull/St. Joseph: The senior collected four goals to lead Trumbull/St. Joseph to a 5-1 victory over Ridgefield on Tuesday. She also scored twice and had an assist in a 3-2 win over Wilton/Norwalk/McMahon on Friday.

Meghan Croyle, ETB: The senior captain reached a career milestone with her 50th goal during the Storm’s 4-3 win over Mercy/Northwest Catholic last Wednesday. She then added a hat trick in a 6-4 victory over Greenwich on Saturday and two goals in a 3-0 shutout of Hamden on Tuesday, She now has 99 career points.

Sofia Cuozzo, Guilford: Cuozzo, a sophomore forward, had a hat trick with one assist as Guilford defeated Amity 9-3 on Sunday.

Sami Drane, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire: Drane, a junior, delivered a hat trick, which included the game-winning goal, and two assists to lead the Blades to a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over Ridgefield last Wednesday.

Maddie Epke, Guilford: The senior forward scored twice and dished out two assists in the Grizzlies’ 9-3 win over the Amity co-op on Sunday.

Riley Esposito, Northwest Catholic/Mercy: Esposito scored her 15th goal of the season and the 45th of her career during a 3-1 victory over the Daniel Hand co-op on Saturday.

Natalie Ewald, Suffield: The junior had a hat trick, including the game-winner after creating a breakaway, during the Wildcats’ 4-3 overtime win against East Catholic on Saturday.

Nikki Ferraro, New Canaan: The Rams’ freshman goalie posted her seventh shutout of the season when she made 21 saves in a 5-0 win over Darien on Saturday.

Meadow Gilchrist, Stamford/Westhill/Staples: The senior forward has three points one goal and a pair of assists during the SWS co-op’s 5-2 victory over Trumbull/St. Joseph last Wednesday. Her line had four goals, with Annie Forker scoring twice and Alyssa Gioia having one goal and one assist.

Kelsey Kowal, ETB: The junior goalie amassed 42 saves to help the Storm defeat Greenwich 6-4 Saturday at Hamill Rink. That included 19 stops in the third period, as ETB fought off eight power plays. Kowal then shut out Hamden 3-0 on Tuesday for her fourth shutout of the season.

Nicole Partridge, Avon: Partridge had a goal and two assists in back-to-back games when Avon defeated West Haven/SHA and the Suffield co-op.

Sophie Roth, Greenwich: The junior scored twice and had one assist as the Cardinals defeated West Haven/SHA Tuesday at Hamill Rink.


Stamford/Westhill/Staples at Trumbull/St. Joseph (Rinks at Shelton), Friday, 5:30: The SWS co-op hasn’t stumbled since a loss to New Canaan in the second week of the season. Trumbull/St. Joseph is fighting for a state playoff berth, which would give the FCIAC five teams in the tournament.

ETB at Matignon (MA), Friday, 6: The Storm takes a late-season trip to Boston to face Matignon. ETB is closing the regular season with three tough games in four days, including home contests against state playoff teams Conard/Hall and New Canaan.

Guilford at Avon co-op (Newington Ice Arena), Friday, 7:20: The Grizzlies of the SCC and Nighthawks of the CCC are in contention for their conference titles, and will get a late-season tune-up here.

New Canaan at ETB (Newington Ice Arena), Saturday, 11:35 a.m.: The Rams get a challenge to close out the season as they head north to face the ETB Storm. A win or a tie would give New Canaan an unbeaten regular season.

West Haven/SHA at Guilford (Milford Ice Pavilion), Saturday, 6:30: Guilford’s second game in as many days is a big one, as they face SCC rival West Haven/SHA. The two teams have clashed in the SCC finals the past two years, with Guilford winning in 2020 and West Haven/SHA taking the crown last year.

- Dave Stewart