Girls ice hockey top performances, games to watch (Dec. 22)

A look at some milestones, top performers and games to watch in high school girls hockey:

West Haven/SHA coach wins 100th

Erin Blake hit a career milestone with her 100th coaching victory when West Haven/SHA defeated the Hand co-op 10-4 on Saturday.

Seven players had goals, with Anne Plunkett, Julianna Picard and Olivia Twarowski each scoring twice. Plunkett also had two assists, and Picard and Twarowski each had one assist.

Rachel Harrison added a goal and an assist, Julianna Montano, Melissa Tsakonas and Chase Ireland each scored once, and goalie Belle Desrosiers made 26 saves.

Blake and assistant coach Jocey Morrell have coached the team since 2015 and, with a 2-1 win over Trumbull/St. Joseph on Tuesday, now have 101 career victories.

The Westie Sharks are off to a fast start at 5-1 this winter.

Top performers

Julia Bella, Wilton/Norwalk/McMahon: Bella, a junior forward, had a hand in all four of the Wilton co-op’s goals, posting a hat trick with one assist in a 4-1 victory over Trumbull/St. Joseph on Wednesday in Shelton.

Sophia Bianco, Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate: Bianco, a sophomore, scored the game-winning goal on a power play to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over the Wilton co-op last Friday at the Winter Garden.

Bella Bonfiglio, Avon/Southington co-op: The senior led the way offensively with a hat trick and an assist for four points as the Nighthawks blanked the Stamford/Westhill/Staples co-op 5-0 on Saturday.

Emila Brandi, Amity/North Haven: Brandi, a freshman, had three points with two goals and an assist in the Blades’ 7-5 loss to the Ridgefield co-op on Monday.

Teagan Cohane, Conard/Hall: The freshman had a hat trick and an assist in a 5-5 tie with Mercy/Northwest Catholic on Dec. 12. She also had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over the East Catholic co-op on Dec. 14.

Kendall Dobratz, Daniel Hand: Dobratz, a freshman, delivered a hat trick which included the tying and winning goals in Daniel Hand’s 4-3 victory over defending SCC champion Guilford on Monday.

Kiara Drake, Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate: The freshman continued to star in the early part of the season, notching a hat trick to help the Ridgefield co-op defeat the Amity co-op 7-5.

Nicole Partridge, Avon co-op: The senior had three points on two goals and one assist to help the Nighthawks defeat Conard/Hall 4-2.

Julianna Picard, West Haven/SHA: The sophomore center completed a hat trick with the game-winning goal in overtime as West Haven/SHA defeated the Guilford co-op 4-3 in a rematch of last year’s SCC final on Thursday. All three of her goals were unassisted, and she also had one assist in the win.

Casey Rosenberg, Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate: The freshman goalie made 27 saves against 28 shots to earn her first career victory as the Tigers defeated the Wilton co-op 2-1 on Friday.

Maddie Tully, New Canaan: The sophomore had six points on four goals and two assists to help New Canaan defeat the Wilton co-op 10-3 on Monday. Tully also had two goals and an assist in a 7-2 win over Greenwich on Friday.

Games to watch

Avon co-op at Greenwich (Hamill Rink), Friday, 5:15: The Nighthawks, the defending CCC champs and state semifinalists last winter, have started the season with four straight wins. The Cardinals, meanwhile, have started 0-3 against some top competition.

Bishop Guertin (NH) at East Catholic co-op (Newington Rink), Friday, 6: Bishop Guertin comes south to take on the East Catholic co-op for the second straight season. The Storm took this meeting last year 5-3, so the New Hampshire team will look to get even on Friday.

Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate at Stamford/Westhill/Staples (Terry Conners Rink), Wednesday, Dec. 28: The Tigers have won three of four contests to start the 2022-23 season, and will get their toughest challenge so far when they face an SWS co-op which reached the FCIAC final last year. SWS split its first four but is once again an FCIAC contender.

LaSalle Academy (RI) at New Canaan (Darien Ice House), Saturday, Dec. 31, Noon: New Canaan closes out the calendar year with a game against a Rhode Island power. LaSalle, which is also named the Rams, lost to New Canaan 5-1 last year, but had a 17-7-1 record overall.; @dstewartsports