Girls hockey: Top performers from the conference tournaments


Sydney Butler, Stamford/Westhill/Staples: Collected 17 saves and got the shutout as the SWS co-op defeated Darien 3-0 in the FCIAC semis on Wednesday and advanced to the conference final for the first time in program history.

Sofia Cuozzo, Guilford: Sophomore scored the game-winning goal in overtime when the Grizzlies defeated West Haven/SHA 4-3 for the SCC championship Friday night at Bennett Rink. She also had a hat trick during a 8-3 victory over the Amity co-op in the semis on Wednesday.

Sami Drane, Amity/Cheshire/North Haven: Drane led the Blades with six points on four goals and two assists during a 9-5 win over the Daniel Hand co-op in the SCC quarterfinals on Feb. 21. Ellen Barto added five points with two goals and three assists.

Maddie Epke, Guilford: Epke racked up seven points in three goals and four assists in the Grizzlies’ 8-3 victory over the Amity co-op in the SCC semifinals. She also added a goal in a 4-3 OT win over West Haven/SHA in the final.

Kim Evans, Guilford: The junior forward had two assists, including one on the game-winning goal by Sofia Cuozzo, as the Grizzlies defeated West Haven/SHA 4-3 in OT for the SCC championship. Evans was named the MVP of the tournament.

Nikki Ferraro, New Canaan: Freshman goalie collected 52 saves while allowing just one goal in two games to help the Rams win the FCIAC title. She made 23 stops while earning her ninth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Greenwich in the semis, and then had 29 saves in a 5-1 victory against Stamford/Westhill/Staples in the final.

Kaleigh Harden, New Canaan: The senior forward had a hat trick and was named the MVP of the FCIAC final on Saturday when the Rams defeated Stamford/Westhill/Staples 5-1 to repeat as conference champions. Harden scored four of New Canaan’s seven goals in two playoff games.

Jordan King and Julia Crisci, Hamden co-op: King and Crisci each had two points to help Hamden defeat the Masuk co-op 4-2 in the SCC quarterfinals. Crisci scored once and had one assist, and King had a pair of assists.

Sofia Levesque, Conard/Hall: Junior goalie had 12 saves and earned a shutout as Conard/Hall knocked off top-seeded Simsbury 2-0 in the CCC semifinals on Feb. 21. Bridget McGann scored her 27th goal of the season and Maggie Samela had the game-winner.

Grace Nowak, West Haven/SHA: The senior goalie pitched a shutout with 16 saves in the Westie Sharks’ 2-0 win over the Hamden co-op in the SCC semifinals.

Sophia Nower, Avon co-op: Nower scored both Nighthawk goals as they blanked ETB 2-0 in the CCC semifinals on Feb. 21.

Nicole Partridge, Avon co-op: The junior was named the Most Outstanding Player of the CCC tournament after helping the Nighthawks defeat Conard/Hall 3-2 for the championship on Saturday. Partridge scored one goal, and assisted on goals by Bella Buonfiglio and Emily Moskol.

Kate Tortarella, Stamford/Westhill/Staples: The freshman defender helped the SWS co-op pitch a shutout and scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Darien in the FCIAC semifinals Wednesday. She added an assist in the co-op’s FCIAC final loss to New Canaan on Saturday.

— Dave Stewart