Girls ice hockey top performances, games to watch (Jan. 4)

A look at some of the top Connecticut girls ice hockey performances from the past two weeks, and a look at some games to watch:

Top performers

Natalie Beach, Darien: Beach, a sophomore forward, had a hat trick in the Blue Wave’s 6-0 shutout of the Fairfield co-op on Dec. 21. Beach is off to a blistering start, scoring 11 goals in the first five games, all Darien wins.

Piper Chaisson, New Canaan: The freshman center collected 10 points with five goals and five assists in the first three games of her career. That included a one-goal, four-assist game in a 10-3 win over the Wilton co-op, and two-goal games in wins over Trumbull/St. Joseph and LaSalle Academy (RI).

Thora Clark, Simsbury: Clark, a senior, scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Trojans defeated the Conard/Hall co-op on Monday.

Marcia Colten, Hamden co-op: The Wilbur Cross senior made 13 saves to earn her first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over Woodstock Academy on Dec. 28.

Sophia Dadd, Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate: Dadd, a sophomore defender, had five points on three goals and two assists over a recent three-game span. The Ridgefield co-op is 3-4 this season.

Emma Kunschner, Greenwich: The senior goalie racked up 34 saves to help the Cardinals earn a 6-4 win over Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate before a big crowd in the Winter Classic outdoors at the Greenwich Skating Club last Thursday.

MJ Malonis, Hamden co-op: The freshman scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Hamden to a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Guilford. Malonis is a +4 in her first five games.

Kate McKiernan, East Catholic co-op: The sophomore defender scored a goal and had a +4 rating in a 4-1 win over the Suffield co-op on Dec. 21.

Sophie Roth, Greenwich: The Cardinals’ senior co-captain delivered a hat trick and one assist during a 6-4 victory over Ridgefield/Danbury/Immaculate in the Winter Classic outdoors at the Greenwich Skating Club last Thursday. Roth scored once in each period.

Games to watch

ETB at Avon/Southington co-op (Newington Rink), Friday, 6:50: The two CCC contenders last clashed in the 2022 CCC semifinals, with Avon coming out on top 2-0 en route to a conference title. They were also state semifinalists.

Guilford co-op at Simsbury (Simsbury Farms Ice Rink), Saturday, 12:30: The two-time defending SCC champion takes a road trip to face Simsbury, a traditional CCC power. Both have stumbled this season, but Simsbury is on a three-game win streak.

Avon/Southington co-op at West Haven/SHA (Bennett Rink), Saturday, 1: A fun clash featuring two teams who have skated hit out of the gate. West Haven/SHA has won five of six, including a decision over defending SCC champ Guilford, and Avon is 4-0, which including a victory over Conard/Hall in a rematch of last year’s CCC final.

Woodstock Academy vs. Pope Francis (MA) in Springfield, Mass. (MassMutual Center), Monday, 5:45: Woodstock’s first year in the CHSGHA has resulted in a 3-3 split thus far. The Centaurs also have four out-of-state games, including this one against a Massachusetts state playoff contender.

Guilford co-op at West Haven/SHA (Bennett Rink), Tuesday, 5:30: A rematch of the last two SCC finals in which each team won one title. The Westie Sharks won a 4-3 contest earlier this year, so the Grizzlies look for revenge here.

Simsbury at ETB (Newington Rink), Wednesday, 5: The Storm is starting a tough stretch as they host three games in four days against state tournament contenders. After this meeting with CCC rival Simsbury, they’ll face Guilford on Jan. 13, and Darien on Jan. 14.; @dstewartsports