Ridgefield girls hockey runs win streak to four games

Winless through its first five games this season, the Ridgefield/Danbury girls hockey team is now on a tear.

Getting goals from three players, the Tigers blanked East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor, 3-0, on Monday afternoon at the Winter.

The victory was the fourth straight for Ridgefield, which evened its record at 4-4-1.

"This was probably the most complete game we've had so far," said Ridgefield head coach Lauren Lubrano. "We have a lot of young players, but everyone is starting to get more confidence."

Following a scoreless opening period, the Tigers scored two goals within a four-minute span early in the second period. Kate Zangre gave Ridgefield a 1-0 lead on assists from Emily Stefanelli and Julia Bongo, and Ali Caiola made it 2-0 by scoring on assists from Bongo and Julia Zangre.

The Tigers tacked on their third and final goal late in the third period. Lauren Whelan's long shot went off the post and Kate McNicholas collected the rebound and scored.

Defensemen Chiara Signorelli, Bridget Galloway, Julia Zangre, Whelan, and Caiola contained East Catholic's forwards, limiting the visitors to 10 shots on net. Sophomore goalie Kendal Mountain stopped all of those attempts to post her first career shutout.

"Kendal didn't have to make a lot of saves, but she did make a couple of big ones," said Lubrano.

Notes: The Tigers received strong play from their three forward lines: Stefanelli, Bongo and Kate Zangre; Rebecca Gartner, Zella Ertl and McNicholas; and Gretchen Peters, Olivia Alessandro and Aubrey White.

During its four-game winning streak, Ridgefield has outscored the opposition by a combined total of 22-8.