On January 13, the Blades (Amity-Cheshire-North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team was handed one of its rare losses by the (West Haven-Sacred Heart Academy) Blue Devils — 1-2 in overtime on the Blades’ home ice.
So, when the Blades had a re-match on West Haven’s home ice on Sunday, Jan. 21, it only seems fair that our girls would enjoy a victory here.
Blades fans were surrounded by vocal West Haven fans who were confident in their team’s ability to squash their visitors, but, the players had a different idea.
Both teams skated fast and furious and kept the goalies working hard, then, to everyone’s surprise, with just 12.6 seconds remaining in the period, Melissa Montesi put the Blades on the scoreboard on an assist from Megan Spring.
The Blades maintained their 1-0 lead throughout the second period as neither team was able to get one past the goalies.
Just 3:05 into the third period West Haven’s Veronica Lynn tied the game on an assist from Taylor Nowak.
With 4:53 left in the period Tess Csejka pulled the Blades ahead again with an unassisted goal, and two minutes later Cally Dixon scored on an assist from Melissa Montesi. The icing on the cake was Shannon Reilly’s goal on an assist from Meghan Hogan with only 1:22 remaining in the game. The Blades Win 4-1.
Shots: The Blades outshot the Blue Devils 35-27.
Saves: Blades Julianna Daddio- 26, Blue Devils – 31
Records: Blades 11-3, Blue Devils 9-2.
NEXT UP: The Blades are on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at the Newington Arena at 4 p.m.