Girls Hockey: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES? Blades Win SCC Championship Title

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Feb 242019

Elation after Tess Csejka’s game-winning goal.

It was 39 years ago after the Olympic Men’s Hockey Game between the underdog USA team and the mighty, unbeatable Russians when sports announcer Al Michaels shouted out “Do You Believe In Miracles? YES!” — a fact that wasn’t lost on Blade’s Coach John Peschell.

He mentioned the “Miracle on Ice,” to his girls, saying, “If they could do it, so can we.”

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team went up against one of the toughest opponents in the SCC tournament final in West Haven on Friday night. Sacred Heart West Haven (18-2), which defeated the Blades 5-1 in late January may have crushed the confidence of some challengers, but Peschell’s girls didn’t let it phase them. They came into the game knowing that after a spotty season, they were blessed to be there and with unprecedented determination, they were ready to fight for the title.

Here’s how it went:

The Sharks’ Jenna Hunt started off the game with a goal in the first 26 seconds of the first period.

Less than three minutes later the Blades’ Tess Csejka, tied the game, assisted by Haley Cable.

The non-stop action in this matchup was unbelievable with everyone showing off their best moves. The clock ticked down and suddenly, with just 4 seconds remaining in the first, Megan Froehlich got one past Blades Goalie Caitlin Ranciato, taking the lead.

First Period Score: 2-1 West Haven

The second period mirrored the first as far as hard work on both sides.

This time the Blades were first to score, with Hannah Sosensky tying the game, assisted by Caroline Cadeina at 3:19.

Then, at 9:28 Taylor Nowak scored for the Sharks, assisted by McNabola.

Second Period Score: 3-2 West Haven

The battle continues into the third period with the Sharks skating, shooting and passing like the champs they’d become. Two-thirds of the period passed without any change on the scoreboard.

Then Tess Csejka swooped in on West Haven’s Goalie Kyleen Crowe and scored on a power play, assisted by Meaghan Hogan, tying the score at 3.

Both teams continued to skate and shoot on goal until the Blades took possession and Csejka took a pass from Hogan and effortlessly slapped it into the net, getting a hat trick on the game-winning goal with 3:30 remaining.

The buzzer sounded and Blades fans hoped to hear the announcer say, “Do You Believe In Miracles? YES!” because we sure did.

Blades Win 4-3 and earn the title of SCC Champions.

Csejka won the MVP award.

The Blades out-shot the Sharks.

Saves: Ranciato 24, Crowe 28

Peschell had nothing but praise for the Sharks. “Sacred Heart is a very good team with a lot of talented players. We knew this would be tough, all I wanted to do was keep the game close to give us a chance in the third period.”

Of Csejka, he said, “She has been special for us all season, playing forward when we need her there and also playing defense when we need her there.”

Aside from the underdogs defeating a goliath team, there’s one more parallel to the 1980 Olympic “Miracle,” — both the USA and the Blades won 4-3.

Girls Hockey: Blades Ace SCC South Quarter Final

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Feb 202019

On Monday, Feb. 18, the Blades (Amity, Cheshire, North Haven) girls’ Ice Hockey team hosted the Guilford Indians for the SCC South Quarter Final game in Hamden.

The Blades had a shaky start to the regular season this year, but once they figured things out, they never looked back, and the run for the SCC title is off to a good start.

The Blades took this one 5-3.

In the first period, the Blades came out strong, taking the lead with goals from Haley Cable, assisted by Andrea DelVecchio and DelVecchio netting one, assisted by Cable and Caroline Cadelina.

Then, Guilford’s Madison Epke fought back with a goal for the Indians, assisted by Daniella Vickerman.

Score: 3-1 Blades

Cadelina made the only goal in the second period, assisted by Tess Csejka.

Score: 3-1 Blades

Returning to the ice for the third period, Epke scored for the Indians again, assisted by Vickerman.

Shannon Reilly moved the Blades further ahead with a goal, assisted by DelVecchio. Then, Cadelina scored again.

Guilford’s Vickerman made the final goal, assisted by Audrey Rowen and Olivia Gill.

Final Score: 5-3 Blades

The Goaltenders were busy during this game. The Blades’ Caitlin Ranciato made 24 saves, and Brielle Kendrioski made 20 saves for Guilford.

Blades Advance to the Semi-Final.


Girls Ice Hockey: Blades Defeat Notre Dame-Fairfield

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Jan 252019

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team was on the road in Shelton on Wednesday afternoon for a game against Notre Dame – Fairfield.

The first period had a lot of excitement Notre Dame scored first, then, the Blades’ Andrea DelVecchio tied it up at 1. Notre Dame came back with a second goal, followed by Blades’ players Caroline Cadelina and Shannon Reilly each scoring unassisted goals.

First Period Score: 3-2 Blades

The second period belonged to Notre Dame with two goals, pulling them ahead 4-3

The Blades dominated the third period with three goals. First Sara Cable, assisted by Cadelina; next Reilly unassisted; and then Nadia DeNatale, assisted by Meaghan Hogan.

Final Score: Blades 6, Notre Dame 4.

The goalies in this game were:: Blades – Caitlin Ranciato, – Notre Dame – Bethany Carp

Records: Blades 5-8-0, Notre Dame 9-5-0

Next Up for the Blades: A Home game against Guilford at the Hamden Ice Rink on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.

If you’d like to see the girls play closer to home, come to Bennett Rink in West Haven on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 for a match up against the super tough Sacred Heart Academy (10-2).