Girls’ Ice Hockey: A New Year, A New Beginning, Blades Defeat Branford

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The 2018 portion of the 18-19 season was not kind to the Blades Ice Hockey Team, but the first game of 2019 gave us a glimpse of the Amity/Cheshire/North Haven girls that we’d grown accustomed to in past years.

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Blades were on the road in East Haven for a match-up against Branford.

The first period belonged to the Blades. Tess Csejka was first to score, then Haley Cable made a goal — both were unassisted.

With a two point lead, the Blades came out strong in the second period. Cable scored on an assist from Hannah Sosensky.

Then Branford fought back, Molly Donegan put her team onto the scoreboard on an assist from Meaghan Montenegro. Donegan scored again, assisted by Ashleen Keating, narrowing the score to 3-2 (Blades).

But that wasn’t the end of the second period, Meaghan Hogan slapped in a goal assisted by Andrea Delvecchio. Then it was Delvecchio’s turn to score on and assist from Csejka.

Second period score: 5-2 Blades

The Blades had a very impressive third period, too. They came back out to the ice on fire. Delvecchio made an unassisted goal.

Branford’s Sophia Caturani answered with an unassisted goal of her own.

The high point was when Delvecchio got a hat trick, assisted by Csejka and Cable.

Rounding out the game was Csejka making the final unassisted goal for the Blades very impressive 8-3 victory.

Blades goalie Caitlin Ranciato did a fine job keeping Branford at bay throughout the game.

Congratulations to the Blades and coach John Peschell on your first win of the season, now keep it going!