Girls Hockey: Blades Bow To Sacred Heart in West Haven

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Feb 202020

On Tuesday  Feb. 18, the Blades (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire) Girls Ice Hockey team was on the road in West Haven for a match up with the West Haven/Sacred Heart Sharks.

This was a spirited game with a lot of action, but in the end the Sharks chomped the Blades 7-5.



                              1              2              3          F

Blades                  3              2              0          5

WH/SH                 2              3              2          7


First Period

The first period started off a bit shaky with West Haven’s Brooke McNabola making the first goal of the game on an assist from Jenna Hunt. McNabola struck again, bringing the score to 2-0.

Then it was the Blades’ Turn to show what they had. Haley Cable scored, assisted by Nadia DiNatale. Tess Csejka tied the game with an unassisted goal. Then Cable and DiNatale pulled the Blades into a 3-2 lead.



Second Period

In the second period McNabola wasted no time in getting a hat trick off an assist from Taylor Nowak. Then it was Jenna Hunt’s turn with an unassisted goal, followed by Jianna Cohrs pulling the Sharks into a 5-3 lead.

Tess Csejka made her second unassisted goal and then Sammy Drane tied the game at 5-5 assisted by Sara Cable.



Third Period

The third period belonged to West Haven. Nowak scored, assisted by Megan Froehlich, then Emilee Degrand rounded out the game with the final goal assisted by Jenna Hunt.

Next Up

Next Up for the Blades are the SCC Semi-Finals at their Home rink in Hamden at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26.


Girl’s Hockey: Blades Have a Close One In Newington

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Feb 182020

On Monday, Feb. 17, the Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades were away in Newington for a matchup against Avon/Southington.



                              1              2              3          F

Blades                  0              0              2          2

Avon                     0              2              1          3


First Period

in spite of some valiant efforts, neither team was able to score in the first.

Second Period

The second period belonged to Avon, with with Mackenzie Gallinoto making the first goal, assisted by Kori Bartko and Sarah Murphy.

A little later, Shelby Little shot one in assisted by Gallinoto and Murphy. Avon left the ice with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Third Period

The Blades came out on fire with two unassisted goals, first by Caroline Cadelina, then Tess Csejka tying the game.

But Avon’s Murphy would have none of that, she hit the winning goal, assisted by Little.

The Blades lost this one 3-2.

Girls Hockey: Blades Over Hamden For Another Win

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Jan 112020

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Blades hosted Hamden in Hamden Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

The Blades wasted no time getting onto the scoreboard, with the first goal just 2:04 into the game.


                              1                2               3               F

Blades                  2              4              0              6

Hamden               1              1               0              2

First Period

Blade’s Haley Cable shot the first one in, assisted by Mia Dow and Tess Csejka

Hamden’s Demeri Carangelo answered a few minutes later tying the game at 1.

Then, the Blades’ Avery DePodesta pulled the Blades ahead, assisted by Nadia DiNatale and Haley Cable.

Second Period

Csejka started the second period off right with an unassisted goal.

Her teammate Sami Drane shot one in, assisted by Caroline Cadelina.

Csejka made another unassisted goal, and Carly Silbert assisted by Csejka brought the score to 6-1.

Still seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, Hamden’s Colby Sullivan made an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 6-2.

No one on either side scored during the Third Period, so, the game ended in the Blades’ favor at 6-2.

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 Slap Hand In Hamden

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Jan 062019

The Blades Girls Ice Hockey Team (Amity/North Haven/Cheshire} won its second consecutive game of the season on Saturday night in Hamden.

The girls went up against Daniel Hand at 8 p.m., and immediately showed what they were made of.

In the first period, Haley Cable was first to score, assisted by Andrea Delvecchio and Shannon Reilly. Then Caroline Cadelina and Nadia DiNatale each made unassisted goals, pushing the Blades’ lead to 3-0.

Not to be outdone, Hand’s Anna Sather put her team on the scoreboard, assisted by Lindsey Orlando.

First Period Score: Blades 3, Hand 1

When the girls returned to the ice, they still had that fighting spirit, DelVecchio widened the margin with an unassisted goal. Then Sather, assisted by Lucy Brown scored for Hand, bringing the score to 4-2 (Amity).

The third period began with Hand’s Sather getting a hat trick with an unassisted goal.

The Blades answered with Cable’s second goal, assisted by Tess Csejka.

Sather came back for her fourth goal, assisted by Grace Lavin to bring the final score to 5-4 (Blades).

Both of the goalies were kept on their toes in this game. Caiylin Ranciato made 21 saves for the Blades, and Hand’s Megan Hart made 24 saves.

Team Records: Blades 2-7, Hand 0-5.

 Next Up for the Blades: Today, Jan. 6, Girls Ice Hockey vs Masuk-Barlow-Newtown-Lauralton Away at The Rinks at Shelton at 4:30 p.m.


Meet The 2018-19 Blades Girls’ Ice Hockey Team

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Dec 212018

2018-19 Blades Girls’ Ice Hockey team is what some may call a “young” team. 

There are only six seniors on the roster: Caitlin Ranciato #1, Andrea Delvacchio #3, Shannon Reilly #12, Hannah Sosensky #12,  (two #12s? It’s on the CIAC site) Meaghan Hogan #22, and Katie St. Peter #24. 

The four juniors all have familiar names: Tess Csejka #2, Sara Cable #4, Nadia DiNatale #11, Haley Cable #28.

There are four sophomores: Megan Crowley #7, Olivea Kosh #8, Caroline Cadelina #14, and Kelsey McCarthy #16. 

Five freshmen round out the team: Ilana Leyner #10, Jade Krukar #15, Paige Kergaravant # 19, Mia Dow #20, and Carsyn Rizzuti #25. 

In past years, the Blades have been nearly unstoppable, losses were few and far between, but this year’s girls can’t seem to catch a break. 

At least 10 of the girls have played together and called Shelton their home ice, but this year, “home” is a rink in Hamden. The girls play hard and their experienced coach, John Peschell knows how to get the most out of his players. He believes in them, and we hope to see a more positive outcome in upcoming games. 

Come on Blades, you can do it!

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Blades Fall To Hall/Conard In First Scrimmage of Season

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Dec 062018

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The Amity/North Haven/ Cheshire coop team (known as the Blades) played a scrimmage game against Hall/Conard at Veterans Rink in West Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

We’ve come to know the Blades as nearly unbeatable in past years, but new season, new team, you can never tell how things will go.

Last night wasn’t their night, they lost to Hall/Conard 5-2.  The good news is that as a scrimmage, it doesn’t reflect on their season record either, and these girls have a long way to go until the end of the season. There are several familiar names still on the roster too.

Here’s how the game went last night.

First Period

Hall/Conard’s Nikki Herz scored the first goal off an assist from Luci Alissi.

Score 1-0 HC

Second Period

Our Blades’ Andrea DelVecchio tied the game off an assist from Shannon Reilly.

HC’s Maya Borden made an unassisted goal. Then, Abby Goncalves scored, assisted by Gracie Cho.

Score 3-1 HC

Third Period

Out of the gate, the Blades’ Meaghan Hogan scored on an assist from Tess Csejka.

HC forged ahead with an unassisted goal by Liv Fernandez, followed by the winning goal by Claire Ittleson, assisted by Nikki Herz.

Final Score 5-2 Hall/Conard

Girls’ Hockey: Blades ‘Owned’ By Simsbury’s Grace Melanson

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Jan 292018

The Blades (Amity/Cheshire/North Haven) Girls Ice Hockey team hosted the Simsbury Trojans in Shelton on Saturday.

It was Senior Night, which is always special for the girls who will be graduating this year. So another win for the home team would have been the icing on the cake. But Simsbury’s Grace Melanson (#22) had her own plans. Melanson not only had a hat trick (3 goals in one game) but exceeded it with an additional two. Five goals in one game is incredible, and three of them were unassisted.

NOTE: This is truly an amazing feat, The list of NHL players who’ve accomplished 5 or more goals in one game fits on one page. The majority are Canadian, but from what I could find one American, Mark Pavelich (Retired) of the New York Rangers did it on February 23, 1983.

First Period

At 11:30 Melanson put the Trojans on the scoreboard assisted by Stephanie Rurka. At 7:21 the Blades’ Tess Csejka tied the game assisted by Meghan Hogan.

The Blades pulled ahead with Haley Cable’s unassisted goal at 2:48. That looked good for the home team until Simsbury’s Kate Werle smacked one in with just 1 second remaining as the buzzer sounded. Everyone held their breath for a few minutes to see if the point counted. and – it – did. Score: 2-2.

Second Period

The second period belonged to Melanson who scored two unassisted goals for Simsbury, one at 10:28 and the second at 8:30. Score 4-2 Simsbury.

Third Period

Simsbury came out strong in the third period with Melanson again being first to score, this time within the first 5 minutes, she was assisted by Kaley Melanson and Elise Hildebrandt.

Meghan Hogan (coincidentally also #22) scored for the Blades unassisted at 5:30.

Then, it was Melanson’s turn again, scoring her fifth goal for the Trojans at 4:51. One minute later, her teammate Claire Bettor made a goal.

Wrapping things up, Melissa Montesi shot one in for the Blades with 3:15 remaining.

Final Score: 7-4 Simsbury

Record: Blades 12-4

Girls’ Hockey: Blue Devils Best Blades In Overtime

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Jan 142018

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire (Blades) hosted the West Haven/Sacred Heart (Blue Devils) at the Rinks at Shelton on Saturday, Jan. 13.

First Period

Both teams played fast and hard for the first 15 minutes. Both goalies also worked hard and no one was able to score.

Second Period

The Blue Devils were first to score at 10:56 with Celina Condon’s goal, assisted by Brooke McNabola.

Third Period

Spectators were on the edge of their seats as the Blades hammered West Haven’s goalie with shot after shot and finally at 6:46, Tess Csejka tied the score on an assist from Cally Dixon.


The 8-minute overtime period was do or die for these competitive young ladies. Fast and furious skating with equal possession time, and then, with just 2:06 remaining on the clock, Taylor Nowak scored the winning goal for the Blue Devils on an assist from Jenna Hunt.

Final Score: 2-1 West Haven


Records: Blades 9-3, West Haven 8-1

Note: The two teams will face up again on Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Edward Bennett Rink in West Haven at 8 p.m.

But first, the Blades will host the Hall/Conard Warchiefs (5-3-2) of West Hartford on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Rinks at Shelton at 9 p.m.

Girls’ Ice Hockey: Blades Have No Mercy on Northwest Catholic In Wednesday’s Shut Out

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Jan 042018

The Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Girls’ Ice Hockey Team (Blades) hosted Northwest Catholic/Mercy at the Rinks in Shelton on Jan. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

From the moment they skated onto the ice, the Blades showed their opponents that they were a force to be reckoned with.

Tess Csejka (Amity #2) had three goals and two assists for the Blades, followed by Megan Spring (#23) with two goals.

First Period

Csejka made the first goal of the game assisted by Melissa Montesi (#25) at 1:16 in the first period.

Second Period

The Blades continued to batter their opponents. Early on, Megan Spring made an unassisted goal at 12:20. Next, Meghan Hogan (#22) made her own unassisted goal at 8:34 and about 1.5 minutes later at 7:04, Cally Dixon (#17) smacked one in, assisted by Csejka and Montesi.

Third Period

Just seconds into the final period, Tess Csejka made an unassisted goal, bringing the score to 5-0.

At 11:42, Nadia DiNatale (#11) made a goal assisted by Olivia Dittmann (#21) and Meghan Hogan (#22). Then, three minutes later, Shannon Reilly (#24) from Andrea DelVecchio (#3, Amity).

At 5:36, Tess Csejka (#2) scored her third goal on an assist from fellow Amity player Grace Kosh (#20), and with just 16 seconds left on the clock, Megan Spring made her second unassisted goal, wrapping up this nice 9-0 victory for the Blades.

Records: Blades 7-2, NWC/M 3-1-2