Girls hockey: Warriors win opener in OT

The Wilton High girls hockey team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to pull out a 3-2 overtime win over Notre Dame-Fairfield in the season opener last Saturday night in Norwalk.

Freshman Caitlyn Hocker scored the game-winner 4:48 into the eight-minute extra session, on a backdoor goal set up by another newcomer, Meghan Lane.

It was an encouraging start for the Warriors, who won only three games all of last season and scored only 20 goals in 19 games. They lost to Notre Dame 2-0 in the season opener a year ago.

“It was a great effort all around. It was great to see the young girls come in and contribute right away,” said Wilton head coach Pete Maxfield. “We had a solid effort from our defense.”

Hocker, a ninth grader at Brien McMahon, had given Wilton a 1-0 lead in the first period, off an assist from Lane, a Wilton High freshman.

Notre Dame tied things on a power play goal in the second period and took a 2-1 lead while the teams were skating four-on-four.

Wilton tied things up with 3:05 left in regulation on a low shot by Lane, sending the game to overtime.

Wilton’s second line, consisting of three new players in Hocker, Lane and sophomore Alyssa Laychak (Brien McMahon), accounted for all three goals.

Izzy Najah finished with 25 saves in goal for Wilton.

“She had an amazing game. She made some outstanding saves,” said Maxfield.

Notre Dame finished with a 27-24 edge in shots on goal. Laura Dennigan and Desiree Sleath each had a goal, and goalie Rebecca Paine made 21 saves.
— J.B. Cozens