Girls hockey: West Haven drops Wilton, 4-1

The Wilton High girls hockey team dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 4-1 loss to the combined team from West Haven and Sacred Heart Academy on Saturday in West Haven.

The Warriors had beaten West Haven the past two seasons, but the Blue Devils this season have stepped up a notch thanks to the addition of 10 players from Sacred Heart.

West Haven led 1-0 after one period and 4-1 after two; neither team scored in the third period.

Anna Bean notched her first varsity goal to account for Wilton's scoring, assisted by Alison Danvers and Ali Purvis.

West Haven finished with a 40-35 edge in shots on goal.

"We had our chances, we just didn't convert on some rebound opportunities," said Wilton head coach Pete Maxfield.

Brooke Jonsson was in net for the entire game for the Warriors, making 36 saves.

"Our team defense has been good and we've only had a couple breakdowns in the first two games which have led to goals," Maxfield said. "Obviously we need to start putting the puck in the net more and it's something we're focusing on more during practices."

Maxfield said one adjustment he needs to make is to get more players involved in the opening periods, as there's no break between the first and second periods.

"We've been outscored by a 5-1 margin in the first two games in the second period, so I need to get a more consistent third line out in the first two periods to give my first two lines more rest, so we don't have a letdown in the second period like we've been having," he said. "With that adjustment from me on the bench during games, and more emphasis on putting the puck in net, we'll start turning the scores around. It won't happen overnight, but I'm confident it will happen."

He said the team is looking forward to its first home game at SoNo Ice House on Tuesday night at 8:15 against the combined team from Stamford, Staples and Westhill.

"The girls are still very positive and working extremely hard. so I'm very happy about that," Maxfield said.