Girls hockey: Wilton falls to Notre Dame in opener, 2-0

The Wilton High girls hockey team opened the season on Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Notre Dame of Fairfield at the Milford Ice Pavilion.

Notre Dame scored both of its goals in the second period — the first right off the face-off to open the period, and the second on a power play.

"It was back and forth, pretty even the whole game," said Wilton head coach Pete Maxfield, who was pleased with his team's performance in their first time out.

"We skated fairly well. Notre Dame was quick. They had a number of girls who were faster than we expected, but we skated with them the whole game."

Notre Dame finished with a 35-20 edge in shots on goal, with Brooke Jonsson making 33 saves in goal to highlight the effort by the Warriors.

"Brooke made a number of saves on second and third chances," said Maxfield.

Notre Dame got a big game in goal by Rebecca Paine, who made 20 saves for the shutout.

"We had a number of opportunities to put the puck in the net on rebounds but she made every save," said Maxfield, who noted strong games for Wilton by defenseman Izzy Thelen and forwards Amanda and Elizabeth Craven and Molly Thomas.

Bridget Magyar and Laura Dennigan scored the goals for Notre Dame, and Emily Rowland had an assist.

The Warriors will try to notch their first win on Saturday when they travel to Bennett Ice Rink in West Haven for a noon game against the combined team from West Haven and Sacred Heart Academy (Hamden).