Girls hockey: Wilton tops Trumbull with late flurry
The Wilton-Norwalk girls hockey snapped a 1-1 tie with two goals in a span of 16 seconds, with just over a minute left to play, to score a big 3-1 win over Trumbull-St. Joseph on Saturday night at Sono Ice House in Norwalk.
It was the first FCIAC win of the season for the Warriors, who are now 2-13 overall.
The Warriors erased a 1-0 deficit with three goals in the final nine minutes of the game.
"It was fantastic game. It was really nice they're seeing the work they've put in has paid off. They're starting to turn the corner," said head coach Pete Maxfield, who had seen the team take its game up several notches the last few weeks.
"I was really proud of how they came back after going down 1-0. We've had a hard time getting the puck in the net all year. For them to get three goals in nine minutes was very impressive."
Trumbull (3-11) broke a scoreless tie with 11 minutes left to play in the third period, but the Warriors answered two minutes later, after two Trumbull penalties gave Wilton a five-on-three advantage.
On the power play, the Warriors moved the puck patiently until Izzy Thelen scored the tying goal on a shot from the center point, with assists from Anna Bean and Molly Thomas.
Wilton was able to kill off a Trumbull power play with under five minutes to play, and took the lead with 1:25 left when Shannon McEveney poked the puck in after a scramble in front, with Bean getting the assist.
Maxfield kept the McEveney-Thomas-Bean line on the ice for the face-off, and it paid off as Wilton scored again just 16 minutes later, this time McEveney knocking the puck in for her second goal of the game, with an assist to Thomas.
It capped off a great night for the all-sophomore line, which had a hand in all three Wilton goals.
Maxfield said the Warriors also got a tremendous effort from its other line, anchored by Elizabeth and Amanda Craven, with either Ali Danvers or Lauren Chiappetta.
"They did a fantastic job out here. They kept the pressure on Trumbull. They were relentless," he said.
Thelen, in addition to her goal, was outstanding defensively is limiting Trumbull's top skater, Caroline Prezioso, all game.
"Since we got the last change, I made sure Izzy Thelen was out there when Caroline was out there. Izzy shut her down. She played real well," said Maxfield.
Brooke Jonsson made 26 saves in goal for Wilton, as both teams finished the game with 27 shots on goal.
Wilton had lost to Trumbull earlier this season, 4-0. But it's a different Wilton team now, said Maxfield, playing with greater confidence. He said he could see that in the team's 9-0 loss to New Canaan last Wednesday, as the Warriors trailed the 11-1 Rams by only 1-0 after one period.
"We probably played the best period we have played all season," he said. "You could almost sees they had confidence (on Saturday) because of how they played in that New Canaan game. They're really starting to come around to the system we play, and they've got great attitudes."