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New Canaan girls hockey team gets first win in overtime thriller

Updated 5:18 pm, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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DARIEN -- The New Canaan girls hockey team certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

In game the Rams could have put away numerous times, the Rams waited until the waning seconds of overtime on Monday night to beat Trumbull/St. Joseph 4-3 at Darien Ice Rink.

Sophomore Catherine Granito provided the fireworks for New Canaan by notching a hat trick and scoring the overtime game-winner.

"This win starts our streak," assistant captain Emma Rosenstein said. "The loss against Darien was hard, but now that we have a win, we are back on track."

New Canaan dominated the play throughout most of the game, outshooting Trumbull/St. Joseph by a lopsided 41-15 margin.

Throughout the game, Trumbull/St. Joseph took advantage of several lightning strikes that kept New Canaan off balance.

"This isn't your mom's Trumbull team anymore," New Canaan coach Rich Bulan said. "They played scrappy, they played hard, they hung in the game. And if you leave them in the game it is going to get dangerous, and it did. We ran into great goaltending, and that is what it does to you."

That "great goaltending" came from Trumbull Gina Moriello, who was a brick wall between the pipes, turning away 37 shots and keeping her team in the game.

"This game really could have gone either way," Trumbull/St. Joseph head coach Paula Dady said. "I am very proud of how we played. We were playing one of the best teams in the state, and we were beating them."

New Canaan struck first halfway through the opening period when Rosenstein centered the puck to Granito in the slot, who went top shelf for the first goal of the game. Mackenzie Lewis also registered an assist on the goal.

Trumbull's Kaly Gronski answered back with just 19 seconds left in the period when she was able to sneak one past New Canaan goalie and captain Nathalie Deney for the equalizer.

Four minutes into the second period, Gronski would strike again to put Trumbull/St. Joseph on top 2-1, a lead it would maintain well into the third period.

The Rams had a golden opportunity at the beginning of the third period when Trumbull/St. Joseph was whistled for back-to-back penalties, giving New Canaan a nearly four-minute power play. While the Rams unloaded a barrage of shots, they could not get the puck past Moriello.

Granito once again found the back of the net with 5:26 remaining after Bella Marciano fed her the puck through heavy traffic in front of the net.

Then with just over two minutes left in the game, New Canaan sophomore Mia Carroll took the puck from deep in her zone, went coast to coast, and deked Moriello for the goal.

Trumbull/St. Joseph was not finished, though, as Lexi Brown fired the puck past Deney a mere 30 seconds later to send the game into overtime.

With 1:16 remaining in overtime Carroll passed to Granito who shot to the low corner past Moriello to seal the deal for New Canaan.

NEW CANAAN 4, TRUMBULL/ST. JOSEPH 3

New Canaan 1 0 2 1--4

Trumbull 1 1 1 0--3

Records: New Canaan 1-1, Trumbull 0-2

Goals: NC -- Catherine Granito 3, Mia Carroll 1; T/SJ--Kaly Gronski 2, Brown 1. Assists: NC--

Lewis 2, Marciano 2, Rosenstein 1, Granito 1; T/SJ--Prezioso 2, Buck 1, Gonski 1. Goalies: NC--Nathalie Deney (12 saves); T/SJ--Gina Moriello (37); Shots: NC--41; T/SJ--15.