New Canaan shuts out Trumbull for 11th straight win
Published 4:39 pm, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
DARIEN -- The New Canaan Rams picked up a shutout victory by topping the Trumbull Eagles 4-0 at the Darien Ice Rink Monday night on the strength of two goals from senior captain and center Jana Persky.
After a scoreless first period, the Rams wasted little time before lighting the lamp in the second period. Olivia Hompe skated the puck into the attacking zone and left a drop pass for Bea Eppler. Eppler quickly centered the puck to Perksy, who one-timed it into the back of the net to give her team a 1-0 lead.
"We had a 3-on-2 and we executed it really well. Olivia skated up the ice and then it went from Bea right across and I just slid it into the net," Persky said. "We created a triangle and were able to stretch out the defense enough to get a shot off."
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At exactly midway through the second period, New Canaan's top line struck again. This time Eppler got the puck to Hompe, who was able to move a deft pass over to Persky. Persky slid the puck through the goalie's legs for a power play goal and a 2-0 lead.
"Olivia worked it around the corner and she put it in front of the net and I was able to get my stick on it just enough to knock it through her legs," Persky said.
Late in the second period, Trumbull fanned on a clearing attempt, and Hompe made the Eagles pay as she took control of the puck on a breakaway and beat Trumbull goalie Katie Palmer for the 3-0 lead.
With eight points on the night, the trio of Hompe, Persky and Eppler have now combined for 180 points, just six away from tying a Connecticut state scoring record for points by a single line in a single season. The current record of 186 points belongs to Anne Amrhein, Xandra Hompe and Eliza Hompe. Olivia Hompe is the younger sister of Xandra and Eliza.
Though New Canaan's top line of forwards lit up the stat sheet once again, New Canaan was equally impressive on defense. The starting tandem of senior captain Carla Paredes and sophomore Madzie Carroll were instrumental in preventing scoring opportunities for the Eagles. For Paredes, the shutout was the icing on the cake.
"Yeah, it's great to get a shutout. Defensively, we all play really well with each other," Paredes said. "This is my first year playing with Madzie and we work well together."
New Canaan yielded only six shots on net, all of which were stopped by junior net minder Britt Gardella.
"She's a competitor, she just wants to win," Bulan said "She always comes to the bench and starts telling me stuff about what [the opponent] is doing in the other end, and I love that because it means she's in the game. She's watching exactly what's going on down at the other end."
Trumbull struggled to keep up with New Canaan late in the game, likely because of a very short bench; the Eagles had a total of only eight skaters and two goalies dressed for the game.
"One more forward, one more defenseman and [Trumbull is] a contender," Bulan said. "They're a solid team. They hang in there, but it's tough when you don't have enough players."
The Rams outshot the Eagles 34-6 on the night, and Carroll closed out the scoring on a shot from the point just over six minutes into the third.
The win was the 11th in a row for the Rams, who have already locked up the top seed in both the FCIAC and State tournaments. New Canaan will take to the ice tonight against a tough Ridgefield team. The Rams picked up a tightly contested 4-3 victory over the Tigers in their last meeting on Dec. 15.
"Ridgefield is a big game because they're on a roll," Bulan said. "It's a big game for them because they're in a playoff hunt, and it's a big game for us because we might see them again right away."