Darien routs rival New Canaan
DARIEN — After ending the first period in a scoreless tie, it seemed as if it was only a matter of time until the Darien forecheck would find the back of the net.
The New Canaan defense and first-year goalie Kara Fahey delayed the inevitable as long as they could, but a Colleen Cassidy tip-in five minutes into the second gave the Blue Wave the lead, and opened the floodgates.
Darien went on to score three times in both the second and third periods, defeating rival New Canaan 6-0 Monday evening at the Darien Ice House.
“We have depth and we have speed, now we have to keep working on our confidence level,” Wave coach Jamie Tropsa said. “And I think a win like this is putting us in the right direction.”
Darien’s depth was more-than evident Monday, with its six goals coming off five different sticks.
After Cassidy’s goal opened the scoring, Shea van den Broek would tally twice, both in the final two minutes of the second period to give the Wave (5-3, 4-1 FCIAC) a 3-0 advantage heading into the break.
“I think this might be the deepest team we have,” Tropsa said. “Maybe not the most skilled, but the deepest. When you have that depth, and can keep getting kids on the ice for short periods of time with a lot of speed, you’re just going to wear teams down.”
And that’s exactly what Darien did.
After erasing a two-goal deficit in the third period against Greenwich in its last game on Wednesday, the New Canaan skaters seemed to weaken as the game went on Monday — a frightening development for coach Rich Bulan.
“I told (the girls), they’re quicker, they’re smarter, they’re deeper, they’re stronger and they got more heart,” Bulan said. “The one thing I can fix, is that we are going to get in shape. I don’t understand how, here we are at this point and you play like you did against Greenwich and you show up like you haven’t skated in a week when we just practiced yesterday.”
Arrix and Chan, as well as Cassidy, are all freshman, a testament to the youth and ability that the Blue Wave boast.
“There’s a lot of them,” Tropsa said of his first-year players. “We have nine freshmen on this team, and almost all of them got on the ice tonight, so that’s really nice to see.”
The good news for Bulan and the Rams is that at 2-3-1, the season is still young, and there is time to correct some of those issues.
“For us, it’s still early,” Bulan said. “It’s just game number six, there’s a lot to fix but it can be done. We’re not going to sit back and let it go this way.”
DARIEN 6, NEW CANAAN 0
DARIEN 0 3 3—6
NEW CANAAN 0 0 0—0
Records: Darien 5-3, 4-1 FCIAC; New Canaan 2-3-1, 2-1-1. Goals: D—Colleen Cassidy, Shea van den Broek 2, Corinne Bevill, Kit Arrix, Caitlin Chan. Assists: D—Elise Maro, van den Broek, Schiff 2. Goalies: D—Emily Gianunzio (7 saves); NC—Kara Fahey (21). Shots: D—27; NC—7.