GREENWICH — It was a contest where the effort on both sides merited a reward.

The Greenwich High School and New Canaan High girls ice hockey teams traded goals in the last four minutes of regulation before settling for a hard-fought 2-2 overtime deadlock Monday at Dorothy Hamill rink.

“It’s the same result as the first time we met this season,” said New Canaan’s veteran coach Rich Bulin. “Greenwich has been solid in all three phases of the game this season. I’ll happily take the tie.”

It was a repeat of their January 11th matchup where New Canaan scored with 58 seconds left in regulation to forge a 2-2 overtime tie at Darien Ice House.

On Monday, Emma Wingrove scored with 3:54 to go to put GHS up 2-1. But New Canaan junior quad-captain Gianna Bruno put home her second goal of the afternoon with 24.1 seconds left for 2-2. The eight-minute overtime period had its moments but no goals.

“This is our fourth tie of the season,” said Greenwich’s third-year coach Alex Lerchen. “Closing out games continues to be a learning experience for our group. We now understand that a team like New Canaan will fight right down to the final buzzer.”

While Darien and New Canaan have established residence in the penthouse of FCIAC Girls Ice Hockey for quite a while, Greenwich is a newcomer to these fancy digs.

What Greenwich (10-2-4 overall, 9-1-2 FCIAC) and New Canaan (7-3-4 overall, 7-2-2 FCIAC) have in common this 2016-17 season is youth.

Greenwich has only one senior on its roster while New Canaan has two seniors.

The Cardinals and the Rams are also blessed with goalies with fine-tuned skills. GHS freshman Jessica Ware registered 29 saves while New Canaan sophomore Kara Fahey made 23 saves Monday.

“Jessica (Ware) is an amazing athlete and a great competitor,” Greenwich’s Lerchen said. “She’s meant so much to our success.”

“I don’t know where we’d be without our goalie (Fahey),” New Canaan’s Bulin said. “I’d certainly would have signed up for where we are now on Day 1 of practice. Once we get over the flu bug going through our team, we’ll be in good shape when the FCIAC and state playoffs arrive (in three weeks).”

Bruno opened the scoring at 6:43 of the first period for New Canaan, 4-0-2 in its last six games. Freshman Katie Piotrzkowski answered with 3:57 left in the opening period for Greenwich, 8-1-2 in its last 11 contests.

“The coaching and the opportunities on the youth level for girls ice hockey in Greenwich has been responsible for the improvement in our program. We’re not teaching basic skills to the girls at this level,” Greenwich’s Lerchen said. “I enjoy this group. They listen. They work hard. I think we are well positioned for the upcoming playoffs. We still have some tough games left and we can continue to grow.”



NEW CANAAN 1 0 1 0 — 2

GREENWICH 1 0 1 0—2

Records: New Canaan 7-3-4, 7-2-2 FCIAC; Greenwich 10-2-4, 9-1-2 FCIAC.

Goals: NC—Gianna Bruno 2. Gr—Katie Piotrzkowski, Emma Wingrove. Assists: NC—Liz McCarthy, Quincy Connell. Gr—Grace Fahey, Jen Kelly. Goalies: NC—Kara Fahey (23 saves). G—Jessica Ware (29 saves).