New Canaan girls hockey handles Greenwich, 7-1

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Greenwich High School's Emily Bacon works the puck past her New Canaan opponent during Monday night's game. — Dave Stewart photo

Greenwich High School’s Emily Bacon works the puck past her New Canaan opponent during Monday night’s game. — Dave Stewart photo

The New Canaan Rams netted six goals during the first period and went on to defeat the Greenwich Cardinals girls ice hockey team, 7-1, Monday night at the Darien Ice Rink.

The loss broke a brief two-game winning streak for the Cards, who beat Wilton 6-1 last Thursday and East Catholic 2-1 on Friday. Greenwich, which is now 9-9 overall and 7-5 in the FCIAC, has clinched a conference tournament berth and will likely face league-leading New Canaan (15-0 overall, 11-0 FCIAC) in the semifinals on Feb. 20.

Greenwich ran into a New Canaan buzzsaw during the first period on Monday, as the Rams scored five times in the first 10 minutes and outshot the Cardinals 14-0 in the frame.

After a scoreless second stanza, senior Emily Bacon went coast-to-coast and slipped the puck through the five-hole with 5:51 remaining to avert the shutout. New Canaan’s Mackenzie Lewis added the final goal with 3:42.

Junior goalie Dart Freccia (23 saves) had a rough first period, but settled down and stopped 15 of 16 shots in the final two frames. That included a nice stop during a breakaway against Ram star Olivia Hompe in the third frame.

Greenwich generated several good opportunities during the final two periods, but were shut down by New Canaan goalie Nathalie DeNey, who made four saves. Lewis, Corbett Ripley, and Madzie Carroll had two goals apiece for New Canaan while Hompe added one goal.

Greenwich has two games remaining on the schedule, and will take on Fairfield on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and Staples on Feb. 14.

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