The Darien High School girls hockey team knew it was in for a tough evening against defending FCIAC champion New Canaan. Little did it know how tough. Before some fans had even taken their seats, New Canaan had jumped out to an insurmountable lead. Rams offensive machine Olivia Hompe netted four goals, routing the Blue Wave in the FCIAC championship game, 7-1.
New Canaan outshot Darien 28-13. Momentum was sapped quickly from the Blue Wave, trailing 4-0 just 6:27 into the game.
Darien's lone goal came late in the first period when Emma Tuzinkiewicz slung a wrist shot past New Canaan goalie Britt Gardella. Katie Dehaas assisted.
It was one of only a few clean shots Darien managed to get off against an utterly dominating New Canaan team. Any thoughts of a comeback were erased just one minute later when Hompe completed her first period hat trick.
"I was really surprised how we came out because that's a very good team over there," New Canaan head coach Rich Bulan said of Darien. "We just got lucky and caught them a little flat-footed tonight."
Darien will try to bounce back in the opening round of the state tournament. The Blue Wave hosts Hall-Conrad Co-Op on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Darien Ice Rink.
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