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Darien Youth Hockey Association Action

DARIEN, Conn. — The following are recaps of recent Darien Youth Hockey Association games.


Darien Dental Care Kids 9, Mite Team Eight 0 With an impressive game by Colin Bresnahan in goal, Darien Dental Care Kids had the confidence to put more offensive pressure on Team Eight. Madison Andrews paced the first line with three goals. Thomas Cush added to his season total with two scores, with assists from Maverick McCloy and Ryan Roberts.

Stefan Fusco solidified the defense and pushed the puck to the forwards. Period 2 saw goals by William Harper, Grant Dougherty and Jack McCloy. Nolan Bryson moved the puck up the ice and fed the forwards. All forwards and defensemen worked hard in the offensive zone but stepped up their back-checking as well. In all, it was a team effort by DDK with contributions by all players.

Team Eight saw strong skills from Brady Pokorny and Will Kuryla and a great effort in goal by Caroline Coccaro. Team Eight worked the puck well and had many chances that did not find the back of the net.

Simpson Thacher 14, Fairfield County Sports Photography 9 Saturday morning's meeting between Simpson Thacher and Fairfield County Sports Photography was the first game of the Shannon Cup tournament for both teams.  Kelly Raymond opened the scoring for FCSP and Peter Ferguson showed great hustle as FCSP came out strong in the first period.  Brian Seely began the scoring for Simpson Thacher with some nice stick handling while driving hard to the net.  Simpson Thacher continued to match FCSP's offensive onslaught with the offensive prowess of Sam Sealy, Casey Warble and Frank Bonaddio.

FCSP was playing with a depleted roster and drew on Nicholas Lancaster and Riley O'Connor's sensational stamina to provide superb defense while playing the whole game.  Spencer Morrow played exceptional in goal. He got help from Ella Whiticom's defensive skill. This allowed teammates Chris Raker and Casey Molloy to tally a few additional goals.

In the end, the morning belonged to Simpson Thacher with strong defense from Margaret Russell, Lindsay Smith and Anthony Bonaddio, and stellar goaltending by Tyler Reckin who made numerous saves that awed the capacity crowd.


SWS Builders’ (Darien Mite A) 7, Stamford Youth Sharks 1 SWS Builders' Mite A team had a decisive victory with multiple goal scorers and assists.  Fritz Nottebohm started things off, with Dylan Thom, Victor Sarrazin, Jack Eccleston, Will Stahl and Pierce Moley all finding the net for multiple goals each. Billy Branca scored and provided several key assists. Newt Cutler also had multiple assists, including a perfect pass to Moley right in front of the net.

James Conway and Thomas Ricciardelli played ironclad defense. As always, Jack O'Brien owned the net, letting just one of Stamford's shots get by.


Whalers Pee Wee A 3, Rings End Lumber (Darien PeeWee B) 1 Darien PeeWee B, sponsored by Rings End Lumber, came close to upsetting the higher-tier team at Wesleyan University. Darien goalie Will Capalbo was terrific, finishing with 30 saves. Even though Darien was outshot 14-5 early in the second period, team captain Nick Kleban put Darien up, 1-0. His goal was assisted by Ronan Flynn. The Whalers knotted the game at the end of the second period and went ahead late in the third. Their final score was into an open net in the waning moments.

Rings End Lumber (Darien PeeWee B) 4, West Haven PeeWee B 2 Darien PeeWee B, after being held without a shot for the opening six minutes, rallied to win 4-2. Nick Kleban put in a rebound of a Ronan Flynn shot. The score also assisted by defenseman Alexander Williams, tying the game at 1. Flynn put Darien ahead with two minutes left in the first period.

After West Haven knotted the game, Nick Cardone put Darien ahead to stay on a nice give-and-go with Boomer Manchuck with 2:14 left in the second period. Reese Gregory iced the game with an open netter with 0:38 left in the game. Gregory was assisted by Cole Kammler. Goalie Will Capalbo finished with 15 saves, including a terrific glove save at the end of the first period.

Rings End Lumber (Darien PeeWee B) 3, Ramapo Saints 3 Rings End Lumber took the lead with 4:31 left in the first period on an unassisted wraparound goal by Nick Cardone. After Ramapo tied the game, Boomer Manchuck put Darien back in front with 7:56 left in the second period. Manchuck made a great shot off a terrific pass from Cardone. Ramapo took the lead in the third period. Out of a scrum in front of the Ramapo net, defenseman Bobby Gummer got the tying goal, assisted by Trevor Cameron and Stephanie Lane. Darien goalie Will Capalbo had 16 saves.

Rings End Lumber (Darien PeeWee B) 8, Stamford Sharks 1 Stamford’s Ryan Neafsey, assisted by Harry Makovsky scored early in the game. Darien tied the game 1-1 in the first period. Then in the final two periods, Darien exploded for seven straight goals. Tighe Ekern scored the first two Darien goals. The first was assisted by defenseman Brendan Verrico and the second by Trevor Cameron.

Boomer Manchuck scored two goals, assisted by Quentin Danielson. The first was from just inside the blue line, and the second was on a power play. Nick Cardone put in a slap shot for Darien’s fourth goal, assisted by Ekern and Cameron on a great pass from behind the net.

Danielson scored early in the third period when he passed to Manchuck at his own blue line and hustled up ice to take Manchuck’s return pass in front of the net. Nick Kleban got the seventh goal, assisted by Ronan Flynn, and Flynn closed out the scoring, assisted by Kleban.

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