In a battle between rivals that share the same home ice at Hamden’s Louis Astorino Ice Arena, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op girls’ ice hockey (top seed, 13-7-1) earned a 4-3 win over Hamden/Lyman Hall/Wilbur Cross Co-Op (fourth seed, 8-14) in Wednesday’s Southern Connecticut Conference semifinals.
Amity senior Tess Csejka contributed to all of her team's four goals, recording two goals and two assists. With 1:44 left in the first period, Csejka netted the opening goal on a pass from Amity junior Olivea Kosh.
Hamden Co-Op tied the game 1-1 with 7:55 left in the second, as senior Demeri Carangelo assisted on a goal by senior Lauren Mullally. Cheshire senior Nadia DiNatale responded with consecutive goals, both assisted by Csejka, in a span of 2:21 during the second period.
With her second goal coming on a power play, DiNatale propelled the Connecticut Blades to a 3-1 lead, but Hamden Co-Op made a late rally in the third period.
Senior Reilly Sargolini tallied consecutive goals (3:38, 2:29) to tie the game at 3-3. Carangelo and junior Kathleen Gould picked up assists.
With game hanging in the balance, Csejka came back to net the game-winner with 46.6 seconds remaining. Amity junior Caroline Cadelina assisted on the final goal.
In outshooting Hamden Co-Op 48-17, the Blades went 3-0 in the season series with their rival. Hamden junior goalkeeper Katherine Shapland stood tall with 44 saves, while Amity sophomore Jade Krukar stopped 14 shots.
On Saturday, the Blades aim to earn a second straight SCC title in playing Guilford (second seed, 15-5) at West Haven’s Bennett Rink. The final starts at 1 p.m.
On Jan. 16, the Blades outlasted Guilford in a 6-4 road win.