GREENWICH — Delaney, Sophie and Kelsey Roth put on quite a sister act for the Greenwich girls ice hockey team on Monday night.
Combining for four goals, the Roth sisters put forth a sensational performance, powering the Cardinals to another decisive win.
Sophomore defender Delaney Roth tallied twice, while freshman twins Sophie and Kelsey registered one goal apiece in Greenwich’s impressive 6-0 victory over Trumbull/St. Joseph at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.
“They are probably going to remember that for a long, long time,” Greenwich coach Alex Lerchen said of the Roth sister’s efforts. “It was special — a great moment for them.”
With the Roth sister’s sparking the Cardinals offensively goalies Jessica Ware and Emma Kunschner combined for the shutout. Ware recorded 13 saves, while Kunschner came off the bench in third period to stop 11 shots. The win raised Greenwich’s record to 6-1, heading into Thursday’s showdown against FCIAC rival New Canaan at Darien Ice House.
Senior Annika Haakensen made 16 saves for Trumbull/St. Joseph, in only her third career game in goal.
Junior forward Emiri Fukuchi scored the game’s first goal with 8:28 remaining in the first period. Gathering a pass from senior forward Emma Wingrove, she snapped a shot by Haakensen from the low slot, making it 1-0.
Delaney Roth struck at the 6:31 mark, putting the Cards ahead, 2-0.
“I got a great tip from one of my teammates, Elizabeth Anderson, on the boards and I was able to get a head of steam to get it up the ice and get a shot on goal,” said Roth, who was shifted to defense this season, after playing forward a year ago. “We are really playing well as a team. The newer players are getting to know their teammates and we are clicking.”
Kelsey Roth capped the Cardinals’ first-period scoring, converting a snap shot from the right face-off circle at the 5:13 mark of the opening period, giving the home team a 3-0 advantage.
Trumbull/St. Joseph (0-9) had opportunities to cut into the Cards’ lead, but Ware stood strong in goal. She stopped seven shots during the second period, with Marcella Silberger, Devon Cavaliere and Kendall Conley each putting the puck on net for the visitors.
“Our defense has been playing great all season,” Ware said. “We did a great job and everyone worked really well together in our offensive and defensive zone, which is good to see.”
Delaney Roth and sophomore forward Lily Bates each tallied in the second period and Sophie Roth added a late third-period goal for the victors. Sophie and Kelsey Roth each notched their first career goals.
“We did a nice job of not having any dull periods,” Delaney Roth said. “Each game, we are looking to play 45 minutes and be consistent.”
Said Trumbull/St. Joseph coach Paula Dady: “We did have opportunities, but I think we held on to the puck too long. There were times where we could have gotten the shot off quicker. We are trying out new people in goal, when we started the season, we did not have one person in pads for goalie. Anna did a great job for us today in goal.”
Senior defender Katie Piotrzkowski and Wingrove had assists for Greenwich, which led 4-0 after the second period.
“It’s nice to see the girls play the brand of hockey we were looking for,” Lerchen said. “You have to come out and work hard every night — that’s the FCIAC. Overall, we played great team defense, we are very fortunate to have depth at the goalie position.”
Said Ware: “We are right where we want to be at this point of the season and we are looking forward to tougher games and the playoffs. We are doing a great job with our progression and it could only get better for us from here.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Delaney Roth ignited the Cardinals on both ends of the ice.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the job she is doing,” Lerchen said. “She skates well and is confident with the puck.”