Eliza Bowman rescued the Greenwich Academy ice hockey team from defeat, scoring the tying goal against Taft School with 37.3 seconds in the third period.
Then Bowman led the Gators to victory.
Following her game-tying goal, Bowman registered the winning tally, sending Greenwich Academy to a 3-2 comeback overtime win over Taft in a NEPSAC game held at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford.
With its third straight win, GA raised its record to 5-8-3, as it continues to mount a late-season push for the playoffs.
“This team never quits,” Greenwich Academy coach Erin Brawley said. “After the second period, we said we can get this done and the team came out with vengeance in the third period.”
On the game-ending goal with 3:40 remaining in the five-minute overtime period, Bowman snapped a shot on goal from the right face-off circle that bounded off the pads of Taft’s goalie and found its way into the net.
A brief, well-deserved celebration on the ice ensued for Greenwich Academy, which congratulated Bowman for her efforts.
“I intercepted a pass came in and took the shot by the right wing,” Bowman said of her game-winning goal. “Coach always says that any shot on net in the third period is a big shot. We knew we had to take whatever opportunity came our way.”
Bowman is on some type of scoring surge. She recorded a hat trick in GA’s previous win against Rye Country Day School and was also instrumental to the team’s victory over New Canaan.
“She is a senior captain and showing it,” Brawley said of Bowman. “She is doing a great job of getting pucks to net.”
Trailing 2-1, the Gators sent the game into overtime, courtesy of Bowman. With Greenwich Academy applying a lot of pressure in Taft’s zone, Bowman’s tally from close in with 37.3 seconds to play knotted the score at 2-2.
“Every single person was out there battling as hard as they could,” Brawley said.
Down 2-0 after the second period, GA cut Taft’s lead in half at the 8:01 mark of the third period. Junior defender/forward Kayla Ketchabaw tallied Greenwich Academy’s first goal, which was assisted by senior forward Grace Schulze.
“I was coming in the zone and I saw Eliza (Bowman) pass to Grace (Schulze) and the puck came to my stick and I tapped it into the empty net,” Ketchabaw said. “This is a huge win for us, it’s a confidence-booster and gives us a huge momentum-swing. We came out really strong in the third period.”
Taft took a 1-0 lead when Ellie Perkins scored off assists from Erin Lonergan and Ashley Wight at the 8:43 mark of the first period.
With 6:04 left in the second period, Piper Desorcie of Taft scored off assists from Chloe Agopian and Callia Ferraris, making it 2-0.
Freshman goalie Liana Seeley made 29 saves in goal for Greenwich Academy, which received solid defensive play throughout.
“The last few weeks we have been working on our defensive zone coverage in practice and everything came together,” Seeley said. “Everyone recovered and was working together really well. We are all really believing in each other and working so well together.”
Said Bowman: “We are on a nice streak. The combination of our team finding our flow and working together on offense is helping us.”
BRUNSWICK SCHOOL SQUASH
Brunswick put the finish touch on an undefeated regular season with a 7-0 win over NEPSAC rival Kent School in a matchup involving unbeaten squads on Wednesday.
The host Bruins, ranked No. 1 in the nation, improved to 8-0, while Kent’s (fourth in the nation) record stands at 14-1. The match marked the final home match for the Bruins under the tenure of Jim Stephens, who has coached the squad for 35 years. Stephens, also a mathematics teacher at the school, will retire following the school year.
At the No. 1 spot, Nick Spizzirri posted an 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 victory over Kent’s David Costales. Dana Santry of Brunswick defeated Fede Soso, 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 at the second spot. Brian Leonard gave the Bruins a 3-0 win at the third position (11-2, 11-2, 11-6, while Mac Aube of Brunswick won his match against Jonathan Sosa at No. 4, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10.
Pierce Henderson (No. 5) notched a 3-0 (11-6, 11-6, 11-9) triumph against Kent’s Syan Singh and Patrick Keller was a 3-1 winner at No. 6, 3-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-4.
Tad Carney was victorious at No. 7, 11-2, 11-9, 11-9 and David Beeson (No. 8) won his match, 11-2, 11-3, 11-1 for the Bruins. The Bruins will compete at the U.S. High School Team Squash Championships at Trinity College in Hartford Feb. 21-23.
The Cardinals were dominant in registering a 66-18 victory against visiting Norwalk in an FCIAC matchup held on Wednesday night.
Javier Serra won his 113-pound match for Greenwich against Kaleigh Carillos in 3:47. Carlos DeWinter continued his standout season for the Cardinals, pinning Norwalk’s Charles Rabin in the 126-pound match.
Emanuel Lai (138) gave GHS a pinfall victory against Dante Lopez (3:30). Kacper Grabowski pinned his Norwalk foe in the 145-pound matchup in 43 seconds.
Greenwich’s Louis Ceci pinned Ryan Gilchrist in 1:10 in the 152-pound bout, while Cristobal Isaacs (170) also won by pinfall for the Cardinals.
Charles Beney (195) was also a pinfall winner (1:30) for Greenwich, which competes in the FCIAC Championships on Friday and Saturday.
Archer Manning (106), Joseph Mollica (120), Andrew Falla (220) and Glen Rivas (285) each won their matches by forfeit for the Cardinals.