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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Watch out for the Westies...

So far, my preseason high school boys' hockey prediction is looking good.
I wrote a feature stating West Haven was a wildcard this season in the quest for the CIAC Division I championship. Sure, it's only two games, but the Blue Devils opened the season against two of the top teams in the Faifield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference and have a 2-0 record.
West Haven defeated Greenwich 3-2 and defeated Darien and solid FCIAC goalie Will Love 8-1.
The Westies' own wildcard is new full-time starting goalie James Withington who has great size at 6-3, 175 pounds. They have a solid front line of Ryan Bruneau, John Ascenzia and Tim Baylis and five solid defensemen.
All Westies coach Joe Morrell asks of us his players is to play hard and put the puck in the net and they have certainly responded.
West Haven gets its first Southern Connecticut Conference test against a very deep and talented North Haven team on Wednesday (Dec. 23) at the Bennett Rink (West Haven) at 6:30 p.m.
They follow that game with a trip to Maine in the Maine Invitational Tournament.
West Haven plays South Portland, Me. at Portland Ice Arena on Monday at 8 p.m. and against York, Me. at Biddeford Ice Arena (Biddeford, Me.) on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Small world. When I went to Northeastern University in Boston to study journalism I dated a girl from Biddeford, Me.

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