Team Connecticut B 05-06: Notice Board
April 20, 2005
McGovern Shutsdown Oppostion and Leads TC to Title
By Timothy Coonen                                                                         April 11, 2005 Special to usahockey.com   In many cases, a hockey team goes as far as its goalie can take it. On April 10, Team Connecticut goalie Susan McGovern put her team on her shoulders and carried it to a 2-0 win over Team Detroit in USA Hockey's 2005 Women’s Senior B National Championship final at the Cornerstone Community Ice Arena.   McGovern led the way with 18 saves, including 10 in the first period as Team Connecticut won its second Senior B title (Connecticut also won in 2002).   “Susan just played an outstanding tournament,” Team Connecticut coach Ralph Russo said. “She had three straight shutouts to end the tournament. I give her all of the credit in the world. The team really rallied around her.”   Detroit came out of the gate quickly in the opening period, peppering McGovern with 10 shots on goal. McGovern was actually pleased to see the early action.   “It’s always nice to have some shots on goal right away to get in the flow of the game,” McGovern said. “It kept my legs going and it always keeps you in the game.”   Despite only three shots on goal in the first period, Connecticut made one of them count. Anna Siliciano scored at the 11:14 mark on a wrap-around shot that beat Detroit goalie Anna Vandermarliere.   “That first goal made a big difference,” Russo said. “Both teams were feeling each other out at that point. We had trouble getting going, but that was mainly due to their defense. I think we settled down a bit after that first goal.”   Connecticut had a couple of more chances to lengthen its lead, but couldn’t capitalize on two outstanding scoring opportunities.   With two consecutive Detroit penalties, Connecticut had a five-on-three power opportunity, but, 10 seconds into it, Connecticut committed a frustration penalty of its own. Detroit staved off the power play and still found itself trailing by just one goal.   With three minutes to play in the second period, Connecticut’s Courtney Johnson had a breakaway and ended up hitting the crossbar.   “I didn’t really have control of the puck as it was kind of wobbling,” said Johnson, who had four goals and four assists in the tournament. “Personally, I thought it went in. It hit the crossbar at a funny angle and came out. It is part of the game, and we just kept playing hard.”   Johnson would get the last laugh, though, as she was able to seal the win with an empty-net goal with just over a minute to play.   “It was nice to get that open-net goal,” Johnson said. “It secured the win for us in a way. It gave the team a little breathing room. We were all really tired, as are all of the other teams. We were fortunate to get that goal.”   Even with the two-goal cushion, McGovern wasn’t about to take any chances relaxing in net.   “I am still nervous with a two-goal lead,” said McGovern, who allowed just four goals in 107 shots during the tournament. “It doesn’t take much to get back in the game. That definitely helped, but it was still nerve-wracking, to say the least.”   McGovern, who took last year off, was really happy to win this for her team, as she knows how hard her teammates have worked to make their championship dream a reality.   “I am just so happy for these girls,” McGovern said. “They lost in the quarterfinals last year, and they were determined to get the job done. It is a very sweet feeling.”   Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc.
   
April 11, 2005
TEAM CT WINS USAH WOMEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
TC swept both the semi and title games and was crowned USA Hockey's Women's Senior B National Champs. In the morning game TC beat the Massachusetts Lighting 5-0. Wallis Finger led the scoring with a pair of goals. The other goals were added by Lauren Wiggins, Anita Khar and Jackie Tamsin who also added two assists. Assists were awarded to Anita Khar, Siobhan Russell, LeeAnne Irwin and Courtney Johnson. Sue McG was again outstanding in goaldenying the Lightning all 21 times they shot and picking up her second consecutive shutout. ----- In the championship game vs also undefeated Team Detroit, TC again gets an outstanding effort from Sue McGovern as she stops all 18 of Detriot's shots, gets her third straight shutout. Anna Siliciano got the first TC goal and Courtney Johnson added the game ender in the second. Team Connecticut also dominated the stat sheets for this Championship Tourney as the top three scorers were all from our team. Jackie Tamsin led all scorers with 6 goals and 5 assists, Lauren Wiggins was next with 6goals 3 assists and Courtney Johnson scored 4 goals and 4 assists. The leading Goalie was Sue McGovern who posted a 6-0 record with shutouts in the Quarter, Semi and Final Games. Her 0.67 Goals Against average and 96.7% save rate was outstanding.
   
April 10, 2005
Team CT Wins Quarter Final Match.
TC earned a spot in the Semi-Finals of the USA Hockey National Championships by virtue of its 6-0 win over the NORTHERN LIGHTS.
   
April 9, 2005
TC BEATS BRIDGEWATER IN GAME 2
TC won a hard fought victory over The Bridgewater, NJ Wings Hockey Club 5-2 to take the lead in pool play. A win is a win and TC earned this one. Falling behind 1-0 in the first 2 minutes TC surged back first tying it with a power play goal by Anna Siliciano on a feed from Lauren Wiggins with just over 5 minutes remaining. Then they adding two more in the second period both by Courtney Johnson. The first goal came from a pass by Jackie Tamsin and the second goal with just 2 ticks on the clock came from passes by Wallis Finger and Jackie Tamsin. After the ice cut the Wings got after the puck and closed the gap to 3-2 just 2 minutes into the third period. Courtney Johnson then smacked in her third goal and Lauren Wiggins struck the final blow off a pass from LeeAnne Irwin and TC WINS. Sue McGovern was again stingy as she grabbed 22 of 24 shots.
   
April 9, 2005
TC Ends Pool Play With a Win
TC was awarded first seed in its divisional pool play at the USA Hockey National Women's Championships. By winning its third straight 9-1 over the Oakland California Seals TC will gain the top berth in the quarterfinals vs Minnesota Northern Lights. Jackie Tamsin led the attack as she recorded a hat trick and added an assist. Almost the entire team enjoyed the offensive onslaught as Sarah Hanna, Siobhan Russell, Stephanie Nedoszytko, LeeAnne Irwin, Lauren Wiggins and Anita also added goals. LeeAnne,Courtney Johnson (2), Anita Khar, Sarah Hanna, Lauren Wiggins and Anna Siliciano all added assists. Sue Mc Govern stopped 14 0f 15 but only a goal with 18 seconds seperated Her with her first shutout.
   
April 8, 2005
TC takes Game 1 at Nationals
Team Connecticut jumped on Syracuse Warriors scoring 3 in the first period and 2 more in the second enroute to a 5-1 opening game win. Jackie Tamsin opened the scoring with 8:25 left in the first period off a rebound from shots by Wallis Finger and Courtney Johnson. Melissa Gray then cherry picked a goal off a feed from Steph Nedoszytko with just 2:16 left in the period for the second score. It took just 33 seconds for Wallis Finger to drop a pass back to her open point and Siobhan Russell let go a blast that found the right corner of the net and TC led 3-0 going into the second. In the second period TC built its lead on a power play goal by LeeAnne Irwin from Lauren Wiggins and Anna Siliciano and the same group teamed up again 5 minutes later this time Lauren Wiggins smacked it in from Anna and LeeAnne. Sue McGovern was the glue that held the team together stopping 16 of 17 shots with only a fluke shot off a defensemen's skate with 30 seconds left the only score.
   
March 14, 2005
TC SWEEPS THE NEW ENGLAND REGIONALS
TC won all 5 of its games at New England Regionals in snowy Woodstock, Vermont saving its best performance for last. TC flexed its muscle in the championship game beating a talented Vermont Full Stride Flyers 5-1 and powering its way to its 6th straight berth in The USA Hockey National Championship in April.
   
March 6, 2005
TC Thumps Northern Lights
Even with a short bench TC managed a well played 7-0 win over The Northern Lights U-19 team. Sue "Glue" McGovern recorded her 6th shutout stopping all 17 shots that came her way managing the crease superbly. Offensively, Sarah Hanna and Melissa Gray each netted 2 goals while Siobhan Russell, Stephanie Nedoszytko and Anna Siliciano each added 1. Assists were awarded to Regan Schubel 2, Siobhan Russell 2 and Aimee LaBarre . We last heard that Jackie Tamsin is still on I-84 somewhere. If anyone finds her please return her to Team Connecticut by Friday.
   
February 28, 2005
TC WINS AUGUSTA TOURNAMENT
Game 1 Saturday, 2/26 Maine Selects 3 - Team Connecticut 1. Team Connecticut outshoots Selects 50-19 but only managed one goal off the stick of Lauren Wiggins. -------------- Game 2 Saturday Night, 2/26 Team Connect 1 - NY Raiders 1. Again TC could only manage one goal by Anita Kahr on 38 shots. Regan Schubel and LeeAnne Irwin picked up assists and Sue McGovern saved 16 of 17. -------- Game 3 Sunday Morning 2/27 vs Maine Mosquitos. A new day and seemingly a new team as Team Connecticut, who dug a hole for themselves on Saturday, needed a win and a big goal differential in the final play down game to gain a berth in the finals. They did both as they pounded the host Mosquitos 8-1. Courtney Johnson, 2 goals - 1 assist, opened the scoring at 3:07 of the first period. The next goal followed 19 seconds later by Jackie Tamsin, 1-2, and Lauren Wiggins scored twice in the next 49 seconds giving TC a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. TC never looked back adding a goal by Regan Schubel, 1-1, in the second and three more in the third to cap off the scoring. Wallis Finger 1-1 and Stephanie Nedoszytko 1 goal capped the goal scoring while LeeAnne Irwin 2, Sarah Hanna, Anita Khar and Carol Franco added assists. Sue Mc Govern stopped 14 of 15 for the win. TC outshot the Mosquitos 38-14. -------- Final --------- Team Connecticut 3 - Full Stride Flyers 0. TC saved its best effort for last as they got down to business shutting down the Flyers potent offense while scoring 3 unanswered goals. Sue McGovern earned a well deserved shutout stopping all 19 shots she faced and controlling the crease. Courtney Johnson again put the first score up on the board in the first period assisted by Jackie Tamsin and Wallis Finger. Lauren Wiggins added a second period score with help from Anita kahr and LeeAnne Irwin. Anita completed the scoring in the third with assists from LeeAnne Irwin and Kelly Roos. TC outshots the Flyers 25-19.
   
January 29, 2005
TC Nips Raiders
Team Connecticut won its third straight as they defeated the NY Raiders 2-1 behind strong goaltending from Sue McGovern and a hard team effort. LeeAnne Irwin broke the ice inside the first minute of play with an unassisted goal . The Raiders came right back 40 seconds later to knot the score. The battle went back and forth until TC slowly turned the momentum back in their direction in the second. TC finally broke through as Regan (Relish) Schubel put the puck in the top left corner for the game winner on a power play.
   
January 16, 2005
TC Rolls Past Vipers
TC visited the Pioneer Valley Vipers in Greenfield and enjoyed a 9-3 win. TC out shot the Vipers 53-10 as Sue McGovern picked up her 13th win. Rookie, Amy LaBarre picked up her first hat trick for Team CT as Lauren Wiggins and Melissa Gray each added two goals. Defensemen Sarah Hanna 1 Goal and 2 Assists, and Regan (Relish) Schubel and Siobhan Russel 3 assists capped the scoring for TC.
   
January 8, 2005
Happy New Year -TC 3 Bridgewater Wings 1
TC rang up a win to celebrate the New Year and start off the second half right. The Wings opened the scoring with a rebound goal from Deb Papa. That goal would be all the scoring the Wings would muster as a constant offensive attack and Sue McGovern saw to that. Late in the first period Lauren Wiggins netted the first goal off assists from Siobhan Russell and LeeAnne Irwin to tie the score. The first three minutes of the second period gave TC the lead for good as Wallis Finger scored the game winner off a feed from Jackie Tamsin and LeeAnne Irwin scored an insurance goal from Lauren Wiggins. TC and the Wings will meet again on February 6th at 4:15pm in Bridgewater, NJ.
   
December 18, 2004
TC DROPS A PAIR TO END FIRST HALF
TC lost its last two games of 2004, to the NoStars 1-0 and Raiders 5-1 to end its first half of the season 12-5-1. This was not the way we planned to begin our three week holiday break, but hopefully the team will enjoy their family, friends and holiday cheer. January 8th opens our second half and will double our efforts to reach our goals.
   
November 27, 2004
Welcome Back Jaks
TC was treated to a Thanksgiving present as Jackie Tamsin rejoined the club bringing a talented newcomer, Courtney Johnson with her. The celebration was at the expense of the Cheetah's at The New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA. Jackie wasted little time climbing up the stats sheet with a unassisted goal in the first period and adding three assists in the third. Courtney showed off some of her skills adding a goal and a pair of assists. Lauren Wiggins continued her scoring blitz with two goals and Aimee LaBarre marked her presence with a goal. Siobhan Russell and Sarah Hanna added assists as Team Connecticut rolled 5-1. Sue McGovern was solid as usual stopping 16 of 17 shots for her 10th win. TC outshot the Cheetah's 44-17
   
November 14, 2004
TC BESTS HUDSON RIVER 3-1
Team Connecticut exacted a measure of revenge on their home ice as they beat the Hudson River Waves 3-1. Less than a week after losing the X-Checking Cancer Tourney final to the Waves, TC got back to their winning ways. Lauren Wiggins got the team off to a flying start at 2:15 of the first scoring off a nice feed from LeeAnne Irwin. Four minutes later Sarah Hanna netted the game winner off a pass from Missy Gray. LeeAnne Irwin added the insurance goal in the third period, assisted by Lauren Wiggins. The defense bottled up the Waves attack and Sue McGovern stopped 12 of 13 shots for the win. TC outshot the Waves 29-13.
   
November 11, 2004
TC RUNS OUT OF GAS IN TOURNEY FINAL
After posting a strong 7-0 win over the North Carolina Trailblazers in a late Sunday morning contest. A hot Hudson River Waves team and the forth game in two days proved too much for TC to handle as they lost in the X-Checking Cancer final 3-0. In the first game Tc scored early and often putting 5 goals on the scoresheet in the first period. Missy Gray had her first career hat trick to lead the scoring. LeeAnne Irwin added 2 goals and an assist and Regan Schubel and Lauren Wiggins netted the other goals. Aimee LaBarre(3), Lauren Wiggins(2), Sarah Hanna(2), Stephanie Nedoszytko, Wallis Finger, Carol Franco and Carolyn DiNapoli had assists. Sue McGovern picked up the shutout win.
   
November 7, 2004
TC Rolls in Game 2 of X-Checking Cancer Tourney
Team Connecticut out shot the Rhode Island Panthers 58-5 on their way to a 7-0 penalty filled victory. Sarah Hanna busted loose for 4 goals while Siobhan Russell, Lauren Wiggins and Aimee LaBarre also added goals. Wallis Finger and LeeAnne Irwin each had 2 assists while Siobhan and Carol Franco had assists. Sue McGovern stopped 5 shots for a shutout and her 7 straight win.
   
November 6, 2004
TC TAKES X-CHECK CANCER TOURNEY OPENER
Team Connecticut opened their tournament championship bid with a hard fought 3-2 victory over the Syracuse Warriors. Carolyn DiNapoli broke the ice in the first period, scoring with an assist by Lauren Wiggins. With the score tied in the second Siobhan Russell smacked one home with feeds from Sarah Hanna and Aimee LaBarre. LeeAnne Irwin netted the game winner with an unassisted wrister from the left faceoff circle. Sue Mc Govern stopped 14 of 16 shots for the win.
   
November 1, 2004
CROSS CHECK COLON CANCER TOURNAMENT
This weekend TC will gas up and head for Clifton Park, NY. The Clifton Park Arena is the site for the Artic Foxes X-Checking Colon Cancer Tournament. We are looking forward to good competition and a good time. Our hockey schedule for the weekend is as follows. Saturday- Nov 6, 2004 Rink 2- 8:25-9:35am- Team Ct. vs Syr. Warriors Rink 2- 6:05-7:15pm - RI Panthers vs Team CT Sunday- Nov 7, 2004 Rink 2 - 10:40-11:50am - NC Trailblazers vs TM CT Rink 2 - 2:40- 4:00pm- A/B Championship Game-TBD
   
October 25, 2004
Good Weekend for TC
Team Connecticut capped off a successful weekend beating one of Greater New Haven's Men's Teams 5-2. Anna Siliciano led the offense with 2 goal and an assist. Lauren Wiggins continued her early season scoring barrage addind a goal and assist. Siobhan Russell also added a goal and an assist. Melissa Gray added a goal and Kelly Roos had an assist. Sue Mc Govern stopped 24 of 26 shots and picked up the win. Saturday's game saw a barrage of scoring with everyone chipped in asTC dropped the Pioneer Valley Vipers 15-0. Sue McG picked up her first shutout of the season.
   
October 20, 2004
Hooksett Tournament
Team CT showed up a little flat this weekend but thanks to great efforts picked up the level of play and showed some of what mid-season will look like.  We definitely played better each game of the tournament.  TC finished 1-2-1 for the weekend.
   
October 19, 2004
Next Home Games
Saturday, October 23rd, 1:45pm at Wesleyan University vs Pioneer Valley Vipers. Saturday, October 30th, 6pm at Wesleyan University vs Long Island Liberty.
   
October 14, 2004
Big Hockey Weekend in Hooksett, NH
TC is heading north this weekend to test themselves against a couple of tough New England District opponents, the NoStars from New Hampshire and the Vermont's Full Stride Flyers. The weekends features two games on Saturday and two on Sunday at the Ice Den in Hooksett..
   
October 10, 2004
TC TAKES SEASON OPENER
TC's won its 2004-05 season opener at home vs The CT Northern Lights 7-1. The first period started out as a tight defensive struggle. Both squads were scraping off some rust and overcoming the soft wet ice at Wesleyan University Arena as the first period ended 0-0. The second period was another story. As the ice set up TC heated up scoring 5 goals in the period and carrying a 5-1 lead into the third. The game ended 7-1 with TC out shooting the Northern Lights 35-15 and dominating play. Leading TC's scoring was newcomer Anna Siliciano with 4 goals. Lauren Wiggins scored 2 goals and 2 assists and LeeAnne Irwin added the other goal. Regan Schubel, Melissa Gray, Carol Franco and Diane Malone each had an assist. Kelly Roos was solid at defense helping Sue (The Glue) McGovern celebrate her return from a one year maternity leave stopping 14 of 15 shots in picking up the win. Good job from all.
   
October 10, 2004
Women's Hockey Weekend Invitational Tourney
October 15th-17th at the Ice Den in Hooksett, NH. Times and teams TBA.
   
July 11, 2004
2nd ANNUAL TC SUMMER SIZZLER 3 on 3 TOURNEY
Team Connecticut's Summer Sizzler at the Northford Ice Pavilion came and went this past Saturday. I think all 40 skaters and goalies involved agree that it was alot of hockey and alot of fun. After 8 games and 5 hours of ice a tournament champion was crowned. Kevin Barton, Super Bob Dargiewicz, Lynn Gattinella, Ken Mac Lean, Joe Weber, Doreen Paul and Carol Franco powered their way to a 4-0 record and the championship. All the games were close most decided by a single goal. We also had our first shootout in the third place game with the game decided on the 22nd shot. Goaltending and the pace and level of play was outstanding. The food, beverage and camaraderie capped off a perfect day. We are sorry for all those who couldn't attend, there's always next time.
   
March 31, 2004
TEAM CT AT THE USA HOCKEY WOMEN'S NATIONALS
Team Connecticut ended their march to the national championship two games short. Losing a heartbreaking quarterfinal game to Michigan's O'Leary Hawks, 4-3, after going undefeated,(3-0),and first ranked in their division. Game Results: Game 1 TC 3 - Michigan ReMax Stars 2 Game 2 TC 3 - Minnesota Blue J's 1 Game 3 TC 4 - Rochester Edge 1 Game 4 Michigan O'Leary Hawks 4 - TC 3 Get all the game results and stats at: http://www.usahockey.com/2004nationals/main/wo men_sr__b/
   
March 16, 2004
TC Wins New England Regional Championships
The TC ladies went undefeated winning all five games to notch their fourth New England Championship. The ride to the championship wasn't an easy one as TC had to get by a tough New Hampshire North Stars team in the elimination round 3-2 and won an overtime thriller in the finals against Vermont's Team Fullstride, last years National's runner-up. A dramatic goal by Wallis Finger with just under 2 minutes left in the first overtime put an end to the marathon and Team Connecticut in the National Tournament. The team played with character and determination overcoming the fatigue of playing five games in 46 hours to win a championship that put a tear in Coach Russo eye.
   
March 15, 2004
Regional Results
Game 1 - TC 7 - RI Panthers 0 --- Game 2 - TC 3 - NH North Stars 2 --- Game 3 - TC 9 - Maine Free Agents 1 --- Semi's - TC 7 - Maine Mosquitos 3 --- Finals - TC 3 - Vermont Team Full Stride 2 OT