NEW CANAAN, Conn. Saturdays girls ice hockey conference finals quickly became the Olivia Hompe show with a more than a little help from Britt Gardella. Hompe scored the finals six goals of the game to break the state career points record and lift the New Canaan High girls hockey team to its third consecutive conference title. Goalie Britt Gardella stopped all 23 Greenwich shots, as New Canaan clobbered the Cardinals, 8-0.
A lot of people dont realize how hard we work for this, Hompe said. We dont just walk in here. This is half of our goal and the other half is a state title and were really looking forward to it.
New Canaan needed just three minutes to get off and running on a goal by Madzie Carroll. Holly Burwick followed less than two minutes later, keeping New Canaans offensive momentum going forward.
Then Hompe showed everyone at Terry Conners rink exactly why she is the best female hockey player in Connecticut. The junior weaved and cut through every defensive scheme Greenwich could think of, slicing her opponents to bits.
Hompe scored the final six goals of the game and had a seventh waved off. That would have tied her own single-game record she set in the season opener. Hompe was named the tournament MVP.
She scored in just about every way imaginable too. Slapshot, wristshot, put-back rebound Hompe did it all.
Despite the score, Greenwich did all it could to get on the board and outshot the Rams 14-12 in the second period. Gardella was on top her game, however, and stopped every Cardinal shot that came her way.
Greenwich has been playing so well lately. I expected to win, Im not going to lie, but these girls just turn it on come playoff time, New Canaan head coach Rich Bulan said. We played all three lines and Britt made some quality stops for us. And Olivia made everyone around her better.
With another conference title under its belt, the New Canaan girls begin their campaign for another state title beginning Tuesday.
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