A positive end to a positive season.
The Stamford/Westhill/Staples girls co-op ice hockey team finished its season in style as Cassie Miolene's goal with 20.9 seconds left in overtime propelled Stamford to a 3-2 win over Greenwich on Wednesday night at the Dorothy Hamill rink. Stamford finished the season 6-14 with the win.
"It's been our season," Stamford coach Eli Williams said. "We've had ups and downs we keep working and getting better. It's a tribute to how much Miolene has grown as a leader on the team."
Miolene, who scored twice, cashed in on a loose puck in front of the net to break the 2-2 tie.
"That was amazing," Miolene said of the winner. "I feel as a team we deserved it; we dominated the second half of the game. Both teams came out strong and I think we just kept pushing and got a reward for it."
Miolene scored on a breakaway 3:48 into the contest to give Stamford an early 1-0 lead. Erin Ferguson responded late in the first on the power play to tie the game.
The teams again traded goals in the second period. Meg Fay and Ferguson each scored inside the last 2:30 of the period, setting up a tense finish.
Stamford defeated Greenwich 7-2 in the previous matchup but the Cardinals provided a sterner test this time around.
"Greenwich has gotten better, and I think we came out there and thought we were going to run over them," Williams said. "We realized we were going to have a game on our hands."
Stamford, which won just two games last season, graduates just four of 21 players on the roster. That number bodes well for the future.
"I've seen a lot of growth from start to finish, season after season," Miolene said.