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SportSeen: New Canaan Girls Hockey Seizes 2011 State Championship

New Canaan wins its fifth state championship in six years beating Ridgefield 7-2.

THE GAME IN BRIEF:

Ridgefield held the lead two times in the first period but New Canaan, and in particular Olivia Hompe (4 goals) and Jana Persky (3 goals) kicked into gear and beat the Tigers decisively. The Rams are 4-0 against Ridgefield this season and finish the year 24-1.

THE GAME IN THEIR WORDS:

"I think the key was they gave us their best shot in the first period and we responded both times and we came out in the second and we just kept putting the pressure on them until we finally broke through." — New Canaan Coach Rich Mulan

"All season it's really been the team. The goalie can't do anythong without their team. The shoots and saves that I have to do in practice brings me to the top of my potential and I am getting the best shots in the league." — New Canaan Goalie Britt Gardella

NOTABLE:

New Canaan's Olivia Hompe had four goals and three assists. She finishes the season with 112 points (65 goals and 47 assists). She is the only New Canaan hockey player to score 100 points in a season. She accomplished all of this as a sophomore.

GOALS:

Period 1

Period 1 Time Team Scorer Assist(s)

4:58

Ridgefield Rachel Morrison Dana Cerone, Cara Lockwood 6:31

New Canaan

Jana Persky Olivia Hompe, Bea Eppler

11:21

Ridgefield Dana Cerone Rachel Morrison, Melissa Hutchings

13:33

New Canaan Jana Persky Bea Eppler, Olivia Hompe Period 2 Time Team Scorer Assist(s)

0:54

New Canaan Olivia Hompe Carla Paredes

3:11

New Canaan Olivia Hompe

11:02

New Canaan Olivia Hompe Bianca Schultz

14:40

New Canaan Jana Persky Oliva Hompe, Bea Eppler Period 3 Time Team Scorer Assist(s)

8:23

New Canaan Olivia Hompe Bea Eppler

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