Freshman Samantha Engborg scored the first two goals of her high school ice hockey career as Wilton made quick work of Staples High at Winter Garden in Ridgefield on Monday afternoon. The undefeated Warriors quickly turned the game into target practice, piling up 17 shots on goal in the first period alone. Five girls scored in the first period for Wilton, which stayed unbeaten with a 6-0 victory.
"It was really nice to see the seniors passing to the freshmen and seeing so many different girls score," Wilton head coach Kerry Leonard said. "We stuck to our game plan and keeping up momentum throughout the game."
The scoring avalanche began just 27 seconds into the game when junior Sammi Blicht wristed a shot past Staples goalie Gwen Moyer. The goals began piling up when Wilton scored three in 1:15 midway through the first period. Engborg netted her first goal, senior captain Christie Huidekoper scored 33 seconds later and that was followed by a shot through the five-hole by Eric O'Connell to put Wilton up 4-0. Sammi's younger sister Perri Blicht closed out the first period scoring, netting a wrister at 4:11.
Engborg netted the only goal outside of the first period when she tipped in a deflected shot just in front of the crease. Wilton was on cruise control for the rest of the game, using subs and backup players for the most part. Leonard was pleased to see the depth of her bench in action thanks to the blowout.
"It was nice to see the energy from the bench," she said. "We take a long break because of Christmas and New Year's, so it was great we could pick up where we left off."
Wilton outshot Staples 44-2, highlighting the Warriors' domination of the game. Wilton has more wins than the team had all of last season, improving to 6-0. The Warriors host Greenwich on Friday, but looming on the horizon is a potential battle of undefeated teams when Wilton travels to defending state champion New Canaan.
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