Simsbury Girls Skate Past EBT

The Simsbury High girls hockey team won its fifth straight Southern Connecticut Conference title, defeating the East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor co-op 3-2 in overtime at Koeppel Center on Friday evening.

The Trojans’ Jordan Arnold scored the game winner off the back of teammate Sutton Wunderle at the 1:09 mark of overtime to complete a hard-fought comeback.

Simsbury (19-2) trailed 2-1 well into the third period until Natalie Melanson equalized off a feed from Katie Grigley with 1:06 left in regulation.

Simsbury head coach Kris Arnold credited his team’s toughness, particularly in the final five minutes of the third period.

“This was a street fight,” Arnold said. “We knew we were going to have to win ugly here. As a team we recognized that it was going to be that type of game.”

Indeed, Simsbury threw themselves at the net to earn the equalizer as the defense pinched down on EBT deeper in their zone. The Trojans, who outshot EBT 26 -15, were rewarded for their hard work with the equalizer and the game-winner.

It was a heartbreaking defeat for the co-op, also known as EBT (16-4), which had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 and outskated Simsbury for much of the game. The result was also a reversal from the last time the two teams met during the regular season, when EBT won in overtime after Simsbury appeared to have outplayed the co-op for much of the game.

“It was a great game,” EBT head coach Frank Usseglio said of the SCC championship game. “I thought that we played better. We made a few mistakes in defense and the neutral zone. [Simsbury does] a lot of small stuff right.”

Maggie Hallisey opened EBT’s account at the 5:47 mark of the first period, beating Simsbury goaltender MacKenzie DuBois high to give EBT a 1-0 lead.

Simsbury levelled later in the period when Annie Deliso slotted home a rebound off a shot by Katie Grigley (2 assists).

EBT took a one-goal lead early in the second period when Taylor Hallisey tipped in a shot by Maddie Bishop.

“We thought that two goals could win the game,” Usseglio said. “They put a lot of pressure on us. They’re a very good team that works hard.”

The two teams could once again face each other in the state tournament. Simsbury is the No. 2 seed, while East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor is the No. 3 seed.Yay2!

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