Gianunzio ‘lights-out,’ Cassidy and Baker light the lamp


Sky van den Broek breaks down ice for the Wave. Courtesy Darien Athletic Foundation


It was a rough and tumble match, but roughest of all for the visitors, who uncharacteristically went home empty handed.

It was one of the most physical games I’ve ever played in.

— Georgia Cassidy

Hot hands Georgia Cassidy, with two points, and Marissa Baker with the winner, put Darien over the top 2-1 over East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor co-op at Darien Rink in Wave Hockey’s opening game on Saturday.

Not messing around, Darien went right into the lion’s den, and quieted the lion, to start the season at a roaring 1-0.

“It’s really exciting to start our season off like this,” said Cassidy. “It’s definitely one of our most tough, if not our toughest, game. So, to be able to beat them, having not even played a game yet together, is very impressive and definitely says something about our ability to go really far in the season.”

Hot hands, and one hot goalie: Darien’s Emily Gianunzio made 36 saves.

“Emily was lights-out,” said Cassidy. “She was really good. She definitely saved us. She had some clutch saves in the third period, and throughout the entire game she was just on fire, which really helped us.”

Cassidy scored on the power play from Sky van den Broek and Chandler Kirby for 1-0 and it was Baker from Courtney Lowe and Cassidy for 2-0 later in the stanza.

“Chandler Kirby shot it, and it was deflected for a rebound in front of the net,” said senior Cassidy, Darien’s top all-time scorer, of the first tally of the year. “I stopped the rebound and just shot it up top shelf.”

Baker’s goal was with the man-up off a scramble.

“She ended up with the puck in front of their net,” said Cassidy. “And she shot it, and there was a weird deflection. There were a few girls in front of the goalie, screening her, and Marissa shot it and it went in.”

Bridget Kelly scored unassisted in the third to break Gianunzio’s shutout.

It was wide open.

The Wave put 41 shots on goal with Morgan Peters making 39 saves.

“Well, the whole game was kind of a mess,” Cassidy said. “It was one of the most physical games I’ve ever played in. They were very aggressive. We tried to not let it bother us too much. But we definitely fought back, and got some penalties.”

Cassidy had two.

“One was, someone hit Emily after a whistle, so I kind of fought them back and then ended up in the box,” Cassidy said. “They’re definitely the most physical team we play.”

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