Up at Lake George for The Adirondack Winter Classic Tournament, the CT Northern Lights as a team had great success. In the opening game, they beat the BAHA Bobcats from Vermont 6-2. The same day, they lost a close one to the Minutemen Lady Flames from Massachusetts 2-1. On day two, they dominated over the St Albans Saints from Vermont with an 8-0 victory which propelled them into the Championship game later that day on Monday. In an extremely tight and chippy game, the Lights prevailed with a 3-2 victory over the Lady Flames avenging their only loss in the tournament. Natalie BeVier scored the tournament winning goal and Abbi Giampaola made an amazing pad save with 10 seconds left to preserve the win. Great and total team effort.
It should also be noted that Abbi Giampaola, Natalie BeVier, Kaitlyn Cunningham, and Ginny Zapletal all received sportsmanship awards in each game demonstrating what the Northern Lights are all about.
Finally, U12 Silver has a great showing in the Skills Competition at this tournament. Adrienne Hall and the duo of Catherine Bushey/Brianna Morden medaled in 1st for stick handling and fastest skaters respectively. Abbi Giampaola stopped all 3 breakaway shots she faced to take the medal for top goaltender. Abby and Brooke Eselunas got 2nd place medal for passing/shooting.
All in all, a great representation for the U12 Silver over the MLK Jr holiday weekend. Go Lights!
The Connecticut Northern Lights girls program is proud to announce that Ana Tittmann has committed to Manhattanville College for next season. Ana is a forward from Salisbury, Connecticut, and currently plays for our u19 team. The Manhattanville College Valients are a NCAA division 3 women's hockey team that compete in the UCHC. Manhattanville currently has a 4-3-1 record coming off a very strong season last year where they finished with a 17-9-2 record. Their season ended with a loss to Norwich in the league championship game and Norwich went on to play in the Women's NCAA division 3 final four.
Ana is one of our most skilled players. Her combination of skill and speed along with a very accurate shot has made her one of the top scorers on our u19 team. Since the day Ana joined the Northern Lights program she has always been committed to improving her game. Ana attended almost every summer skills session and was always looking for extra ice and extra opportunities to skate. Along with her commitment on the ice, Ana is always thinking about hockey in her free time. Ana really is a hockey junky. At home her father Mike is constantly summoned to help pass her pucks in the basement to improve her shooting. Ana has worked very hard to improve her skills away from the rink and is putting in an effort to improve her strength in the weight room. Ana's hard work will pay off in helping her become a very successful college hockey player.
Coach Dan Giordano said, "Ana has been a pleasure to coach and get to know. Ana really loves hockey and has shown that passion for the game every time she steps on the ice. Ana has very good offensive skill, a great work ethic, and a sense of determination in everything she does. These skills will help lead Ana to a very successfully college hockey career. I want to congratulate Ana and her family and wish her the best of luck at Manhattanville next season."
Ana would like to thank her Family, teammates, and coaches for helping her attain her goal of playing college hockey. Coach Giordano played a very important role helping to expose Ana to college hockey coaches starting with the Beantown Showcase this past summer. Ana eventually narrowed her choice down to 3 schools before eventually choosing Manhattanville. The Northern Lights program could not be more happy for Ana!
Lights Forward Maddie Paydos, commits to Utica College
The Connecticut Northern Lights girls hockey program is proud to announce that U19 forward Maddie Paydos, from Simsbury, CT, has officially committed to Utica College for next season. Maddie has been with the Northern Lights since mini lights at the age of 5 and continued through at every level. Maddie is very eager for her chance to join the Utica College Pioneers women's program next year.
On every Northern Lights team Maddie has been on, she has always been one of the hardest workers. She is a great team player who prides herself in being a solid two way forward. Maddie is just as concerned with denying a goal against as she is trying to score a goal herself.
Utica competes in NCAA Division 3 women's hockey in the UCHC and is currently off to a 7-4 start having just beat the number ten ranked team in the country Hamilton College. Utica finished last season with a 17-9-1 record and Maddie is looking forward to joining Utica's strong hockey tradition.
Maddie caught the eye of several college coaches playing for the Northern Lights at Beantown and they continued to watch Maddie at the Burlington Vermont Jamboree in late September. After watching Maddie several times, Utica invited Maddie up for an overnight visit and this helped Maddie determine that she was the right fit for Utica. Maddie's hard work really helped her get to this position and the Northern Light's Staff could not be more happy for her.
Coach Dan Giordano said about Maddie, "She has the ability to contribute offensively, but her defensive ability as a forward is what truly separates Maddie from most. She is a tremendous two way player and her determination and work ethic make Maddie a special player to coach. I Feel very lucky to have coached Maddie through the years and am proud of all the work she has done to achieve her goals."
Maddie would like to thank her parents, teammates, and Northern Light Coaches, especially coach Giordano for his support and guidance over the years. Maddie said, "Without the Northern Lights Program I would not have been able to achieve my goal of playing NCAA division 3 hockey."
The Northern Lights U16 Silver team had a great weekend up in Burlington, VT playing in the 2017 Fall Hockey Jamboree.
They won their first game against the Rochester (NY) Edge 2-1 on Saturday afternoon after tying 1-1 and then winning the game in a shootout. They played a few hours later to a 6-0 shutout win against the Montclair (NJ) Blues.
Sunday morning they started bright and early at 7:00am against the Vermont Shamrocks after a late night team dinner at a local restuarant. The game ended in a 2-1 win after we scored with just 18 seconds remaining in the game! This made the Lights the #1 seed for the final game.
The final game was against the North Country Wild. The game went into overtime after finishing with a tie score of 2-2. The Lights won the game in a shootout to wrap up a great weekend.
The Connecticut Northern Lights Girls Hockey Program is pleased to announce that Kori Bartko has been named to the 2017 USA Hockey National Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to represent the New England district.
Kori will be playing on our U16 team next year and is extremely excited for this opportunity. Our program would like to wish Kori good luck at the camp this summer, as this is a great honor to go to national camp. The Northern Lights are very proud to be represented by Kori, "a fast, powerful, and passionate player with strong commitment and the desire to reach the next level", says Coach Giordano.
Kori becomes the second player in the past two years to represent the Northern Lights at the USA National Development Camp.
Congratulations to Lauren Munster on her NCAA Division III commitment to Connecticut College for this coming fall!! Last season the camels ended 2nd place in the NESCAC division, only 2 points behind Middlebury. They are expected to be a top contender in their league for years to come.
"Munster, who will be graduating from Northampton High School, is a player that every team needs. She is a great competitor and a two way player. Lauren will bring her outstanding character, work ethic, and the desire to win to the camels next season", said Coach Giordano. "She has great ice awareness and is patient with the puck. Lauren was a pleasure to coach and have as a part of our organization", Giordano continued.
"I want to thank all members of my family, but especially my parents, for taking me to every game or practice and being there to support me no matter what", said Lauren. "I would also like to thank Coach Giordano, Carrera, and Keane, without their guidance on and off the ice, I know I would not be the hockey player or person I am today. My teammates these past few years have become my best friends and I know they will continue to be for many years to come. I cannot wait to start my college hockey career at Connecticut College this fall."
For the second year in a row, the Connecticut Northern Lights will be representing New England at 2017 USA Hockey Girls National Championship!
Troy, Michigan April 6-10
Congratulations to U17 Lights!!
Connecticut Girls Hockey League
U19 Division 1 Finalists!
The U17 Lights had a great weekend, losing to SCYH Stars in the First Round but they took revenge Sunday morning by beating them in the semifinals. They advanced to the finals and came up short after three hard-fought periods.
Congratulations to U16 Lights!!
Representing CT at the U16 New England Regional
The girls came out Friday night and had a big comeback win against Rhode Island. With only two teams advancing to Sunday, the Lights needed to beat Vermont. The Lights were down 2-1 with minutes to go, but could not find a way to score. Vermont went on to beat New Hampshire in the championship game on Sunday.
The Connecticut Northern Lights is the largest all girls hockey program in Connecticut. For more information on the Northern Lights teams and upcoming tryouts, go to www.NLGH.com or contact Dan Giordano at
After going undefeated in a tournament championship win the weekend before, the U10Silver again went undefeated to win the CHC Squirt Founders Division State Championship. In round robin play, the U10Silver captured the first seed in its bracket, which included squirt teams from Putnam, Southeastern and Western. In the semi-final game, the U10Silver defeated Ridgefield A1 by a score of 5-2. In a rematch from a tournament the weekend before, the championship game featured the only two all-girls teams in the Squirt bracket. The U10Silver won the GOLD by defeating the CT Ice Cats U10A team 3-1.
Lights Forward Set to Join Purple Knights in the Fall of 2017
The Connecticut Northern Lights and Coach Giordano would like to congratulate Madeleine Gervais on her commitment to Saint Michael's College. Maddie has been an asset to the Northern Lights and has contributed to the success of all our teams.
Saint Michael's College was one of six institutions that announced the creation of a scheduling alliance for its women's ice hockey program, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The Purple Knights join Division I institutions, College of the Holy Cross, Sacred Heart University, and fellow Division II members Franklin Pierce University, Post University, and Saint Anselm College.
"Maddie's skating and speed will help her play at the next level. She has outstanding offensive abilities and has become a solid two-way player. Her offensive skills and "two way play" makes her an excellent special teams player. Saint Michael's is lucky to be getting her for the next four years and she will be missed by The Northern Lights" said Coach Giordano.
"I want to thank my family for giving me this opportunity to do what I love every day, I could not have accomplished this without them. I want to thank Coach Giordano and Usseglio for helping me achieve my dream of playing college hockey. My teammates for supporting me. I'm looking forward to continuing my hockey and academic career next fall at Saint Michael's College" said Gervais.
Lights forward Madeline Giordano makes NCAA DI commitment
The Connecticut Northern Lights are pleased to announce that Madeline Giordano, (Granby ,CT) has officially committed to the University of Maine. The Black Bears are members of NCAA Division I, Hockey East.
Giordano, Will be going to Maine this summer to start preparing for the 2017 - 2018 season. She has been with the Lights program since age 4, starting with the Mini-Lights and ending this season with the U-19 Team. She has taken advantage of everything the Lights have had to offer including spring / Summer Lights during the off season.
Maddie has worked tremendously hard to earn everything she has achieved in her hockey career. Her consistent work ethic, positive attitude, and outstanding character have excelled her forward in achieving her goals term goals.
"I would like to thank my parents, my family, and my brothers (Joe and Anthony who have shown me what it takes to play college hockey). Thank you to all my coaches in the past 13 years who have taught me how to work hard, be a team player, and be dedicated to obtaining my goals. My teammates have been my best friends on and off the ice. Without their support, I would not be going on to play college hockey," commented Maddie Giordano.
The Connecticut Northern Lights are proud to announce that Michaela Carrera (Southington, CT) has committed to Salve Regina University (NCAA Division III).
The Northern Lights organization would like to congratulate Michaela, on her recruitment and commitment to Salve. She started in 2012 with the u14 maroon team. With a dedicated and hard working attitude, Carrera has played a big role in the u19 team's success.
"We know as an organization that Michaela will be a great addition to Salve Regina University. Our organization is extremely proud of Michaela and wish her the best in her pursuit of a degree and her hockey career," added Coach Giordano.
"I am excited to announce my commitment to Salve Regina for the upcoming fall. Playing college hockey has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I want to thank my parents and Coach Giordano for their continuous support. I could not be more thankful for the opportunity I have been given to further my education and develop as a hockey player," commented Michaela.