The four seniors on the Greenwich girls hockey team were determined to end the regular season on a high note heading into he FCIAC and state playoffs next week and accomplished that, defeating Trumbull/St. Joseph 7-4.
"It was awesome," senior captain Emily Bacon said. "We were all really hyped up before the game. It is sad that I have been playing hockey for four years here and it's over. This was a great way to end it, for the regular season, at least."
Bacon and Erin Ferguson each tallied hat tricks and Caitlin Brady added a goal for Greenwich (11-9, 8-5 FCIAC).
The Cardinals risked digging a deeper hole for themselves after a tripping penalty was called on Ferguson but Bacon picked up a loose puck near the red line and skated in for a backhand- shorthanded goal with 1:27 left in the first period.
Ferguson was hurt on the play she was called for the penalty but returned at the start of the second period and wasted little time making her presence felt, scoring twice in the first four minutes of the second period to put Greenwich ahead to stay.
Greenwich coach Brett Farson said it was nothing new to see Ferguson get dinged up making a hustle play and was not surprised she came back to light the lamp three times.
"No one ever questions Erin's toughness," Farson said. "We did have a couple games where she made it through without getting peeled off the ice but when it does happen we are confident she is going to come back in and be a leader for us. Five points tonight, three goals and two assists, you can't ask for more from your first line center."
Ferguson wrapped up her hat trick with another goal in the second period before Brady scored to make it 5-2 after two periods.
The teams traded goals in the third period but the outcome was never in doubt as Greenwich controlled the action against a shorthanded Trumbull squad.
The four seniors started the game on the ice and were the last four to skate off for the final time at Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink.
"They all got to start and each had a big contribution tonight," Farson said. "Emily Bacon has been our captain all year and had five points tonight, Ceil was in front of the net all night on our power play and played hard all night, Lauren Marullo held the point very well as did Caroline Lee."
Greenwich now moves on to the FCIAC playoffs where they will be the No. 4 seed and face top-ranked New Canaan in the opening game.
Bacon feels the team is peaking at the right time with the postseason looming.
"We are feeling really confident," Bacon said. "We have had a 50/50 season with wins and losses but we have been improving coming into these last couple games, so, we have a lot of confidence going into FCIACs and states."
Trumbull/St. Joseph 4
GREENWICH 1 4 3 -- 7
TRUMBULL 2 0 2 -- 4
Goalies: G -- Dart Freccia 10 saves; T -- Rosa Moriello 14 saves
Records: G 11-9, 8-5 FCIAC; T 9-9, 4-8 FCIAC