Jennifer Kelly and many of her Greenwich teammates began their hockey careers playing at the Greenwich Skating Club. Years later, they still look right at home at that rink.
Kelly started a barrage of three goals in the first seven minutes and the Greenwich defense then held off a comeback bid as the Cardinals defeated the New Canaan Rams, 3-2, in the second Winter Classic outdoors at the Greenwich Skating Club on Saturday.
The contest was a rematch of last year’s FCIAC final — also won by Greenwich 2-1 — but the roots for the Cardinals go back much further.
“I started playing here when I was a Mini Mite,” Kelly said. “This rink is tremendous. If I could play all my games here, I would. There’s a lot of tradition for all of us that have played here and coming out here to play in this game — it doesn’t get much better than this.”