Propelled by a five-goal second period explosion, top-seeded Farmington Valley won the Connecticut Division 2 state title, downing defending state champion Guilford, 7-3, in the title game held at Yale University’s Ingalls Rink.
With the win, the Generals put an exclamation point on a highly successful season, finishing 22-3-1 overall.
“This group of kids came in as sophomores and believed in the program,” said Farmington Valley coach Mike Barone. “Every year they became stronger and smarter. They experienced difficult defeats and used that as motivation to not have it happen their senior year.”
Farmington Valley jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first period, and the second period outburst ballooned the lead to 7-0 before the Indians scored the final three goals of the game.
Senior Matt Arena got the ball rolling, giving the Generals a 1-0 lead at the 11:16 mark of the first period, assisted by Peter Hoffman. With just 26 seconds remaining in the stanza, freshman Owen Lacourciere made it a 2-0 game, taking a pass from Eric Schweitzer and beating Guilford goalie Mete Yanbul.
In the second period, the Generals five goals came in a span of six minutes and 31 seconds.
Jake Percival scored Farmington Valley’s third goal at 4:46, redirecting a Sam Buchanan shot. Matt Arena’s second of the game, assisted by Kyle Kadziolka and Percival, upped the margin to 4-0. Tim Arena’s goal at 7:01 made it a five-goal margin. Marco Bernasconi had an assist on Tim Arena’s goal.
Later in the period, Kadziolka and Schweitzer scored 31 seconds apart for a commanding 7-0 Farmington Valley lead.
John DeLucia finally put Guilford on the board late in the second period, and Jack Ring and Jack Dacey added third period goals for the Indians, who finished at 20-5-0.