Connecticut Boys Division 2 Semifinals: High Five For Mazur Brothers, Ruck In Wethersfield Win; Anderson, North Haven Blank Sheehan

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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Wethersfield and Lyman Hall were in a tight battle late in the second period of Tuesday night’s CIAC Division 2 boys’ hockey semifinal at Bennett Rink in West Haven.

That’s when the Mazur brothers continued to put their stamp on the game.

Senior defenseman Shane Mazur finished with a hat trick and his twin brother, senior forward Ryan Mazur, added a pair of goals as #3 Wethersfield took control and knocked off #2 seed Lyman Hall, 6-3.

But the brothers, and their Eagles teammates, also have to give a stick tap to sophomore Matthew Ruck, who finished with 50 saves as Lyman Hall had a 53-24 advantage in shots.

Although Shane Mazur already had his name on the scoresheet, the Eagles trailed 2-1 when he intercepted a clearing pass and skated into the offensive zone before unleashing a slap shot that beat Trojans freshman goalie Dylan Florio inside the far left post, tying the game with 4:03 left in the second period.

Then it was Ryan’s turn to bury a loose puck in a scramble on the power play, giving Wethersfield the lead. Moments later, Shane Mazur took a pass in the high slot and snapped home his hat trick goal to make it a 4-2 game through two periods.

Lyman Hall wasn’t done, however, as senior Aydan Durant tipped home a pass on the doorstep with a little less than six minutes to play.

But the Mazurs weren’t done either. Ryan Mazur skated into the zone to the right circle and delivered a big insurance goal with 2:29 to play. Senior Will McCarter buried a one-timer from the mid slot just 14 seconds later.

Wethersfield will head to Quinnipiac next Monday to play for a CIAC championship for the first time since 2007 (when it beat New Milford for the D3 crown).

Things started well for the Trojans, as junior James Cohrs tapped home a 2-on-1 feed from sophomore TJ Reddington less than seven minutes in. Shane Mazur followed with his first goal, a blast from the right point to make it 1-1 after one.

Daniel Pettit’s slap shot from the left point put Lyman Hall back on top at 2:57 of the second period, but the Mazur brothers were just getting started.

North Haven 2, Sheehan 0

When North Haven lost to Farmington Valley on New Year’s Eve to drop to 2-2 on the season, there could have been questions about whether the Nighthawks would be a contender for the D2 state title.

But that’s then they turned the page to 2022 – figuratively and literally. North Haven hasn’t lost since, the win streak stretching to 19 games in CIAC play and 21 overall, including the SCC/SWC conference tournament.

The top-seeded Nighthawks continued that run with a solid win over the #4 Titans at Bennett Rink. North Haven will play for a CIAC championship for the first time since 2004, when it also won in D2 (beating Daniel Hand).

Senior Jared Anderson made 23 saves to earn the shutout for North Haven. Junior Owen Quick gave him the only goal he needed when he made a nice rush down the left wing, cut in and snapped one home to open the scoring with just 28.9 seconds left in the period.

It stayed that way until the final minutes, when junior Alex Petersen was sprung on a partial break and skated into the zone before snapping one inside the left post with 2:20 to play.

Sophomore Michael Fritz made 25 saves for the Titans.

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