Connecticut Boys Division 2 Tournament – Quarterfinals Recap: Wethersfield Shocks Watertown-Pomperaug; Lyman Hall Prevails In OT; North Haven, Sheehan Advance

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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Third-seeded Wethersfield was in danger of having its run through the CIAC Division 2 tournament end in premature, disappointing fashion. But Shane Mazur and the Eagles wouldn’t let it happen.

Mazur scored with 23.1 left in regulation to cap a three-goal comeback, then blasted one from the right point that deflected in off a Watertown-Pomperaug defender with 5:48 left in overtime as the Eagles survived with a 4-3 victory at Trinity College’s Koeppel Community Sports Center.

Mazur’s tying goal came after his brother Ryan Mazur won a faceoff draw and Shane stepped in with the shot from the top of the right circle.

Watertown-Pomperaug, the #11 seed, held a 3-0 lead before Will McCarter finally got Wethersfield untracked in the second. Colby Quinn made it 3-2 in the third, setting the stage for Mazur’s late heroics.

Troy Gouveia put W-P up with 18.7 seconds left in the first, then Shane Repetto and Jackson Hitchcock added goals in the second to seemingly take control. Matthew Christina had a pair of assists.

Lyman Hall 4, Woodstock Academy 3 (ot)

Jack Roberts scored off a faceoff with 7:40 left in overtime and the #2 Trojans took down the #10 Centaurs at Trinity’s Koeppel Community Sports Center.

Roberts won the draw forward and quickly stepped around his Woodstock counterpart, then snapped home the loose puck for his second tally of the game.

It was the first lead of the game for Lyman Hall, which spotted the Centaurs a goal on three different occasions before getting the equalizer each time. The last was when Peyton Durant scored shorthanded for a 3-3 tie after Kyle Brennan had given Woodstock a 3-2 lead with 8:50 left in regulation.

Maxx Corradi put Woodstock ahead 1-0 after one, but Ryan Arduini responded for the Trojans in the second. The teams traded goals again – Noah Sampson for the Centaurs, then Roberts with his first on the power play for a 2-2 tie late in the second.

North Haven 2, Daniel Hand 1

The top-seeded Nighthawks got all they could from the #8 Tigers until Jake Hines scored the winning goal with 5:22 to play at Bennett Rink.

Tommy Guidone gave North Haven the first period lead, and it stayed that way until Spiro Maniatis pulled the Tigers even in the second.

Sheehan 6, Farmington Valley 0

Farmington Valley had been one of the hottest teams in the state entering the postseason, but the #4 Titans never let the #5 Generals get untracked, rolling to the victory at Newington Ice Arena.

Anthony DeFilio Sheehan

Michael Fritz posted the shutout for Sheehan, which got a pair of goals apiece from Max Festa and Anthony DeFilio.

It was Jimmy Stratton that opened the scoring with 6:39 left in the first. The lead grew to 3-0 in the second as Festa buried a feed from DeFilio, who then added his first goal on the power play with 25 seconds left in the period.

Festa returned the favor with the setup to DeFilio just 1:55 into the third. Lorenzo DeFilio got in on the action, and Festa’s second goal finished the scoring.

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