Connecticut Boys Highlights: Cheshire, Branford, WMRP All Off To 3-0 Starts in Division 2

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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Nick Maringola
Cheshire

* Niklas Vasilijevs, Thor Novicelli and Aiden Gaudet each had a goal and assist and Cheshire held off Glastonbury, 3-2, in a key early Connecticut Division 2 matchup. Nick Maringola made 32 saves for the Rams (3-0-0) in the win. Adam Poetto scored and also set up Keane Smith’s goal for the Tomahawks, who got 21 saves from Kevin Giesow.

* Jared Yakimoff made 28 saves and Branford blanked Trumbull, 3-0, to stay unbeaten. Jack Manware and Dan Farricielli had a goal and assist each for the Hornets, with Zach Jones netting the other goal.

Aaron Cholewa
WMRP

* Chase Millen scored twice in WMRP’s 7-4 victory against E.O. Smith/Tolland. Connor Rancourt, Aaron Cholewa, Evan Partridge, Brady Davidson and Colby Quinn all added goals for the Eagles, who also improved to 3-0-0. Bryan Roy netted a hat trick for the Bucks.

* Matthew Arena had a huge game with four goals and an assist and Farmington Valley blanked Conard, 9-0. Jackson Holl added two goals and an assist, and Brendan Occhino a goal and two assists for the Generals. Danny Pauling netted the shutout.

Evan Tower
Eastern Conn. Eagles

* Steve Turchetta and Evan Tower had two goals and an assist each to propel Eastern Connecticut to a 5-1 victory against Housatonic-NW-Wamogo-Torrington. Will Cannella added a goal for the Eagles and Rylin Fowler made 21 saves.

* Sam Swanson’s two goals and two assists led Fairfield Warde/Ludlow in its 6-1 victory against Watertown-Pomperaug. Matthew Jankovsky and Rhys Davies had a goal and assist each, with Bobby Winter and James Pisciotta also scoring. Jordan Verchin got the win for the Mustangs.

* Devin Napoli’s hat trick sparked Sheehan’s 6-1 victory against Immaculate. Anthony Romano added a pair of goals and James Stratton one for the Titans.

Brian Essing
Notre Dame (Fair)

* Hamden opened play in the Crusader Classic in Kingston, R.I., with a 4-2 victory against East Greenwich (R.I.). Alan Cozzolino had two goals and an assist. Alex Ponzio a goal and two assists, and Craig Cesare a goal for the Green Dragons. Ben Bielen and Maxx Ricci shared time in net.

* In the St. Dominic’s Academy Christmas Classic, Brian Essing scored the winning goal with 3:11 left and Notre Dame-Fairfield edged Bishop Brady (N.H.), 3-2. Essing also assisted both goals by Kevin Barrett and Jeremy Goulden, while Nick Piselli made 20 saves in the win.

* Sean Dupre had two goals and an assist as West Haven blanked Amity, 6-0. Jared Pliszka made 18 saves for the shutout.

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