Connecticut Boys Highlights: Fairfield Prep, Branford Win Openers; Sheehan scores big

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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Overtime games, early season showdowns of top contenders (including a state championship rematch). A wild back-and-forth shootout, a game-winning goal on a penalty shot. Connecticut high school hockey seemingly had it all on its busy first Wednesday night of the 2019-20 season.

* Defending Division 1 champion Fairfield Prep opened up with a 2-1 victory against last year’s No. 1 seed, Ridgefield. Kyle Colucci scored the winning goal in the final four minutes for the Jesuits, who also got a goal from Robert Viguls.

* Xavier also was a 2-1 overtime winner against Greenwich, with Casey Lavoie notching the winner. Aden Hotchkiss had the other goal for Xavier, while Ivan Kovalev scored on a breakaway for Greenwich.

* The same was true for defending Division 2 champ Branford, which needed Chris Donadio’s goal in the extra period to slip past Glastonbury, 4-3, in a rematch of last year’s title game.

* Captain Chris Hughes scored the winning goal with under seven minutes to play and Notre Dame-West Haven grinded out a 2-1 victory against Immaculate.

Bryce Richitelli
Hamden

* Bryce Riccitelli had a hat trick and assist and Hamden doubled up New Canaan, 4-2. Jack Shane added a goal and assist for Hamden, while Clark Ellis had both goals for New Canaan.

* Earlier in the week, New Canaan got an overtime goal from Boden Gammill to knock off Greenwich, 3-2. Ellis and Owen Zomb put New Canaan up 2-0 after one before Greenwich rallied in the third on goals from Jack Hutchins and Chris Cataldo.

* Notre Dame-Fairfield got 22 saves from Nick Piselli to blank St. Joseph, 4-0.

Brian Essing
Notre Dame (Fair)

* Brian Essing scored twice for the Lancers, with Mike Ceneri and Jeremy Goulden adding one each.

* James Conway netted a hat trick as Darien rolled to a 7-0 victory against Wilton.

D.J. Carfora
West Haven

* D.J. Carfora had two goals and an assist and West Haven shut down Guilford, 7-0.

* Scott Simeon scored twice, including igniting a three-goal burst late in the second period that helped Simsbury rally past Farmington Valley, 6-2. Cole Chapman and Aaron Livingston also scored as Simsbury erased a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead into the third. Jack Fiengo and Rocco Cirelli had the other goals in the win.

Niklas Vasiljievs
Cheshire

* Cheshire broke open a tie game with three goals in the third period and held off Conard, 7-4. Nikas Vasilijevs’ second goal of the game at 6:07 of the third snapped a 4-4 deadlock before Aiden Gaudet and Lorenze Ocone-Krause added insurance tallies. Gaudet finished with the hat trick and assist, Vasilijevs had two goals and two assists, and Lucca Soderlund added a goal. Nick Maringola made 20 stops. Conard got goals from Owen Fernandez, Alex Barnard, Brian Fehl and Aidan Shaffer, as well as 31 saves from Eli Wizevich.

Logan Massey
Daniel Hand

* Daniel Hand got two goals from Logan Massey, as well as a goal and two assists from John Gagliardi to ice Amity, 5-1.

* Aaron Chowela scored twice to push WMRP past Eastern Connecticut, 5-1. Trevor Piecewicz, Chase Millen and Evan Partridge added goals for WMRP, which got a strong performance in net from Patrick Creel. Cade Waters scored the goal for the Eagles.

Evan Tower
Eastern Conn. Eagles

* Eastern Connecticut opened its season Monday with a 6-4 victory against Woodstock Academy. Evan Tower had two goals and an assist for the Eagles, Cade Waters and Steve Turchetta added a goal and assist apiece, and Quinten Olshan and Ryan LoVetere also scored. Rylin Fowler made 14 saves.

* Ian Donahue’s goal with 3:47 left was the difference for New Milford, which edged East Haven, 3-2.

* Sheehan promised to be an offensive juggernaut this season, and the Titans delivered in their opener with a wild 10-7 victory against JBWA. Joe Romano had four goals and three assists, Anthony Romano added a hat trick and three assists, and Joey Richo scored twice in the win. Daniel McKiernan had a big game with four goals in the losing effort, while Ryan Lauter, Ronan Duffy and Luke Dube rounded out the scoring.

* Clayton Cowee scored on a penalty shot at 12:02 of the third period to boost Enfield to a 2-1 victory against Staples. Cowee also assisted on Declan Higgins’ goal in the second period before Will Richards tied it for Staples in the third.

* In a matchup between two teams that dropped to Division 3 this season, Hall-Southington proved far superior in the opener with a 9-1 rout of SGWL. After falling into an early 1-0 hole, H-S stormed back behind goals from two goals each by Matt Ganey and Duncan Hollander, as well as single tallies from Sean Roach, Christian Mohr, Finn McHugh, Marco Fusciello and Hudson Hollander.

* Housatonic/Northwestern/Wamogo picked up a big 2-1 victory against Tri-Town behind goals from Sammy Hoyt and Tyler Calhoun, as well as 28 saves from John Purdy. Lazaros Vasiliadis scored and Reave Stafford made 16 stops for Tri-Town.

* Tri-Town was coming off a season-opening 3-2 overtime victory Monday against Hall-Southington. Noah Hale notched the overtime goal and also had a shorthanded tally for Tri-Town, which got its other goal from Eddie Lundy. Stafford was stellar in net with 44 saves.

* Matt Gliebbi notched a hat trick, Kyle Kosh also scored twice and Milford rolled to an 8-2 victory against Masuk.

* Sam Davies, Joey Petronio, Kilian Ranger and Harrison Ranger each scored to lead Newington past Newton, 4-1. Markus Paltauf made 44 saves for the Nighthawks in the loss as Newington had a 48-9 advantage in shots.

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