Connecticut HS Boys Highlights: Northeastern Gets First Victory; Fairfield Prep Rolls Past ND-West Haven

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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* Noah Fleming scored the winning goal with 3:25 left and Northeastern picked up its first victory of the season, rallying past JBWA, 2-1. Jack Terrance tied it for the Shamrocks after Ryan Lauter broke a scoreless tie for the Knights just nine seconds into the third period. Derek Leshak made 34 saves for the Shamrocks, while JBWA got a big effort from Dan Rooney, a forward/defenseman who stepped in to play goal and made 23 saves.

* Andrew Stietzel’s 29 saves backboned Fairfield Prep in its 6-0 blanking of Notre Dame-West Haven. Robert Viguls scored twice for the Jesuits, who also got goals from Mason Whitney, Jack Esse, Aksel Sather and Henry Keller.

Nick Maringola
Cheshire

* Nick Maringola made 39 saves and Cheshire battled Daniel Hand to a 1-1 tie. Niklas Vasilijevs had given the Rams a 1-0 lead in the first, and it stayed that way until Tatum Fitzmaurice finally dented Maringola for the Tigers 6:07 into the third. Eric Dillner made 28 saves for Daniel Hand.

* Goals from Garrett Baier, Aden Hotchkiss, Jake Lion and Geoff Baumgartner led Xavier past Hamden, 4-1.

* North Haven outlasted Sheehan, 5-3, getting goals from Aaron Racino, Will Fiore, Mason Sullivan, Eli Brubacher and Alan Tancreti. Joe Romano scored twice and Devin Napoli had the other in the loss for the Titans.

* Alex DiPaola posted his second shutout of the season, and the sixth overall for Newington in its 4-0 victory against Masuk.

* Norwalk-McMahon’s Max Vitucci also had a shutout in a 6-0 victory against Trinity Catholic. Six different players scored for NorMac, led by Jeb Boyrer’s goal and assist. Alex DiRaffaele, Will Coale, Finn Bean, Trevor McGee and Nate Gibson also lit the lamp.

Brian Essing
Notre Dame (Fair)

* Patrick Benvenuto’s two goals and three assists led Notre Dame-Fairfield past West Haven, 6-3. Brian Essing, Aaron Martino and Eryk Fancher had a goal and assist each for the Lancers, with Tyler Bassett adding a goal. Nick Piselli made 28 saves.

Sam Swanson
Fairfield

* Rhys Davies had two goals and two assists, and Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe used a six-goal third period to pull away from St. Joseph, 10-3. Sam Swanson added two goals and an assist, James Pisciotta also scored twice for the Mustangs, with Bobby Winter, Sanjay Sadarangani, Brendan Carney and Ashton Lewis adding a goal apiece. Michael Mulligan scored twice and Johnny Karafa had the other for the Cadets.

* Matthew Arena netted a hat trick and an assist, and Farmington Valley pushed its win streak to 10 by beating South Windsor, 7-2. T.J. Erickson, Scott Groleau and Jackson Holl had a goal and assist each for the Generals, with Luke Watson also scoring.

* Alex Sotirhos scored twice, Boden Gammill added a goal and assist and red-hot New Canaan edged Trumbull, 3-2. Beau Johnson made 28 saves for the Rams. Manny Bellios and Marco Minopoli scored for the Eagles and Alex Tsymbalyuk made 34 stops.

* Nathan Loitz scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:14 left and Northwest Catholic edged Simsbury, 5-3.

* Gavin Favreau also had a hat trick and Woodstock Academy held off Tri-Town, 3-2.

* Remington Ferrari’s hat trick sparked SGWL in its 4-1 victory against Watertown-Pomperaug. Caleb Roy also notched his first varsity point for the Wildcats, who got their other goal from Mason Ferrari.

* David Amatruda also had a hat trick for East Haven in its 4-1 victory against Amity. Duncan Rider had the other goal and Logan Hamilton made 31 saves.

* Ryan Parker scored twice, Logan Maciel and Jarrett Rivera had a goal and two assists each, and New Milford handled BBD, 5-1.

* Lyman Hall/H-K/Coginchaug also got a hat trick from T.J. Arduini in its 11-1 romp over North Branford.

* Staples also used a converted forward in net in a 7-0 loss to Darien as Reed Caney, a goalie on the varsity soccer team, got his opportunity as the Wreckers backup and made 42 saves.

* Dylan Reynolds and Brody Davidson scored a pair of goals each and WMRP blanked Enfield-East Granby-Stafford, 6-0. Trevor Schad earned the shutout for the Eagles, who also got goals from Aaron Cholewa and Chase Millen.

Adam Poetto
Glastonbury

* Alex Rodriguez and Adam Poetto scored twice each to push Glastonbury past South Windsor, 7-2. Keane Smith, Patrick McKiernan and Ryan Ginnett rounded out the scoring for the Trojans.

* Greenwich battled Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) to a 2-2 tie on goals from Ivan Kovalev and Jack Hutchins. The Cardinals also dropped a tough 2-0 decision to Ocean State power LaSalle Academy over the weekend. … Greenwich also posted a 3-1 win against Westhill-Stamford, with Hutchins scoring twice and Ryan Columbo adding the other. Hunter Gilchrist scored for the Black Knights.

* Meanwhile, Darien dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to LaSalle, giving up the winner with 11 seconds left in overtime. Luke Johnston had a goal and also assisted Bennett McDermott’s tally for the Blue Wave. … McDermott and Teddy Dyer had the goals on Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Bishop Hendricken.

* Bryan Roy had a goal and assist, Keegan Hogskinson got his first career goal and E.O. Smith/Tolland toppled North Branford, 4-1. Cam Sterling and Sam Walikonis also scored for the Bucks, who got 31 saves from Harry Cook.

* Tyler DiMartino’s first career goal helped Newtown edge BBD, 3-2. James Celentano and Jack Stanton also scored for the Nighthawks, who got 35 saves from Markus Paltauf.

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