Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Conference Championships: Ridgefield Wins FCIAC; Eastern Conn. Takes Nutmeg; ND-West Haven, North Haven, JBWA Tops In SCC/SWC

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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Henry Ertl continued his perfect run through the FCIAC tournament with 37 saves, and Ridgefield took home the conference championship when James Ahern scored with 2:08 left in overtime as the Tigers stunned Fairfield/Warde Ludlowe, 1-0.

The goal put a stunning end to the season for the Mustangs, who are ineligible for the upcoming CIAC tournament based on the state association’s co-op rules. Tommy Adams finished with 24 saves.

Nutmeg

Eastern Connecticut 3, Woodstock Academy 2

Cam McCollum made 42 saves and the Eagles used a pair of first-period goals to take control and hold off the Centaurs.

Anthony Gesino Eastern CT Eagles

Drew Sager and Dylan Relaz struck in the opening 15 minutes for the Eagles. After Noah Sampson scored on a power play to cut the deficit in half for Woodstock, Anthony Gesino (goal, assist) pushed the Eastern Connecticut lead to 3-1 after two. Another Woodstock power play tally from Donnie Sousa closed the gap again, but McCollum and the Eagles held on.

SCC/SWC 1

Notre Dame-West Haven 5, Xavier 0

Peter Alfano made 22 saves for the shutout and the Green Knights continued to assert themselves as the top team in the state.

Ashton Delmonico Notre Dame (WH)

Ty Battipaglia scored a pair of goals in the first period, and added an assist on Ashton Delmonico’s strike in the second that made it 3-0. The Knights wrapped it up in the third as Santino Chancio and Matthew Stevens each netted their first high school goals.

Delmonico finished with a goal and assist, while Logan Hurd and John Donohue had two assists apiece.

SCC/SWC 2

North Haven 4, Lyman Hall 3

Alex Petersen netted a hat trick, including the go-ahead goal with 5:08 to play to lift the Nighthawks to the victory over the Trojans.

Petersen had tied it just 2:31 earlier for North Haven, and also scored late in the second period as the Nighthawks erased a 3-1 deficit.

Ben Gilbert had the other goal for North Haven, while Jack Roberts, Dylan Gay and Louis Allanson had the goals for Lyman Hall.

SCC/SWC 3

JBWA 3, BBD 1

In the matchup of acronyms, it was the co-op team from Joel Barlow, Weston and Abbott Tech that prevailed thanks to Stephen Theall’s goal and two assists, as well as a goal and assist from Niko Tournas. Spencer Thomas also scored for JBWA, and Nick Randall had an assist.

Liam Gelfand scored the goal for the Icecats.

CCC

E.O. Smith/Tolland, Northwest Catholic champs

E.O. Smith/Tolland, which earned this top seed in the CIAC Division 3 tournament that begins this week, will carry momentum into the postseason after beating Enfield, 3-1, for the CCC South champion. … In CCC North, Northwest Catholic left little doubt with a thorough 6-0 win over Wethersfield.

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