Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Conference Tournaments: Amity Opens With SCC/SWC Win; Shutdowns Shake Up Brackets

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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The Connecticut high school hockey season will wrap up over the next week-plus with conference tournaments, and the puck already dropped on the postseason Thursday.

Amity is the first team to advance in the brackets, posting a 3-1 win over North Branford in a Southern Connecticut Conference/South West Conference Division II first-round game. Niko Tournas scored the go-ahead goal in the second period for the No. 7 Spartans and Caleb Marcin iced it in the third. Justin Miller also scored to tie it after the No. 10 Thunderbirds took the early lead on a Nick Poulin goal just 24 seconds into the game.

However, the brackets already have been shaken up by teams entering quarantine. No. 8 Guilford had to pull out of the SCC/SWC DII first round, sending No. 9 Branford into a quarterfinal matchup Saturday with top seed Lyman Hall (5:45, Northford). No. 4 Daniel Hand also dropped out, giving No. 5 Cheshire a bye into the semifinals.

No. 6 Watertown-Pomperaug hosts No. 11 East Haven in the other SCC/SWC II first-round game Friday (7:30, Shelton). In other Saturday games, Amity meets second-seeded Sheehan (Northford, 3 p.m.), and the Watertown-Pomperaug vs. East Haven winner is at No. 3 North Haven (Northford, 8:15).

The Division I bracket is set with seven teams and three games Saturday:

  • No. 7 Hamden at No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven (Bennett, 1 p.m.)
  • No. 6 Immaculate at No. 3 Xavier (Champions, 6:20 p.m.)
  • No. 5 West Haven at No. 4 Notre Dame-Fairfield (Shelton, 4:15 p.m.)

The Division III bracket originally featured six teams, but No. 5 seed New Milford had to drop out. As a result, No. 4 Masuk advances to a semifinal next Wednesday against top-seeded BBD, which earned a bye.

No. 2 Milford earned the other bye in the bracket, and awaits the winner of Saturday’s lone game between No. 6 JBWA and No. 3 Newtown/New Fairfield (Danbury, 3:10).

Championship brackets in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (Division 1, and Divisions 2-3) and the Central Connecticut Conference (North, and South) will be set after this weekend’s action. East Catholic and Rocky Hill have shut down for the season and will not participate in the CCC tournaments.

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