Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Conference Tournaments: Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe Rolls; BBD, Enfield Pull Off Upsets

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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Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe won’t see its name in the brackets when the 2022 CIAC boys’ hockey tournament is announced Friday morning. Based on the state association’s rules governing how co-operative programs are handled, the team is ineligible to participate.

Matt Jankovsky Fairfield

So the Mustangs clearly are taking advantage of the one “postseason” opportunity they have. Ranked by Hockey Night in Boston among the top five teams in the state all season, the Mustangs nonetheless made a huge statement Wednesday night with a thorough 7-0 win over New Canaan in the FCIAC semifinals.

Senior Finn Hoey had two goals and two assists, and senior Matthew Jankovsky added two goals and an assist for the Mustangs, who took a 2-0 lead after one period and pushed it out to 6-0 after two.

Junior Charlie Swanson and sophomore Ryan Flynn had a goal and assist apiece, and sophomore Ryan Tymon also scored. Junior Tommy Adams earned the shutout with 24 saves.

Ridgefield 1, Darien 0

Henry Ertl made 37 saves and the Tigers upset the Blue Wave, HNIB’s No. 2-ranked team in Division 1.

James Ahern scored the only goal Ridgefield needed in the first period, and Ertl did the rest in sealing a matchup with Fairfield/Warde Ludlowe on Saturday (noon, Danbury Ice Arena).

Quarterfinals recap

The top four seeds had little trouble in their matchups – three of the games were shutouts, and the lower seeds managed only a single goal.

Noah Kingsly Fairfield HS

Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe was a 4-1 winner over Westhill-Stamford, led by Matthew Jankovsky’s two goals, as well as a goal and two assists from Charlie Swanson. Noah Kingsly also scored, and Tommy Adams made 20 saves. James Leydon had the goal for W-S.

Ridgefield toppled Greenwich, 4-0, behind another Henry Ertl shutout plus goals from Nolan Gartner, Ryan Carnicelli, Everett Greenwood and Christopher Hamilton.

Doster Crowell netted a hat trick to support Beau Johnson’s shutout for New Canaan in its 4-0 win over St. Joseph. Bryce Lyden added a goal for the Rams.

In the other quarterfinal, top-seeded Darien rolled past Trumbull, 6-0.

CCC South

Enfield 4, Newington 2

Luke Arsenault scored a pair of goals and Ethan Ambrosio netted the game-winner as the Eagles pulled off the upset of the Nor’easters in a semifinal matchup.

Ambrosio snapped a 2-2 tie 2:59 into the second period, just 43 seconds after Harrison Ranger scored his second goal to pull Newington even. Arsenault added a big insurance goal a minute later.

Arsenault also scored in the first period and Josh Tyler also had a big goal just 23 seconds before the first-period buzzer to put Enfield up 2-1. Ranger had given the Nor’easters the lead midway through the first.

E.O. Smith/Tolland 3, Conard 1

Cam Sterling, Conor O’Brien and Cole Schoen had the goals for the Bucks, who will host Enfield in the conference championship game Friday (8 p.m., Freitas Ice Forum).

CCC North

Wethersfield 3, Simsbury 1

Jay Socha scored on a rebound with 56 seconds left in the second period to snap a tie and send the Eagles past the Trojans. Jack Millen added an insurance goal in the third period, and also assisted Colby Quinn’s first-period strike.

Reid Anastasio tied the game for the Trojans in the second period.

Bobby Lachance Northwest Catholic

Northwest Catholic 4, South Windsor 2

Robert Lachance netted a hat trick, including a pair as the Lions struck three times in a span of 4:08 in the third period and pulled away from the Bobcats.

It was a 1-1 game when Ethan Porter put NWC ahead on a scramble in front with 7:54 left. Lachance followed with his pair for a 4-1 lead with 3:46 to go.

After a scoreless first period, Lachance gave the Lions the lead off a turnover just 13 seconds into the second.

Dylan Hutton and Kyle Dunn had the goals for the Bobcats, both assisted by Chase Mawhinney.

SCC/SWC Division 3

JBWA 3, Masuk 2

Spencer Thomas had a goal and assist, Henry Hoeffner and Niko Tournas also scored, and JBWA advanced to the league championship game by edging past the Panthers.

Duncan Craine and Stephen Theall added assists for the winner. Angelo Michetti had a goal and assist, Austin Braiewa a goal, and Nicholas Kondub two assists for the Panthers.

BBD 4, New Milford 1

The No. 4 seed Icecats scored three times in the first period and upset the top-seeded Green Wave, and advance to take on JBWA in the championship game Friday (8 p.m., Bennett Rink).

Zachary Kappus, Jordan Perrotti and Dmitry Yates all lit the lamp for BBD in the opening 15 minutes. After Graham Mitchell scored for New Milford in the second, it stayed that way until Liam Gelfand’s empty-netter for the Icecats with 12.5 seconds to play.

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