Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Conference Tournaments: Romano Nets 200th Career Point In Sheehan’s Win; ND-West Haven’s Allan, Newtown/New Fairfield’s Makris Reach 100

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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Anthony Romano notched his 200th career point with an assist, but Luke Festa stole the show by scoring four times as second-seeded Sheehan beat No. 7 Amity, 7-3, in a Southern Connecticut Conference/South West Conference Division 2 quarterfinal game.

Luke Festa

Romano reached the milestone by setting up Festa’s third goal, which made it 5-2 in the third period. Joey Richo added a pair of goals for the Titans, and Anthony DeFilio added the other.

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Lyman Hall

* Top-seeded Lyman Hall got a hat trick and assist from Tommy Ralston, and held off No. 9 Branford, 5-4. Josh Roberts (goal, two assists) and Ryan Brockett also scored for the Trojans, while Zachary Pettit had three assists and Aidan Weir a pair. Brendan Reddington made 20 saves as Lyman Hall advances to face No. 5 Cheshire, which earned a bye when No. 4 Daniel Hand had to end its season. Matt Morgan had a hat trick and Mikey Farricielli a goal for the Hornets, who got a strong game in net from Jeremy LaCroix.

* North Haven’s Andrew Sacco posted his third shutout of the season as No. 3 North Haven blanked No. 6 Watertown-Pomperaug, 4-0.

Ryan Magee

* W-P had advanced with a 4-1 win over No. 6 East Haven, led by Aidan Kane’s hat trick as well as a goal and two assists from Matthew Christina. Ryan Magee dished out three assists for the Indians.

Wednesday, March 24 — Semifinals

  • 3 North Haven at No. 2 Sheehan (Northford, 6:15 p.m.)
  • 5 Cheshire at No. 1 Lyman Hall (Northford, 8:30 p.m.)


* Bobby Allan of Notre Dame-West Haven notched his 100th career point, leading the second-seeded Green Knights to an 8-2 win over No. 7 Hamden. John D’Errico finished with a hat trick and John-Michael Childs added two goals for NDWH, with Ryan Ahern and Matt Martinelli also scoring.

* No. 3 seed Xavier toppled sixth-seeded Immaculate, 5-1. Jake Lion’s hat trick sparked the Falcons, who also got goals from Matt Kraus and Matt Reardon.

* Reagin Gallagher made 36 saves and Matt Newton scored both goals as No. 4 Notre Dame-Fairfield held off No. 5 West Haven, 2-1.

Tuesday, March 23 — Semifinals

  • 4 Notre Dame-Fairfield at No. 1 Fairfield Prep (Wonderland, 7 p.m.)
  • 3 Xavier at No. 2 Notre Dame-West Haven (Bennett, 7 p.m.)


* Phil Makris scored his 100th career point while leading No. 3 Newtown/New Fairfield to a 6-0 blanking of No. 6 JBWA. Makris finished with a hat trick in the win for the Nighthawks, while Markus Paltauf earned the shutout.

Wednesday, March 24 — Semifinal

  • 4 Masuk at No. 1 BBD (Danbury, 5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March 25 — Semifinal

  • 3 Newtown/New Fairfield at No. 2 Milford (Milford, 8 p.m.)


* Greenwich continued its strong late-season play as the third-seeded Cardinals blanked No. 6 St. Joseph, 4-0, in quarterfinal action. Charlie Zolin made 23 saves for the shutout for the Cardinals, who got a goal and assist from Peter Lewis, as well as single goals from John Cataldo, Sean Duffy and Liam Mathews. Tyler Stiewing made 30 stops in the loss for the Cadets.

* No. 4 New Canaan edged No. 5 Ridgefield, 2-1, behind goals from Sam Ives and Jack Johnson, as well as Beau Johnson’s 27 saves. Matt Silliman had 35 saves for the Tigers, who got their lone goal from James Ahern.

Thursday, March 25 — Semifinals

  • 4 New Canaan at No. 1 Darien (Darien, 6:30 p.m.)
  • 3 Greenwich at No. 2 Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe (Wonderland, 8 p.m.)


While no games have been played yet, the bracket already was shaken up when Trumbull had to drop out because of COVID protocols. So the draw has been reseeded with the four remaining teams.

Thursday, March 25 — Semifinals

  • 4 Wilton at No. 1 Westhill/Stamford (Terry Conners, 12:30 p.m.)
  • 3 Norwalk-McMahon at No. 2 Staples (Milford, 5:30 p.m.)


* Sean O’Connor’s hat trick propelled No. 4 South Windsor in its 7-3 win over No. 5 Glastonbury. Chase Mawhinney added a pair of goals for the Bobcats, with Luke Mawhinney and Trevor Kniffen also scoring.

Wednesday, March 24 — Semifinals

  • 4 South Windsor at No. 1 Northwest Catholic, (ISCC, 9 p.m.)
  • 3 Simsbury at No. 2 Farmington Valley (Avon Old Farms, 4 p.m.)


In a consolation bracket matchup, E.O. Smith/Tolland slipped past Northeastern, 2-1.

Wednesday, March 24 — Championship bracket semifinals

  • 4 Tri-Town at No. 1 Hall-Southington (Veterans, 7:20 p.m.)
  • 3 Newington at No. 2 Wethersfield (Newington, 8:15 p.m.)
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