Connecticut HS Boys Hockey Highlights: North Haven, E.O. Smith/Tolland Score Huge Wins Against Division Rivals

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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Jake Donovan scored in overtime and North Haven notched a big 2-1 win over Sheehan in a matchup of two of Connecticut’s top Division 2 teams. Will Sullivan had the other goal in the win for the Nighthawks. … In a 3-1 win over East Catholic, Sullivan scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period, with Tommy Guidone and Justin Pniewski also scoring.

– Meanwhile, E.O. Smith/Tolland grabbed the top spot in Division 3 from Newington with a 3-2 victory. Kaleb Van Horn scored the deciding goal for the Bucks. … EOS/T also shut out Farmington Valley, 3-0, behind the goaltending of Dan Polgun. Braiden George scored twice and Cole Schoen had the other for the Bucks.

– In a Division 1 showdown, Matt Kraus scored twice and Xavier topped New Canaan, 4-1. AJ Guzzardi and Dylan Reynolds also scored for the Falcons.

– Earlier in the week, Simsbury stunned Xavier, 3-2, with Reid Anastasio netting the winner midway through the third period. Jonathan Huang and Reid Bulger had the other goals for the Trojans.

Kenny Mackenzie Lyman Hall

Dylan Gay and Jack Roberts scored, and Dylan Florio made 35 saves as Lyman Hall held off East Haven, 2-1. … Roberts and Gay also scored twice each in a 6-4 win over Amity. Kenny MacKenzie and Zach Pettit had the other goals for the Trojans.

Anthony DeFilio Sheehan

Max Festa scored four goals and Anthony DeFilio added one to lead Sheehan past East Haven, 5-2.

Colby Quinn’s overtime goal pushed Wethersfield to a 2-1 win over South Windsor.

Harrison Ranger scored twice, and Gavin Munson and Jack Petronio netted their first varsity goals for Newington in its 4-1 win over Enfield.

Noah Kingsly Fairfield HS

Ryan Flynn, Noah Kingsly, Jake Harmony, Ryan Hetherman and Alexander Melillo all scored for Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe in its 5-2 win over Westhill-Stamford.

Michael Pilato
Notre Dame (WH)

Michael Troiano scored twice, including the game-winner with 50 seconds left as Notre Dame-West Haven prevailed in a trip to Massachusetts, beating Bishop Fenwick, 4-3. Daniel Cusick added a goal and assist for the Green Knights, Ty Battipaglia a goal, and Michael Pilato two assists.

Ben Epes

– Staples got two goals from Jason Wolgast to double up BBD, 4-2. Ben Epes had a goal and two assists for the Wreckers, Tyler DiMaio added a goal, and Aaron Kail made 22 saves. Kenny Granacker and Tim Whitlock scored for the Icecats. … The Wreckers also rolled past Masuk, 6-1, behind two goals each from Wolgast and DiMaio, as well as one apiece by Jacob Serfaty and Jacob Gomez. Kail made 33 saves. Kyle Suftkin scored for the Panthers.

Ryan Fraser Cheshire

Damon Zurolo had a goal and assist and Cheshire outlasted West Haven, 5-2. Andrew Vaill, Will Gaudet, Lukas Sargolini and Evan Vasiljevs added goals for the Rams, Ryan Fraser and Ben Corris had two assists each, and Amaan Chaudry made 26 saves. … Cheshire also edged North Branford, 3-1, as Rocco Ocone-Krause scored twice and Zurolo added the other. Chaudry had a big game in net with 44 saves.

Anthony Gesino Eastern CT Eagles

Anthony Gesino scored a pair of goals for Eastern Connecticut in its 8-2 win over Housatonic. Dylan Relaz and Declan York had a pair of assists apiece for the Eagles.

Bauer Cordeiro Larkin made 22 saves and Northeastern got the lone goal from Lucas Gorcenski in a 1-0 win over Tri-Town.

Hudson Hollander capped his hat trick with the overtime game-winner, lifting Hall past masuk, 6-5.

Niko Tournas posted the hat trick with two assists, and Connor Thomas netted his fourth shutout of the season, leading JBWA past Newtown/New Fairfield, 6-0. Graham Jacobs, Nick Randall and Spencer Thomas also scored.

Alex Osterman’s first career goal sparked Daniel Hand in its 2-1 win over Branford.

Graham Mitchell’s two goals were enough for New Milford in its 5-1 win over JBWA.

Jordan Blais Suffield

– Goals from Ryan Martineau and Jordan Blais gave SGWL a 2-1 win over New Milford.

Seamus Heslin scored twice, Patrick Heslin and Malcolm Thompson netted shorthanded tallies and Immaculate edged Notre Dame-Fairfield, 5-4. Jovanni Smeriglio chipped in a goal for the Mustangs.

Chase Mawhinney’s goal with 40 seconds left allowed South Windsor to escape from Eastern Connecticut with a 4-3 win. Dylan Hutton, Tyler Power and Zach Morrison also scored for the Bobcats.

Tiernan Curley Fairfield Prep

Tiernan Curley scored twice and James Murphy chipped in one for Fairfield Prep in its 3-1 win over Ridgefield.

– Ridgefield topped Greenwich, 4-1, with James Ahern scoring twice while Eric Pereira and Anthony Riina added one each.

Bryce Lyden’s goal and two assists led New Canaan in a 5-1 win over St. Joseph. Tobin Connell notched his first career goal for the Rams, with Brayden Robie, Nick Megdanis and Michael Rayher also scoring.

– Two goals from Colin Tavernier, as well as one each for Jack Mikan-Jones and Declan Higgins sparked Enfield in a 4-2 win over BBD.

Peter Antoniou’s goal gave Trumbull a 2-1 win over St. Joseph in the Coach Eddy Cup.

– Woodstock Academy got goals from Noah Sampson, Don Sousa, Andrew Newton, Max Corradi and Zachary Girard to ice North Branford, 5-1.

Jason Barile scored his first varsity goal and added an assist for Milford in its 4-4 tie with Amity.

Cole Mollica notched a hat trick and added an assist to lead Housatonic past Milford, 5-3.

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