Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Opening Week Highlights: New Canaan Takes Down Fairfield Prep

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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Connecticut high school hockey is one full week into the 2021-22 season, and it’s already been an eventful one, including a shakeup right at the top of the Division 1 rankings.

No. 3 New Canaan got goals from Carter Spain, captain Michael Rayher, Brayden Robie and Gavin Fitzpatrick, and upended top-ranked Fairfield Prep, 4-1. Luke Noonan had the goal for the Jesuits. … New Canaan also opened its season with a 4-0 win over West Haven. Beau Johnson (23 saves) earned the shutout, and the Rams got two goals and an assist from Fitzpatrick.

* Earlier in the week, Fairfield Prep prevailed in a back-and-forth game with Ridgefield, winning 4-3 in overtime on William Huntington’s second goal of the game. … Huntington also scored twice, as did Henry Keller, in FP’s 8-0 win over Greenwich. Nick Ambrosio earned the shutout for the Jesuits.

* Ridgefield was a 4-0 winner over Notre Dame (Fairfield) on goals from Angelo Ciminiello, Christopher Hamilton, Aiden Chang and Eric Pereira.

* Cole Studwell (32 saves) had the shutout for Greenwich in a 4-0 win over Daniel Hand. Daniel Pratley, Gage Bria, Will Duncan and Joe Lewis scored for the Cardinals.

Matt Jankovsky Fairfield

* Led by Ryan Tymon (two goals, assist) and Matthew Jankovsky (two goals), Fairfield/Warde Ludlowe doubled up Xavier, 6-3.

* Patrick Heslin finished with two goals and an assist for Immaculate in its 4-3 win over St. Joseph.

* Behind a James Mikos shutout and a hat trick from James Mascari, Notre Dame (West Haven) opened with a 5-0 win over Toll Gate (R.I.).

* Elliott Lancaster’s goal gave Darien a 2-1 win over Hamden. Tommy Branca had the other goal for the Blue Wave.

* Quinn Heagney’s two goals were the difference for Simsbury in its 3-1 win over Farmington Valley.

* Dylan Gay notched a hat trick and Lyman Hall outlasted Cheshire, 6-5. Jack Roberts added two goals and Ryan Arduini one for the Trojans. Colin Veivia scored twice to lead the Rams. … FWL also edged past Immaculate, 6-5, behind Jankovsky’s hat trick as well as two goals from Ryan Flynn. … Roberts had a huge game with three goals and three assists in the Trojans’ 8-1 win over North Haven. Pettit (goal, four assists), James Cohrs (two goals) and Gay (goal, three assists) also shined for Lyman Hall. Dylan Florio made 31 saves.

Parker Sprankle East Haven

* Gennaro Pompano had a hat trick and two assists, and Michael Savo also had a hat trick as East Haven rolled over Staples, 9-2. Parker Sprankle chipped in two goals for the Yellowjackets. Tyler DiMaio and Cooper Paul scored for the Wreckers. … East Haven also scored a wild 9-7 win over Cheshire on another Pompano hat trick, plus two more goals from Sprankle and Griffin McGlinchey. Zach Olson had two goals for Cheshire.

Brendan Hilinski Sheehan

* Brenden Hilinski and Max Festa scored twice each and Sheehan rolled past New Milford, 7-3.

* Jordan Grabine, Anthony Corelli and Jake Frattaroli each scored twice as Westhill-Stamford coasted past Amity, 6-1.

* Joe Carangelo led five different scorers with a goal and two assists in Amity’s 5-1 win over Staples.

Cole Usseglio
East Catholic

* Goals from Jack O’Connor, Cole Usseglio, Colin Turer and Brady Hemenway propelled East Catholic to a 4-1 win over Glastonbury.

* Behind goals from Drew Jean, Aidan Adams, Zack Caporale and Alex Rodriguez, Glastonbury doubled up Branford, 4-2.

* Matthew Ruck made 33 saves and Wethersfield blanked Simsbury, 2-0. Colby Quinn (shorthanded) and Will McCarter (empty net) scored for the Eagles.

* Dylan Hutton’s overtime goal gave South Windsor a 4-3 victory over Wethersfield.

* Bryce Peterson and North Haven shut out New Milford, 6-0.

* Connor Konopka’s hat trick sparked Rocky Hill in its 7-1 win over Northeastern. Brody Davidson added a goal and three assists for the Terriers, and Jacob Nelson a goal and two assists. Austin Jonas scored for the Shamrocks.

* Noah Sampson (two goals, two assists) and Don Sousa (two goals, assist) sparked the offense for Woodstock Academy in an 8-3 win over Eastern Connecticut.

* Brendan Birmingham’s four goals sparked Tri-Town in its 5-3 win over Conard. Vincenzo Rumore had the other goal for the TerrorCats.

* Patrick Gummer posted the shutout and Bryce Jimenez notched the game-winner in Norwalk-McMahon’s 2-0 blanking of JBWA.

Jordan Blais

* Jordan Blais had a hat trick, Austin Renggli and Ben Wosko scored twice each, and SGWL outlasted Housatonic, 9-5.

* Connor Chirico and Joey Honcz each had goals in Milford’s 3-1 win over Enfield.

* Masuk took down Shepaug Valley, 8-2, behind Drew Scalia’s four goals and a pair from AJ Michetti.

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