Connecticut HS Boys Hockey – Weekend Highlights: Melanson, Simsbury Prevail In Overtime; Fairfield Prep Blanks Darien

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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Luke Melanson scored twice, including the overtime winner to lift Simsbury past Northwest Catholic, 3-2, in Connecticut boys hockey action Saturday. Daniel Toothaker added his first varsity goal for the Trojans. Connor Melanson scored both goals for the Lions in the loss.

Tommy Martin
Fairfield Prep

* Tiernan Curley scored twice to support Tommy Martin‘s shutout and Fairfield Prep topped Darien, 3-0, in a battle of Division 1 powers.

* Connor Smith made 19 saves and Ashton Delmonico‘s hat trick sparked the offense for Notre Dame-West Haven in its 6-0 victory over Notre Dame-Fairfield. Bobby Allan also scored twice and John D’Errico had the other for the Green Knights.

Luke Festa
Sheehan

* Sheehan got hat tricks from Joe Romano and Luke Festa and crunched North Branford, 9-1. Dylan Hennessey, Brenden Hilinski and Landon Cantele also scored for the Titans.

* Chase Mawhinney also notched a hat trick to propel South Windsor past Glastonbury, 9-1. Will Bonazelli and Sean O’Connor added a pair of goals apiece for the Bobcats, who also got goals from Quinn Cotton and Tyler Power. Alex Rodriguez had the lone goal for the Guardians.

* Tommy Schittina‘s tiebreaking goal midway through the third period sent Amity to a 3-1 win over Cheshire. Justin Miller added a empty-netter for the Spartans and David Brown also scored after Damon Zurolo gave the Rams the early lead.

* Nick Tondalo and Alex Peterson scored to boost North Haven past Lyman Hall, 2-1. Jack Roberts scored and Colin Stoddard made 21 saves in the loss for the Trojans.

* Owen McGoldrick’s hat trick led the way for Conard in its 4-3 victory over Rocky Hill. Colum Flaherty chipped in a goal and two assists for the Chieftains. For the Terriers, Brody Davidson scored twice and Connor Konopka added one.

* SGWL’s Brandon Severns and Wethersfield’s Michael Schneider had the goals in their teams’ 1-1 tie.

* Gavin Rauza and Brendan Birmingham each scored twice for Tri-Town, which took down Housatonic, 5-2. The Mountaineers also got a two-goal game from Zim McAuliffe in the loss, while John Purdy made 43 saves.

* Jack Eccleston led a balanced New Canaan scoresheet with a goal and assist in a 5-1 win over Ridgefield. Michael Rayher, Carter Ellis, Jack Johnson and Owen Zomb added goals for the Rams.

Logan Massey
Daniel Hand

* Logan Massey scored twice, Josh Ruotolo added the other, and Daniel Hand skated past Xavier, 3-1.

* Trumbull got goals from Jack McLean, Matt Farasciano, Luca Minopoli and Nick Smagacz to edge Watertown-Pomperaug, 4-2. Ryan Magee notched both goals for W-P in the loss.

* Canaan Sturdevant’s first varsity goal highlighted BBD’s 3-2 win over Masuk. Kyle Boller and Anthony Britton added goals for the Icecats, who got 28 saves from Louie Alfidi. Drew Scalia and A.J. Michetti countered for the Panthers.

Sam Swanson
Fairfield

* Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe topped St. Joseph, 4-1, behind two goals from Bobby Winter and one each from Ryan Tymon and Sam Swanson. Andrew Tata had the lone goal for the Cadets.

* E.O. Smith/Tolland got a goal and assist each from Braiden George, Conor O’Brien, Gavin Winot and Quentin Wry to skate past Northeastern, 6-1. Kiyan Pourmaleki lit the lamp for the Shamrocks.

* Sean Roach and Duncan Hollander scored for Hall-Southington, but Newington rallied late to forge a 2-2 tie. Josh Grimm scored his first high school goal for Newington.

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