Connecticut HS Hockey – Division 2 Semifinals: Top Seeds North Haven, Woodstock Academy Advance To Tuesday’s State Final

Doug Bonjour
Doug Bonjour
Doug Bonjour joined Hockey Night in Boston in November 2022. He has covered high school and college sports in Connecticut for more than a decade, including stints as the UConn women’s basketball and UConn football beat reporter for Hearst Connecticut Media. During his time reporting on the 11-time national champion Huskies, he covered three NCAA Final Fours. He previously was a general assignment reporter for GameTimeCT and the Connecticut Post, and covered high school sports statewide, including boys hockey. Prior to that he was the managing/sports editor for the Westport News and Norwalk Citizen community weekly newspapers. He also has written for the Associated Press and New York Times. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2008 with a degree in print journalism.

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The CIAC Division II championship will be a battle of 1 vs. 2. Top-seeded North Haven is returning to the state finals, where it will face second-seeded Woodstock Academy on Tuesday at Quinnipiac University. Here’s how each team got there. 

Woodstock outlasts Branford

Generating offense hasn’t been an issue for Woodstock Academy. In that sense, Wednesday’s Division II semifinal was no different for the No. 2 seed Centaurs, who outlasted sixth-seeded Branford 8-5 to return to the finals. The program is bidding for its first state championship since 2017, when it beat Hall/Southington to win Division III. 

Noah Sampson Woodstock Acad.

Woodstock asserted its dominance early, scoring four times in the first period after falling behind 1-0. Noah Sampson tied it, and Jacob Jurnovoy put the Centaurs ahead 68 seconds later. Altogether, the Centaurs erupted for four goals in a span of three minutes. 

Sampson and Maxx Corradi finished with three goals apiece, with Jurnovoy and Donnie Sousa accounting for the other two. Jack Linder had a hat trick for Branford. Woodstock is now 23-1, with its only loss coming back on Jan. 11 to North Haven, 5-1. 

Petersens propel North Haven back to finals

Alex Petersen scored, and his brother, Bryce, did the rest in net to propel top-seeded North Haven past No. 12 seed North Branford 1-0 in Wednesday’s other Division II semifinal. The Nighthawks now find themselves back in the state finals after losing the title game to Wethersfield last season. The school hasn’t won a state title since 2004. 

North Haven’s goal came barely nine minutes into the game. Petersen stopped all 15 shots he faced to make it stand. 

The Nighthawks (23-2) are the only team to beat Woodstock this season. 

Division II Final

No. 1 North Haven (23-2) vs. No. 2 Woodstock Academy (23-1), March 21, 7 p.m., Quinnipiac University

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