Connecticut HS Hockey – Highlights: Farmington’s Barone Wins 300th Game; Big Night For Woodstock’s Sampson

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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East Haven Co-op, the No. 1 team in the HNIB News Connecticut Division II poll, was forced to forfeit 14 games last week after self-reporting its use of an ineligible player to the CIAC. Thus, the Yellowjackets’ record dropped from 18-1 to 4-15, 5-15 after Monday’s win against Hamden in their last regular-season. They retained four wins in which the ineligible player did not participate (Eastern CT Eagles, Watertown/Pomperaug, North Haven, Trumbull). While the Yellowjackets are still in contention in the Division II playoffs, their path to a state championship just got a lot more complicated.

– Darien was no match for Notre Dame-West Haven netminder Layne Jackson, who made 22 saves in the Green Knights’ 3-0 victory. James Mascari contributed a goal and two assists.

Cooper Paul scored two goals, Jameson Russell added another and Mason Mountain made 42 saves as Staples salvaged a 3-3 tie with the Eastern CT Eagles. In the process, the Wreckers clinched a spot in the Division III playoffs.

Nick Kondub

Nick Kondub and Christian Labella had two goals apiece and Luke Kondub scored once to help Masuk beat North Branford 5-1. Nick Kondub finished the regular season with a whopping 78 points (43 goals, 35 assists) in 20 games.

Noah Sampson Woodstock Academy

Noah Sampson celebrated Senior Night with three goals and two assists as Woodstock Academy routed Notre Dame-Fairfield 8-1. Sampson now has four hat tricks this season.  

– Goals by Hayden Odelfelt and Mikey Gilbride and a 19-save effort by Nick Sinisi lifted Greenwich past St. Joseph 2-1.

– Farmington Valley Co-op coach Mike Barone earned his milestone 300th career win in a 3-1 victory over East Catholic.

Drew DePodesta had a hat trick and Shane Fraser and Devin Kelly contributed one goal apiece in Cheshire’s 5-0 rout of Trumbull. Evan Vasiljevs added two assists.

– Guilford’s Brady Raffone scored three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in a 5-4 victory over Hamden.

– Conard capped the regular season with a 6-0 shutout of Rocky Hill Co-op. Aiden Emery and Nolan Trent each scored twice, and Dylan Smith and Henry Tamaccio both added goals. Trent also had four assists.

Will McGuire earned his first career shutout as Daniel Hand blanked JBWA 2-0 on Senior Night.

– Newington Co-op’s Anderson Claffey stopped all 18 shots he faced in a 4-0 shutout of the Northeastern Shamrocks. 

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