Conference Tournament champions crowned in Connecticut

Michael Fornabaio
Michael Fornabaio
Michael writes for Hockey Night in Boston, covers the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the Connecticut Post, and once covered the Beast of New Haven. He grew up at the New Haven Coliseum. Story, blog links @BSTSoundinOff blog.ctnews.com/fornabaio.

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K.C. Cunningham Greenwich
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Mike Mozian scored two goals in the second period, and Alex Mozian added another as Greenwich broke open the FCIAC final, going on to beat St. Joseph 5-0. Owen Johnson scored off a K.C. Cunningham setup in the closing seconds of the first period after Cal McKinney pulled a rebound away from his own net and started the rush with a pass to Cunningham. Mike Mozian scored on a centering pass that caromed off a Cadets defenseman and past St. Joseph goalie Ryan Wilson, then scored on a power play off a broken play.

Doug Caliendo Notre Dame (WH)
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Notre Dame (WH)

A back-and-forth SCC Division I final came down to a shootout. Kevin Edmonds got the only tally as Fairfield Prep defeated Notre Dame-West Haven 4-3 for the title. Jack McGee made 36 saves in victory. The Jesuits took a 3-1 lead in the second — Skyler Celotto and Brennan Henry had a goal and an assist apiece – but goals by Doug Caliendo and Joe Ansaldo (set up by Caliendo) tied it. Conor Hylton made 25 saves for the Green Knights.

George Matteo earned the shutout in the CCC North final, pacing Simsbury to a 1-0 win over Northwest Catholic. Jake Arnold scored the only goal in the first period.

Mid-Atlantic-Festival-Ad-300x250Brendan Looney scored twice, and Jake Bourdeau’s empty-netter secured the Nutmeg Hockey Conference championship for Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks with a 3-1 win over Woodstock Academy. Nathan DeLuca scored for the Centaurs.

North Branford has won 12 out of 13 games after beating Cheshire 7-4 to take the SCC/SWC Division II championship. Cheshire cut the Thunderbirds’ lead from 5-2 to 5-4 in the third period before North Branford put it away.

Farmington Valley beat E.O. Smith/Tolland 5-2 to claim the CCC South title, the first for the Generals as a co-op. They’d been 16-46 the past three years.

Sam Mitchell’s hat trick paced New Fairfield/Immaculate to a 5-2 win over Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury in the SCC/SWC Division III final. James Van Tronk made 28 saves for BBD to keep it close.

Regular Season

Norwalk’s 4-1 win over the Eastern Connecticut Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak as well as the state’s longest postseason drought. The team had not made the CIAC playoffs since it reached the Division III semifinals in 2006. The next-longest drought for a current program was Trumbull’s modest three-year absence, which also ended. Stamford went into the year without a playoff spot since 2010 but entered this year into a co-op with Westhill, becoming one of the top Division III teams.

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