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Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 1st: A Wild Night For Hockey

By: Luke Devoe

Last night saw many shutouts, goalies standing on their head and some ranked teams being bested by their unranked counterparts.

#4 Hamden 2, Cheshire 0
I was at Lou Astorino watching the polar opposite of Saturday's epic tilt between Hamden and Notre Dame-WH.  The #4 Green Dragons came out sluggish and let the less talented Cheshire Rams hang with them for the entire duration of the game.  Until about four minutes to go in the game neither Hamden goalie Andy Varga or Cheshire goalie Tyler Carbone were really tested with any sort of quality shot.  Cheshire started getting a few chances late as Hamden clung to a 1-0 lead which came late in the first period on a Vito Puopolo trickler that snuck past Carbone.  While the Hamden defense started to get lazy and let hopping pucks turn into odd man rushes, Varga stood tall en route to his second shutout of the year on a 21 save effort.  Hamden sealed the win when Jeremy Germain was able to pot an empty netter for his fourth goal of the year.  Seniors Tim Lee and Brandon Dadio assisted on both goals.  With the win Hamden becomes state tournament eligible and moves to 8-3-1 while Cheshire falls to 6-6-0 on the season.

#1 Fairfield Prep 4, #10 Xavier 0
David White scored and assisted on two more as the top ranked Jesuits defeated a hungry Falcon squad.  AJ Unker and Connor Henry also added a goal and an assist each for Prep in the win while goalie Riley Wikman collected his fourth shutout of the season turning aside 17 shots.  The win moves Prep to 12-2 over all and 9-0 against Connecticut competition.  With the loss, the struggling Falcons drop to 7-5-2 and still don't have a win to brag about.  With Notre Dame-West Haven, East Haven and St. John's Shrewsbury (MA) coming up, they certainly get a chance to notch that big win.

#2 Ridgefield 5, #8 New Canaan 3
The Ridgefield Tigers used three unanswered goals to cool the red hot Rams of New Canaan High School.  Tied at two entering the third period, the Rams took an early 3-2 lead.  The Tigers' countered getting a game tying goal from junior Jack Christensen and a game winner from senior Johnny Richards.  Again, the Tigers got scoring from across the board with five different skaters scoring and appear, similarly to Hamden, to be one of the deepest teams in the state.  The win moves the Tigers to 12-1 and move their winning streak to 12 games.  The Rams drop to 8-4-1 and with the loss end their unbeaten streak at 7 games.

#9 Darien 3, St. Joseph 2
In what many would argue was the most exciting game of the night, the Blue Wave and the Cadets battled, threw everything but the kitchen sink at the respective netminders and ultimately tallied over 100 shots.  In the end, it was Darien goalie Max Rothston, turning away 49 shots, who proved to be the winner.  Take nothing away from St. Joseph netminder Ron Johnson, however, who stopped 46 in defeat.  Darien was aided by junior Brendan Hathaway who scored twice for the Blue Wave.  Darien moves to 9-3-0 on the year and moves their unbeaten streak to 8 games with the win after starting the season 1-3-0.  St. Joseph drops to 9-5 and with the loss, so goes their four game unbeaten streak.

Notre Dame-Fairfield 4, West Haven 3
Lancer goalie Scott Kline turned away 34 Westie shots as the Marty Roos-less Lancers topped #6 West Haven 4-3 at Bennett last night.  The Lancers received a goal and an assist from Dave Canfarotta in the upset win while West Haven's Austin Hansen did his best to keep the Blue Devils in it with two goals.  With the loss West Haven drops to 8-4-0 and Notre Dame-Fairfield moves to 5-8-0.

North Haven 6, #5 Glastonbury 5
The Tomahawks were gliding along nicely until they were upset by the upstart North Haven Indians last night.  North Haven now has wins over West Haven and Glastonbury this year and are quickly becoming giant killers.

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