CIAC Boys Ice Hockey Division III Championship
(1) Newington-Berlin vs. (3) Bolton-Coventry-Rockville
Saturday March 16, 1:30 pm
Ingalls Rink, New Haven
The two have met before. Two times in fact this year. In the first meeting the Indians needed only a second period Tyler Aldieri goal and an outstanding 33 save effort from O'Leary to top BCR. The second meeting would be as tight as the first with the two skating to a 1-1 tie behind another stellar effort from O'Leary who notched 43 saves in the victory. Rams goalie Cam Earle was impressive as well tallying 24 saves. Hunter Byram (BCR) and Justin Pratte (NB) tallied the only goals in that one. Needless to say when these two get together it's a defensive display.
|Indians again rocking the bleached out look.|
|Morton's double OT goal sent the Rams into celebration mode.|
That sets us up for Saturday. Two proven, tested and skilled senior netminders. A potent offense with a bit of a swagger versus a blue collar, neutral zone clogging D group. It should be one for the ages. I'm as excited as anyone for Prep/NDWH and EC/Fairfield but these two teams have proven how tight and exciting their meetings can be. It should be a dandy. As far as a prediction, I have to go with the team that exhibited some serious "stick-to-it-ivness" on Tuesday in playing the patience game and coming back to beat Masuk convincingly. I like BCR and I'm as big of a Cam Earle supporter as you'll find but their offense struggled to get going against a lesser Saints club. Anything is possible with Earle in net but Newington-Berlin may just have too much at this time of the season. Newington-Berlin 2, BCR 1.
On a more important note, The Hartford Courant's Matthew Conyers reports on how two of these Newington-Berlin Indians will go on to serve out country in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation. Thanks in advance for your admirable service boys and nice work finding this gem Matt. If you're on the fence with who to root for tomorrow, this may make your decision easier. Click here for Conyers' article.