Watertown Pomperaug Wins In OT
The Watertown-Pomperaug co-op skated to a 4-3 overtime win over Amity at Bennett Rink in West Haven on February 22. All four goals scorted by senior captains with two each by Sean Dunfee and Jacob Oldham. Dunfee potted the OT winner with a laser off the faceoff in the Amity zone. Carly Bokina was a brick wall in the third making several key stops to keep the WP chances alive. Loss for Amity likely knocks them out of the state tournament.
ND Lancers Win In Rhode Island
Notre Dame traveled to Rhode Island and defeated Prout 5-2 on February 23. Eryk Fancher had a pair of goals in the victory. The Lancers are 5-1-1 over their last seven games, bolstering their Division I state playoff positioning.
Notre Dame 2 0 3 - 5
Prout (RI) 1 1 1 - 2
RECORDS: NDF - 10-7-2; Prout - 4-14-1. GOALS: NDF - Eryk Fancher (2), Brian Essing, Tyler Bassett, Mike Ceneri. P - Mike Baker (2). ASSISTS: NDF - Patrick Benvenuto (3), Fancher (2), Bassett (2), Ceneri, Matt Newton, Aaron Martino. P - George Lacriox, Frank Austin. GOALIES: NDF - Reagin Gallagher (22 saves, 24 shots); P - Oliver Jones (24 saves, 29 shots).
D-III Playoffs Coming Up, NHS And New Milford Post Wins
The SCC/SWC Division III playoffs will begin on March March 4 with semifinal action at Milford Ice Pavilion at 6 and 8 pm, and the SWC is well represented; the title game will take place two nights later at Bennett Rink at either 6 or 8:15 pm.
SCC school Sheehan is the top seed and will take on No. 4 Newtown, winners of six straight heading into their last two regular-season tilts. No. two Milford will take on No. 3 New Milford in the other semi. New Milford had won five in a row and six of seven before a 2-1 loss to Milford on February 20, setting up an intriguing rematch.
During Newtown's winning ways, goaltender Markus Paultauf has stopped 172 of 180 shots on net. He holds the single-season saves record with 613 and counting.
New Milford defeated Staples 3-0 on February 17. Senior goaltender Lee Conlu stopped 38 shots for the shutout Seniors Logan Maciel and Ian Donahue (his team-leading 13th tally) both scored and sophomore Ryan Parker lit the lamp.