On Saturday at the Northford Ice Pavilion, Cheshire High School ice hockey (0-3) fell to a furious comeback from unbeaten Sheehan (5-0). CHS led 2-0 and 3-1, but the Titans capitalized on penalties to close the game with six goals in the last two periods.
In the first period, Cheshire jumped ahead on goals by senior assistant captain Aidan Gaudet and his sophomore brother Will. Sheehan senior Joe Romano scored just 38 seconds into the second, but CHS answered back with a goal from senior assistant captain Thor Novicelli with 10:35 remaining in the period.
From there, a string of four penalties keyed Sheehan’s rally. With 2:47 left in the second, Romano scored his second goal on the power play to cut the deficit to 3-2.
After Cheshire picked up a roughing penalty to end the period, Sheehan junior James Stratton netted a power-play goal to tie the game just a minute and 36 seconds into the third.
In what would be the eventual game-winner, Sheehan senior Luke Festa scored with 10:27 remaining to snap the 3-3 tie. Anthony Romano, Festa, and senior Joe Richo netted the final three goals to break open the game.
For Cheshire, senior captain Niklas Vasiljevs earned two assists. Aidan Gaudet, Novicelli, and seniors Cullen Wiley and Mark Lindner also had assists. Lindner picked up his first point.
Anthony Romano recorded three assists for Sheehan. Joe Romano picked up two assists, while Festa, juniors Brendan Hilinski and Andry Guy, Stratton, senior Dylan Hennessey, and sophomore Avery Solan all had one.
Sheehan led 34-20 in shots. For CHS, junior Amaan Chaudhry made 27 saves for the second straight game. Sheehan sophomore Justin Lyon made eight saves in the first period and junior Luca Mange posted nine in the last two frames.
Next Thursday, Cheshire seeks their first win in visiting Newington Ice Arena to face host Glastonbury (0-2) at 4:30 p.m.
Girls’ Basketball (1-3)
CHS dropped a rivalry game, 42-32, at Shelton (3-1). The Gaelettes led 10-2 at the close of the first quarter, but Cheshire battled back to take a 17-16 lead at halftime. Junior Grace Lurz, who paced Cheshire with 14 points, hit a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter.
The Rams held a 26-22 advantage in the third, but Shelton used their size inside to reel off an 11-0 spurt into the fourth quarter. During that span, senior Clarissa Pierre and junior Laryssa Guimaraes Gabriel combined to score 10 points on point-blank shots.
Pierre (16) and Guimaraes Gabriel (12) finished with double-digit points, helping Shelton outscore CHS, 16-6, in the fourth to snap a 26-26 tie.
Junior Tess Givens, seniors Ella Watson and Kaylee Clark, and sophomore Taylor Fitzgerald all had four points for Cheshire. Givens battled against a tall front court through out the game.
Junior Emily Grayson also scored on an offensive rebound in the second quarter.
On Monday, CHS travels to play East Haven (0-4) at 6 p.m.
Boys’ Basketball (1-2)
Cheshire lost 51-40 at Xavier (2-1) in Middletown. The Falcons raced out to an 11-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Rams rallied to cut the deficit to 21-19
Xavier returned in the third to outscore CHS, 16-6, and regain control. Falcons sophomore Justin Menard (22) and senior Parker Hunter (15) were the game-high point scorers.
After not scoring in the first two games, senior tri-captain Yasha Laskin tallied a personal-high 13 points and three three-pointers for Cheshire. Junior Luke Nieman supplied nine points, including a three-pointer.
Juniors EJ Quint (five) and Eric Levens (three) both netted their first varsity points. They each made a three-pointer.
Senior tri-captain Conner DeLaubell and senior Sincere Myers had four points apiece. Sophomore Jack Markarian added two points.
After opening the year with three road games, the Rams will have their home opener against East Haven (1-1) on Monday at 6 p.m.