On Monday, Cheshire High School ice hockey (0-2) saw a late rally come up short in a 3-2 loss to North Haven (3-0) at Northford Ice Pavilion. In the first period, NH capitalized on penalties to pick up power-play goals from senior Eli Brubacher and sophomore Tommy Guidone.
CHS was unable to convert on a 5-on-3 power play in the second, but when NH was penalized for slashing with 44.2 seconds left in the period, Cheshire took advantage to start a comeback. With the power-play advantage, senior captain Niklas Vasiljevs scored just 29 seconds into the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In what would be the eventual game-winner, Brubacher converted to allow NH to regain the two-goal lead with 12:05 remaining, but Cheshire still made a push in the final minute.
After junior Amaan Chaudhry was pulled out of the net, freshman Evan Vasiljevs netted his first goal to cut the deficit to 3-2. Evan’s brother Niklas and senior assistant captain Aidan Gaudet assisted on the play.
NH held on to earn the victory and stay unbeaten. The Rams were outshot 30-20, but Chaudhry kept them in the game with a career-best 27 saves.
For NH, Brubacher, Guidone, seniors Mason Sullivan and Will Fiore, and junior Justin Pniewski had assists. Junior goalkeeper Jason Anderson had 18 saves.
Cheshire has had their next game against host Glastonbury (0-2) pushed back a day to Friday at Newington Ice Arena. The new start time is 3:25 p.m.
Tuesday’s varsity schedule:
Boys’ Swim and Dive (1-0)
For a virtual meet against Daniel Hand, the Rams compete from the Cheshire Community Pool at 3 p.m.
Boys’ Basketball (1-0)
The Rams travel to play Guilford (1-1) at 6 p.m.
Girls’ Ice Hockey
To open the season, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op travels to West Haven’s Bennett Rink to face West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy Co-Op (1-0) at 5:15 p.m.