On Saturday, Cheshire High School ice hockey (8-6-2) picked up their first victory since Jan. 18, winning 4-0 over Guilford (5-8-1) at Wesleyan University. The Indians led 28-24 in shots, but CHS killed off three penalties and picked up their first shutout of the season.
With 8:56 left in the first period, the Rams jumped ahead on a goal from senior Lorenzo Ocone-Krause. Junior Cullen Wiley assisted on the play.
Cheshire received a power play just six seconds into the second period. Junior co-captain Niklas Vasiljevs had a shot clank off the cross bar, but just 14 seconds after Guilford killed off the penalty, CHS extended their lead on a goal by junior Michael Caron. Senior Charlie Pettit and junior Joey Deko picked up assists.
With 7:56 left in the second, Vasiljevs received the puck from senior Lucca Soderlund and scored on a breakaway to put the Rams up 3-0.
Three minutes into the third period, Wiley and junior Aidan Gaudet earned assists on Vasiljevs’s second goal to wrap up the scoring. Wiley’s two assists were a career high total.
Senior co-captain/goalkeeper Nick Maringola saved all 24 shots he faced. With 5:23 left in the game, senior Nick Mongillo came off the bench and made four saves to finish the shutout.
Prior to the game, Mongillo received the Ninth Greg Schena/Mark Whitlock Award. Created in memory of a pair of 2001 graduates who passed away a week apart in May 2010, the award is given to a CHS hockey player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice, as well in the classroom and community.
For Guilford, sophomore goalkeeper Gavyn Litvyn compiled 20 saves in the game.
The Rams will have a week-long break before traveling next Saturday to face host Amity (3-9-2) at West Haven's Bennett Rink. Start time is 3 p.m.
Girls’ Ice Hockey (11-5-1)
At Hamden’s Louis Astorino Ice Arena, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op staged a big rally to win 7-6 over West Haven/Sacred Heart Academy Co-Op (11-5). Down 5-0 in the first period and 6-1 during the second, the Connecticut Blades closed with six straight goals to come away victorious in overtime and end a three-game slide.
The Blades netted five of the six goals in the second period, cutting the deficit to 6-5. CHS sophomore Avery DePodesta netted two goals in the period, while Amity seniors Haley Cable and Tess Csejka and Amity junior Carolina Cadelina also scored.
With time running out, Cadelina scored to tie the contest, 6-6, with 1:20 left in the third. To finish their rally, Cable netted the game-winner with 3:02 remaining in overtime.
Csejka contributed to the final three goals and finished with four assists. DePodesta, Cable, Amity senior Sara Cable, and Amity junior Olivea Kosh also had assists.
Next Wednesday in Hamden, the Blades host Masuk/Barlow/Newtown/Lauralton Hall/Shelton Co-Op (1-15) at 3:45 p.m.
The Rams dropped five matches in the East Lyme Duals. Check back for a recap.
In next Wednesday’s dual-meet finale, Cheshire hosts Shelton at 6:30 p.m.