On Monday, Cheshire High School ice hockey (3-5) picked up their third straight victory, 7-5, over Branford (2-4) at Louis Astorino Ice Arena in Hamden. Down 1-0 for the second straight game, Cheshire used a 6-0 run to pick up the program’s 550th all-time victory.
After Branford sophomore Matthew Morgan netted a power-play goal to start the game, Cheshire answered with a power-play goal from senior assistant captain Aidan Gaudet. Freshman Evan Vasiljevs followed up with a goal to put the Rams up 2-1 at the end of the first period.
In the second, CHS broke open the game with a 4-0 run. Senior captain Niklas Vasiljevs scored twice in the frame. Sophomore Will Gaudet tallied a power-play goal and Aidan Gaudet also found the back of the net.
With 12:34 left, senior assistant captain Thor Novicelli scored to to propel the Rams to a 7-2 lead. Niklas Vasiljevs earned four assists and Novicelli picked up two.
Evan Vasiljevs and Aidan Gaudet additionally had assists.
The Rams outshot Branford 40-28, with junior goalkeeper Amaan Chaudhry earning 23 saves. Branford sophomore Jack Lindner compiled 33 saves.
Before the game, senior defenseman Michael Donato received the 10th Greg Schena/Mark Whitlock Award. The honor is annually given to the Cheshire player who best exemplifies leadership qualities and an overall commitment to excellence on and off the ice, as well as in the classroom and community.
As 2001 graduates and former players, Schena and Whitlock passed away a week apart in May 2010.
For the regular-season finale on Tuesday, CHS travels to Northford Ice Pavilion to face host North Branford (1-7) at 8:50 p.m.
Boys’ Basketball (5-7)
In the regular-season finale, Cheshire came up short 43-39 against North Haven (1-11). The Rams took a 28-26 lead to the fourth quarter, but the Indians outscored them 17-11 in the fourth to earn a split of the season series.
Sophomore Jack Markarian led the Rams with a career-high 14 points. Senior Sincere Myers and senior tri-captain Conner DeLaubell contributed eight and six points, respectively.
Senior tri-captain Yasha Laskin and junior Luke Nieman tallied four points each. Junior Eric Levens went three for three at the foul line.
The Rams now await seeding for the Southern Connecticut Conference Division II Tournament.
Girls’ Basketball (3-9)
To end the regular season, Cheshire fell 64-41 at North Haven (7-5). NH jumped out to a 20-5 advantage in the first quarter and led 41-18 at halftime.
Junior Grace Lurz led the Rams with a game-high 17 points, 13 coming in the first half. She hit three three-pointers.
Senior co-captain Kaylee Clark tallied six points. Junior Emily Grayson netted four points and freshman Ella Kulas went four-for-four on foul shots in the fourth quarter.
Senior Jordan DeMatteo contributed three points, while senior co-captains Hailey Beling and Ella Watson and junior Tess Givens all had two. Junior Jenna Stickney made a foul shot in the third quarter.
Sophomores Emma Liedke and Julia Ball both scored 14 points to lead NH to a season sweep of the Rams.
For the SCC quarterfinals on Friday, CHS (fifth seed) visits Wallingford to face Lyman Hall (fourth seed, 4-6) at 6 p.m. Last Friday, Cheshire earned a one-point win over the Trojans.
Remainder of Tuesday’s varsity schedule:
Boys’ Swim and Dive (8-1)
In their final virtual dual meet of the season at 3 p.m., Cheshire competes against North Haven/East Haven/North Branford/Guilford Co-Op. In the first meeting on Feb. 27, CHS earned a one-point victory (93.5-92.5).