On Saturday at Wesleyan University, Cheshire High School ice hockey (5-3) snapped a two-game slide with a 2-1 victory over East Catholic (3-5). The Rams netted goals in each of the first two periods and held off a late comeback bid to earn the victory.
Looking for a spark after going scoreless in their previous two games, junior Michael Caron came up clutch to score the opening goal with 1:54 left in the first period. Junior Jovanny Borowski and senior Hunter Olson assisted Caron.
With 3:57 left in the second period, junior co-captain Niklas Vasiljevs netted the eventual game-winner to propel the Rams to a 2-0 lead. Junior Aidan Gaudet picked up an assist.
East Catholic cut the deficit with a goal from sophomore Cole Usseglio with 1:26 remaining, but senior goalkeeper/co-captain Nick Maringola (33 saves) and the Rams shut down the Eagles from there.
For East Catholic, senior Caeden Bailey and junior Nathanael DiSalvatore recorded assists in the third period. The Eagles led 34-32 in shots.
Next Wednesday, the Rams travel to Northford Ice Pavilion to compete against host North Branford (0-4-1) at 3:50 p.m.
Girls’ Ice Hockey (7-2-1)
At Hamden’s Louis Astorino Ice Arena, Amity/North Haven/Cheshire Co-Op beat Hamden/Wilbur Cross/Lyman Hall Co-Op (2-7) 6-2 to sweep the regular-season series. In the first period, Hamden senior Demeri Carangelo scored to tie the game at 1-1, but CHS sophomore Avery DePodesta came back with a goal to end the frame and then the Connecticut Blades opened the second with a 4-0 run to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Amity senior Tess Csejka tallied two goals in the second and finished with two assists.
From Amity, senior Haley Cable (assist) and freshmen Samantha Drane and Carly Silbert also netted goals. Cheshire senior Nadia DiNatale, Amity junior Caroline Cadelina, and Amity sophomore Mia Dow added assists.
Next Thursday, the Connecticut Blades visit East Haven Veterans Memorial Ice Rink to face host Guilford at 4:15 p.m.
Returning from a nine-day break, CHS finished 10th in the Casey Yates Invite at Lyman Memorial. Junior co-captains Eli Moskowitz (132 pounds) and Andrew Vernon (152) both earned 3-2 records.
Next Wednesday, the Rams host Branford and Morgan in the home opener at 5 p.m.