On Tuesday at Northford Ice Pavilion, Cheshire High School ice hockey (4-5) earned a 4-3 victory over host North Branford (1-8) to end the regular season on a four-game win streak. The Rams built a 3-1 lead in the first period and just 1:01 into the second, junior Damon Zurolo netted the eventual game-winner.
North Branford scored twice in the second to cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Rams held on to get the road win. For Cheshire, sophomore Will Gaudet, senior assistant captain Thor Novicelli, and senior Michael Caron scored in the first period.
Caron, senior captain Niklas Vasiljevs, senior Cullen Wiley, junior Colin Veivia, sophomore Lukas Sargolini, and freshman Evan Vasiljevs earned assists in the win.
The Rams led 37-25 in shots. Junior goalkeeper Amaan Chaudhry posted 22 saves for Cheshire, while North Branford sophomore Aidan Geist stopped 33 shots.
CHS will now await seeding for the Southern Connecticut Conference Division II Tournament.
Boys’ Swim and Dive (8-2)
In the virtual dual-meet finale, Cheshire fell 94-92 to North Haven/East Haven/North Branford/Guilford Co-Op. Since the Rams won the first meeting, 93.5-92.5, on Feb. 27, both meets were decided by two points or less.
On Tuesday, senior tri-captain Noah Duncan claimed the one-meter dive (262.20) and moved up to sixth place on Cheshire’s all-time list for six-dive score.
Senior tri-captain Justin Finkel and sophomore Silas Wang both won three events. Individually, Finkel captured the 50- (21.48) and 500-yard freestyles (4:44.14), while Wang touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.50).
Finkel and Wang teamed with juniors Wes Johnson and Anmol Sapru to win the 200-yard medley relay (1:41.48). Senior Martin Adlianitski, Wang, Sapru, and senior tri-captain Harrison Hua took first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:34.20).
On Saturday, Cheshire will send four divers to Sheehan for the SCC final at 10 a.m.