That was not the case. Hand left Cheshire with a 13-4 win under its belt, the team’s third of the season. Cheshire now sits at 1-2.
“We turned the ball over,” said Rams coach Rick Pulisciano. “We need to be more careful on our possessions, not only to give the defense a break, but so we don’t turn it over and have to rush back on defense.”
Cheshire hopped off first with a goal to start the game from Griffin Cunningham, who converted a feed from Chris Papa. But Hand answered back with four of its own to make the score 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Hand won the second quarter as well, 2-1. Papa got on the scoresheet for the second time on the night when he scored the Rams’ second goal off a feed from Ryan Lindsey.
Hand suppressed all of the Cheshire momentum, though, and led 6-2 at halftime.
The third quarter was even. Each team added a goal, but Hand won the possession battle.
“I think in the third quarter we maybe had two possessions,” Pulisciano said.
The Cheshire goal was scored by Lindsey, assisted by Sean Black.
The fourth quarter was one the Rams would rather not remember. Six Hand goals in the final frame turned the game to rout and sent the Tigers home happy. Michael Jeffery netted the lone Cheshire goal of the quarter.
A major reason for Hand’s big fourth quarter was Cheshire’s undisciplined play. At one point, the Rams went two men down because of a locked-in unsportsmanlike penalty.
“We don’t tolerate that,” said Pulisciano. “He knows he was wrong and it happens. We got out of it when the situation could have been a lot worse.”
A bright spot for Cheshire was goaltender Peter Brown, who toughed out a barrage of shots and made big saves throughout the game to keep the Rams focused.
“We’ll get the next one,” Brown said. “This one hurts — all losses hurt. Just have to stay focused.”
Pulisciano said, “We have to move on. It’s the third game of the season. We still have 13 more games and we have to learn from it.”
Southington 13, Newington 2: Chris Gamber scored four goals and assisted on two others to lead the Blue Knights (2-1) in an interdivisional CCC clash with the Indians at Newington’s Lemire Complex.
Jake Testa had three goals. Nick Zukauskas had two goals and an assist. Jake Walczak scored a pair of goals.
Mike Majchrzak had a goal and two helpers. Brandon Porter (7 saves) and Evan Bumbera (1) shared the netminding duties.
Newington is 1-2.
Southington was coming off a 10-5 loss to East Catholic the night before. Testa had two goals for the Knights against the Eagles. Porter had 15 stops in net. Colton Brown, Matt Natelli and Gamber added single scores, with Majchrzak notching an assist.
Cheshire 9, Farmington 5: Senior attacker Meghan Dutchyshyn single-handedly outscored the Indians, finding the back of the net six times for the Rams in a non-conference victory at home.
Other scorers for Cheshire (2-2) included Vicki Palmer, Mia Pulisciano and Kaitlyn D’Andrea, who all had single tallies.
Keeper Carolynn Pechmann made six stops in net for the home team.
The Indians are 1-1.
North Haven 14, Lyman Hall 7: Bianca DeSimone scored three goals for LH, but unbeaten North Haven doubled up the Trojans in Wallingford.
Bridget Reddington and Marena DeSimone had two goals each for Lyman Hall (0-2).
Catherine Babbiage and Kylie Brandt tallied three goals apiece for the Indians.