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WALLINGFORD — The temperature in Wallingford on Wednesday night: single digits.

The temperature inside Choate Rosemary Hall’s Remsen Arena for the SCC Division III hockey matchup between Sheehan and Shepaug/Litchfield/Nonnewaug? Not much warmer.

Remsen Arena is cold. Sheehan hockey is anything but.

The Titans continued their hot streak, scoring nine goals en route to a 9-4 stomping of the co-op team from Litchfield County.

“We’ve been able to spread out our scoring this year,” said Sheehan head coach Dave Festa.

“We’re finding the back of the net.”

Indeed, the Titans are. Sheehan (6-2-1) has scored 19 goals in its past two games. Last Saturday, the Titans thumped NFA/St. Bernard/Bacon Academy 10-1.

“A lot of the hard work is starting to pay off,” Festa said.

“The bounces have been going our way and we’ve been able to score a lot of goals.”

Christian Giacondino kicked things off for the Titans Wednesday with two goals in the opening period, scoring at the 7:44 and 0:50 marks, respectively.

“He set the tone and set the example for the team,” Festa said of his senior captain. “His first two goals really set the game in motion for us.”

Giacondino had four goals on the evening, adding two more in the third period.

Sal (2) and Paul Gozzo combined for three goals in the second period, and the Titans headed into the final frame of play with a 5-2 edge.

Shepaug’s (5-5) Christian Stuart and Andrew Loya accounted for their team’s lone two goals through the first 30 minutes.

Giacondino and teammate Mike Cerrotti each found the back of the net twice in the third period. Giacondino scored a minute into play and Cerrotti scored at 10:45, pushing the Sheehan lead to five, 7-2. Cerrotti added another at 5:43 and Giacondino scored his fourth and final goal with 4:10 remaining in regulation.

Shepaug’s Travis Fitch scored at 3:24 and Nick Ganio scored as time expired to round out Wednesday night’s scoring.

Will Slohm racked up 28 saves on the evening for the visitors.

Sheehan’s Carly Femniak made 18 stops.

“The guys have a lot of confidence playing in front of her,” Festa said of his junior net minder. “It’s nice to see.

“I think we’re hitting our stride,” Festa added. “There are some things we still need to work on, but right now, I’m happy with where we are at.”



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