SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Amity surge spoils Cheshire hockey opener

SATURDAY SCHOLASTICS: Amity surge spoils Cheshire hockey opener

HAMDEN — Damon Zurolo struck for his first varsity goal for the Cheshire hockey team, but Amity answered three times in the third period to spoil the Rams’ season opener, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Lou Astorino Ice Arena.

Zurulo, via an assist from Niklas Vasiljevs, broke up a scoreless SCC/SWC Division II game with 9:04 left in the second period.

Vasiljeves won a face-off in the Amity end directly to Zurolo, who beat Amity goaltender Brendan Smith through the five-hole.

While Cheshire had controlled play throughout the first two periods, Amity turned the tide dramatically in the third by capitalizing on man-advantages.

The Spartans scored two power play goals, the first 38 seconds into the frame and the next midway through.

David Brown converted from Niko Tournas on the game-tying goal. Thomas Schittina netted the game-winner.

Justin Miller’s empty-netter sealed it with 1:03 to play.

Smith finished with 33 saves for Amity. Amaan Chaudhry had 13 stops for Cheshire.

Amity evened its record at 1-1. Cheshire (0-1) takes on North Haven at Northford Ice Pavilion on Monday afternoon.

Sheehan 9, North Branford 1:Seniors Joe Romano and Luke Festa recorded hat tricks, while Dylan Hennessey and Landon Cantele scored theirsecond goals in as many nights as the Titans improved to 2-0 with the SCC/SWC romp over the Thunderbirds at Northford Ice Pavilion.

The game was Sheehan’s second in less than 24 hours. Late Friday night, the Titans opened their season with a 5-1 win over Daniel Hand, the No. 9 team in the GameTime CT preseason state poll.

Sparked by a Romano goal 2½ minutes into the game, Sheehan led wire to wire against Hand.

Hennessey and Anthony Romano had power play goals for the Titans and Joe Romano added his second of the night late in the second period to extend the lead to 4-0.

The teams exchanged goals in the third period, with Cantele, a freshman, netting the first of his varsity career.

On Saturday afternoon, along with the hat tricks from Joe Romano and Festa, Hennessey notched his second of the season and Brenden Hilinski got his first.

Boys swimming

Cheshire 92, Amity 83:The Rams had their season opener in the bag by the 200 freestyle relay in a virtual SCC meet with the Spartans on Friday.

Justin Finkel anchored the first-place 200 medley relay and went on to sweep the distance freestyles to lead the way. The senior took the 200 free in 1:51.35 and the 500 in 4:53.17.

Finkel combined with Wes Johnson, Harry Hua and Anmol Sapru on the medley relay (1:45.17).

Hua followed it up by taking the 200 IM (2:05.22), while Sapru had the fast time in the 100 butterfly (56.09).

Sapru and Johnson later reconvened to take the 200 free relay in 1:38.87 with Alex Fang and Silas Wang.

Cheshire’s Noah Duncan had the high score in diving at 231.75.

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