WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Blue Knights skate to second straight victory; Rams tie in final minute, win in OT; Trojans, with a touch of Grace, exorcise Blue Devils

MILFORD — Break up the Blue Knights!

After opening the season 0-11, the Southington Co-op hockey team has now won two straight, following up a 5-2 CCC South victory over Rocky Hill with a 6-3 non-conference doubling of Milford on Wednesday night at the Milford Ice Pavillion.

And it was never in doubt. The Blue Knights busted out with four unanswered goals in the first period.

Six different skaters scored for Southington-Coginchaug-Westbrook: Gabe Mohr, Drew Nafis, Jake Nafis, Tyler Schmarr, Noah Wilk and Colin Paradis.

Jack Ford and John Frechette had two assists apiece. Jasen Hurley, Drew Turner and Jake Nafis had one each.

In net, Max Scirocco (7) and Cody Pettola (6) combined on 13 saves to knock Milford to 1-14.

Cheshire 5, North Branford 4 (OT): The Rams chalked up a dramatic SCC/SWC Division II road victory at Northford Ice Pavilion, scoring the tying goal with 35 seconds left in regulation before potting the game-winner in overtime.

Rocco Ocone-Krause tied it up. Drew DePodesta delivered the winner, the third time he’s done so this season.

Cheshire improved to 7-5 with its fifth win in seven games. North Branford 

The Thunderbirds appeared to be in good shape when C.J. Sherwood broke a 3-3 tie with 5:13 left to play. North Branford’s 4-3 lead held until Ocone-Krause knocked home a rebound of a shot from Evan Vasiljevs in the final minute.

It was the second time Cheshire erased a one-goal deficit in the third period. Will Gaudet pulled the Rams even at 3-3 with a shorthanded goal 4:56 into the frame.

Biagio Pepe had two goals for Cheshire in the early going. Ocone-Krause, DePodesta and Gaudet all had assists. Vasiljevs tallied two.

Shots were dead-even at 29. Jack Falk made 25 saves for CHS.

East Haven Co-op 3, Sheehan 1: The Yellowjackets got out to a 2-0 lead, weathered a breakaway goal by Preston Cantele and then got some insurance to score the SCC/SWC Division II home victory at Veterans Rink

East Haven improved to 7-5-1. Sheehan is 5-7-2 heading into Saturday’s home game against Daniel Hand at Choate at 1 p.m.

Amity 6, Lyman Hall 3: The Spartans doubled up the Trojans in a SCC/SWC Division II matchup at Bennett Rink late Wednesday night.

Amity is now 6-7-0 and LH 3-9-1. The Trojans host the East Haven Co-op at Northford Ice Pavilion on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Girls basketball

Lyman Hall 33, Plainville 25: Grace Mik had 12 points and Callie Casulla scored 9 to lead the Trojans to the non-conference triumph in Plainville.

Lyman Hall evened up at 8-8 with the win.

Plainville, now 3-14, got a game-high 14 points from Cyriah Bernard.

Boys basketball

Xavier 74, Cheshire 45: Anthony Parker scored 23 of his game-high 25 points in the first power to catapult the Falcons past the Rams in Middletown on Tuesday night.

Xavier improved to 10-4 and Cheshire dropped to 3-10.

Jack Markarian and Jackson Enders both scored 10 points for the Rams.


Daniel Hand 37, Cheshire 36: The Tigers kept the Rams (0-10) winless by a single point in the SCC matchup in Madison at Polson Middle School.

Alex Smith (113), Rome Smith (170), Eric Scoffone (182) and Isaiah Fuentes (220) had pins for Cheshire.

Connor Nash notched a decision at 145. Jake Zawel (106) and Cooper Duncan (120) accepted forefeits.

Boys swimming

Lyman Hall/Coginchaug 92.5, Milford Co-op 87.5: The Trojans overtook Foran/Law in this SCC Division II meet at the Foran pool by winning the final three events of the day.

Jerick Lagamao captured the 100 backstroke in 55.71 and his brother Kendrick Lagamao took the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.15. The Lagamaos then combined with Jessica Rinaldi and Ryan Christopoulos to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:46.78.

Rinaldi and the Lagamao boys opened the meet by taking the 200 medley relay with Liam Fitzpatrick in 1:53.19. The Trojans won that race by .08 of a second.

LH also got additional first-place performances from Chistopoulos in the 200 freestyle (2:04.50) Jerick Lagamao in the 100 butterfly (55.38) and Lincoln Busa in diving (165.10).


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