WALLINGFORD — Anthony Romano’s overtime goal struck a major chord for Sheehan hockey on Wednesday night at Choate.
It earned the Titans a 6-5 sudden-death victory over Daniel Hand and kept them atop the Division III state playoff rankings at 6-1-1.
Hand, a Division II team, fell to 7-1.
“That was a huge character win for us,” said Sheehan head coach Dave Festa. “To be able to battle back against a good and well-coached team was definitely a good win for us.”
The game-winning goal was the second of the night for Romano. His brother Joe also scored twice. In combination, the Romanos staked Sheehan to a 3-0 lead by the middle of the first period. Joe Romano’s goals came in the opening two minutes.
The sticks went cold for Sheehan late in the first period and throughout the second. That enabled Hand to reel off four unanswered goals to take a 4-3 edge into the third period.
There, the Titans reverted to form. They got two goals in 50 seconds from Luke Festa and Jake Napoli to go up 5-4. Hand’s Ethan Massey forced overtime with a goal with 1:42 left in regulation.
It didn’t take long, though, for Sheehan to handle business in overtime. After the Titans got a few shots on net, Anthony Romano got the puck on his stick and put it into the upper right hand corner of the net with a wrist shot.
“We know that we’re looking to create a lot of offense and that’s one of the keys to our game is creating offense and kind of getting behind their defense and making them play a 200-foot game,” said Coach Festa. “We have a pretty deep team, so this year we’re trying to use that to our advantage.”
Next up for Sheehan is New Milford, No. 3 in the Division III rankings at 5-2-1. The Green Wave lost 1-0 on Wednesday to No. 2 Newington (6-1-0).
Lyman Hall Co-op 3, Guilford 1: Goals by Jack Roberts, Dan Pettit and Matt Pettit carried the Trojans to the SCC/SWC Division II victory over the Indians at Veterans Rink in East Haven.
The Co-op improved to 3-4-1 with its second straight win. Guilford dropped to 2-5-1.
Cheshire 2, North Branford 1: Michael Caron’s unassisted goal in the third period decided this SCC/SWC Division II matinee at Northford Ice Pavilion. Host North Branford had staked itself to a 1-0 lead on Ryan Motchinski’s power-play goal in the first period. Cheshire answered in the second on a power-play goal by Charlie Pettit. Aidan Gaudet and Niklas Vasiljevs had the assists. Nick Maringola had 20 saves in net as the Rams won their second straight and moved to 6-3. The Thunderbirds (0-5-1) are still looking for their first win.
Masuk 74, Cheshire 60: Cole Feinauer had 18 points for the Rams in the non-conference loss in Monroe. Alec Frione scored 13. Cheshire fell to 1-6 while Masuk improved to 7-1. Jake Rosati had 22 points and Aren Cummings added 19 for the Panthers.
Branford 47, Wilcox Tech 34: The Hornets outscored the Indians 30-20 in the second half to take control of this non-conference matchup in Branford. Isaiah Felix put up 11 points and Isaiah Thomas kicked in nine for Wilcox (2-4). Kevin Baxter’s 19 led Branford (5-4).
Cheshire 49, Lauralton Hall 32: The Rams outscored the Crusaders 19-3 in the third quarter to extend a 22-20 halftime edge in a SCC Quinnipiac divisional game in Milford. Kaylee Clark scored a game-high 16 points and Emma Watkinson was good for 13. Clark hit three of Cheshire’s seven 3-pointers. The Rams improved to 3-6. Lauralton Hall is 0-10.
Wilbur Cross 74, Lyman Hall 25: The Trojans were ice cold and, consequently, saw their three-game win streak snapped by the SCC Quinnpiac loss in New Haven. Hailey Bruneau had nine points for LH (5-4). Natalie Panagrosso collected eight.
Southington 138.9, Conard 128.3: The Blue Knights improved to 3-0 with Tuesday night’s win over the Chieftains in West Hartford. Kat Drechsler led Southington with a 9.3 on the vault, 9.15 on the uneven bars, 9.1 on floor and 8.95 on beam. Natalie Reeves added a 9.05 on bars. The junior also scored 8.8 on beam, 8.7 on floor and 8.5 on vault. Also for Southington, Kelly Perrotti rang up a 9.25 on vault and completed her all-around with 8.65 on floor, 8.55 on bars and 7.85 on beam. Kaylin Leifert added scores of 8.25 on vault, 8.2 on beam, 8.15 on floor and 7.1 on bars. Lizy Bealieu was good for 7.85 on vault, 7.75 on beam, 7.65 on floor and 7.25 on vault.
Southington 86, East Catholic 73: The Blue Knights improved to 2-1 in a CCC interdivisional meet with the Eagles at the Southington YMCA. Southington swept the seas behind double-winners Derek Melanson, Jon Cocchiola and Tyler Heidgerd. Melanson captured the 200 IM (2:07.74) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.48), while Cocchiola took both freestyle sprints, touching in 24.41 in the 50 and 54.12 in the 100. Heidgerd brought home the 500 free (5:20.08) and 100 backstroke (58.69). The trio teamed with Landon Colby on the 200 medley relay (1:45.96). Colby went on to win the 100 butterfly (57.68). Jackson Malsheske took the individual 200 freestyle (1:57.51) and later combined with Melanson, Brian Egan and Kyle Buchanan on the 200 free relay (1:40.75). The Blue Knights closed the meet winning the 400 freestyle relay with Cocchiola, Buchanan, Colby and Heidgerd (3:40.03).
Platt 40, Plainville 30: Pins by Tristen Mendoza, Isaiah Ross and James Rondini, coupled with a major decision by Marc Bishop, earned the Panthers 22 straight points and sent them on their way to the CCC South victory in Plainville. Platt is now 13-4. Mendoza’s pin in 1:45 at 120 erased an early 12-9 deficit and put Platt up to stay. The victories by Ross (35 seconds at 126), Bishop (15-5 at 132) and Rondini (3:18 at 138) quickly extended the lead. Cristian Calero later battled to an 11-8 victory. Also winning by minor decision were Matt Merrigan (5-3), Evean O’Quendo (8-3) and Noah Chambers (5-2). Luke Fuerstenberg pinned in 1:50 at heavyweight.
Bristol Eastern 62, Maloney 10: The Spartans fell to the Lancers in a CCC South dual in Bristol. Kody Talento and Darel Rivera had the wins for Maloney. Talento pinned in 3:55 at 160. Rivera scored an 11-1 major decision at 220. Eastern is the three-time defending state Class L champ and ranked No. 4 in the current state poll.