CHS ice hockey and basketball teams drop rivalry games on Saturday
On Saturday at the Northford Ice Pavilion, Cheshire High School ice hockey (0-3) fell to a furious return from undefeated Sheehan (5-0). The SCH led 2-0, 3-1, but the Titans took advantage of the penalties to end the game with six goals in the last two periods.
In the first half, Cheshire took the lead thanks to goals from assistant captain Aidan Gaudet and his second brother Will. Sheehan’s senior Joe Romano only scored 38 seconds after the start of game two, but the CHS responded with a goal from assistant captain Thor Novicelli with 10:35 left in the period.
From there, a series of four penalties marked Sheehan’s rally. With 2:47 left in the second, Romano scored his second power-play goal to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
After Cheshire picked up a brutal penalty to end the period, Sheehan junior James Stratton scored a power-play goal to tie the game just one minute and 36 seconds behind the third.
In what would be the game winner, Sheehan’s senior Luke Festa scored with 10:27 left to break the 3-3 tie. Anthony Romano, Festa and senior Joe Richo scored the last three goals to open the game.
For Cheshire, captain Niklas Vasiljevs had two assists. Aidan Gaudet, Novicelli and Elders Cullen Wiley and Mark Lindner also got assists. Lindner picked up his first point.
Anthony Romano recorded three assists for Sheehan. Joe Romano had two assists, while Festa, juniors Brendan Hilinski and Andry Guy, Stratton, senior Dylan Hennessey and second Avery Solan all had one.
Sheehan led 34-20 in shots. For the CHS, junior Amaan Chaudhry made 27 saves for the second game in a row. Sheehan’s sophomore Justin Lyon made eight saves in the first period and junior Luca Mange made nine in the last two frames.
Next Thursday, Cheshire is looking for his first victory by visiting the Newington Ice Arena to face host Glastonbury (0-2) at 4:30 p.m.
Girls basketball (1-3)
The CHS abandoned a rivalry match, 42-32, at Shelton (3-1). The Gaelettes were leading 10-2 at the end of the first quarter, but Cheshire struggled to take a 17-16 lead at halftime. Junior Grace Lurz, who paced Cheshire with 14 points, hit a pair of threes in the second quarter.
The Rams had a 26-22 advantage in the third quarter, but Shelton used their inside size to fend off an 11-0 push in the fourth. During that span, senior Clarissa Pierre and junior Laryssa Guimaraes Gabriel combined to score 10 points from close range shots.
Pierre (16) and Guimaraes Gabriel (12) finished with double-digit points, helping Shelton beat CHS, 16-6, in fourth place to break a 26-26 draw.
Junior Tess Givens, seniors Ella Watson and Kaylee Clark and sophomore Taylor Fitzgerald all had four points for Cheshire. Givens fought against a great forward court throughout the match.
Junior Emily Grayson also scored on an offensive rebound in the second quarter.
On Monday, the CHS will travel to play at East Haven (0-4) at 6 p.m.
Boys basketball (1-2)
Cheshire lost 51-40 to Xavier (2-1) in Middletown. The Falcons took an 11-3 lead in the first quarter, but the Rams rallied to reduce the deficit to 21-19
Xavier came back in the third to beat CHS, 16-6, and regain control. Justin Menard (22) and Parker Hunter (15) were the game’s top scorers.
After failing to score in the first two games, tri-captain Yasha Laskin collected a personal best 13 points and three three points for Cheshire. Junior Luke Nieman provided nine points, one of which was three.
Juniors EJ Quint (five) and Eric Levens (three) both scored their first college points. They each made a three point.
Three-time captain Conner DeLaubell and senior Sincere Myers had four points each. Sophomore Jack Markarian added two points.
After opening the year with three road games, the Rams will have their first home game against East Haven (1-1) on Monday at 6 p.m.