SPORTS - The 7-4 Newington High School ice hockey team continued its early season dominance with a 4-1 victory over Fermi/Enfield/East Granby at Newington Arena on Wednesday night, Jan. 21.
The Indians are second only to Smith/Tolland/Windam High School in the Central Connecticut East division.
Newington escaped by a narrower 3-2 margin when they visited the Falcons at Twin Rinks three weeks ago, but Wednesday night’s game was all Indians from start to finish.
They would get on the board at the 8:57 mark, when defenseman Aaron Lassen ripped a slap shot through traffic and to the front of the Falcons net. From somewhere in the scrum of bodies, Mitch Pitkin got the rebound to Alex Borselle, who buried it for the 1-0 Newington lead.
The Falcons generated some chances of their own in the opening period, but could not find a way past Newington goaltender Cam Criniti. Fermi/Enfield/East Granby Forward Brian Riley gave the Indians a scare when he burnt a couple of defenders along the right boards of the Newington defensive zone, and continued in toward the post. But all he had to shoot at was Criniti, who had the angle covered. The point-blank-save into his chest left no rebound.
Newington found the back of the net again at the 4:23 mark of the second period. This time it was Luca DiPaola with the magic--a no-look pass as he moved to skate around the net coming out of the right corner of the Falcons zone. The puck found its way through a crowd and to Paul Ciarcia, who was waiting in the high slot to snap it home.
And in the third, the Indians put the victory beyond a reasonable doubt. Dante Gugliotti almost had a nice assist, but he got a goal instead. The puck started near the left boards with players battling for position in front of the Falcons net. He threaded a pass through the slot to Marco DiPaola. His shot rebounded to Ciarcia who gave it a second whack. That attempt would pop back out to Gugliotti’s side of the net. His follow-up rang the right post, but it went in for a 3-0 Newington lead at the 6:20 mark.