Boys hockey: Week 10 fine performances, Week 11 games to watch

We round up top performers from the past week’s boys hockey games and look ahead to next week.



Jackson Bulger, Simsbury: Made 35 saves in a 1-0 win over Ridgefield.

Michael Bunovsky, Masuk: Scored three goals in a 6-2 win over Northeastern.

Tyler Calhoun, Housatonic co-op: Two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win over JBWA.

James Celentano, Newtown: Two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Staples that clinched a Division III playoff spot.

Rocco Cirilli, Simsbury: Three goals in a 6-1 win over Glastonbury.

Thatcher Danielson, Greenwich: Scored twice in a five-goal second period on the way to a 7-2 win over St. Joseph.

Sean Dunfee, Watertown/Pomperaug: Short-handed goal started a comeback, and overtime goal beat Amity 4-3.

Carter Ellis, New Canaan: Two goals and two assists in a 6-0 win over Wilton.

Brian Essing, Notre Dame-Fairfield: Three goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over Hamden.

Tatum Fitzmaurice, Hand: Three goals and three assists in an 8-0 win over East Haven.

Matt Gilebbi, Milford: Second goal was the winner in a 2-1 win over New Milford that clinched second place in the SCC/SWC Division 3 tournament.

Scott Groleau, Farmington Valley: Scored the winning goal in a 2-0 victory over Cheshire.

Noah Hale, Tri-Town: Scored late in regulation to lift his team to a 2-1 win over SGWL.

Jack Kantor, Glastonbury: Three goals in a 10-4 win over Amity.

Nick Maringola, Cheshire: Made 60 saves in a 2-0 loss to Farmington Valley.

Jamison Moore, Darien: Three assists in a 4-3 win over Ridgefield.

Matt Pettit, LHK: Three goals, including the overtime winner, and an assist in a 5-4 win over the Eastern CT Eagles.

Tyler Provencher, Enfield co-op: Scored two goals, the second putting his team ahead, and had an assist in a 4-2 win over SGWL.

Killian Ranger, Newington co-op: Scored two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win over Hall/Southington.

Joe Robinson, Immaculate: Scored three goals in a 7-2 win over St. Joseph.

Bryan Roy, E.O. Smith/Tolland: His third goal came in overtime to beat Conard 3-2.

Alec Speirs, East Haven: Overtime winner beat LHK 4-3 and clinched two playoff spots.

Mason Whitney, Fairfield Prep: His second goal, with 1.4 seconds left in overtime, gave the Jesuits a 2-1 win over Hamden.

Wes Williamson, Eastern CT Eagles: Made 41 saves in a 3-2 win over WMRP.

Jared Yakimoff, Branford: Made 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over North Haven.

Games to watch

East Haven at Branford (Northford), Wednesday, 6 p.m.; Hand at North Haven (Northford), Wednesday, 8 p.m.: We’re grouping them together because there’s a not-unreasonable chance they’ll play these games again at Bennett Rink in a week. The four teams have clinched spots in the SCC/SWC Division 2 tournament. These games will help sort out the pairings for those games. Branford can clinch the top seed in CIAC Division II with a win.

Hall/Southington at Newington co-op (Newington Ice Arena), Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Two of the top three teams in Division III meet for the second time in a week; Newington won the first meeting 4-2 at the end of three games in three days for Hall/Southington. They appear fated to meet again next week in the CCC South tournament. And then we’ll see about mid-March.

Darien at Trumbull (The Rinks at Shelton), Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.: A Darien win creates a three-way tie atop the FCIAC that will be determined by lot on Thursday.

LHK at WMRP (Newington Ice Arena), Saturday, 1 p.m.: WMRP could mathematically clinch the fourth seed on Wednesday, but if not, there was a chance for it to happen here, too. Westhill/Stamford and Woodstock Academy were also alive for the spot.

Farmington Valley at East Catholic (Champions), Saturday, 3:20 p.m.: The Generals were going to have to thread the needle to get the top seed in Division II, but it’s mathematically possible as of Wednesday. The needle-threading started with taking care of its own business, Northwest Catholic on Wednesday and this game in Cromwell.

Hand at Branford (Northford), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Arguably — and apparently the GameTimeCT top 10 poll makes that argument — the top two teams in Division II, meeting up to end the season (and conceivably, at this point, decide the top seed in the division).

Hall/Southington at McMahon/Norwalk (SoNo Ice House), Monday, 7 p.m.: Not even the end of the regular season (Hall/Southington visits JBWA in Danbury next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.), but getting close with a fun Division III matchup.

— Michael Fornabaio