Christian Keator scored three goals in the third period, including the game-winner at 14:19, to lead the St. Joseph High boys hockey team to a 5-4 victory over Cheshire in the first round of the West Haven Christmas Tournament at Bennett Rink in West Haven on Thursday.

Sean Smith got the assist, as the Cadets outscored the Rams by a 3-2 margin in the wild final frame.

Andrew Gore, from Colin Powell, tied the game at 1 in the first and Ryan Corcoran’s unassisted tally gave St. Joseph (2-2-0) a 2-1 lead before Cheshire (0-5-0) tied things at the break.

Keator took a pair of passes from Gore to score at 8:15 and 9:56, before the Rams answered at 10:44 and 13:59.

Twenty seconds later, Keator scored his decisive goal.

Wade Conlan had 27 saves.