Boys hockey: Usinger's overtime goal leads Cadets
Adam Usinger scored at the 4:17 mark of overtime to lift the St. Joseph boys hockey team to a 2-1 first-round Division I tournament victory over Simsbury at the International Skating Center of CT in Simsbury on Wednesday.
The 11th-seeded Cadets (11-9-1) will play No. 3 Darien (18-3-0) in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 4 p.m. at West Haven's Bennett Rink. Simsbury, the sixth seed, finished its season 14-6-1.
Nick DiSabella, who had the assist in the extra session, gave St. Joseph the lead only 34 seconds into the contest. Will Foldesi and Usinger had the assists.
Simsbury’s Jacob Arnold, from Zach Levin and Tyler Bluestein, tied the game at 2:28 of the second period.
Ryan Wilson had 38 saves for the Cadets.
George Matteo made 22 stops for Simsbury.
St. Joseph defeated Darien, which advanced with a 3-2 win over No. 14 New Canaan, in the FCIAC semifinals.
Wilson made 44 saves in the 2-1 win over the Blue Wave.
Sean Attanasio’s goal at the 8:41 mark of the third period broke the tie, with Kyle Parchinski getting the assist.
Sam Knowlton had given Darien the lead only 1:52 into the contest. Jake Kirby had the assist.
DiSabella, from Usinger and Foldesi, knotted the game at 4:40 of the period.
After that it was all Wilson, as he faced 45 shots from the state’s top-ranked team.
Darien’s David Voigt faced 15 shots and had 13 saves.