NEW HAVEN >> Ian Offenberg scored on a rebounded shot with 4:41 left in overtime as Staples/Weston/Shelton’s boys hockey team defeated Woodstock Academy, 6-5, in a wild Division III semifinal game at Ingalls Rink.
Staples advances to the Division III championship game against Stamford/Westhill, a 4-1 winner over New Fairfield/Immaculate in the other semifinal. The championship will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Woodstock, in just its third year as a hockey program, scored three second-period goals — all from Ryan Black — to erase a 3-1 deficit and take a 4-3 lead heading into the final period.
The Centaurs made it 5-3 on Zack Burham’s goal early just minutes into the third period. But Staples surged back and tied the game with two goals in 30 seconds — first by Ryan Purgay and the second by Ryan Johnson. In overtime, Staples narrowly missed four chances to get the winner before Offenberg’s put-back.
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Woodstock goalie Cal Wilcox made 50 saves and Staples’ Zack Bloom made 19 as the Wreckers outshot Woodstock 56-24. Billy Huchinson had two goals for Staples.
In the early game, Stamford/Westhill got goals from Gunnar Eriksen, John Nilsen, Nick Rich and Chris Clemmenson to defeat New Fairfield/Immaculate, 4-1. Christian Compolattaro made 31 saves for Westhill/Stamford (14-6-1), which is in its first year as a co-op.
It will play for the city’s first state title since the two schools faced off in 2001 with Stamford beating Westhill for the Division II title.
NFI’s lone goal came from Christian Benzing in the third period. Shane Conciatore made 33 saves for NFI (21-4).