We round up top performers from the past week’s boys hockey games and look ahead to next week.
Kyle Boller, BBD: Two goals in a 3-3 tie at Amity.
Alex Butera, Immaculate: His goal in the last minute lifted the Mustangs to a 6-5 win over Cheshire, their first of the year and their first after a decade as a co-op with New Fairfield.
Cole Chapman, Simsbury: Scored the winner in a 3-1 victory at No. 5 Xavier.
Kyle Cirillo, Masuk: Scored two goals and four assists in a 10-0 win over Byram Hills (N.Y.).
Ryan Columbo, Greenwich: Scored twice in a 5-1 win over Fairfield.
Jack Dacey, Guilford: Scored four goals in a 6-4 win over Amity.
Ben Epes, Staples: Had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over Trinity Catholic.
Tatum Fitzmaurice, Hand: Had seven points, including a hat trick, in a 13-2 win over JBWA.
Tyler Gadzik, SGWL: Two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Enfield.
Jackson Holl, Farmington Valley: Scored two goals and added an assist on the game-winner as the Generals dealt WMRP its first loss, 3-2.
Matthew Jankovsky, Fairfield: His second goal put his team ahead for good in a 5-4 win over Staples.
Beau Johnson, New Canaan: Made 34 saves in a 2-0 win over Ridgefield.
Nick Maringola, Cheshire: Made 28 saves in a 1-1 tie with North Haven.
Kyle Marino, Eastern CT Eagles: Had an assist and the game-winning goal late in the third period of a 4-3 win over Tri-Town.
Bennett McDermott, Darien: Finished a hat trick in overtime as the No. 1 Blue Wave survived a 5-4 win over Westhill/Stamford.
Daniel McKiernan, JBWA: Scored five goals and two assists in an 8-5 win over BBD.
Sean O’Connor, South Windsor: Scored three goals in a 4-1 win over Northwest Catholic.
Jared Pliszka, West Haven: Made 28 saves in a 3-1 win over No. 8 Hamden.
Adam Poetto, Glastonbury: Two short-handed goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over Newington.
Cameron Schopher, New Milford: Two goals in a 6-3 win over Housatonic.
Killian Ranger, Newington: A goal and two assists in a 5-1 win over Northeastern.
Jeffrey Reda, Trinity Catholic: Made 74 saves in a 6-1 loss to Westhill/Stamford.
Sean Roach, Hall/Southington: Scored what proved to be the game-winner in a 4-3 win over East Haven.
Jack Roberts, LHK: Scored two goals in a 4-1 win over E.O. Smith/Tolland.
Andrew Sacco, North Haven: Made 31 saves in a 1-1 tie with Cheshire.
Connor Smith, Notre Dame-West Haven: Stopped 28 shots in a 3-0 win over Notre Dame-Fairfield.
Andrew Stietzel, Fairfield Prep: Stopped all 26 Xavier shots in a 7-0 win.
Ethan Utermarck, East Catholic: Made 35 saves in a come-from-behind 5-2 win over West Haven.
Kees van Wees, Ridgefield: Scored twice in a 5-0 win over Northwest Catholic.
GAMES TO WATCH
Westhill/Stamford at Branford (Northford), Wednesday, 6 p.m.: Two of the top teams in Division II, including the defending champions, go at it. Westhill/Stamford is a game removed from taking No. 1 Darien to overtime.
Xavier at New Canaan (Darien Ice House), Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.: Xavier, struggling a bit with injury and illness, meets the Rams, who have won eight in a row since a Week 1 loss to Hamden. They’re two deep groups when all hands are on deck.
Glastonbury at East Catholic (Cromwell), Wednesday, 7:40 p.m.: The teams needed overtime back on the first Saturday of the season, a 4-3 Glastonbury win. East Catholic has since gotten back to .500 twice after being two games under.
West Haven at Hamden (Astorino), Wednesday, 8 p.m.: The rematch of the state’s traditional programs. West Haven won probably its biggest game of the season to date, 3-1, when the teams met this past Wednesday at Bennett Rink.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Fairfield Prep (Wonderland), Saturday, 1 p.m.: This week’s big one, No. 2 vs. No. 3 for the first of their two meetings (two weeks later to the hour at Bennett Rink). Both have only one in-state loss, to No. 1 Darien. They’ve both come back with some decisive victories.
Cheshire at Hand (Northford), Saturday, 5:30 p.m.: As of Monday night, these are two of the top five teams in the Division II playoff standings, each with a solid goalie, Nick Maringola visiting Eric Dillner.
Ridgefield at Greenwich (Hamill), Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.: Or, as we like to call Tuesday-afternoon games, the “poll killer.” Next week’s poll will probably be out by the time this one ends.