Introducing the Top 10 hockey goals from championship weekend.
Originally the list was going to be just the Top 5 goals, but there were some pretty good goals in the semifinals that I couldn’t ignore so the list grew to 10.
No. 10 Ridgefield’s Matt Walker
Trailing Fairfield Prep 1-0 in the Division I semifinals, Walker took the pass at the point, walks in (see what I did there?) and rips the shot home to tie the game up at 1-1. Fairfield Prep would go on to win the game.
No. 9 Farmington Valley’s Tim Arena
With the Generals leading big already in the Division II title game, Arena, their top player, felt like he needed to get on the scoresheet. He took this pass and then deposited it in the back of the net. The Generals won the Division II title over Guilford 7-3.
No. 8 Tri-Town’s Andrew Gaines
With the Spring right around the corner you’d have to imagine Gaines was channeling his inner baseball player with this goal. He bats the puck out of the air and into the back of the net. Tri-Town would lose to Eastern 7-3 in the Division-III title game.
No. 7 Greenwich’s Alex Mozian
Trailing by 1 in the Division I semifinals with almost a minute left in the game, the Greenwich captain and one the of the best players in the state stepped up big-time tying the game late. The Cardinals would go on to win the game with a goal by … just keep going down the list.
No. 6 Eastern’s Evan Tower
Already with a quick two-goal lead in the Division-III finals Evan Tower steps in from the slot and absolutely rips this shot past the goaltender extending the Eagles lead. Eastern would go on to win the Division-III title.
No. 5 Xavier’s Aden Hotchkiss
Down a man and up just one goal vs. Greenwich in the Division I semifinals, the Xavier star makes an excellent defensive play and turns it into an incredible offensive play extending the Xavier lead to two. Xavier though would lose the game in overtime.
No. 4 Fairfield Prep’s Evan Uva
In a flurry of back-to-back goals in Uva’s that gave the Jesuits the lead for good in the Division I finals against Greenwich. Shout out to friend of the program Erik Dobratz from WTHN-8 for the great video clip (because, somehow, we missed the goal). Fairfield Prep would go on to win the Division-I title.
No. 3 Greenwich’s Matt Davey
After Mozian tied the game and less than two minutes into overtime Davey won the game on this goal and sent the Cardinals to the Division I title game.
No. 2 Eastern’s Kevin Close
Eastern’s Kevin Close led the way for the Eagles with a hat-trick in the Divison III state finals and it was his third and final goal and the game that stands out.
Look at this individual effort, which starts with a great defensive play, then hustle, then a sweet one-handed shot to put the puck in the net. Eastern would win the D-III finals 7-3.
No. 1 Greenwich’s Matt Baugher
How did this go in?
Immediately after we shot this goal, I was dumbfounded and still am a handful of days later I am still in disbelief.
But it did go in and it was Baugher’s second goal of the game. It gave Greenwich a 2-1 lead in the Division I finals at the time. Fairfield Prep would come back to win the game.