Ice Hockey Blog: 2/26

By Nate Owen

The regular season is winding down for the state’s high school hockey teams. Some schools clinched a state tournament berth weeks ago, while others will need to put together some points over the next week to make it to the postseason. Teams need either a .400 winning percentage  or to place in the top 16 teams in its division in order to qualify for the playoffs. Here’s a look at where each area team stands as of Tuesday.

Clinched

Glastonbury: A 10-2 stretch has pushed the Tomahawks into the eighth spot  of the Division I rankings; the top eight teams host first-round tournament games. Glastonbury (12-5) ends the regular season next Monday at Branford.

Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial: It’s been a breeze most of the season for last year’s Division III runner-up. The quad-op has won ten in a row to move to 15-2 in the program’s first season in Division II.  Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial, currently ranked sixth in the division, has shut out opponents four times during its current winning streak.

Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks: The Wildcats are on a mini two-game losing streak, but that shouldn’t be much cause for concern, as the tri-op has been strong much of the year. Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks (10-5) is ranked 12th in Division II, and ends the regular season Sunday.

E.O. Smith-Windham-Tolland:  The Eagles have been more committed this season, and it’s shown. At 12-4-1, the tri-op is in a good position to host a Division III tournament game with its fifth-place standing. E.O. Smith-Windham-Tolland ends the regular season Saturday against Tri-Town.

Simsbury: At 7-9-1, the Trojans are in 12th place in the most recent Division I rankings. Simsbury plays its remaining three games at homes and ends the regular season against Wethersfield this Saturday.

South Windsor: A solid stretch in the middle of the season has given way to a last-season stumble for the Bobcats, who have only won two of their last five games. South Windsor (6-9-2) is currently 14th in Division I.

Still looking

Tri-Town: A tough stretch awaits the Terrorcats, who are on the verge of clinching a postseason berth. Tri-Town is 7-8-1, and needs only a win or a tie in its final three games. But the Terrorcats’ opponents over that stretch are Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial, E.O. Smith-Windham-Tolland, and Newtown; those three teams are a combined 38-9-4 as of Tuesday. Tri-Town is currently ranked ninth in Division II.

Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford: The Falcons have virtually no margin for error over the school’s final four games. At 5-11-1, Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford sits in 14th place in the current Division II rankings.  The good news is that the Falcons have three home games left. The bad news? Two of them are against Glastonbury and South Windsor, teams that beat Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford 5-2 in each of the schools’ previous meetings this season.

Eliminated

Farmington-Avon-Windsor: The tri-op snapped an eleven-game skid earlier this month, but at 3-15 are long eliminated from state tournament consideration.

Top performers:

Ryan Gothers, Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford – Had both goals in the Falcons’ 2-1 win over East Catholic last Monday.

Sam Roy, Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford – The Falcons goalie made 27 saves against East Catholic.

Phil DiSalvo, Glastonbury – Head coach Ken Barse called DiSalvo the Tomahawks “Old Faithful” earlier this season. The senior defenseman had two goals in a 4-0 win over South Windsor Saturday.

Kyle Thibodeux, Glastonbury – Made 22 saves for the shutout against the Bobcats.

Mason Madison and Nate Tonzi, Bolton-Coventry-Rockville-Lyman Hall- The duo had two goals each to help BCR to a 6-0 win over Fermi-Enfield-East Granby-Stafford Saturday.

Peter Mayer, E.O. Smith-Windham-Tolland- Scored twice in the Bucks 6-0 win over Farmington Valley on Wednesday.

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