Tourney Roundup: 2 Local Teams Make D-3 Semis

It was a long time coming, but the wait paid off for the Tri-Town hockey team.

The 11th-seeded Terrorcats watched a two-goal lead evaporate early in the third period of Thursday’s Division III quarterfinal game against number three Sheehan at Trinity College. The teams went into overtime tied 2-2.

After 30 minutes of extra play, the teams remained tied, necessitating a third overtime session. Just over five minutes into the period, Jay Skorulski scored to catapult Tri-Town into the state semifinals.

Goaltender Alex Bliesener was a workhorse for the Terrorcats, stopping 58 shots.

In the semifinals, Tri-Town will tangle with number two Newtown Tuesday at the Ingalls Rink at Yale University in New Haven at 7:30 p.m. The Terrorcats will be looking to even the score, having dropped a 2-1 decision to the Nighthawks in their final regular season game on March 2.

Another local team heading to Yale next is E.O. Smith/Tolland/Windham, which advanced to the semifinals with a 5-2 win over fifth-seeded New Fairfield/Immaculate.

Peter Mayer led the way with three goals for the Panthers, while Ross Brancati and Nick Mayer added late goals to seal the victory. Matt Schoen made 28 saves to earn the victory in goal.

The tri-op, seeded fourth, will face another set of Panthers in the semifinals Tuesday, matching up with top-seeded Masuk at 5:30 p.m.

OTHER THURSDAY RESULTS

Boys Basketball
Class M
#1 Lewis Mills 37, #17 Suffield 27
#22 Joel Barlow 68, #6 Ellington 56

Girls Basketball
Class L
#2 Farmington 52
, #7 Lyman Hall 48 (next: semifinals vs. #3 Weaver, Mon., time and loc. TBA)
#4 Ledyard 62, #5 Avon 46
Class S
#2 Sacred Heart 38, #10 Canton 33

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

Boys Basketball
Class L
#10 Avon at #2 Career, 6:30 p.m.
#11 Farmington at #3 Bristol Central, 7 p.m.
Class S
#8 Valley Regional at #1 East Windsor, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Class LL
#8 Westhill at #4 South Windsor, 7 p.m., Kennedy School-Waterbury

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