By BRIAN JENNINGS
Hall-Southington (9-4-0) split the week with a road win and a road loss in overtime, dropping to fourth in CIAC Division III standings behind Staples-Weston-Shelton (9-5-0), Woodstock Academy (11-3-0), and New Fairfield-Immaculate (11-2-0).
Shutout at the Gunnery
The Warrior-Knights ventured out to the Litchfield County on Monday, Feb. 1 where they recorded their fourth shutout of the season with a 5-0 triumph over Shepaug-Litchfield (0-13-0) at the Gunnery in Washington.
Jarod Florian scored the first goal of the night early in the first period, followed by a Kevin Carr (assisted by Jeremy Fortin) goal in the first couple minutes of the next period.
Florian completed the hat trick by scoring two more goals in the third period, and Fortin added a goal in between. Caelan Booth and Paul Gambardella assisted Florian on his second goal.
The Warrior-Knights took 63 shots on goal and committed five penalties. The Spartans took nine shots on goal and committed two penalties. Harry Freda started his first game in the goal for the Warrior-Knights and came up with nine saves. Will Slohm (35) and Connor Lautier (23) combined for 58 saves for the Spartans.
Edged in overtime
The Warrior-Knights completed their week on Saturday at the Bolton Ice Palace, where they fell short in overtime to Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-RHAM (5-6-0), 3-2.
After scoreless first and second periods, the Shamrocks scored the first goal of the game 40 seconds into the third period, and added another a few minutes later to take a 2-0 lead.
Anthony Abbatiello cut the deficit to one with a goal (assisted by Kevin Carr) less than a minute later, but Jeremy Fortin tied the contest at 2-2 with a goal (assisted by Jarod Florian) late in the period, sending the action into overtime.
Connor Morton scored the game-winning goal 11 seconds into overtime for the Shamrocks.
Hall-Southington took 35 shots on goal and committed one penalty in the game. R-B-C-R took 27 shots on goal and committed two penalties. Adam Faust saved 24 shots on goal for the Warrior-Knights and Connor McGrath saved 33 for the Shamrocks.
Hall-Southington defeated R-B-C-R, 1-0, at home earlier in the year.
The Warrior-Knights are currently fourth in the CCC South behind Newington co-op (7-6-0), Farmington-Avon-Windsor-Lewis Mills (8-6-0), and E.O. Smith-Tolland (6-4-1). The Warrior-Knights will look to get back on track when they travel to Avon Old Farms on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to take on Farmington-Avon-Windsor-Lewis Mills, and then return home on Saturday, Feb. 13 to host Newington co-op.
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