By BRIAN JENNINGS
Southington surged for three goals after the break, and that was the difference. After an even first half, the Blue Knights rallied to a 5-3 win over a respectable North Haven team (0-1) in the season opener at home on Saturday, April 2.
The Indians were the top seed in the last year’s Class M state tournament with a 14-2 regular season record.
Aiden Chubet and Michael Majchrzak got the Knights on the board first with two goals in the first quarter, but the Indians answered with two second quarter goals to tie the game, 2-2, at the half.
The Indians took a 3-2 in the third quarter, but back-to-back scores from Jacob Testa put the Knights back on top. A fourth quarter goal from Majchrzak sealed the victory for the Knights.
Southington totaled 29 ground balls and 21 shots on goal. Jorod Florian, Chubet, and Jake Walczak collected assists, and rookie goalie Brandon Porter recorded 10 saves to earn his first win.
“Our offense wasn’t clicking today,” said Southington coach Ron Chase. “It’s just going to take some time. We only had two weeks of practice. We weren’t doing the things we needed to do. We weren’t bearing our shots, spreading the ball enough, or moving the ball where we needed to move it. We had a lot of opportunities, but just didn’t finish it.”
Chase said the positive side was the other side of the ball though.
“We tightened up the defense and started playing the ball a little more aggressively,” the coach said. “We communicated a lot more and our slides were there. This past week we hammered our defense to talk and communicate. That’s been our weak spot, but today they really shined.”
The Knights will look to build on Saturday’s win this week when they host Berlin on April 6.
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