By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights (5-3) won two of three games this past week, including a matchup with one of the toughest opponents on their schedule.
Southington coach Ron Case said that the team still has a long way to go, but he is still impressed with the amount of effort his guys have put in at this point of the season.
Taming the Lions
Southington ventured north to St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield on Tuesday, April 19 where they defeated NW Catholic, 10-3.
Jake Walczak, Chris Gamber, Mike Majchrzak, and Jarod Florian scored two goals apiece. Aiden Chubet and Matt Gundersen both contributed with a goal. Gamber dished out two assists. Walczak, Chubet, Majchrzak, Florian, and Jake Testa scored assists.
Brandon Porter saved 13 shots in the cage for the Knights. Southington committed seven penalties in the game. NWC committed three penalties.
First taste of top 10
A couple days later, Southington got its first crack at a team in Class L’s top 10 when they welcomed Fairfield Ludlowe (4-2) of the FCIAC to their home turf on Thursday.
Ludlowe is currently ninth in Class L, and the Falcons kept the Knights on the outside looking in by seizing control of the game, 10-4.
Ludlowe mounted an 8-2 advantage by the end of the first half, and secured the victory with a pair of scores in the fourth quarter. The Falcons held the Knights to just one goal in each of the four quarters.
Southington goals were scored by Majchrzak (2 assists), Gamber, Nick Zukauskas, and Testa.
Porter saved three shots on goal. Southington took 12 shots on goal. Ludlowe took 13 shots on goal. Each team committed one penalty.
Southington wrapped up the week with a 12-4 win over Farmington at home on Saturday.
The Knight offense flourished with five goals in the first half and five more in the third quarter, closing out the fourth with two. The Indians put up two goals in the first half and three in the second half.
Testa led the Knights’ charge with five goals and an assist. Matt Natelli backed Testa with a pair of goals. Majchrzak, Florian (2 assists), Gundersen, Gamber (assist), and Walczak (assist) contributed with a goal.
Porter saved 10 shots on goal. Southington took 38 shots on goal and committed 10 penalties. Farmington took 15 shots on goal.
“The kids are playing hard, and it’s a good team effort,” said Chase. “We’re getting better every day. They are a great bunch of kids to be around. They’re a good squad. We just haven’t had that win yet that defines the season, and that’s what we’re waiting for right now.”
The Knights will look to build off of their wins this week when they begin a five-game road stretch with games at South Windsor (3-3) on Tuesday, April 26 and Conard (2-4) on Saturday, April 30.
Southington is currently 11th in the CIAC’s Class L rankings.
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