The Blue Knights (6-4) split the week with a win and a loss, but more importantly, they set their sights on the postseason. With a win over South Windsor and a loss at Conard, the Knights came within one game of qualifying for the state tournament.
Nick Zukauskas marshaled the Knights with three goals and three assists. Chris Gamber (1 assist), Jake Testa, and Jarod Florian (1 assist) scored two goals apiece. Jake Walczak, Mike Majchrzak (1 assist), Matt Natelli, and Matt Gundersen each scored a goal.
Brandon Porter saved 11 shots in the cage for the Knights. Southington out-shot South Windsor, 19-16.
Southington wrapped up the week in West Hartford on Saturday, but suffered their first road loss of the season at the hands of Conard, 10-7.
Southington trailed Conard, 3-2, at the end of the first half, but the Chieftains outscored the Knights 7-5 after the break. Conard posted five goals in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Testa paced the Knights with three goals. Florian (1 assist), Majchrzak (1 assist), Zukauskas, and Aiden Chubet each contributed with a goal.
Porter saved three shots on goal and Evan Bumbera came up with seven.
The Knights will look to qualify for the tournament on the road with games at Xavier (5-4) and Simsbury (10-0). Simsbury currently sits atop of the Class L rankings. Southington is 13th.
To comment on this story or to contact sports writer Brian Jennings, email him at email@example.com.