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Newington-Berlin Hockey Earns Second Straight Trip To Championship Game

Defending champions eliminate Masuk-Monroe, 4-1 to earn berth.

 

Video by Rick Volk

The Newington-Berlin ice hockey team could not find the back of the net for the first two periods in its semifinal game against Masuk of Monroe at the Ingalls Rink in New Haven.

In fact, the Indians did not have very many scoring opportunities a all.

Trailing 1-0 after two periods, Newington-Berlin's B.J. Richards knotted the score 1-1 just 30 seconds into the third period. From there it was all N-B as Richards added another goal and the Indians got goals from Matt Harackewicz  and Tyler Mangiafico.

With the win, Newington-Berlin will travel back to Yale to play Rockville-Bolton-Coventry-Lyman Memorial for a chance to win its second straight state championship. R-B-C-LH beat NFA-St. Bernard-Bacon Academy in the other semifinal game 2-1 in double overtime.

Drew O'Leary made 19 saves in net for the winners. He and his counterpart from R-B-C-H are two of the top goalies in the state and goals will be hard to come by in the championship game.

The teams played twice during the year. N-B won one game and tied the other game.



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