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Conard Boys Hockey Defeats SGWL, Heading to CIAC Finals

Conard boys hockey celebrates a win over SGWL in the semifinals of the CIAC Division III tournament on March 11, 2024 at Quinnipiac University. Courtesy of Jason Siegal

West Hartford’s Conard High School boys hockey team won its Division III semifinal game Monday night at Quinnipiac, and will play for the championship on Thursday night.

Conard boys hockey defeated SGWL in the semifinals of the CIAC Division III tournament on March 11, 2024 at Quinnipiac University. Courtesy of Jason Siegal

By Ronni Newton

The Conard boys hockey team made it to the semifinals of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III for the third year in a row, and with a decisive 4-1 win over the Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks co-op Monday night at Quinnipiac University, the Red Wolves are heading to the finals.

Torin McGoldrick, assisted by Jack Eisenberg, put Conard on the board with a goal in the first period. McGoldrick then assisted on the Red Wolves’ second goal, scored by Tyler West.

Before the end of the first period, Conard was up 3-0, with the third goal scored by McGoldrick. The assist was by Conard goalie Blake Ittleson – who recorded his first-ever offensive point as a high schooler.

No change in the score through the second period, but early in the third Eisenberg netted the fourth goal, assisted by Luke Shaffer. SGWL avoided the shutout, scoring their single goal with 37.1 seconds left in the game.

The finals will be held Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Quinnipiac. Conard will face the winner of the No. 1 Bethel/Brookfield/Danbury/Immaculate co-op vs. No. 4 Masuk game.

No. 3 seeded Conard entered the tournament with a record of 17-2-1. The Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks co-op, a No. 2 seed, had a record of 17-3.

To reach the finals, Conard defeated No. 14 Enfield/East Granby/Stafford co-op 5-2 in the first round and No. 6 New Milford 3-2 in the quarterfinals.

Conard lost in the semifinals of the Division III tournament in 2023, and in 2022 lost in the finals to the Newington co-op.

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