ON DECK: Trojans, Titans renew ice rivalry on Saturday night; Cheshire’s Juodaitis fast closing in on 1,000

ON DECK: Trojans, Titans renew ice rivalry on Saturday night; Cheshire’s Juodaitis fast closing in on 1,000



WALLINGFORD — Here’s a thought.

Given today’s frigid temperatures and the imminent Lyman Hall Co-op-Sheehan hockey showdown, how about we procure a pond somewhere and stage the game al fresco like an NHL Winter Classic?

Oh, wait a minute. We already did that Thanksgiving morning for the Carini Bowl.

So let’s just wait, stay warmer and convene as scheduled Saturday night at Wesleyan’s Spurrier-Snyder Rink. 

The puck drops at 8:30 p.m. in the first of two meetings of the regular season between the Trojans and Titans. (Suturday night, Feb. 16 at Northford Ice Pavilion is the other.)

Like last year, when the teams split the home-and-home series, the Trojans and Titans are both in the midst of strong seasons that have them toward the top of the CIAC Division III ladder:

■Lyman Hall/Haddam-Killingworth/Coginchaug, at 7-2-0 to start the week, ranks No. 3.■Sheehan, at 8-3-1 following Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Eastern CT Eagles, ranks No. 5.

For Sheehan, the loss to the Eagles came on the heels of a 3-3 tie with Tri-Town. In that game, Tri-Town scored with 0:06 left in regulation. The deadlock and subsequent loss, snapped a lovely run in which the Titans had won five straight and eight of nine to build a record of 8-2.

The Lyman Hall Co-op, after opening the season 1-2, has won six straight, a streak it takes into Wednesday’s prelude game against Masuk at the Rinks at Shelton.

Worth noting: the Trojans also play Friday at The Gunnery against the Shepaug Valley Co-op, 24 hours before facing Sheehan. It will be the first time all season LH plays on consecutive nights.

Sheehan, meanwhile, will have two days of prep between its Wednesday night home date with Newtown and Saturday’s showdown.

What effect will this have? We shall see.

What’s for certain is Wesleyan will be packed Saturday. Last year, the Trojans and Titans treated their fans to a pair of 3-2 games. LH took the first one in overtime at Wesleyan. Sheehan answered a few weeks later by rallying at Northford.

A few other border wars are on the docket this week.

■Basketball: Platt hosts Southington on Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m. The Panthers (8-3) are stinging from a 58-57 loss to Maloney on Friday night, while the Blue Knights (5-6) are coming off a 54-46 home win over Northwest Catholic.

The same night, the Southington girls (3-8) host Berlin (10-3).

■Wrestling: The Meriden schools travel to Bristol on Wednesday for CCC South matchups with their long-time divisional rivals from the Bell City. Maloney is at Bristol Central. Platt faces unbeaten Bristol Eastern (11-0), which won the Colter-Abely Midseason Classic in Middletown on Saturday and is ranked No. 2 in the CT Wrestling Online poll.

Southington, after hosting Conard in a CCC West dual on Wednesday, stages the Connecticut Challenge on Saturday.

Wallingford’s newly minted 1,000-point scorers, Liv Robles of Sheehan and Kailey Lipka of Lyman Hall, are back in action at home on Tuesday. Robles and the Titans host Jonathan Law. Lipka and the Trojans take on West Haven.

The next player in line to hit 1,000 points, Cheshire’s Mia Juodaitis, is 35 points away after scoring 31 on Saturday against Lauralton Hall. Juodaitis and the Rams host Hillhouse on Tuesday and visit Jonathan Law on Thursday

Also this week, indoor track teams stride into the postseason. The SCC East Sectional is Tuesday and the CCC Championship is Saturday, both at New Haven’s Floyd Little Athletic Center.

Lyman Hall junior Michael Toppin is one area guy to watch. This past Saturday, at the SCC Coaches Invitational, he broke the Lyman Hall record in the 300 meters for the third time this season.


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