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First Period Explosion Leads to New Canaan Blowout

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – If you blinked at Saturday’s boys ice hockey conference quarterfinal, you might have missed all of the New Canaan High scoring – and there was a lot. The Rams needed a span of less than three minutes in the first period to net four goals and pull away from Wilton. New Canaan poured it on all night, crushing the Warriors, 9-2.

“We knew the first period was going to be huge and once we got that first goal we just kept it going. The floodgates just opened,” New Canaan captain Dylan Hart said. “The start of our schedule is always tough and we’ve come together as team since then and this shows what it all has come to.”

New Canaan got plenty of second chances, as shot after shot on Wilton’s goalie rebounded back in front of the net. Puck Richardson was the first to take advantage, slamming a rebound into the back of the net for the first goal of the evening just over five minutes into the game.

Then the deluge began. Hart notched the first of three goals on the evening to put New Canaan up by two. Before the crowd had even stopped cheering, Brock Anderson raced off the faceoff and netted another New Canaan goal just nine seconds later.

Hart scored again just 1:17 after Anderson’s goal and was followed by Spencer Manchuk 1:15 after that. In a span of just two minutes and 41 seconds, New Canaan had turned the game into a 5-0 blowout – and it was still the first period.

Richardson, Hart, Chip Glover and Richie Shane rounded out the scoring for New Canaan in the second and third period. Captain Jake Granito assisted on four of the nine goals.

Wilton managed to fight back briefly with a pair of goals in the second, but the deficit was far too much to overcome. Emotions ran high in the third, as the two teams combined for seven penalties in the final frame.

New Canaan will take on its archrival, top-ranked Darien, in the conference semifinals on Wednesday. The puck drops at 6 p.m. for that game.

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