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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

CIAC Division III boys' hockey semifinals: Guilford defeats Northwest Catholic

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NEW HAVEN — Behind 2-0 after the first period, defenseman Christian Cattaruzza had two goals and an assist and forward Dave DeCaprio added two goals to lead No. 1 Guilford to a 7-3 win over No. 4 Northwest Catholic on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Division III tournament at Ingalls Rink.
Guilford (17-4-1) outshot Northwest Catholic 40-22, and Guilford goalie Sean Finucane made 19 saves. It will face No. 2 seed Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury in the championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Ingalls Rink. Brookfield/Bethel/Danbury defeated No. 6 Masuk 3-2 in overtime in the other semifinal. Guilford’s only other appearance in a state championship game was in 1994, when it won the Division II title.
"I was concerned falling behind 2-0," said Guilford coach Ralph Russo, who played hockey at Yale (1988 graduate). "I thought we were a bit out of synch defensively in that first period."
Guilford outshot Northwest Catholic 12-4 in the first period, but goals by Taylor Waybright and Matt Rode gave the West Hartford school (15-4-3) a 2-0 lead.
Guilford continued to pressure Northwest Catholic goalie Tim Waltman in the second period, and the momentum finally turned. Guilford’s Jordan Drake scored at 1:33 and Troy Raccuia tied the game at 2 on a power-play goal at 10:17.
Guilford wasted no time taking control of the game in the third period. Goals by Justin Gilloran 54 seconds into the period and a power-play goal by Cattaruzza at 2:03 made it 4-2. Northwest Catholic’s Zack Boorman cut the lead to 4-3 only 52 seconds later. But a goal by DeCaprio at 4:40 and another by Cattaruzza at 4:53 put the game away at 6-3.
"We knew it would take a lot to come back and win this game," Cattaruzza said. "Two goals and an assist is a pretty good game for me."

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