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Enfield tops Avon for NHC North title, 3-1

HARTFORD, March 7 – Enfield High kept peppering Avon High senior goalie Mike Munoz and the Falcon goalie kept making saves to give his a team an opportunity to win a championship. Munoz made 22 saves including stopping a few breakaway scoring opportunities.
But in the end, Enfield had too much in a 3-1 victory to win the Northern Hockey Conference’s Northern Division Tournament Saturday at Trinity College.

A slow start put the pressure on Avon from the start. The Falcons had just two shots on goal in the opening period and the Raiders (17-5) scored a pair of first period goals. With just 4:22 gone, Robbie Baillargeon took a pass from Christian McNair for a 1-0 lead. About nine minutes later, Enfield made it 2-0 when McNair tipped in a hard shot from Wes Kaufman.

The Falcons (12-9-1) had 12 shots in the final two periods and cut the lead to one on Kevin Demers goal off the stick of leading scorer David Muench with 7:44 to go in the game. But the Falcons couldn’t get the game-tying goal past Enfield goalie Justin Boice (14 saves) despite hard shots from Max O’Connor and Adam Lebowitz.

Enfield, the top seeded team in the CIAC Division II tournament, scored a clinching goal with 10 seconds left off the stick of Reilly Higgins. Avon, the No. 4 seed in the NHC North tournament, opens play in the CIAC Division I tournament vs. No. 15 Darien Monday in Stamford at 5 p.m. Avon, which had won four straight games, is seeded at No. 18.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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