NEWINGTON, March 2 – The Avon co-op girls hockey team won their first-ever state tournament game on Monday afternoon with a 5-2 win over the Fairfield co-op team in a Connecticut High School Girls Hockey Association contest at Newington Arena.
The Nighthawks (15-7-1) extended their program record for most wins in a season with their 15th victory of the season.
Seeded No. 6, the Nighthawks are making their first CHSGHA state tournament appearance in their third year as a program. Avon senior Sarah Murphy had a goal while Avon teammate Shelby Little had an assist.
The Nighthawks led 3-2 after two periods and didn’t give up a goal in the final period to No. 11 Fairfield Ludlowe/Warde co-op team, who finish the season at 10-10-1.
Avon co-op advances to the quarterfinals and will face No. 3 Greenwich (12-4-3) on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Hamill Rink in Greenwich.
The Avon co-op, which includes five girls from Avon High, is comprised of players from six schools — Avon, Southington, RHAM, Newington, Wethersfield and Lewis Mills.
The Nighthawks finished third in the Central Connecticut Conference with a 5-4-1 record in the league. Avon co-op beat Suffield co-op, 5-1 in the CCC Tournament semifinals before dropping a 4-2 decision to league champion Simsbury in the CCC Tournament championship game.
Avon co-op 5, Fairfield co-op 2
Fairfield co-op (10-10-1) 0 2 0 — 2
Avon co-op (15-7-1) 2 1 2 — 5