MILFORD, Nov. 6 – How do you survive in a league that includes three teams in the top 10 of the state coaches poll? No. 16 Jonathan Law found out on Monday night in the first round of the Class L tournament.
No. 17 Avon earned a trip to the state tournament by playing tough defense throughout the year. The reconfigured CCC West gave the Falcons two dates each with Glastonbury and Farmington along with an individual date with Hall of West Hartford — three teams that spent much of the season ranked in the top 10.
The Falcons (9-7-2) played tough defense Monday night and allowed just three shots on net to beat Law, 3-0. Charlie Fox, Thomas Keenan and Daniel Kamenetskiy each had goal while Kamenetskiy had two assists for Avon.
“The key has been our defense,” Avon High coach David Zlatin said. “They’ve kept us in every game this year.”
Four seniors – Riley Welter, Collin Dryfe, Luke Davey and Sam Cuddeback – have anchored the Falcon defense all year along. Goalie Vito Catalano made three saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
Avon advances to the second round where they will challenge top-ranked E.O. Smith in Storrs on Wednesday at 2 p.m. “We give everyone a game,” Zlatin said. “No one blew us out this year.” Four of Avon’s six losses were by one goal.
Read more about Monday’s win from GameTIme CT.